FCI godown workers protest in Ludhiana

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 16:42 IST

Punjab Palledar Union and Food Corporation of India (FCI) staged a protest at District Food Supply and Controller (DFSC) against certain proposed labour policies of the government.

Members of the unions complained about a proposed ruling according to which the right to load and unload material in trucks would be given to “ahrtiyas” instead of workers deployed for the same job. This, in turn, would lead to the unemployment of 30,000 people.

Members also said the ‘No Work No Pay’ system should be cancelled in FCI. They also demanded that a proper Employees’ Provident Fund scheme should be brought into place, so that the workers didn’t have to suffer any longer. They also demanded that the workers’ payment be returned at the earliest.

A total of 11 unions held a meeting in Delhi on November 15 in which they decided to stage a large rally in every state. Punjab Palledar Union and Food Corporation of India will hold a rally on November 28 at Dana mandi at Gill road. General secretary of Punjab Palledar Union and Food Corporation of India, Amar Singh Bhattea, said, “If the government will not accept our demands, then a large numbers of workers will stage a rally on November 28.”

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