APCC urges govt to meet union’s demands

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The labour cell of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has urged the state government to address the grievances of the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) in the greater interest of the working class.
The party’s labour cell chairman Yangbiu Takik on Tuesday criticized the ruling BJP government for delaying the enhancement of wages/salaries of the workers, which he said was introduced during the UPA-II government at the initiative of the Indian National Trade Union Congress.
Takik said the same has been implemented in several states, barring Arunachal.
The AAPWU has threatened to launch phase-wise democratic action if the government fails to meet its demands within 45 days.
The union’s demands include enhancement of workers’ wages; implementation of maternity benefit (leave) for women workers according to the central government notification on 12 April 2017; implementation of same grade pay to same work charge staffs under the government establishments; enhancement of normal death benefit from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakhs for registered workers under the APB&OCWWB; and consideration of appointment of dependants of contingency/casual workers on compassionate ground.