KARNATAKA

Protect interests of working class: CITU

Minimum wages: State CITU secretary S. Prasanna Kumar speaking after inaugurating the 20th Annual Conference of the Karnataka State Medical and Sales Representatives’ Association in Hassan on Saturday. Seen are (from left) A.J. Suresh, A.C. Munivenkate Gowda, D.P. Dube, Kameshwara Rao and Hassan Indian Medical Association president Dr. R.N. Rangalakshmi.

Minimum wages: State CITU secretary S. Prasanna Kumar speaking after inaugurating the 20th Annual Conference of the Karnataka State Medical and Sales Representatives’ Association in Hassan on Saturday. Seen are (from left) A.J. Suresh, A.C. Munivenkate Gowda, D.P. Dube, Kameshwara Rao and Hassan Indian Medical Association president Dr. R.N. Rangalakshmi.  

Staff Correspondent

Dharna in front of Parliament House on February 15



CITU demands fixation of minimum wages for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers

Tax collected by State Government is down by Rs. 2,400 crore compared to previous year



Hassan: Members of all trade unions will jointly stage a dharna in front of Parliament House in New Delhi on February 15 demanding protection to the working class, said State Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) secretary S. Prasanna Kumar. He was speaking after inaugurating the 20th Annual Conference of the Karnataka State Medical and Sales Representatives’ Conference here on Saturday.

The Central Government recently announced Rs. 20,000-crore package to stimulate the economy following slowdown due to recession. But, there is no clause on giving protection to working class, Mr. Prasanna Kumar said. The CITU will launch a signature campaign in which 20 lakh workers’ signatures will be collected in support of demand for fixation of minimum wages of Rs. 8,800 for skilled workers, Rs. 7,200 for semi-skilled and Rs. 6,000 for unskilled workers.

The CITU will stage a dharna in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on February 5 demanding minimum wages as well as sites to poor workers, including medical and sales representatives.

Mr. Prasanna Kumar said tax collected by the Karnataka State Government is down by Rs. 2,400 crore in comparison to the previous year’s figures.

The Government has no funds to implement populist schemes announced by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, he added.

Economic recession is haunting the entire world like a ghost, said Mr. Prasanna Kumar adding that the present economic crisis is similar to that of 1934 depression. He said the crisis was caused by the collapse of share market. Trouble started in the U.S., which is the big brother in the world. During depression in 1934, which continued till 1944, production was down by 34 per cent.

There were wage cuts by 18 per cent, factories were closed and working class was affected. In those days, workers staged dharna for 74 days in Mumbai and the British Government appointed a wage commission that recommended wage protection to workers.

According to Mr. Prasanna Kumar, the present economic crisis is the repetition of 1934 crisis. Earlier, members of the Karnataka State Medical and Sales Representatives’Association took out a rally in Hassan.

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