Gangtok, 27 Apr:
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha has said that the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front party has no right to celebrate Labour Day as it has failed to work in the interest of Sikkimese workers.
The party alleges that SDF has taken donations from different industrial units in the State thereby compromising its efforts work in favor of Sikkimese workers.
Addressing the press conference, SKM’s labour front general secretary, Prem Raj Gurung informed that the contribution reports filed by SDF to the Election Commission from the year 2010-11 to 2015-16 shows that the ruling party has received donations in crores from different industrial units and individuals.
The state government has collected more than Rs 76 crore from 2010 to 2017 from different industrial units in the State, he alleged.
Mr Gurung questioned the government regarding the ‘unexplained donations’ and their silence in protecting local workers in different industrial units in the State. He also questioned the increase in the donation graph during elections in the State.
He added that due to the silence of the state government, private companies are terminating local employees without any notice.
“The collected money should be used for the welfare of workers as per the law but the government is spending it on constructing government offices and buildings,” Mr Gurung alleged.
Mr Gurung further said that the State Labour Department does not have proper records and details of workers employed in different units in the State. He also demanded that the government immediately abolish labour contractor system in the interest of Sikkimese workers.
SKM is scheduled to celebrate Labour Day at Maney Bhanjyang in South Sikkim on 01 May. It is informed that people from across the State are set to attend the celebration.