Pune: Different trade unions protested in Pune claiming that the State government must help them financially due to coronavirus imposed lockdown of three and half months has resulted into some huge financial losses.
Trade unions have demanded that all families with low income should get financial assistance in the range between at least Rs 10,000 per month for the next six months. Also, each person should be given 10 kilograms of food grains per month free of cost with free travel arrangements for migrant labourers.
Talking to Sakal Times the Pune District Kamgar Sangathan President Kailas Kadam and Convener Ajit Abhyankar said, “The agitation took place in all the industrial belts in Pune district. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, trade unions have called for a nationwide agitation for the various demands of workers in the organised and unorganised sector.”
As part of the agitation, workers in industrial estates in the district had protested outside the factories after work hours or during lunch break, the action committee said.
Their other demands were of subsidising the schools, college students to waive tuition fees for the coming session, employment during the lockdown, waiver of electricity bills of wage-paid workers, wages during the lockdown, hiring of all workers, cancel labour laws, waiver of loans to farmers and assistance for Kharif crops.
The agitators have made some more demands such as declaring separate loan repayment concessions for autorickshaw, taxi drivers, small traders and entrepreneurs.