‘Politicians lure voters by presenting gifts during elections and do not keep promises'
Plight of people who have lost jobs due to globalisation and liberalisation discussed
Belgaum: Speakers at a public meeting organised as part of the International Labour Day here on Sunday evening called upon the workers and labourers to respond to questions and challenges before them as there was no qualitative or notable change in their lives.
The meeting was organised under the banner of Kayaka Jeevi Coolie Nekarara Sangha at Khasbag in old city. Those who addressed the gathering included Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader Parvatamma Kalsannavar, Eshwar Lokesh (an advocate from Shimoga), sangha president Vijay Suldal and vice-president Khandoba Dauli.
Drawing attention towards the plight of workers, they said thousands have lost jobs due to liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation resulting in closure of public sector units or privatisation. The economic policies perceived by the Government have not helped either the farmers or the labourers while the plight of the workers in the unorganised sector was miserable. Therefore, the workers need to unite and fight for justice.
Also, in a pamphlet distributed among the public on the occasion, the sangha alleged that the political leaders belonging to different parties lure voters by gifting money, clothes, sugar, food grains ahead of elections. But, the promises of development are hardly kept.
The need of the hour for workers in different sectors and farmers and agricultural labourers to take up a united struggle to get a fair deal from the Government, the sangha members said. Organised struggle will help workers get a fair deal in terms of fixed salary and other benefits that will give them a feeling of security.