Several programmes held to mark May Day
May Day was observed here on Wednesday in a simple manner , as the election code of conduct is in force.
Although trade unions had planned joint rallies to mark the day, it was decided to hold only indoor programmes.
The All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) held a function at Mudhol Bhavan where trade union leaders Devanand Jagapur, Balachandra Gangur, B.A. Mudhol and F.H. Kavalikai spoke.
Mr. Jagapur elaborated the significance of May Day and how it was being celebrated across the globe.
Mr. Gangur said leaders who were pro-workers should be elected to the Assembly elections.
At the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard, the APMC Hamali Karmikara Okkoota held a function to mark the day. State president of the okkoota Mahesh Pattar called upon the workers to prepare themselves to face new challenges as agricultural markets were being privatised.
He said in the wake of neo-liberalisation, workers were being subjected to different types of harassment. There was a need for workers to get united to fulfil their demands, he said.
State vice-president Durugappa Chikkatumbal and general secretary Gurusiddappa Ambiger were present.
Speaking at a function at Vishwashrama Chetana, president of Karnataka State Government Daily Wage Employees’ Federation K.S. Sharma said there was a need for the working class to take a pledge on May Day to carry forward the struggles for liberation.
He said India had a miserable record of 80 per cent of the people living below the poverty line.
“To establish a socialist secular society , the only path for all socially and economically exploited sections was to launch united struggles,” he said.
Trade union leaders Shivanna Hattiyavar, Basavaraj Kongi, V.B. Kulkarni, K.C. Savadi, Balakrishna and Karaba Shettar spoke.
At the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry auditorium in J.C. Nagar, a seminar on ‘Relevance of trade unions and the challenges before them’ was held.