Hamalis, autorikshaw drivers and other workers under the banner of All India Trade Union Congress took out a rally here on Friday demanding the formation of a comprehensive welfare board and payment of equal wage for equal work.
The demands included regularisation of services of all workers removing contract and outsourcing systems, payment of minimum wage at ₹18,000 per month, fixing of bag rate for hamalis of civil supplies department at ₹25 per quintal from January 1, implementing ESI, PF and bonus for all workers in unorganised sector, festival holidays and earned leaves be declared and minimum wage G.O. be revised.
They also demanded the Government strengthen the Labour Department to conduct surprise inspections at shops and establishments and sanction of six months’ maternity leave for all those eligible persons.
Speaking at their meeting later the AITUC leaders said there was an urgent need of increasing the staff at Government General Hospital here and Area Hospital at Bodhan and enhancing the salaries of municipal workers.