CITU State president Anathalavattam Anandan said here on Monday that the State government would introduce alternatives if the Narendra Modi government at the Centre tries to stifle the people with its autocratic policies.
Inaugurating the 11th State conference of the Kerala State Construction Workers Federation, Mr. Anandan reminded the workers that none could survive without working. “What the country achieved today was the result of its people’s hard work,” he said.
He said labourers were getting the wages they ask today. “They get a minimum wage of ₹500. We should strive to improve the working and living conditions of employees,” he said.
He said workers live not only for them, but for the society at large. He denied the allegations that the agitations and struggles being staged by the workers were hampering the development of the country. “It is a false allegation. The Narendra Modi government is trying to privatise all the public sector units built by the efforts of our workers,” he said.
Mr. Anandan criticized the Union government for trying to sell off the public sector institutions. “Mr. Modi is becoming an autocrat and is trying to convert democracy into autocracy,” he said.
Organising committee chairman P.K. Sasi, Construction Workers Federation of India president Sukhbir Sing, T.K. Achuthan, P.K. Mukundan, V. Sasikumar, K. Jayachandran and M. Hamza spoke.