(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 15, 2012
Holds Massive Workers Rally at
ON December 28, the Odisha state committee of
the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) organised a massive rally and
workers at state capital
Permanent as well as contract workers from public sector enterprises like steel and coal, NTPC, coal, NALCO, port and dock, mines, transport, construction and other sectors and also the unorganised sector workers like Anganwadi workers, Mid-day meal workers, ASHA workers, Krusak Sathis and Sakti Sahayikas joined the rally. Women workers, who form a large part of these workers, joined the rally in a good number.
On the day, people numbering more than 15,000
took out a colourful procession that started from the
A delegation of CITU leaders later submitted a 22 point memorandum to the chief minister of Odisha. The memorandum demanded, among other things, immediate opening of the closed mines, employment to the retrenched workers, enhancement of minimum wages to Rs 200 a day, and effective implementation of labour law. The delegation had also a discussion with the chief secretary of the government of Odisha in relation to these demands. Delegations of union leaders also met some ministers and various commissioners and secretaries to discuss the burning problems facing different sections of workers in the state.