Massive Demo Against Price Hike and Demand for Increase in Wages for Handloom Weavers in Puducherry

A joint demonstration by CPI(ML) and AICCTU was held on 15 April 2008 in front of the Registrar of Co-operative societies of Puducherry. The demonstrators demanded that the UPA Government and the Puducherry Congress Government led by N Rangassamy take effective steps to curb the spiralling price rise of essential commodities. And they also demanded the arrest of black marketers, hoarders of essential commodities. The demonstrators exclusively demanded the withdrawal of recent milk price hike which affected children and women.

The gathering, largely from among handloom weavers, demanded an increase of wages and waiver of loans to weavers. The demonstration was presided over jointly by Comrades Vadivelu and K Murugan, and hundreds of workers, especially women workers in Unions affiliated to AICCTU participated.

Comrade S Balasubramanian, Secretary of Puducherry Party State Committee, S Mothilal, Secretary AICCTU, P Shankaran, National Council Member AICCTU, C Sagayaraj, President, Movement for Protection of the Homeless addressed the demo. A memorandum was submitted to the Registrar of Co-operative societies. 

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