Workers seek social security

Staff Correspondent
print   ·   T  T  
For their demands:Hamali workers staging a protest in Mandya on Saturday.
For their demands:Hamali workers staging a protest in Mandya on Saturday.

Hamali workers laid siege to the Labour Department building here on Saturday, demanding minimum wages and social security benefits.

The members of the Karnataka State Loading and Unloading Workers’ Union and Karnataka Shramika Shakthi took out a procession to the Labour Department and shouted slogans criticising the government’s attitude towards them.

Thousands of hamali workers were on contract over the past eight years. However, the department had not fixed minimum wages for them as per International Labour Organisation rules. For example, at least 1,000 people were engaged in loading and unloading works in Mandya. They were getting a meagre salary of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000, union leader Varadha Rajendra said.

The protesters also demanded facilities such as health insurance, medical and education benefits, and payment of compensation upon death or accidents.

Underlining the need to provide social security for the unorganised sector, C. Lakshman, an activist, said two loaders met accidental deaths in Mandya in recent months.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to the district labour officer Thammanna.




Recent Article in KARNATAKA

Jayprakash Sarda showing his collection of documents on Gandhi.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

He owns a treasure of Gandhi memorabilia

For the city-based businessman Jayprakash Sarda’s (42), collecting memorabilia connected to Mahatma Gandhi has been a passion since he wa... »