Labour welfare organisations and trade unions are up in arms against the Organising Committee (OC) for the “shoddy” treatment meted out to the 27 labourers, who were injured on Tuesday, after a pedestrian bridge collapsed near the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.
On Thursday, organisations, including Indian Council of Trade Unions, All India Federation of Trade Unions and Centre For Struggling Workers in Trade Union held a protest rally near Jantar Mantar against the OC and the government.
The protesters have demanded the resignation of the state PWD Minister Rajkumar Chauhan besides cancellation of all contracts given to the erring construction company. They have also demanded government jobs and immediate release of adequate compensation for the injured workers.
Meanwhile, Shramik Referral Centre for People Living with HIV/AIDS, another labour welfare organisation has filed a suit for damages at the Delhi High Court on behalf of the injured workers against Michael Fennel and Mike Hooper of the Commonwealth Games Federation, OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, OC general secretary Lalit Bhanot besides a few others responsible for the accident.
The protesters alleged that the workers have been continuously exposed to dangerous work conditions across CWG work sites. They argued that the Games were being used to rake in huge profits for builders. They also accused the companies of constructing structures of poor quality to save on building costs.
Following the protest rally, a fact-finding team was constituted. On their visit to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where the workers are admitted, the team, consisting of trade union leaders,
Delhi University teachers and students, were shocked to see the shoddy arrangements, sources said.