Aid sought for textile workers

Special Correspondent

KANNUR: The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has demanded amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act and the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act and also a hike in the provident fund (PF) pension and Central assistance for textile mill workers.

INTUC State general secretary K. Surendran informed here in a press release that the INTUC central working committee meeting held in Pune on June 7 and 8 had raised these demands through various resolutions.

The meeting had demanded abolition of salary ceiling for bonus eligibility and enhancement of PF pension to Rs.7,000 while retaining the minimum pension of Rs.500. Mr. Surendran said that the meeting had also asked the Centre to liberalise the Textile Mill Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme to cover workers of all closed mills and that the financial assistance be raised to Rs.1 lakh.

Mr. Surendran said that the Payment of Gratuity Act should be amended to fix gratuity at one month’s wage for one year’s service and to remove the provision fixing the maximum gratuity payable under the Act at Rs.3.5 lakh.

The meeting had also sought all legal protection to contract labourers and distribution of identity cards to them, according to Mr. Surendran.