On the decision of Centre of India Commerce Unions (CITU), over 500 members of 11 labour unions protested outdoors Ludhiana deputy commissioner’s workplace on Sunday and demanded well being care insurance coverage amongst different advantages for Covid warriors. Members of unions together with anganwadi staff, kisan union and Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union raised slogans towards the Centre and state governments.
Amid surging Covid-19 circumstances, protesters have been seen carrying masks however didn’t adhere to social distancing norms.
They received right into a heated argument with police personnel deployed outdoors the DC’s workplace to cease them from getting into the premises. Barricades have been put in close to the workplace and staff sat there and protested for 2 hours.
Subhash Rani, normal secretary of Anganwadi Mulazam Union, mentioned, “We’ve been working as Covid-19 warriors since March, however no advantages have been offered to helpers and staff. The federal government should enhance honorarium of staff to Rs 25,000 and supply well being care insurance coverage advantages to anganwadi and ASHA staff.”
“The state authorities assured staff that youngsters between the age of three to 6 years will probably be admitted to Anganwadi centres, however this yr too, they’ve been enrolled in authorities colleges. If this continues, anganwadi centres will shut down and all staff and helpers will turn out to be jobless,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, Karkhana Mazdoor Union, Ludhiana, protested at Focal Level and textile staff union raised slogans at Tajpur Street towards the centre authorities for altering labour legal guidelines.
They mentioned rising working hours from eight to 12 hours will result in exploitation.