Central trade unions protest against price rise

Kolkata: As part of their countrywide 'Jail Bharo' stir, a large number of central trade union activists courted arrest here on Tuesday while protesting against price rise and the Centre's alleged anti-worker policies.

According to police, a total of 2136 members of different central trade unions and federations courted arrest while holding protests against price rise, pension issue, contract system, retrenchment and several other "anti-worker" policies implemented by the Centre.

Those who courted arrest included, among others, CITU state President Shyamal Chakraborty, CPI(M) leaders Amitava Nandi, Rupchand Paul and Kanti Ganguly, CPI leader Ranjit Guha and Forward Bloc leader Saral Deb, police said.

The arrested were later released on personal bonds.

The trade unions which participated in the programme included CITU, AITUC, UTUC, TUCC, BMS, HMS and INTUC.

The rally was part of the countrywide agitation called by 11 trade unions today for implementation of the declaration adopted at the national convention of the workers on September 11.