Beedi workers demand minimum wages, separate identity cards


Members of the district Beedi Workers Association laying siege to the office of Labour Welfare officer in Kolar on Monday. DH Photo

Some of the demands put forth by the members are minimum wages to all the beedi workers, separate logbook and identity card to every worker and Provident fund facility.
The protest rally which began from Inspection Bungalow, passed through Doomlight Circle and Tekal Circle. The members later laid siege to the office of Labour Welfare Officer at P C layout in the City.

The members sought an end to the atrocities committed by contractors, agents and owners of the beedi factories.

They also demanded to clear the pending Rs 4,500 DA arrears as the per agreement reached on January 31 of 2007.

Highlighting their plight, the members sought student scholarships to their children, housing facility to workers, medical facility and extension of facilities in various government schemes.

Association’s Coordinator Gandhinagar Narayanaswamy lead the protest rally. Since Labour Welfare Department’s Deputy Commissioner had gone to Kolar Gold Fields on a visit, Labour Inspector Sundaresh received the memorandum from the protesters on DC’s behalf. He assured the protesters that their demands would be fulfiled in 15 days.The protest was later withdrawn by the members. A majority of the  women protesters were muslims.

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