Women cane harvesters demand equal pay, social security

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Aurangabad: Women sugar cane cutters have decided to pledge to get equal pay and social security.

According to the news report published in The Times of India, following the appeal of Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MKAM), the women cane cutters gathered in Beed and pledged to get equal pay as well as health facilities from the sugarcane companies and contractors that hire them for cane cutting work.

Seema Kulkarni, a member of the organisation said that “Women cane cutters are exploited financially, and psychologically and our steps are to protect them.”

Manisha Tokle, member of the Manch from Beed said, “Several lakh sugar cane cutters are from Beed and half of them are women. They work equal to the men but their salaries are handed over to the male members of their families and they also get less payment compared with men.”

The Manch is trying to enroll maximum women with them so that they can unite, raise voice against exploitation and pressurize the concerned authorities to accept their demands.

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