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Hojai district unit of Centre Indian Trade Union (CITU) took out a rally on Thursday as a mark of their protest against Centre’s move on Labour Law reforms.

The rally after passing through main throughfares of the town culminated at circle office.

Hojai district CITU president G P Chakraborty and general secretary Jugeswar Das forwarded a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through circle officer Mridusmita Bora.

As per the memorandum the move of Central Government to curtail the 44 Labour Acts by introducing four code and labour laws is hasty decision.

In the memorandum it has been stated, already two bills viz, Code on Wages Bill and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill has been introduced by Government in Lok Sabha.

And, on July 30 last, Code on Wages Bill was passed in Lok Sabha.

By which now daily wage of Rs 178 has been fixed for labourers.

As per CITU it should be Rs 600 per day.

On the other hand, Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill 2019 has been brought to repeal 13 existing Labour laws.

This will drastically curtail the workers’ rights, in their most obedient services of their corporate masters.

As per general secretary Jugeswar Das, “This new reform will weaken labour laws and would be detrimental to the interests of the workforce in the country.”

He termed it as anti-worker legislation, ignoring all norms of international labour standards and is pre-planned for the benefits of corporate masters.

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