Staff Reporter

CITU, AITUC, BMS, INTUC condemn Chandanappally estate encroachment

PATHANAMTHITTA: Workers belonging to different trade unions attached to the Chandanappally rubber estate of the State Plantation Corporation will strike work on Saturday, protesting against the encroachment on the estate by the Sadhu Jana Samyukta Vimochana Vedi activists on Tuesday night.

Leaders of the CITU, AITUC, BMS and INTUC have called for a day-long strike on Saturday.

The trade union have called upon the State Government to take immediate steps to ensure job protection to the plantation workers in the backdrop of the large-scale encroachment and the tension that followed in the locality.

The workers attached to different trade unions would jointly stage a protest march from Vakayar to Elappupara on Saturday forenoon.

A protest meeting would also be held at Elappupara, later.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Dalit Panthers (KDP) district unit here has welcomed the encroachment by the Vimochana Vedi workers against the "official indifference towards their just demands.''

KDP district president Jayanandan Kulanada has called upon the Government to provide land to all the landless Dalits in the State without any further delay. In another statement here on Thursday, Kerala Karshaka Thozhilali Union (KKTU) State president, P.K. Vijayan extended moral support to the Sadhu Jana Samyukta Vimochana Vedi in it fight for the cause of the landless Dalits and Scheduled Caste people.

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