MADURAI: Hundreds of members of various trade bodies were arrested for attempting to stage a rail roko here protesting against the increasing price of essential commodities on Friday.
The arrested workers, including women, were released later in the day.
Addressing the workers, Communist Party of India State secretary D. Pandian, said that the Centre which was imposing taxes on the common man has spared participatory notes used by foreign institutions for investing in India.
Several other countries were levying taxes on the participatory notes, he said.
The spiralling price of essential commodities has spared no one in the country, he said.
District secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions, B. Vickraman, said that the Centre had reduced the Corporate tax from 10 per cent to 7.5 per cent giving the corporates a direct benefit to the extent of Rs. 85,000 crore even as presenting a deficit budget.
Alleging that the Manual Workers' Social Security Act 2008 introduced by the United Progressive Alliance has failed to provide any social protection to the unorganised sector, he urged the Centre to create a corpus fund with 3 per cent of the gross domestic product for implementing various welfare benefits to the unorganised sector.
Indian National Trade Union Congress leaders, K.S. Govindarajan, N. Mayandi, Hindu Mazdoor Sangh leaders, R. Kesavan, V. Pathar Vellai, All India Trade Union Congress leaders, P. Muthiah and M. Nandasingh, Madurai East MLA, N. Nanmaran and Janata Dal (Secular) state secretary K. John Moses were among those who were present.