ANDHRA PRADESH

Contract workers’ stir hits industries

Staff Reporter

CITU activists threaten to intensify strike

SANGAREDDY: Work in the first and second shifts of many industries in Medak district was affected due to the strike by contract workers demanding minimum wages and other welfare measures. The impact of the one day strike call given by the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was complete in Sangareddy, Kondapur, Sadasivapet and Zaheerabad and partially in Jinnaram mandal. The CITU organised a massive rally here on Tuesday and held a dharna in front of the District Collector’s office.

Later addressing the press CITU state general secretary Sudha Bhaskar said that the large turnout today was an indication of the growing discontent among the contract workers. He said that the government which has issued orders (G O 313A) fixing minimum wages for different categories of labour a year ago has failed to implement those orders. He warned the government that the CITU activists would gherao the Labour Commissioner’s office in Hyderabad if the demands were not met by the end of June.

He also pointed out that the problem of contract labourers was not limited to private industries as Anganwadi workers, Asha health workers and midday meal cooks were working in pitiable conditions. He announced that CITU would take up agitations all over the State to unite the contract labour. The CITU also decided to take up week-long protests at all Mandal Revenue offices from 16 to 20 of this month to highlight the problems faced by the poor like lack of pensions under the united forum of all people’s organisations. CPI(M) district secretary Chukka Ramulu also spoke.