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Brick kiln workers strike, seeken forcement of Labour law

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, November 29, 2013
First Published: 21:17 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:18 IST(29/11/2013)

Demanding strict enforcement of the Labour Law, more than 150 brick kiln workers on Friday struck their work and held a protest rally at Nehru Park under the banner of the District Batha Mazdoor Union affiliated to the All India Central Counsel of Trade Unions (AICCTU).

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The protest passed through main markets of the city before staging a sit-in outside the deputy commissioner's (DC) office here.

Addressing the gathering, AICCTU state president Gurmit Singh Bakhatpura demanded that the Labour Law should be strictly enforced on the brick kiln workers.

He alleged that the Punjab government and the local administration always neglected the interests of the brick kiln labourers.

He further said the brick kiln owners should provide the labourers with houses and bathroom facility at their workplace, soap, mustard oil, gur (jaggery), a cart, hoe and other needed tools.

He alleged that the brick kiln workers had been paid lower wages than the fixed by the government, and they were forced to work in unhygienic conditions and maltreated by their employers.

He sought sufficient wages and facilities for the workers.

Later, the union leaders also submitted a charter containing their demands to the deputy commissioner.

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