Home construction workers in India protested on Monday against a government proposal to cut down on the number of construction jobs and increase the pay of construction workers, accusing the government of being unsympathetic towards them.
The construction workers on Monday staged a protest in front of the ministry of home affairs in New Delhi’s Kurla Nagar district, demanding a minimum wage and a fair contract, as well as a reduction in the number and scope of government-run training programs for construction workers.
The union has called for the government to provide the construction workers with a monthly wage of at least 50,000 rupees ($11,600) as well an average wage of 3,000,000 rupiah ($16,100) a month, the equivalent of $2,200 per month, to provide them with basic necessities, and to guarantee that the minimum wage will be doubled.
The government has said that its aim is to reduce the number in the construction sector, as the number is increasing and there are too few jobs for the workers.
However, the workers in the Kurla area believe that the government has not done enough for the sector.
They say that in recent years, the government is not giving enough support to the construction industry.
“We have been working with the government for the past six years, but now the government seems to be indifferent to us,” said a worker in his 50s who gave his name as Manju.
The Kurla workers have been protesting against a proposal that the state government has announced to reduce construction jobs in the state from 5,000 to 3,500 jobs a year.
The workers have demanded a minimum salary of 500,000 and a guarantee that construction workers will be paid a minimum of 3.2 million rupees, or about $1,100 per month.
“A minimum wage of 500 rupees per month will provide us with basic food and shelter, as we are working in harsh conditions,” the worker said.
“If they are giving us less, we can give them more.”
The workers in New India have faced many difficulties in the past few years.
In March 2017, the state’s largest construction union, the Indian Federation of Construction Workers, said that more than 7,000 workers in several areas had been sacked in the last year due to the shortage of skilled workers.
Construction workers have also been hit by a rash of suicides and accidents.