Workers take out rally to mark May Day
Calling for working class unity to wage a united battle to counter the offensive of the capitalist class, trade union leader Christopher Fonseca has alleged that employers are violating labour laws and trade union rights in Goa.
Ms. Fonseca, State secretary of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), was addressing a workers’ rally as part of May Day celebrations at Ponda in central Goa on Wednesday.
Trade union leader Vahida Nizam criticised the capitalist system for allowing a few corporates to become rich, while workers were facing job cuts, loss of livelihood and a steep rise in the cost of living. Earlier, workers took out a procession.
Ms. Nizam criticised corporates for their greed. She attacked the “faulty” economic policy of the Union government which encouraged only casual and contract labour in public and private sectors and pointed out that the Centre was the “biggest contractor” as it had been employing contract and casual labourers on a large scale in all the public sector undertakings. Mr. Fonseca said the closure of the mining industry ruined the economy of the State and snatched away livelihood of thousands of people.
The meeting passed a resolution demanding control over the prices of essential commodities with effective steps to revamp and strengthen the public distribution system and steps to provide 35 kg of foodgrains to each family as per National Food Safety Bill, 2013; resumption of mining; revision and enhancement of the minimum wages at Rs. 12,000 a month for unskilled labourers linking it to All-India Price Consumer Index; abolition of contract system of labour; and regularisation of services of contractual workers in government departments and private establishments.