Unions hold massive protest against union government policies in Mangaluru, Udupi

Photos: Spoorthi Ullal & Justin D’Silva

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV/MS)

Mangaluru/Udupi, March 29: Unions in the Twin Districts staged a massive protest against the union government’s alleged anti-union policies in response to a two-day nationwide strike called by the unions.

Dakshina Kannada Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU) with Indian Center of Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), All India Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Indian Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) along with other like-minded organizations staged a massive protest against union government policies affecting workers, farmers and the public near the clock tower here on Tuesday March 29.

Protestors gathered, waving slogans against the union government from the circle of Dr BR Ambedkar.
Sunil Kumar Bajal, General Secretary of CITU, speaking on the occasion, said: “The privatization policies of the union government led by Narendra Modi have affected the working class. The anti-worker policies of the union government have made the life of the working class very difficult. wretched. The union government treats the workers like slaves.

He also alleged that the union government exploits the unorganized working class. “Government does not even pay minimum wage to Anganwadi and ASHA workers. Contract workers are forced to work for Rs 9,000 per month without providing any security. All government sectors are being handed over to companies through of privatization.

“The prices of basic commodities, petrol, diesel and cooking gas are skyrocketing. This country is not made up of corporations but it belongs to the working classes. We will not allow you to sell this country “, did he declare.

The protesters also maintained several demands including reduction of excise duty on petroleum products, transfer of 7,500 rupees per month to non-taxable families, 10 kg of free grain for each person, etc. The protesters also demanded that the government withdraw four labor laws that are pro-business and protect the interests of workers.

“The government should withdraw amendments to the Agriculture and Electricity Bill. It should provide universal social security to the unorganized working class. The government should provide minimum wage and social security to the ASHA, Anganwadi, lunch and other working class workers,” they insisted.

AITUC’s Seetharam Berinja and others spoke on this occasion.

Udupi records massive protest

A huge demonstration was organized outside the DC office by the union and various other organizations in support of a two-day national strike which was called by the unions to demand the fulfillment of various demands.

Addressing the protesters, Suresh Kallagara, union leader, said: “The Construction Workers Act is canceled and four new amendments have been made. A decision was made to form a council for 50 million unorganized workers. But instead of a single council, separate welfare councils are to be formed. The government has given the possibility to a single company to manufacture the Covid vaccine to be supplied throughout the country. The contract was awarded to relatives of PM Modi. The Union government is also raising the prices of fuel and other commodities by taking advantage of the war between Ukraine and Russia.

The protesters demanded a minimum wage of Rs 21,000 as the minimum wage for workers. They also opposed the privatization of state enterprises and demanded the formation of welfare councils for rickshaw and other transport drivers, fishermen and others working with the fishing industry. The privatization of banks and insurance companies should also be stopped, protesters urged.

Speaking on the occasion, Prabhakara B Kundar, representative of the Insurance Employees Union, said: “Before, only 5% went to the Treasury from the LIC. Now the report is reduced. The government tries to privatize all the organizations that are under its control. This should be stopped immediately.

Chief A Narasimhamurthy said: “The Union Finance Minister has called the budget for this fiscal year Amritha Kaala Budget. But the subsidy for all projects is greatly reduced. At UNESCO, the country said it would ban beedi and tobacco products. Thousands of workers employed in the beedi industry will lose their livelihoods. The government has not thought of an alternative solution to their fate. They are also not paying adequate compensation to Asha workers. Instead of discussing labor issues, the government is busy making propaganda on communal issues. They are leading the country towards insolvency.

A massive protest rally took place from Manipal Syndicate Circle to the DC office attended by thousands of laborers, bank clerks, Asha employees, LIC employees and members of other affiliated organizations. A memorandum has been submitted to the government through additional DCs. Balakrishna Shetty, Kaviraj, Vishwanatha Rai, organizer K Shankar, Ravindra from All India Bank Employees Federation and others were present.

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