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An angry lot: Construction workers staging a demonstration in Salem on Monday in protest against the delay on the part of the State government in honouring promises made to them.
An angry lot: Construction workers staging a demonstration in Salem on Monday in protest against the delay on the part of the State government in honouring promises made to them.

Special Correspondent

SALEM: Members of the Salem unit of Tamil Nadu All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Construction Workers Union staged a demonstration here on Monday as a part of their state-wide agitation to draw attention to the unfulfilled promises that the Tamil Nadu Government had made with regard to welfare board of construction workers under the unorganised sector.

Promises

The members claimed that Tamil Nadu Government had not honoured its promises to construction workers falling under its Welfare Board for Unorganised Sector.

They said that the Government had agreed to disburse accident claims of construction workers.

More than 100 claims were lying with insurance firms for many years. They further claimed that the Government had agreed to meet the medical expenses of an accident victim, here construction worker, on trial basis through the Board. Delayed renewal of registration would not hamper the disbursal of pension and other benefits to the members.

Other demands

The members also said that the Government had assured pension for those who attained the age of 60.

Compensation for accident victims should be disbursed irrespective of accidents at work sites or not.

The welfare fund should be increased from 0.3 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The order that demanded certificates from VAOs for registration must be scrapped with immediate effect. CPI district secretary A. Jeevanandam presided over the agitation.

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