Warangal: Hundreds of labourers working in unorganized sector have taken to the streets here on Monday seeking better wages, work conditions and job security. The ‘Chalo Collectorate’ agitation was held under the banner of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). Construction workers, contract labourers, hamalies, beedi work
ers, tailors and clerks in private firms have taken part in the protest in large numbers.
A protest rally was taken from Ekasila Park to the District Collector’s office where they staged a demonstration and rasta-roko for about one hour. Addressing the gathering several leaders denounced the anti-worker policies of the State and Central governments.
CITU city president Mettu Ravi, general secretary Ragula Ramesh, senior leaders Chukkaiah, Sarangapani and others have addressed the gathering. They alleged that the Government has been neglecting the interests of about 1.20 crore unorganized labourers in the State.
In Warangal town alone there were about 1.50 lakh labourers toiling every day to earn their bread and butter, but were paid meagre salaries, said the CITU leader Ramesh. Moreover, they workers were lacking better working conditions.
In view of improper working conditions the labourers were facing the threat of contracting serious ills. Similar was the plight of those who were working on contract basis in Government establishments, said the CITU city president Ravi. On the other hand, the State and Central governments have been imposing financial burden on those who were engaged in petty trades in the form taxes and electricity surcharges, alleged Chukkaiah.
‘The CITU leaders presented a charter of demands to the district administration. They sought field-wise labour welfare boards, minimum wage of Rs 10, 000 to contract workers, provident fund and pension facility and withdrawal of red-zones in Warangal town were among the demands.