Udaipur. 14th February, 2014. Nearly 5000 tribal workers at the green marble mining area of Rishabdeo in Udaipur district of Rajasthan have been on strike for last three weeks. The workers are demanding an eight hour work day, registration under the Provident Fund scheme of Government, improved safety measures at mines to prevent accidents, and modest wage hikes. In fact the demands are already mandated by labor laws. However as is the case almost everywhere, the labour laws are followed more in breach.
The strike has entered its fourth week. The employers, instead of negotiating with the workers, have foisted cases on union leaders. It is unprecedented as the mining belt of South Rajasthan has never seen industrial action on such a large scale. What is surprising is that there is almost no media coverage of such a big industrial action. There has been little outside support.
We appeal to all to support this action of mine workers.