PHE workers without wages for 30 months, stage protest

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Jan 16: PHE workers  including daily wagers  and CP workers today held a strong protest demonstration at Mansar, demanding release of their hard earned wages pending for  the last about 30 months.
A large number of workers from various areas  including  Khoon, Dhema, Thial, Manwal, Sundla etc, under the banner of Water Works ( PHE) Employees Association led by Som Nath, senior vice president of the  Association, assembled at Mansar town today and held strong protest rally. The workers were shouting slogans against the State PHE authorities and  projecting their demands.  They alleged that Government has failed to release their pending wages and the hapless  families have been left to face starvation.
While addressing rally, Som Nath strongly criticized the State PHE authorities for their callous attitude towards the working class. He pointed out that despite repeated representations to the higher authorities and even to the former minister nothing has been done to release the wages of the workers.  He also demanded regularization of  the daily rated,  ITI trained, consolidated/ CP  workers  who have completed five years of service.
Som Nath, who is also INTUC president for district Udhampur further demanded that minimum wages of the daily rated workers be  hiked   and all the workers should not be paid less than Rs 4500 per month as Rs 500, Rs 1000 or Rs 1500 is no wage rate at all.  He said private labour is getting Rs 350 wage per day  and wage rate be enhanced from Rs 150 to Rs 400 per day. The CP workers engaged for the last over 15 to 18 years be made permanent, discrimination with the workers from Jammu division be stopped forthwith, shortage of staff at pumping stations and other water works be removed , persons engaged against the land donated to the department are not paid for the last 8-9 months. Their wages be released shortly.
The INTUC leader also demanded  release of 6 % DA with effect from July Ist , 2015 and said that Medical allowance of  the employees and pensioners should also be increased to Rs 2000 per month.
Prominent among others present  on the occasion  included Vijay Kumar  general secretary, Rattan Singh, Suraj Parkash, Makhan Chand, Dinesh Kesar,  Rajinder Sharma  and Krishan CHand.

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