Equal pay for equal work, demands CITU

Equal pay for equal work, demands CITU
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Demanding the immediate redress of issues being faced by workers of several major and minor industries in Visakhapatnam, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district unit submitted a memorandum to Collector Pravin Kumar, at the Collectorate on Monday.

Visakhapatnam: Demanding the immediate redress of issues being faced by workers of several major and minor industries in Visakhapatnam, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district unit submitted a memorandum to Collector Pravin Kumar, at the Collectorate on Monday.

Steel Plant, NTPC, BHEL, HPCL, Shipyard, Dockyard, Defence sector, IOC, Port, Railways, BSNL, Insurance, RTC, GVMC, Andhra University, hospitals and other organisations are making their temporary employees work same as the permanent staff, but for very low wages, according to a press release.

A slew of demands made by CITU include paying salaries as per laws, scrapping of harsh GO No 279, Repealing Motor Vehicle amendment act by Central government and identifying Asha, Anganwadi, Mid-Day Meal and Scheme staff as workers and bringing them into fold of labour laws.

Citing Supreme Court’s ‘equal pay for equal work’ judgement, CITU demanded implementation of the same for temporary staff, who are doing same job as permanent workers. CITU district secretary B Gangarao, G S Rajeshwar Rao, P Venkata Reddy and others attended the event.

Vizianagaram: Tension prevailed at Collector office junction on Monday as hundreds of out sourced employees, Asha workers and others rushed here and attempted to lay siege to it. Workers and activists of CITU from Komarada, Parvathipuram, S. Kota and Cheepurupally reached the collector office and tried to intrude into the chamber of the collector.

Meanwhile the police tried to obstruct them at the gates but thousands of workers raised their hands and voices and alleged that government is violating the labour laws and looting the poor Class IV workers.

Around 200 women were lifted and dumped into the police vehicles and shifted to various police stations in the town. K. Ramanamma an Asha worker from S.Kota is injured. State secretary of CITU K. Subbaravamma and some others were arrested during this dharna.

Srikakulam: Police made preventive arrests of the CPM and CITU leaders leading to series of agitations across the town on Monday. The CITU called for protests in front of all collectorates across the state by demanding to resolve issues of contract, out sourcing employees, implementation of minimum wages and job security.

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