Trade unions demand job security

: Members of various trade unions, led by the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), staged a protest in the city on Thursday seeking job security for employees in the private and unorganised sector.

The AITUC also said the retirement age in some private companies was 58 years though it had been increased to 60 in most companies, both under private as well as public sector.

The protesters said, though the State government had amended the model Standing Order in December, 2009 making it mandatory to increase the retirement age to 60 years in the private sector, the draft order was yet to be given a final shape and ratified. As a result, hundreds of workers were retiring at the age of 58, according to AITUC leaders, who were led by district unit president Raju and General Secretary H.R. Seshadri.

They took exception to the practice of outsourcing jobs and engaging people on contract basis and said workers under such category were vulnerable to exploitation, while being denied benefits of the laws protecting theirrights.

In view of the price rice, the government should increase the minimum wages to Rs. 15,000 per month and wanted the Dearness Relief to be revised once in six months.

They flayed the sale of industrial sites to the real estate lobby and said industrial land should be meant for establishing industries and not residential apartments.

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