New Delhi, April 29: The flip-flops by Union government on the revised EPF withdrawal norms has emboldened the government employees for nationwide protests.
"This labour movement of the garment workers of Karnataka state is an eye-opener for all the other working class in the entire country,"said PS Prasad, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State was quoted as saying in the Zee report.
"If the Central Government employees also participate in trade union action against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC similar to the Garment Workers of Karnataka, we too can get similar results and hope for a better wage revision and a decent wage hike", Prasad was further quoted as saying.
Thousands of garment workers, mostly women, staged protests against curbs on withdrawal of provident fund (PF) before attaining the age of 58 years, especially the amount contributed by the employer with government interest.
According to police estimates, a record one lakh workforce from other factories and firms across the city assembled at Bommanahalli industrial area in the south and Peenya industrial area in the north to demonstrate against the PF withdrawal norms.