Postal staff, others strike work in Chikmagalur


CHIKMAGALUR: Employees of the postal and telecommunication departments, banks and insurance companies struck work in Chikmagalur district on Thursday in response to a call given by the Left parties and the trade unions affiliated to them in protest against the policies of the Union Government.

They took out a procession from the taluk office and staged a dharna in front of the district offices in Chikmagalur. Processions were also taken out in Tarikere, Mudigere, Koppa and Kalasa.

In a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister, the coordination committee of trade unions, including the INTUC, has blamed the Union Government for failing to fully implement the common minimum programme.

They wanted more funds invested in agriculture and the prices of petroleum products rolled back.

They have pointed out that they were protesting against several "anti-people" policies of the Government, including an amendment to the Labour Act, which would adversely affect the labour class. They also wanted the Government to stop evicting farmers from reserve forests.

Trade unions representing anganwadi workers, mid-day meal scheme and plantation workers also participated in the protest. Though the members did not strike work, the union leaders took part in the demonstration.

Anganwadi workers wanted their services confirmed and their emoluments increased.

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