Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI-affiliated All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has urged the Union Government to introduce a Bill in Parliament to ensure minimum wages and labour rights to the workers in the unorganised sector in the country.

At a press conference here on Thursday, AITUC State general secretary Kanam Rajendran said 90 per cent of the country's labour force was engaged in the unorganised sector.

And more workers from the organised sector were being forced into the unorganised sector each day as a result of the globalisation and liberalisation policies being pursued by the Government.

No protection

He said that the workers in the unorganised sector were getting neither minimum wages, nor the protection afforded by the labour laws of the country.

Enforcement of labour laws too was weak.

He said the passing of a legislation to protect these workers was one of the points agreed to by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left parties in their Common Minimum Programme.

The AITUC would organise a Parliament march on November 23 to press the Union Government to introduce the proposed Bill in Parliament during its winter session. One thousand AITUC activists from Kerala would participate in the march, Mr. Rajendran said.