A May Day again, but no justice yet for working class

A May Day again, but no justice yet for working class

Hoping for better

Creating awareness among the workers about their rights so that they seek the just wages for their toil is the main objective of May Day.

Organisations like the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC) have been fighting for decades now for the rights of the working class.

Though the efforts of these organisations have borne fruit to some extent, there is still a long way before all their objectives are fulfilled. The working class is still not free from harassments and atrocities.

No stability

Many have still not been able to get job stability and do not get salary sufficient for them to lead a decent life. The less said the better about those in the unorganised sector.  The situation is not very different in the district. The district, deprived of water and irrigation facilities, is primarily an agrarian region. Sericulture, dairy farming and other occupations are also prevalent in the district.

There are a number of employees in the unorganised sector in these occupations. The labourers suffer a lot whenever dairy farming is in the dock.

Child labour

Not to speak of the conditions of child labourers and youth employed in the hotel industry, manufacturing, shops and garages. This, inspite of the fact that child labour is banned in the State.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, M P Munivenkatappa, district unit secretary of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), said: “There is no job guarantee for the building construction workers. If they fall from high rise buildings, no compensation is provided.

Even if the compensation is announced, it is not released on time. As the construction workers move from one place to another, their children do not get proper education.” An official of the labour department, however, said many schemes and facilities were being offered to protect the interests of labourers, besides organising programmes and workshops for their welfare.