May Day was observed here on Wednesday with a workers’ rally led by the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).
This was also an occasion for participants to take an oath to vote in the Assembly elections, polling for which will be on Sunday.
The focus was on drawing attention to the plight of the working class and those living below the poverty line.
AITUC and CITU leaders blamed policies pursued by the Union and State governments for dilution of workers’ rights.
In the last two decades, the thrust was on liberalisation and privatisation, which encouraged contract labour, thus putting a question mark on the future of lakhs of workers, they said.
Workers faced uncertainty owing to closure, lock-out, layoff and retrenchment, even as land meant for factories was being sold for residential development, they said.
They criticised the governments, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the State, on corruption.