Construction workers protest in Puducherry

Jananayaga Kattumana Thozhilalargal Sangam (Construction Workers’ Federation) held a massive demonstration on 17th September 2014 in front of the Labour Commissioner’s Office at Puducherry demanding a monthly pension of Rs 3000 to all construction workers who reached 50 years of age.

On 11th September 2014 the Chief Minister while presenting the half yearly budget announced Rs.1000 as monthly pension to workers enrolled in welfare board who reached 60 years of age. That announcement provoked strong resentment among the construction workers. Construction workers union affiliated to (AICWF) swiftly went on a big protest. They demanded Rs.3000 instead of Rs.1000. The demonstration was led by P Murugan, WC member of AICWF, S Balasubramanian, All India President, Motilal, AICCTU State secretary, CPIML District Secretary Palani, and AICWF Vice Presidents Akbar, Singaraveu and AICCTU Villupuram Secretary Ganesan addressed the general public. The other important demands were

1.Rs 10 lakh compensation to wards of construction workers who met with fatal accidents
2. Rs 30000/-as maternity benefit to women workers
Rs.50000/-as vehicle purchase grant
4. Rs. 5 lakh as housing subsidy