Unions affiliated with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have declared deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar to be the new hope for workers.
The unions, including the Sharad Rao-led Municipal Mazdoor Union, Maharashtra Rajya Mathadi and the Transport and General Kamgar Union, which are backed by NCP, have organised a workers’ rally to support and felicitate Ajit Pawar at the Kamgar Krida Kendra at Parel on January 11.
NCP leader and president of the Municipal Mazdoor Union, Sharad Rao on Thursday said workers from several civic services, factories, autorickshaw drivers, hawkers, contract labourers and Mathadi workers across Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Tarapur, Boisar and Kalyan were expected to participate
in the rally. This will be the first time Pawar will attend such a rally in Mumbai after becoming deputy chief minister.
The unions will request Pawar to force the state government to change the ‘anti-labour decisions’ taken during the tenure of former chief ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan.
“We will request Pawar to give a solution to anti-hawker laws and problems of autorickshaw and taxi drivers,” said Rao.
NCP leader and the minister of rural development, Jayant Patil and housing development minister Sachin Ahir will be chief guests at the event.