Workers demand better facilities

UDUPI, OCT. 11. The Udupi Taluk Building Construction Workers' Association, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), on Monday staged a dharna in front of the Taluk Office here urging the State Government to provide better facilities to construction workers. The dharna was held in response to a call given by the State Building Labourers' Coordination Committee.

In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and submitted to the Tahsildar, Muralidhar, the association said lakhs of workers were involved in construction of buildings in the State. They included labourers, masons, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and others. These workers were working without any security. There were no welfare measures to protect them, it added. The Union Government had passed the Building Construction Labourers Act in 1996. But the State Government had not formulated any regulations under the Act. Hence, the workers were not getting any facilities or benefits, the association said. It demanded that the State Government immediately frame rules under the Act and all labourers be given identity cards. They should be given compensation if they met with an accident during construction work, the association said.

It demanded that pension be provided to labourers after their retirement. Maternity benefits should be extended to women construction workers. Education should be provided to the children of the construction labourers, the association said.

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