People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 26, 2004
Workers Stage Militant Demonstrations
A K Padmanabhan
of men and women, from various unorganised sectors, participated in massive
demonstrations all over Tamilnadu on September 9.
demonstrations and rallies were called for by the Tamilnadu state committee of
the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), to press various demands of
unorganised sector workers.
the government and authorities keep shedding crocodile tears over the conditions
of unorganised workers, the situation has been going from bad to worse.
Tamilnadu, after prolonged struggles, the government had to form welfare boards
for various sections of unorganised workers. But these boards have not been
functioning. Minimum wages have not been revised for years in many industries
and whatever is in existence, is not being implemented. Various demands of these
workers such as social security have not been met.
was in order to press for these demands that the CITU has been conducting a
series of campaigns and struggles. The CITU state committee then decided for yet
another phase of campaign that culminated in massive demonstrations on September
of handbills were distributed and posters were released by unions all over the
state in construction, beedi and handloom sectors, by the unions of auto
rickshaw drivers, headload workers, tailoring units and other unorganised
Chennai, both the North and South Chennai district committees organised a
procession, in which more than 3000 workers including a large number of women
participated. A Soundararajan, T N Nambirajan, Malathichitiibabu, S Appunu, P
Unni and others addressed these demonstrations.
detailed memorandum was presented to the labour minister. Similar memorandums
were submitted to district collectors also.
Nagarcoil, a demonstration with massive participation of women was held. It was
addressed by CITU leaders including A V Bellarmine and M Mony. In Madurai, P
Mohan greeted the demonstrators.
than 50,000 workers participated in these demonstrations in more than 50 centres
all over the state.