In the meantime,
on Jul' 13, 1983, Com. Samar Mukherjee moved
in Lok Sabha a private member's amendment
Bill to Contract Labour Act providing for
improvement in the conditions of the contract
workers with a view to securing the welfare
of such workmen and proper functioning of
the Central and States Advisory Boards.
This first all India convention, participated
by 75 comrades from 11 States, noted various
problems of the construction workers and reviewed
their struggles. The struggles of the workers
of Metro Rail Project, West Bengal, Godavari
Project in Andhra Pradesh, APS and Mukheria
Hydel. Projects and
Thien Dam Project in Punjab, Salem Steel Plant
and BSL- Project in Himachal Pradesh, Maneri
Valley Project in U.P. were highlighted. The
workers of Thin Dam Project had organised
a 83-day strike facing brutal repression.
The struggles of the workers of HCC, HSCL,
NPCC, NBCC, and other private and public companies
were also highlighted by various speakers.
Hailing the valient struggles of the construction
workers, the Convention raised the demand
of security of service as per ILO recommendations,
abolition of contract and sub-contract system,
a separate comprehensive law for protecting
the interests of the construction workers
and National Wage Committee for them and an
end to all victimisation and exploitation.