Port Blair, Oct. 21: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) extends full support to the ongoing indefinite mass demonstrations of APWD Workers from 19th October, 2022 under the banner of The Andaman Sarvajanik Nirman Vibagh Mazdoor Sangh (ASNVMS), affiliated to CITU, demanding implementation of High Court order on granting Pay, DA, bonus and regularization of services of DRMs.

Despite the high court orders, the Andaman and Nicobar administration is not implementing the office memorandum of 1988 issued by Govt. of India granting 1/30th of pay and DA to the daily rated workers, even after the favorable orders from High Court, the daily rated APWD workers are not being paid the bonus. The contempt petition against the officers of the administration including Chief Engineer is pending in the High Court for their failure to implement the High Court Order.

On 19th October, 2022, APWD Workers has staged territory wide muss demonstrations, at Port Blair, hundreds of workers assembled in front of the chief Engineer’s office and held protest demonstrations, the mass demonstrations will continue till the demands are met.

CITU fully support the demands of APWD workers and demands upon the UT labour department and administration to resolve the legitimate demands of the workers, CITU also demands fixing of accountability of the UT Govt, Chief Engineer and other officials who deliberately disobeyed the High Court orders. CITU, while conveying solidarity to the struggling workers congratulates the union and the mass of APWD workers for their indefinite protest demonstrations on their legitimate and just demands.