'Job security not ensured to unorganised sector'

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretary G V Srirama Reddy on Sunday alleged that the Union and State Governments were wasting time by making mere promises that they would take steps to ensure job security to workers in the unorganised sector.

Addressing the second Chikkaballapur district convention of CITU, Reddy said that crores of people were without job security and, the Centre and State had failed to implement programmes to address the problem.

“Scores of people were working on contract basis and were not getting even minimum wages. In fact, minimum wages has remained only on paper,” he said.

Contract labourers were being made to work beyond stipulated hours and the employers were exploiting them by not paying wages in accordance with their work.

The State government has not regularised the services of anganawadi workers and assistants and, instead was paying them honorarium in the range of  Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 which was insufficient to lead a decent life, Reddy said.

Bharat bandh

Addressing the convention, CITU State Secretary Varalakshmi said that CITU and other organisations have called for a Bharat bandh on February 20 and 21 to protest against the proposed foreign direct investment in public sector under-takings.
Support of various right-wing organisations and trade unions would be sought for the proposed two-day bandh, she said.

FDI

The Centre has decided to bring in foreign direct investments in nationalised banks, Life Insurance Corporation of India and other public undertakings, she added.
Referring to the recent gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi, Varalakshmi said women lacked the safety and security in the country and, they were being ill-treated.

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