CITU holds rally in Srinagar, supports daily-wage workers’ demands for better pay, job security

CITU holds rally in Srinagar, supports daily-wage workers’ demands for better pay, job security

SRINAGAR: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) held a massive rally at Polo Ground here on Thursday in favour of contractual and daily wage employees working in the state’s different government departments, demanding better pay and job security for them all.
While addressing the rally, leader Communist Party of India (CPI-M) and CITU state president Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami lamented that the Trade Union Movement had always been ignored by the government. Since long, there has been a nexus between management, bureaucracy and police to suppress the working class, he said.
“Wherever there are legitimate demands of the working class, this nexus in the name of law-and-order harasses the workers and their representatives and deprives them of the right of collective bargaining,” he said.
“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 on disarming the working class of their legitimate rights for better working conditions.”
Taragami also said that labour laws are not being implemented properly and that even the minimum wages are being denied to workers 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 sectors) have been left to fend for themselves as the authorities are least bothered about their welfare.
“The long and genuine demands of scheme workers, including ASHA and other NRHM workers, including Rs 10,000 as fixed wages, covering them under health insurance scheme, enhancement of ANC up to Rs 350, accident cover to the tune of Rs three lakh, have not been fulfilled so far. Similarly, the demands of Anganwari workers/helpers for 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,” Taragami said.
“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 labourers, daily wagers are neglected and their long-pending demands are not met. Daily wagers/casual labourers are awaiting their regularisation although government had issued SRO two years back, which is quite disappointing,” he added.
Tarigami further said that the inflation during the incumbent BJP government has broken the backbone of the working class. Like most boasts of this government, the claims of reducing inflation are also empty as the working people know only too well from their own experience and the daily struggle to make ends meet.