Jammu: Presided over by Nissar Kamrazi, one day convention of Nirman Mazdoor Union J&K, was held at Jammu and hundreds of construction workers across the state attended the convention.
While addressing the convention, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, President CITU, J&K and MLA said that working class in general and construction workers in particular are under attack because of disastrous policies of Modi Government. There is nothing except tall claims, long promises and rhetoric to offer to this deprived section of our population.
The Central law, Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service Act, 1996 which was adopted here in the Assembly in 2008 is not being implemented properly. The workers working in projects, roads, buildings and other areas are not being treated as workers. Their legitimate demand for minimum wages of Rs.15000/- per month is not being considered. As and when there is any labour dispute, the administration sides with the management. Modi Government is not showing any urgency whatsoever to come forward to provide any relief to the workers working in construction sector.
He appealed to the working class, different unions and platforms to come forward and initiate united struggles in order to get genuine demands of the workers met.
Comrade Debanjan Chakraborti, General Secretary, Construction Workers Federation of India(CWFI) said that after persistent struggles launched by the trade unions particularly left-oriented trade unions, the construction workers friendly legislation was enacted in 1996 by virtue of which some welfare measures have been formulated to minimize their hardships.
He stressed that J&K Nirman Mazdoor Union should organize struggle for construction of one room flats for construction workers on state land; establishment of skill development training institutes each at Srinagar and Jammu to impart skilled training to the workers and their families out of their own funds. He also emphasized the leadership of the union to launch protracted struggles and provide political education by organizing classes for the construction workers.
Construction Workers leaders from Himachal Pardesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab also shared the experiences of their states in respect of implementation of welfare schemes for these workers.
The Convention unanimously adopted the resolutions on:- simplifying the process of registration of workers, price rise, migrant labourers, communalism, unemployment, enhancement of minimum wages to Rs.15000/- per month; construction of sheds for workers were unanimously adopted in the convention. 35 members preparatory committee with Nissar Kamrazi and Raj Kumar as co-conveners and Jagdesh Raj as treasurer were also nominated in the convention. Among others Om Prakash, Gen.Secy.CITU, Shma Prasad Kesar, Sr.leader, CITU, Mohd.Afzal Parrey, Abdul Rashid Najjar, Chalotra, Dogra Labour Union, Gh.Nabi Khan and Rambachan Rao, President Marble Mazdoor Union also addressed the convention. Romesh Chand conducted the proceedings of the convention. (KNS)
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