Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) took out a rally in Palayamkottai on Thursday to highlight its demands.
The protestors said that the clause that made mandatory the personal appearance of labourers for registration of their names and renewal of registration with the Labour Welfare Board should be withdrawn. The labourers should not be compelled to submit the Savings Bank account number at the time of registration itself. All legitimate monetary benefits should be disbursed to the applicants without delay.
The system of obtaining attestation from the village administrative officer concerned should be withdrawn.
Adequate number of workers should be appointed to the Labour Welfare Board to streamline and expedite its functioning. While monthly pension for construction workers and unorganised sector labourers should be increased to Rs. 3,000, the compensation given for accidental death increased to Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh for natural death.
Hiring of workers on contract basis, consolidated pay or honorarium should be given up and all casual labourers working in the government departments made permanent with all benefits.
The minimum basic pay for the beedi rollers should be fixed at Rs. 200 and 700 grams of quality raw material given for making every 1,000 beedis, they said.
As the procession ended in front of Office of Deputy Commissioner for Labour opposite VOC Ground, the protestors, led by State secretary P. Indra, staged a demonstration.