Championing the cause of mill workers, Shiv Sena executive president will lead their agitation to the state legislature during the monsoon session that starts on August 9. He also plans to meet chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to put forth the demand of free housing for mill workers.
Three decades after surviving the strike, 6,925 of the 1.5 lakh retrenched mill workers got houses through a lottery process on June 28. They had to pay Rs7.5 lakh for low-cost Mhada houses in Mumbai. However, as only 19 mill owners had surrendered the Mhada’s share of land, only 43,099 mill workers could participate in the process.
The Shiv Sena along with six other mill workers’ unions will protest against the government for breaking their promise of providing free housing and employment to all the mill workers. “The government is responsible for the mill workers. They should chalk out a plan to generate money for their housing. Our party MPs will present our demand to the prime minister,” said Thackeray at a meeting with the six mill workers’ unions on Saturday.
The Sena plans to go ahead with a mill workers’ strike and call for a Mumbai bandh, similar to what they did during the monsoon session of 2011.