PHE daily wagers protest demanding regularization, pending wages

PHE workers during a protest in Udhampur.
PHE workers during a protest in Udhampur.

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Nov 2: The PHE daily wagers under the banner of PHE Employees United Front held strong protest demonstration at BHE Station Barrian, under the chairmanship of Som Nath, senior Trade Union leader of Jammu province.
The PHE/Jal Shakti workers were beating utensils and shouting slogans against the UT Administration and BJP Government at the Centre. They alleged that BJP has failed to resolve the pending issues of the workers despite long protests.
The protesting workers were demanding their regularisation, release of pending wages, implementation of Minimum Wages Act in J&K on Central pattern, clearance of dues of retired daily wagers, biometric attendance for keeping record of un-paid workers and revocation of 12 vouchers rider.
Speaking on the occasion, Som Nath said that Government is spending huge money on the rehabilitation of the militants and their families but the workers who are performing their duties with dedication on meager money are being denied their wages.
He said that due to ‘Kaam Chhoro Hartal’ of workers, the public is suffering badly but the Government is neither bothered about starvation of poor workers nor suffering of common people due to the workers’ strike which entered 39th day today.
Som Nath appealed the LG Manoj Sinha to intervene into the matter and solve the issues of the poor workers before Diwali. At the same time, he announced that the agitation would be continued till the demands of the workers are addressed by the Government.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion include Rajinder Sharma, Kulbushan Bhat, Karan Singh, Shamsher Singh, Suraj Parkash and Dinesh Kesar.