Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Activists of major trade unions of the city got together on Friday to demonstrate against the price rise and lack of proper implementation of labour laws.

More than 300 activists of different trade unions courted arrest during the demonstration. The agitation was taken up by the activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC). Members of various other labour organisations of the city also took part in the protest demonstration.

The agitators were led by Kalu Panda, Basant Nanda, Ram Chandra Nayak of CITU, Prakash Patra, Prashant Patjoshi, Simanchal Reddy of AITUC and of the Brundaban Sabat of BMS. They raised slogans against the ‘wrong' policies of the Union government which had led to recent drastic price rise of essential commodities. The trade union leaders had a five-point demands. They demanded implementation of universal Public Distribution System (PDS) in the country, immediate measures to curb escalation of prices, proper implementation of labour laws, strict action against violators of labour laws and end of efforts of disinvestment of Public Sector Units (PSU).