TNAU farm workers stage protest

Demands include regularisation, wage hike and retirement benefits

Members of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Farm Workers’ Union staged a token protest at the University on Friday demanding permanent employment for its members.

‘Fill vacancies’

The Union said its members had been working as daily wagers for 10 years without regularisation and attendant benefits. It wanted the University administration to fill vacancies at entry level seats with its members who were eligible.

Likewise, it wanted the administration to raise the wages for its ITI and diploma-holder members at Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 15,000 a month respectively. The University administration should also provide the retirement benefits right at the time of retirement for its members and consider the MTSP service period as probation and also provide them with earned leave facility.

The Union also sought appointment under compassionate ground for kin of its members and set right the anomalies in deducting employee provident fund for daily wagers; and, a minimum of five days work for daily wagers.

It said it raised the aforementioned demands and a few others with University and State Government officials as well but was yet to get relief. The last meeting with University Registrar and Vice Chancellor was in November 2017, where the members were promised relief at the earliest. But since the members were yet to get relief, they were observing a one-day token strike, the Union said and sought relief at the earliest.

Around 900 daily wagers including 600 women participated.

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