The Association of Automobile Workshops will stage a dharna in front of the Secretariat on Wednesday to highlight its grievances, including demand for pension and welfare assistance.

The association had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking his immediate intervention in addressing the problems faced by workshop owners and workers, State president of the association M. Rajagopalan Nair told presspersons here on Tuesday.

The government had constituted a welfare fund for automobile workers and the members remitted a sum of Rs.30 a month as subscription.

However, the welfare assistance provided to the members was meagre, and in case of death only Rs.5,000 and accrued subscription amount was given to the family of the deceased, he said.

The association wanted the government to stop harassment of its members citing environmental issues and provide land to set up workshops in a common place.

Association State general secretary M.K. Vijayan warned of an indefinite strike if its demands were not considered.

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