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Several employees of multi-level marketing firms today staged a protest here demanding enactment of a Central law which would identify and protect the interests of the genuine companies and employees working in the sector.

 The workers under the aegis of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) marched from Barakhamba to Jantar Mantar where they sat on a dharna.

 Addressing the protesters, senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, “there are more than 20 lakh employees working in the multi-level marketing sector and their number is bound to grow due to market competition.” “However, the current working conditions that are provided to them by MNCs are very unsatisfactory. Income of multi-level marketing officials is very unreliable, where they have no stability or social security.

 “We will fight to procure benefits like provident fund, maternity benefit for the marketing people by the companies,” he added.

 AITUC National Secretary Amarjeet Kaur alleged the high- power seven member inter-ministerial committee set up by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs with nominees from various ministries and the RBI does not have any employee representation.

 “This lacuna will seriously affect the quality of the fact finding report which will recommend and finally be submitted to the government by August 31. Therefore, we do hope that the government will take appropriate steps to consult all stakeholders,” she said.

Source: PTI


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