Sales reps demand industry status, better working conditions

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) About 3000 medical and sales representatives today held a demonstration near the Jantar Mantar here in support of their demand for ''just working conditions''.

They threatened to go on a country-wide strike if their demands were not met by the Government.

''We do not have any fixed working hours and no working rules are applicable for us. The companies set the targets and we have to achieve them. If not, either we are transferred or terminated,'' said Mr D P Dubey, General Secretary, Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives' Association of India (FMRAI), the organisation which spearheaded the rally, along with the support of CITU.

He said sales promotion should be considered as an industry in itself, by amending Section 2 (i) of the Industrial Disputes Act, with the employers taking equal responsibility.

Even though sales promotion has been declared as an industry, it was not being enforced by the state governments, pointed out FMRAI president R Vishwanathan.

''Only West Bengal has made amendments, to include sales representatives under the definition of workmen. But other states pass the buck to the Centre, saying as sales representatives work across the country, it should be enacted by the Union Government,'' he said.

''The Centre can easily ensure this by a gazette notification,'' he told reporters later.

He said if their demands for better working conditions and fixed work schedule are not met, the association would go on a country-wide strike from January.

A delegation of FMRAI representatives met Labour Secretary Sudha Pillai and submitted their charter of demands.

UNI

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