Labour bodies plan a massive May Day celebration

Organisations wish to utilise occasion to create awareness on rights of workers

The organisations have chalked out plans to utilise the occasion as an opportunity to create awareness on labour rights.

The May Day was hitherto observed a taluk centres and towns separately and it has now been decided to organise a massive rally in the district headquarter, Chikkaballapur. Preliminary meetings are being conducted at taluk centres to arrive at a blueprint of the programme. Several organisations are being involved for the success of the rally.

Organisation participating
Anganwadi Employees’ Association, Accredited Social Health Activists’ (ASHA) Association, Silk Farmers’ Association, Gram Panchayat Employees’ Association, Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha, Democratic Youth Federation of India, Students Federation of India and several other organisations will take part in the massive rally, led by Centre of Indian Trade Unions.

Jobless in the district
The district has more than 2.5 lakh unorganised workers without any job or social security. The present rate of daily wage is not sufficient to meet the ends and the welfare schemes of the government have not been reaching them.

The labourers are constrained to toil always under the uncertainty of losing their jobs in case they attempt to exercise their rights.

“The rally is being organised to create an awareness on rights of labourers,” DYFI district unit secretary M P Munivenkatappa told Deccan Herald.

No association
Quarry workers, masons, porters, hotel workers have no association of their own. They lack social security and are being exploited to the hilt every day. Their income is not sufficient to get them square meals a day. “All these workers will be brought on a common platform on May Day. They will be enlightened on their rights and the labour welfare schemes of the government,” he added.

Labourers from all the six taluks - Chikkaballapur, Chintamani, Gauribidanur, Shidlaghatta, Bagepalli and Gudibande - will take part in the convention. The event will be held at the premises of district library. The rally to be taken later, will wade through main streets of the City.

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