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Thiruvananthapuram: Construction sites to shut for a day

Thiruvananthapuram

The work at the construction sites run by the members of CREDAI Trivandrum and Builders Association of India (BAI), Trivandrum, will be stalled on Wednesday in protest against the alleged attack on Arun Unnithan, district vice chairman of BAI, by a trade union representative at District Labour Office (DLO). Museum police filed an FIR on October 19 based on a complaint filed by the BAI. 

According to the complaint, the district labour officer summoned a meeting on October 18 to settle the issue regarding loading and unloading rates in the district. 

According to the complaint filed by the BAI, the builders had earlier expressed the inability to accept the demand of trade unions to hike the loading and unloading rates. When the matter remained unresolved, a meeting was scheduled at DLO. During the meeting, one INTUC representative verbally abused the representatives of CREDAI and BAI and flung a chair at Arun Unnithan in an attempt to hurt him. 

Arun Unnithan said that such an act nearly threatened his life. 

“The issue has been going on for months. There is so much disparity in loading and unloading rates between Thiruvananthapuram and other districts. We clearly conveyed our problems in going for another hike this year. All the trade unions had also agreed to this and said that rates of around 18 items would not be changed. It was then that an INTUC representative named Nazar behaved in a violent manner,” said Arun Unnithan. 

He said that the manner in which some union members resort to violent and unparliamentary ways to curb dissent was unacceptable.

Meanwhile, the INTUC Thiruvananthapuram unit issued a press note condemning the incident. “The act of a labourer who verbally abused and assaulted the management representatives was objectionable. Two other office bearers of the INTUC were entrusted with the task of deliberating on the issue. We strongly condemn the action of an individual who is not at all associated with the INTUC,” said a release issued by District President V R Prathapan and General Secretary V J Joseph.

Source: TNN, Thiruvananthapuram

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