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Venting their ire:Workers affiliated to seven trade unions blocking a train at the Mysore railway station as part of the nationwide protest on Friday.
Venting their ire:Workers affiliated to seven trade unions blocking a train at the Mysore railway station as part of the nationwide protest on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Bangalore-bound train stopped as part of a nationwide protest

MYSORE: A large number of workers affiliated to seven trade unions stopped a Bangalore-bound train for some time at the Mysore railway station on Friday as part of a nationwide protest against “anti-labour” and “anti-people” policies of both the State and Union governments.

The Joint Committee of Central Trade Unions (JCTU) had given a call for the protest.

The workers raised slogans against the policies of the Union and State governments and stopped the train for over 30 minutes.

The JCTU is demanding measures to check spiralling prices of essential commodities, job security for all workers, implementation of labour laws, action against managements that have failed to implement labour laws, constitution of a social security fund for workers in the unorganised sector and agricultural labourers and roll back of the decision on disinvestment of profit making public sectors.

Addressing the protesters, leaders of various trade unions said that Central trade unions were fighting against “anti-people” and “pro-capitalist” economic and industrial policies of the Union Government for the past two decades.

Owing to the “anti-people” policies of successive governments, the gap between the poor and the rich was being widened. A large number of farmers had committed suicide owing to the “anti-farmer” polices, they added.

Economic recession had led to thousands of workers losing their jobs, the leaders said.

The poor were the worst hit by the increasing prices of essential commodities, they added.

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