Trade union cadres launch indefinite fast to protect temporary workers

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COIMBATORE : Members of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) on Monday launched an indefinite fast demanding that the state government implement the tenets of the Contract Labour (regulation and abolition) Act and frame the new model standing order for the welfare of temporary labourers.

Eight AICCTU members led by S Kumarasamy, its national president, started the protest at the office of the Coimbatore District Pricol Workers Welfare Union at Periyanaickenpalayam.

The protesters wanted the government to draft the model standing order to safeguard the welfare of temporary workers. “The state, in May 2008, had drafted industry employment standing order act to safeguard workers and had released a GO in July 2016. Based on this, the Madras high court had on July 20, 2016 directed the state to draft the new model standing orders. But the state has not done it so far,” a communication said.

“Temporary workers, who have the same workload as permanent workers, should be paid on par with permanent workers and if a temporary worker had worked for 240 days a year, the worker should be made permanent. The probation period should not be more than three months and of the total permanent workers in a firm, not more than 5% should be apprentices,” it said.

CPI (ML) district secretary MS Velmurugan said the protest will continue till the state holds talks with the members.

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