GUWAHATI, May 1 – With a call to unite against exploitation of working class and to strengthen the trade unions, May Day was observed on the Assam Tribune premises today by the Assam Tribune Employees’ Union (ATEU).
In keeping with the tradition, senior ATEU member Kamal Deka hoisted the flag at 10 am to mark the beginning of the programme. In his speech, he explained about the importance of the Day.
ATEU general secretary Dugdha Ram Kalita, speaking on the occasion, said that the unorganized workers are prone to exploitation. “Ours is the first organisation in the country to implement the new wage board recommendations, but the path to this achievement was not free from hurdles,” he said.
Further asking the working class people to maintain unity and strengthen trade unions’ movement, he said that a worker’s rights are secured under a trade union.
“Globalisation is major weapon at the hands of the capitalists, which is widening the gap between the rich and the poor. With new scams and scandals coming to light every day, the working-class people need to be alert all the time, to protect their rights,” said Saifuddin Ahmed, president of ATEU.
Vice president of the union, Siba Prasad Deka also stressed on unified approach to wrest worker’s rights. “Various laws to protect the workers’ rights are in place, yet very few organisations implement such laws on the ground. There are many newspapers organizations in Assam, where the employees work for 12-hours-a-day, without getting their dues,” he said adding that the ATEU’s movement is not just confined to its own organisation. “We would also work towards securing the rights of the workers of other newspaper organizations,” he added.
Indrani Rai Medhi, Assistant Editor, The Assam Tribune and Deben Mahanta, organising secretary of ATEU also spoke on the occasion. At around 2.30 pm, a procession was taken out from the Assam Tribune premises, which joined a convention organized to observe May Day at Dighalipukhuripar in the city.
The Assam Government Press Industrial Employees Association, also observed the day by hoisting the flag in the Assam Government Press premises. Vice president of the association Jiten Patgiri hoisted the flag. The All Assam Goods Carrier Truck Drivers’ and Handimen Union (Day and Night) organized May Day programme at its head office at the NH 37. The flag hoisting and lamp lighting was done by union members Pratap Sarma and Mahendra Talukdar. One minute’s silence was observed to pay tributes to the Dhubri boat mishap victims, a statement mentioned.
Shram Parishad, Asom, a unit of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) organized a day-long programme to observe the May Day. Around 12 pm, a precession was taken out from Fancy Bazar. An open meet was also held in the premises of the AGP, added a press release.