Artistes, intellectuals support two-day NCR industrial strike

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New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Several artistes, intellectuals and prominent personalities today came out in support of the proposed two-day industrial strike by workers in the National Capital Region beginning tomorrow.

The personalities, associated with Act One, Janvadi Lekhak Sangh, Jana Natya Manch and Jan Sanskriti, extended their support to the strike, being led by CITU in the NCR.

''The Indian economy has boomed in the recent past and the industrial production has also increased accordingly. But the wages of labourers have decreased,'' claimed economist and member, National Knowledge Commission Prof Jayati Ghosh.

She claimed that the industries have used the benefits of increased production to earn more profits but not to hike the wages of the workers.

The Jana Natya Manch has held 75 performances of its latest 'Yeh hum kyun sahen' in support of the strike.

The supporters claimed that a vast majority of workers in the organised and unorganised sector are denied even government-notified minimum wages of Rs 3516 per month. Many basic rights, achieved by trade union struggle are being eroded as a consequence of liberalisation-privatisation policies, they claimed.

They claimed that lakhs of workers in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad will be on strike on tomorrow and Friday to drive home their demands for better wages and work conditions.

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