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Protests, public functions mark May Day celebrations

Several organisations on Friday organised programmes to mark the May Day. While some made use of the occasion to protest against labour law violations, a few others highlighted the problems affecting the working class.

K. Radhakirshna, State president of the All-India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), said though the May Day movement spoke of limiting the number of working hours to eight, it wasn’t being adhered to here. Labour laws were being watered down in the name of reforms, and agricultural labourers were being targeted in the name of land acquisition, he said.

K.V. Bhat, district secretary of AIUTUC, said ASHA and anganwadi workers were being harassed in the name of contract work, instead of regularising their services.

The Karnataka Workers’ Union sought a revision in the minimum wages fixed for unorganised sector. Some fun and games were also organised to mark the labourers’ working on projects of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India.
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