CITU calls for attack against employees refusing to partake in strike  

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Alappuzha: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has reportedly called for launching attacks against those employees who refrain from partaking in the houseboat strike scheduled on February 11. Audio messages calling for violent attacks by CITU workers have surfaced on WhatsApp groups.

According to the messages, stones will be pelted at those employees who refuse to take part in the strike demanding wage hike. The strike had been called by the Kerala Houseboat and Resort Workers Union (KHRWU), which is affiliated to the CITU.

Meanwhile, CITU leader CK Sadasivan said that KHRWU has not taken any such decision and added that the union is not ready to take responsibility for what others say.

The strike has been launched demanding increase in the minimum wage to Rs 18,000 from the current Rs 12,000. The employees also demand to hike their daily allowance from the present Rs 290.

Although the houseboat owners are ready for a 10 per cent hike, the union’s demand is for a 50 per cent hike. Settlement talks will be held between the employees and houseboat owners on Friday.

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