Protest against ‘anti-people’ policies of governments
Members of various trade unions organised a ‘jail bharo’ here on Wednesday against the “anti-people” and “anti-labour” policies of the Union and State governments.
The agitation was part of the nationwide protest against policies, which they claimed were “detrimental” to the working class and curtailed their rights.
Besides seeking hike in gratuity limit and relaxation in the norms for paying bonus and provident fund, the protesters, who were arrested by the police, demanded minimum wages (not less than Rs. 10,000 a month) and pension after retirement.
Until the contract labour system was abolished, wages and benefits given to permanent workers in industries and factories should be extended to those working on contract basis too, they said in a note.
Under CITU banner
Mandya Staff Correspondent writes:
Nearly 400 activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) courted arrest here in protest against the State and Union governments’ “anti-people” policies.
The police arrested the activists near Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Circle, off Bangalore–Mysore Highway and released them later.
The agitators demanded that the governments initiate steps for job security of workers in the unorganised sector.
People working in the unorganised sector were getting wages that was less than Rs. 150 a day, they said. A worker should get at least Rs. 10,000 a month. Hence, the minimum daily wage must be increased to Rs. 335 a day, they said.
They also demanded identity cards and BPL cards, and benefits such as health insurance, provident fund, gratuity, bonus, ESI, etc. for this large labour force in the State.
They sought a ban on contract labour in the country and a national social security fund for labourers.
Governments must announce a special package for workers in the unorganised sector in the country. The authorities should initiate stringent action against attempts to curb labour movements, they said. The activists also raised concerns over price rise, disinvestment in public sector firms and labour law violations.