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Firing, lathicharge on Surat embroidery workers unjustified, govt ignored demand for minimum wages: TU

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The Majoor Adhikar Manch, a trade union of unorganised workers in Gujarat, has said that the recent police action and firing on agitating embroidery workers in Surat was "one-sided", adding, "While resorting to violence by any party is to be condemned, it needs to be pointed out that workers demand is legal and represents a basic right."
Ramesh Shrivastava, secretary, Majoor Adhikar Manch, said in a statement, "Embroidery workers are being forced to work 12 hour shifts and work seven days a week. This is in complete violation of provisions of Factories Act."
Noting that the "right to paid weekly leave and eight hours work day are basic labour rights that are universally recognized", Shrivastava said, "It is surprising that while the agitation has been going on for three weeks now, the Labour Department has not taken any action so far." Seeking immediate intervention, he demanded, the government must "ensure that the workers' justified demand of paid weekly holiday is accepted by employers."

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