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 Suppressing working class protests has become a routine for administration: Tarigami

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Srinagar, May 02: On International Labour Day, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) held a rally at Polo Ground Srinagar.

While addressing the rally, CITU State President Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami lamented that Trade Union Movement has always been ignored by the government. He alleged that since long there has been a nexus between management, bureaucracy and police to suppress the working class.

“Wherever there are legitimate demands of the working class, this nexus in the name of law-and-order harass the workers and their representatives and deprive them the right of collective bargaining. This has reached to crescendo since the incumbent BJP government took over five years back,” said Tarigami.

“BJP led government is trying to erode the rights of the working people which had been achieved through their hard struggles. In the name of reform and benefit to the corporate sector, the government is hell bent to disarm the working class of their legitimate rights for better working conditions. Labour laws are not being implemented properly and even the minimum wages are denied to workers working in different sectors. The Supreme Court direction for equal-work-equal-pay is not being implemented. Construction workers working in different projects (in private as well as government sector) have been left to fend for themselves as authorities are least bothered about their welfare,” he said.

Tarigami further said: “The long and genuine demands of scheme workers, particularly ASHA and other NRHM workers, including Rs 10,000 as fixed wages, covering them under health insurance scheme, enhancement of ANC upto Rs 350, accidental cover to the tune of Rs three lakh, have not been fulfilled so far. Similarly, the demands of Anganwari Workers/Helpers of social security benefits, including gratuity, pension, provident fund, medical facilities etc have not been met. Recently the government had announced enhancement of Rs 500 per month to their wages, but that too is pending.”

“Mid-Day Meal and CPW workers and artisans have been demanding their rights which the authorities have totally ignored. MGNREGA employees, Contractuals, Need Based, Seasonal, Casual Labouers, Daily Wagers are neglected and their long pending demands are not met. Daily wagers/casual labourers are awaiting their regularization although government had issued SRO two years back, which is quite disappointing,” he added.

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