The state and central governments are not serious about the demands of the mid-day meal workers in the country, Jagat Ram, state president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), told IANS.
CITU is affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which backs the demands of the mid-day meal workers.
Jagat Ram said that a two-day conference of state mid-day workers in Mandi, which concluded Sunday, decided that a protest would be staged in the state capital Nov 12.
"They will also stage a protest outside Parliament House in New Delhi Dec 12," he said.
The state has over 27,000 mid-day workers engaged at in 12,571 primary and middle schools.
Kanta Mahant, president of the Mid-Day Meal Workers Union, said workers are demanding minimum wages of Rs.4,500 per month, besides time-bound promotions and leave benefits.
She said the workers are at present getting a meagre salary of just Rs.1,000 per month.
--IANS (Posted on 15-09-2013)