Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) organized a rally and procession to press for acceptance of their demand on Friday. They are seeking regularization of services of those labourers who have completed their eight years of contract or daily wage jobs at Jogindernagar.
Union members marched towards the public works department (PWD) office at Jogindernagar and presented a memorandum. CITU leader Kushal Bhardwaj said that executive engineer informed the union that file concerning the regularization of jobs of some labourers was pending with the government in Shimla.
CITU is demanding the implementation of labour court, Dharmshala, orders in which the court has directed the government to regularize the jobs of the labourers who have completed eight years of services and consider the break period of job as in service.
The PWD gave 15 days' break in the services of the labourers prior to their completing one year period and re-employed them after the break and used to consider the fresh appointment as new appointment but the labour court, Dharmshala, in a judgment scrapped the provision and ordered to consider the seniority of the labourers from the date of his/her first appointment and consider the break period on job.
Kushal said that some labourers had completed more than 10 to 18 years in the service but were not considered to be eligible for regular jobs.
He said that it was a clear case of injustice and the fresh condition of a minimum qualification of eighth class was totally biased.
“No such condition was laid when these labourers were appointed for the first time but now when they have completed 10 to 18 years the department is enforcing the condition. Why they did not ask for the qualification when appointed for first time 18 years ago”said Kushal, adding that the agitation would be intensifed if their demands were not accepted.