May Day Commemoration Across Chennai – Part 1

Democratic Trade Union Center Public meeting in Thiruvottiyur: 1st May 2013

DTUC organized a public meeting in Thiruvottiyur, commemorating ‘Workers Day’ and also to raise the issue of workers from all sectors. The meeting was inaugurated to the drum beats of Idhioosai (Thunder’s Voice) and a short skit by school children from Makkal Kalai Kuyu that highlighted the struggle by workers for a reasonable time limit and better conditions of work and how the police brutally put down their struggle.

Idhioosai

Idhioosai @thiruvottiyur

Makkal Kalia Kuyu @thirvottiyur

Makkal Kalia Kuyu @thirvottiyur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These cultural events were followed by a welcome address by Com Christopher of DTUC, who highlighted the need to stand up against state policies that are increasing informalization of work. He added the his Union was actively trying to even organize the IT sector employees as they were facing severe exploitation. He welcomed the speakers from DTUC, fraternal unions as well as leaders from Communist Party (Marxist-leninist) peoples liberation (tamilnadu) Com Chidambaranathan and Com Sathish Kumar.

 

On the Dias

Speakers at Thiruvottiyur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the meeting, leaders raised several issues including the cuting down of  permanent employment, increasing informalization of work, the impact of economic reforms on workers and the governments indifference to protecting the rights of workers. They declared the need to come together as a union to effectively engage with the state. The demands raised during the public meeting were

 

AICCTU gherao labour department in various parts of the state

On May 6th in commemoration of May Day, workers and union representatives gheraoed Labour Department offices in various parts of the state including Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tirunelveli, Tanjavore and Kanyakumar.

In a petition submitted to  Secretary of Tamil Nadu Labour Department, they demanded amendments in Trade Union Act to compulsorily recognize trade unions by employers, implementation of welfare schemes under Tamil Nadu welfare boards for migrant workers, enumeration of women workers, social security for contract workers, minimum wage of Rs 15000 per month and unemployment compensation.

 

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