INTUC affiliated Unions observe May Day

Port Blair
2 May 2018

On the occasion of “May Day” , to express solidarity with the working class people and labours, the INTUC and its affiliated trade unions have taken out  procession on 1st May  at 7  a.m.  from Gandhi Bhavan at the allotted route within Port Blair Municipal area.   The procession was led by Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma, president, INTUC and also attended by senior leaders of ANTCC and its frontal organisations, Municipal Councillors and PRI members.  More than 2500 workers of various Govt. Departments, organised and unorganised  private sectors  joined  the procession.
On culmination of the procession at Gandhi  Bhawan, the leaders of INTUC and Congress party  addressed the gathering wherein the INTUC president Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma assured to extend all possible helps to the working class people residing in these Islands.  Describing the present government at the Centre as anti-workers and anti-poor, anti farmer Mr Kuldeep emphasised the need for workers unity and urged the workers belonging to all sectors to come in to the fold of INTUC and Congress party in more and more numbers to strengthen the labour movement in these Islands.  While giving reference to the local issues pertaining to employment in government service, Mr Kuldeep  said that  the government should be role model employer  and its decision need to be  favourable  and supportive to the  workers engaged to perform  government service.    Accordingly he  demanded  that the decision of the Administration to extend wages equal to 1/30th  of the minimum  pay plus Dearness Allowances need not  be  restricted only to DRMs who are appointed against the duly sanctioned or  against existing vacancies in the concerned department but  to  be extended  to all such DRMs who are  engaged continuously and in routine manner to perform perennial  jobs for substantial period. 
He demanded amendment to the Administration’s circular for enhanced wages to DRMs expressing that  large number of DRMs working in various departments of the Administration such as  Civil Supplies, IP&T, PMB, DC Office, etc. and even in APWD who despite working for  more than 10 years are not extended the enhanced wages due to non availability of vacant posts.  He insisted upon regularisation of services of 45 odd Temporary Status Mazdoor in Directorate of Civil Supplies emphasising that  even after getting relief from the Court of Law, the Govt. is not willing to give regular appointments to these TSMs who have put on more than 25 years of service.    INTUC general secretary Mr  Gyan Prakash Krishna expressed concern over the growing unemployment in the  Islands  and urged that the Administration being the major source of providing  employment should expedite filling up of  all  vacant  posts in the departments of A & N Administration, create news posts , discourage privatisation and stop entry of non Islanders in  government  jobs.  Mr Sahadevan, vice president, INTUC said that the Central Government in order to avoid embarrassment  from the central trade unions as also from its own trade union wing of  Bhartia  Mazdoor Sangh, postponed the 47th Indian Labour Conference which was to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on  February 26 2018 to discuss key issues related to employment generation and social security coverage for workers. Smti  Shanta  Singh,   Shri Mohd. Ali, Shri Vemanna, Shri Noor Islam also addressed the gathering raising various local issues such as price rise, unemployment, withdrawal of supply of subsidised essential commodities such as sugar, rice, kerosene from Public Distribution System etc.  The procession  was concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Shri Mohd. Rafi, general secretary, INTUC. May Day procession was also taken out by the INTUC unit of Rangat & Campbell Bay.