They attempt to picket Central government offices
TIRUCHI: Over 1,200 members of various trade unions were taken into custody on Friday when they attempted to picket the Central government offices at eight centres in the district, protesting the ‘spiralling' rise in the prices of commodities. They also demanded proper implementation of the labour laws; and protested any move by the Central government for disinvestment in the profit-earning public sector undertakings.
They also wanted improvised service conditions including extension of health and ESI facility for manual labourers, coverage under the Provident Fund scheme for them.
In Tiruchi city, a total of 841 persons were taken into custody in front of the passport office. J. Lakshmanan, State secretary of AITUC led the agitation. Chellappan, state vice-president of CITU and Raja, CITU district secretary, Surendranath, district president, BMS, Balakrishnan of AITUC, K. Suresh, district secretary, Construction Workers Union, D. Thangaraj and O. R. Sriraman, both Corporation Councillors belonging to CPI, were among those who were arrested in the city.
Reports on picketing were received from Mannachanallur, Thuraiyur, Thottiyam, Pullampadi, Manapparai and Manikandam where a total of 841 persons, including 345 women, were taken in to custody.
They were all, however, released later in the evening.