State turns blind eye to workers' plight

May Day :

Struggle continues: Members of various labour organisations participated in the May Day rally under the banner of CITU in Chikkaballapur on Sunday. DH PhotosBoth the Union and State governments instead of protecting the rights, interests and welfare of the workers, who are responsible for the growth of the nation, are wooing the capitalists, said CPM District Unit Secretary G V Sri Rama Reddy.

Speaking at a huge convention organised by the Centre on Indian Trade Unions (CITU) to mark the May Day celebrations at District Library Grounds, on Sunday, he said the gap between the poor and rich is widening at an alarming rate.

Nearly, 124 years ago the workers had rebelled demanding eight hour day and minimum wages. Despite, a century of fight, the condition of workers has not improved for the better. Even, as the number of billionaires and millionaires continue to grow, the number of poor are also growing at a fast pace. Moreover, the number of people living below poverty line is also increasing, he said.

People in IT/ITES and BT are expected to work for more than 12 hours. Workers who are employed on contract basis live under the perpetual fear of losing their jobs. Moreover, the Labour Department has become a mouthpiece of owners and proprietors, he critiqued.

“The Labour Department has never fought for the rights of the labourers. The department which guards the aspirations of employers has turned a blind eye to the woes of workers and injustice meted out to them,” said Sri Rama Reddy.

“Both the Centre and State governments which are caught in scams to the tune of Rs 73 lakh crore have failed in providing low-cost housing and health facilities to the workers,” said CITU Anganwadi Workers’ Association State Unit Secretary S Varalakshmi.

In the past 15 years more than 2 lakh farmers in different farming sectors have committed suicide in India. The plight of workers is no different. The condition of workers is so deplorable that they are pushed to the brink and forced to take their own lives, she added.

Workers’ families are living a precarious existence, continually living under the shade of uncertainty. Both the Union and State governments instead of lipsing concern should initiate steps towards implementing welfare schemes designed for the workers.

Also speaking on the occasion, Janavadi Mahila Sanghatane Secretary K S Lakshmi said success can be achieved only through struggle. Workers should not detract and continue with their struggle until the goals are met.

Educationist Prof Kodirangappa, CITU District Unit President Siddagangappa, CITU Grama Panchayat Workers’ Association District Unit Honorary President B N Munikrishnappa, Anganwadi Workers’ Association District Unit Secretary Lakshmi Devamma, DyFI District Unit President Channarayappa and others participated in the convention.

Rally

To mark the International Workers’ Day celebrations, variously called as May Day or Labour Day, a huge rally was led under the banner of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) in the City.

Members of various labour organisations participated in the procession.
The rally progressed from Sir M Visvesvaraya Circle to District Library Grounds. Participants at the rally raised slogans demanding the immediate implementation of various labour laws and also sought that justice be meted out to the working class.

Addressing the gathering, CITU District Unit President Siddagangappa said numerous fights have been fought over the past century and a quarter for the rights and welfare of the workers. As the number of workers in the unorganised sector is rapidly growing, their demands need to be addressed at the earliest. Also speaking on the occasion CITU Grama Panchayat Workers’ Association District Unit Honorary President B N Munikrishnappa said the governments should pitch in and provide job security to the workers.

 

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