Palanivel State Secretary of AICCTU and Bharathi, National Secretary of RYA , sat on an indefinite strike from 9 Feb 2014, demanding the state government to ensure Minimum Wage of Rs.15000 for all working people, house-site pattas to all without homes, 1000 bed Government hospital with modern facilities, Government’s Arts, science and medical colleges to Ambattur, higher secondary school for both boys and girls, removal of garbage dumping yard from Vanagaram, playground with all facilities and closure of Tasmac wine shop in the area.
The Fast was inaugurated by Chandran, Coimbatore District President of AICCTU and addressed by Jawahar, Honarary President of Tamil Nadu AICCTU, Thenmozhi, State President of AIPWA, Malarvizhi, State President of AISA and Sekar, City Secretary of CPI(ML) also addressed the gathering. Local people, prominent polical personalities, lawyers, students and workers visited the fasting venue in hundreds daily and offered their support for the cause. Also a team of workers from MRF, President of Surface Transport Union, CPI(ML) state committee members Janakiraman and Iraniappan greeted them.
After a few rounds of talks with officials it was agreed to close down the wine shop immediately and they have promised to look into other demands. After a written assurance from RDO, both of them concluded their fast in a well attended public meeting on 13 February. The public meeting was addressed by Com Bharathi and Palanivel. Com Kumarasamy concluded the programme with a speech.