CITU protests against Centre’s ‘anti-people’, ‘anti-labour’ decisions

Updated - June 09, 2015 05:45 am IST

Published - June 09, 2015 12:00 am IST - BELAGAVI:

Gram panchayat workers under the banner of the CITU staging a demonstration in Kalaburagi city on Monday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

Gram panchayat workers under the banner of the CITU staging a demonstration in Kalaburagi city on Monday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

Activists and workers on Monday took out a procession and staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here against the Centre’s “anti-people” and “anti-labour” decisions.

The protest was organised under the banner of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) as part of a nationwide protest.

Later, in a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the CITU leaders urged Mr. Modi to abolish the ‘contract system’ and fix minimum monthly wages of Rs. 15,000 for workers in unorganised sectors.

They also demanded the benefits of provident fund scheme and pension scheme for all sections of labourers and workers, and regularisation of services for all anganwadi workers and accredited social health activists.

Weakening of

labour laws

Our Bidar Correspondent reports:

Members of CITU took out a protest in Bidar on Monday against what they called the weakening of labour protection laws by the Union government.

They walked to Ambedkar Circle holding placards and shouting slogans against the government. They complained that the Union government had taken regressive steps like regularising child labour in family and industries. In the name of reforming labour laws, the government was pushing some bills only to weaken the existing labour welfare laws, they said.

Siege to DC office

Our Raichur Correspondent reports:

Condemning the Union government’s ‘pro-corporate’ polices, hundreds of labourers associated with the CITU attempted to lay siege to the office of Deputy Commissioner in Raichur on Monday. Earlier, the workers took out a procession from Public Garden to DC office.

Though heavy security personnel were deployed around the DC office, the agitating labourers attempted to break through the police cordon and advance towards DC office. The police however arrested them and released them later in the day.

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