Members of the Communist Party of India (CPI), the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and other unorganised labourers’ associations staged a demonstration in front of the Labour Welfare Office here on Tuesday urging the state government to sanction assistance under various schemes to unorganised labourers.
Led by K. R. Dharmarajan, district general secretary of AITUC, they said an exclusive official should be posted to look into the applications submitted by unorganised labourers seeking some relief or other under various schemes.
T. Sengodan, district secretary, CPI, said numerous applications were pending for a long time. V. Singamuthu, district secretary, AITUC, said the labourers were finding it difficult to get relief for a prolonged period.
Eighty-three members, including 45 women, of the AITUC were arrested on Tuesday when they attempted to stage of road roko.
Led by A. Sakthivel, they were proceeding to the District Welfare Board Office to lay siege to it pressing various demands including sanction of Rs.5000 as pension to construction workers. Sanction of compensation of Rs.10 lakh for those killed in accidents, Rs.5 lakh for natural deaths and maternity benefit of Rs.60,000 for women construction workers. They raised slogans demanding the State government to accept demands in the overall interest and wellbeing of construction workers.