The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Mysuru district, has condemned the police atrocities on the garment workers in Bengaluru on Tuesday when the workers were protesting against the amendments to the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. The AITUC has also demanded action against those police officers who cane-charged the workers.
The AITUC also suspected that the police may have tried to suppress the garment workers at the behest of the owners of the garment factories in and around Bengaluru. AITUC Mysuru unit general secretary H R Seshadri said that the workers were agitating in a democratic and peaceful manner demanding the government to withdraw the amendment.
Sheshadri said that ‘No one knows what prompted the police to resort to cane-charge in an inhuman way’ and added that as many as three lakh workers, mostly women, were working in garment factories. “The workers were exploited by the garment factory owners; hence, the government should discuss vital issues with all stakeholders before taking a decision.”