Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu AITUC Construction Workers Union has urged the government to take steps to provide free house sites and free houses to all the construction, quarry, brick kiln workers who did not own housing facilities.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the two-day State general body meeting of the union which concluded in the city on Friday. The meeting demanded the government to fix a minimum pension of Rs. 1,500 per month to the above workers who had crossed 60 years.

The Construction Workers Board should hike the accident death compensation to Rs. 5 lakh; normal death compensation to Rs. 3 lakh; marriage assistance to Rs. 25,000 and delivery assistance to Rs. 18,000. The Board should also bear the entire educational expenses of the children of the workers, another resolution said.

Yet another resolution said that the Tamil Nadu AITUC had been fighting for the above demands continuously and the left parties have been extending their total support to the same. The five year UPA regime at the Centre and the DMK rule in the State failed to concede the above just demands. Hence the meeting decided to support the candidates of the left parties and the candidates of the allied parties in the ensuing general elections.

The meeting pointed out that the struggle demanding enactment of social security act for the benefit of the unorganised sector workers, including construction workers and streamlining their works was continuing for long. The Social Security Act enacted by the Centre recently was not to the full aspiration of the unorganised sector workers. The recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee were not accepted by the government. Both the Centre and the State government has betrayed the interest of the workers. The meeting decided to conduct campaign against both the governments for pursuing anti-workers policies and mobilise people’s support.

The State president of the Union, N. Periasamy, ex-MLA, presided over the meeting. The State general secretary of the union, K. Ravi, treasurer T. R. S. Mani and others spoke.