Beedi workers affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress staged a demonstration here on Wednesday to highlight various demands, including monthly pension of Rs. 3,000 for aged beedi workers.
The protestors said the wage arrears for the period between the date of agreement (October 12, 2010) and date of government notification (November 11, 2012) should be given without delay and the State government should take efforts to get early orders on the writ petitions pending before the Madras High Court in this connection. Basic wages of Rs. 200 per 1,000 beedis should be given.
Free houses must be given to the families of beedi workers.
As 9.50 acres of land has been already identified in the Mukkoodal area for constructing houses, it should be allotted to the beedi rollers from that area.
Set up hospital
Besides ensuring free medical assistance to the beedi workers, a hospital with doctors and adequate number of other staff should be established for every 5,000 workers, they said.
AITUC district secretary S. Kasi Viswanathan, general secretary of Bank Employees Union R. Rengan and others spoke.