PTU declares war against J&K Govt. on May Day Rally at Ramban if Labour Laws are not implemented

A massive May Day State Rally was held by J&K Panthers Trade Union at District Headquarters, Ramban in J&K. Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of PTU who was Chief Guest on the occasion called on the working class, labours and farmers unite for the implementation of Labour Laws including Minimum Wages Act which have not been enforced till date. Prof.Bhim Singh declared a war against the government if failed to grant all those civil liberties, right to wages and work for the labourers and farmers in J&K by the August 1, 2015. He warned the government to face the PTU from the road to the Supreme Court from August 1, declaring 2015 as ‘Youth Year’.

The rally was also addressed by Masood Andrabi, Chairman, PTU, Mr. Sewa Singh Bali, General Secretary-PTU, Ms. Anita Thakur, General Secretary-JKNPP, Mr. Farooq Ahmed Dar, Kashmir Province President-JKNPP, Mr. Padam Dev Singh Dogra, State Secretary-PTU, Mr. Maqbool Malik, State Secretary-JKNPP, Mr. Abdul Majid Dar, Mr. Ahmed Wani, District Ramban-PTU and others. May Day Rally was presided by PTU General Secretary, Mr. Sewa Singh Bali.

A strong resolution was adopted at the rally demanding, among other things, implementation of Minumum Wages Act, release of all the pending scholarships and arrears of SC & ST students till 31st March, 2015, regularization of services of 60,000 casual labourers, regularization of 28,000 SPOs, 3000 SSB Volunteers, 5000 homeguard volunteers, about 5000 contractual employees, free uniform, books (including shoes to the students upto 8th class–this concession was sanctioned by Shri Harsh Dev Singh, Panthers Party MLA as Education Education of 2003 to 2005). Panthers Trade Union also demanded a respectable and honourable treatment to the students in Govt. schools as it was pointed out, that several village schools have no sitting arrangements for students nor there is any mid-day meal served at all. It was felt that there are 55,000 regular posts in the Govt. departments and demanded to fill all the posts on regular basis through a due process and procedure.

Heavy tributes were paid to the martyrs of Labour Movement who were killed by bullets in labourers May Day rally for equal treatment in 1889 in Chicago.

Rally was demanded May Day to be declared as a holiday in memory of the martyrs of Labour Movement and demanded genuine and due process of law to provide social security to the unemployed youth.