Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Construction Workers Federation of India, a trade union affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), took out a rally on Sunday evening here in which hundreds of workers from across the State participated.

Following this, a public meeting was held in which Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) state general secretary A.Soundararajan accused the State government of not providing sufficient funds for the functioning of labour welfare boards. Besides demanding an increased allocation of funds, he also sought transparency in the functioning of these boards.

CWFI President Mr.Singaravelu, who led the rally, said funds obtained as tax from construction companies should be spent by the government only for purposes concerning the construction workers. CWFI President in North Chennai Veera Arun said that sanction of education and marriage assistance to workers should be expedited. Another demand laid down by the union leaders was there should be no limit on the number of workers joining the welfare board at a given time.