GUWAHATI, May 1 – With emphasis on improving the working conditions and protect the workers and employees from exploitation, May Day programmes were observed in various parts of the city along with rest of the world.
The Sponsoring Committee of Trade Unions, Assam – comprising of different government and non-government trade union bodies including those of insurance sector, banks, postal, newspaper and railways among others – observed the May Day programme at Dighalipukhuripar. The committee today also announced to take up a joint movement against the anti workers policy of the government.
Flag hoisting was done by Bank Employees Union leader Ajanta Bordoloi that was followed by a public meeting. A procession was also taken out at 5 pm from Dighalipukhuri to Guwahati Club.
The public meeting was addressed by several noted trade union leaders including Deven Bhattacharya, Upen Talukdar and Pankaj Das.
The Assam Tribune Employees Union (ATEU) also observed the day at the Tribune Building premises. Mahendra Kalita, senior member of the union hoisted the May Day flag at 10.20 am, which was followed by a meeting presided over by ATEU president Saifuddin Ahmed. General Secretary of the union Dugdharam Kalita spoke on the significance of the day and stressed on the need of unity among the workers and employees to protect their rights.
Assistant secretary of the union Debasish Sinha, organising secretary Deben Mahanta and other members of the union were present on the occasion.
While addressing the meeting the ATEU president expressed concern over the lack of economic and social security to unorganised labour sector and the trend of appointments on contract basis in several organisations to weaken the trade unions. Another ATEU member Ramesh Das also spoke on the occasion.
Assam Union of Working Journalists also observed the day and hoisted the flag at the Guwahati Press Club at 9 am.