LUDHIANA : The Communist Party of India (CPI) Hs demanded immediate hike in minimum wages of all categories of workers, check on rising prices of essential items and scrupulous implementation of labour laws.
In a rally convened at Basti Jodhewal chowk here, the party leaders gave a call to the workers to participate in large numbers in the rally to be held by the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) at Delhi on December 20, 2012.
CPI leaders stressed the demand for revision of minimum monthly wages for the unskilled workers
to Rs 10,000, Rs 15,000 for semi-skilled and Rs 20,000 for skilled workers. They further urged the government to fill up of all vacant posts on regular basis and not on contract basis, payment of provident fund and bonus to all workers without any pre conditions; increase in gratuity rates,
pension to all workers and employees, compulsory registration of trade unions within 45 days of filing registration papers and implementation of labour laws as per ILO convention 87 and 98.
The trade union leaders alleged that the workers were being denied their constitutional rights even to get their ration cards, Aadhar cards and voter cards. They charged the government with bowing to the pressure of corporate sector which had led to flouting of labour laws with impunity, not only by the private, but also by the public sector as well.
There is no provision for social security to the unorganized workers. The government has failed to curb the rising prices and solve the problem of unemployment causing serious effect on the lives of toiling masses, the CPI activists added.