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Campaign to end ‘nokkukooli'

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KOLLAM: Labour Minister Shibu Baby John has said attempts to end the menace of ‘nokkukooli' will commence as part of the department's agenda for the 100-day development programme of the State government declared by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Addressing a meet the press programme organised by the Kollam Press Club on Friday, he said details of the Labour Department's agenda for the 100-day programme would be announced in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday after consulting the Chief Minister. Mr. John called for an awareness campaign to complement the efforts of the government to end nokkukooli.

The issues concerning migrant labourers would be effectively addressed. These labourers while being subjected to heavy exploitation on one hand had been posing security problems on the other.

He said the Employment and Training Department under him had tremendous scope. As of now, the State was unable to meet the global labour demand. Initiatives would be taken to prepare the people for meeting the skilled labour demands of the ASEAN service sector.

Enforcement by the Labour Department would be strengthened.

The department would intervene to end exploitation of labourers. He said he was not against trade union activity in the IT sector. He said workers should resort to strike only as the last option. Constant strikes would only destroy employment opportunities.

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