Fired Rahat hotel laborers ignored by Govt. and media
SHIMLA: After many workers were fired from Hotel ‘Rahat’, on Sunday, CITU workers along with the hotel workers staged a protest in front of DC office in Shimla. Hotel ‘Rahat’ workers, who were fired about a month ago, claimed that they haven’t received any relief from any side, neither the government nor the Hotel owner. They alleged that they were fired immediately after the day these hotel workers asked the owner to pay the minimum wages. They also alleged that they were forced to work for 14-16 hours even on Sundays and still weren’t given even the minimum wage decided by the government for any laborer. The owner could not tolerate the formation of a small union that the workers had formed to lobby for their rights.
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CITU alleged that even after a month of protest in front of hotel and pleas to the district collector, no one bothered to pay attention to the grievance of these laborers. Now, they are forced to protest on Sunday in front of DC Office. CITU further alleged that the workers were fired without any prior notice and proper procedure. When asked, as an excuse, the hotel owner told the authorities and to the protestors that he is closing the hotel and no more require the services of these laborers.
CITU also accused the government authorities of being biased and aiding the owner, whom they claim to be an ex-officer with HP Police. Using his political influence, he prevented any action against him. Further, the protestors claimed to expose the land encroachment by the owner for the construction of hotel building through a RTI. Municipal Corporation was also accused of aiding the encroachment and allowing the illegal construction. Protestors have planned a regular protest everyday in front of DC Office until their grievance is herd and acted upon.
It’s no surprise that no newspapers or local media bothered to cover the issue. There wasn’t any other reporter present at the spot and the public, except a few people, also didn’t show much interest hearing what the guys with red flags had to say. It sounds like the lives of the laborers don’t mean much to anyone but for those who share the same class and same fate. Here, class struggle is getting worse than caste system. The real division of society is in accord with the classes. It’s almost hard to make democracy work in India until people will confine themselves to their particular interest group. The only beneficiary in such a case is political parties.
To the media, do not discriminate on the bases of ideologies or under the influence of people in power, please, do not ignore the poor, who actually needs your attention and aid. Media rush to cover promotional rallies and VIP events, but people like these laborers are completely ignored.