The strike of textile workers from over 155 factories continued for the 25th day, on Sunday. Workers continued their dharna at PUDA ground.
More than 2,500 textile workers are demanding better wages in view of rising prices and inflation and to implement labor laws. Protesting workers claim that because of rising prices, it is difficult to sustain their families. They claim that the profits of the factory owners are skyrocketing but the workers are in desperate conditions.
The workers are demanding implementation of labour laws like identity cards, maintenance of muster-roll, attendance card, salary slips, ESI cards, PF, bonus and weekly holidays. Improvement of conditions on the factory floor and appropriate security measures to prevent accidents in factories are also the main demands of the workers.
Lakhwinder Singh, senior member of the Textile Mazdoor Union said, “The factory owners have adopted an adamant attitude towards the workers’ demands. The labour department, who is constitutionally duty-bound to make sure of the implementation of labour laws and welfare of workers, is also siding with factory owners.”
“The labour department is so insensitive towards the workers that instead of solving the problems of workers, it has lodged false police cases against the leadership of Textile Mazdoor Union. This lead the workers to hold protest at DC Office on October 13 and hand over a memorandum to the DC (Ludhiana) on which he has assured to act immediately,” he added.
The workers claimed that there has been no action on the demands of the workers and have decided to protest at the DC Office on Monday, October 17.