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“Women paid less than men for same work”

Karmika Dinotsavam or Labour Day is observed on May 1 of every year to commemorate the contributions, struggle and solidarity of workers. This day is a reminder to ensure decent standards of living for workers who work tirelessly to make the world a better place.

On the occasion, Bahujan Desk Coordinator Saka Raja Rao and Gender Desk staff Nalla Surya Prakash conducted a programme on May 1, 2019 at Peddapeta Colony, Ganti village, Kothapeta mandal. Remembering Dr B R Ambedkar as a modern revolutionary Labour Leader, Saka Raja Rao said that it was Ambedkar who brought down the number of working hours from 12 to 8 in India.

The staff also remembered the efforts of Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phule, Savitri Bai Phule, Sree Narayana Guru, Periyar Narayana Swamy, Gadge Maharaj, Sahu Maharaj, Rama Bai, Kansi Ram and Mayawati. Saka Raja Rao pointed out that casteism along with capitalism had destroyed our communities, health and environment. He added that all workers should unite and overthrow all social evils to make the world a better place for next generation.

Gender Desk staff Nalla Surya Prakash said that no matter where women work or what they do, they were always paid less than men even though they did the same work. He asked the workers to raise their voice on this Labour Day against this discrimination and to stand for equal pay for women.

He added that the working class people were wasting their own power by voting for people belonging to dominant and rich communities and allowing them to rule over us and then working under them as daily wage workers. Instead, we should work together and elect committed and capable leaders from among the labouring communities.