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JAMMU: One day convention of various unions of construction workers working in organised and unorganised sectors under the banner of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was held here on Sunday.
The convention was presided over by Romesh Chand, President of Nirman Mazdor Union-Jammu.
The convention was addressed by Om Parkash, General Secretary of State CITU and different union representatives who expressed concern over various problems being faced by the workers.
Om Parkash expressed concern over the plight of the working class who are adversely hit by the neo liberal economic policies pursued by the Central and State Governments. “These policies are drastically affecting the workforce especially working in the unorganised sector across the country including Jammu and Kashmir virtually reducing them to the status of bonded labourers,” he alleged. He also expressed concern over the anti-workers attitude of the management of the companies deployed in the execution of four lane roads, Railway tracks and hydro power in the State. He stressed upon the present dispensation to strictly implement Minimum Wages Act so that these workers are entitled to the basic social security benefits like EPF and gratuity. Jagdish Sharma, General Secretary of Nirman Mazdor Union said that Section 22 of BOCW Act 1996 says that pension and housing loans should be provided to the registered construction workers but so far nothing has done while our neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, etc are providing pension to the construction workers after they attain the age of 60 years.
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