In a show of unity unprecedented in recent times, eleven Central trade unions and several State-level unions are joining hands across the State on Tuesday to press for change in the Central government's economic policies.
The stir, being organised as part of a countrywide agitation called by the Central trade unions, would see the unions holding joint rallies and dharnas in all the 14 districts. The major demands of the unions include urgent steps to hold the price line, social security coverage for workers in the unorganised sector, end to sale of public sector undertakings (PSUs) equities and contract employment, and amendment of the Minimum Wages Act to ensure payment of a minimum wage of Rs.10,000 to all workers. Outside Kerala, the stir would see the trade union activists courting arrest.
Trade union coordination council convener and All India Trade union Congress (AITUC) State unit general secretary Kanam Rajendran and secretary and Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) State unit president R. Chandrasekharan said there would be no boycott of work or hartal as part of the stir which would be confined to rallies and dharnas in which the entire working population in the State, including Central and State government employees, and bank, insurance, and PSU employees, join.
In Thiruvananthapuram, the rally would be held in the evening. In all the other districts, the rallies would be held at 11 a.m., he said.
Mr. Rajendran said the demonstrations and dharnas in 12 districts would be held at the district headquarters. In Idukki and Wayanad, the demonstrations would be held at three centres each.