Chandigarh: Demanding wage hike and abolition of contractual labour system, the workers of Punjab unit of Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) on Monday staged a dharna before the Punjab Labour Department.

Addressing the gathering, CITU state general secretary Raghunath Singh strongly condemned the anti-people and anti-working class policies of the state government.

Slamming the SAD-BJP government, he said that despite rising inflation the minimum wages of industrial workers under various schemes had not been revised upward.

"It has become very difficult to make both ends meet by earning Rs 4,268 per month", he said.

Protesters demanded minimum wages for unskilled workers at Rs 10,000 per month, semi-skilled at Rs 15,000 per month and skilled workers at Rs 20,000 per month.

The workers also protested against the contractual system in several departments, including Punjab Roadways, PRTC, hospitals, etc.


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