Hyderabad: Demanding that the State government immediately issue a final GO on Beedi workers minimum wages by making alterations in the draft notification, the Beedi Workers Associations Joint Action Committee (JAC) has decided to organise a three-day ‘Dharna’ from June 9 to 11 at Indira Park here.
Speaking to mediapersons here today, the Andhra Pradesh Beedi Workers Union ( IFTU) State president, Mr V. Krishna, lamented that though the State government issued Minimum Wages Draft Notification on November 30 last year, it failed to release final GO so far. As per Minimum Wage Act, the State government has taken suggestions and objections from the union leaders and workers and it was expected to issue a GO on the wage structure within 60 days, he added.
Stating that the beedi managements were selling 1,000 beedies for Rs 400 and were paying only Rs 200 to the workers for rolling 1,000 beedis, he said the managements were opposed to increase minimum wages even after making a handsome profit of Rs 200 on every 1,000 beedies.
The Telangana Beedi Workers Union Federation (INTUC) demanded that the State government enhance minimum wage for 1,000 beedis from Rs 86 to Rs 145. He also demanded that the State government enhance monthly pay to leaf and tobacco distributors, beedi sorter, gampawala, wachmen and beedi packers to Rs 5,000, for clerks, typists, cashiers, furnace men and other to Rs 6,000, for accountants Rs 7,000 and manager Rs 10,000.
The Navayuga Beedi Workers Association president, Ms Aruna has threatened to launch indefinite strike next month if the State government failed to concede their demands.
The Shramikashakti Andhra Pradesh Beedi workers Union president, Mr V. Vitalraj, and the AP Beed Industry Workers Association (TNTUC) president, Mr B. Ilaiah, were also present.