Lifeguards working as daily wage labourers under the Tourism Department will stage a Statewide ‘Jala Sayanam’ (lying in water) on beaches on February 27, protesting against the government’s ‘indifference’ to their demand for regularisation.
The protest will be organised under the aegis of the Kerala Tourism Lifeguard Employees’ Union (KTLFGEU), which is affiliated to the Centre of India Trade Union (CITU).
KTLFGEU general secretary P. Charleson said at a press conference here on Thursday that the Jala Sayanam would be held from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
“Lifeguards have been serving on beaches since 1986. They are well trained for the job, and most of them have participated in State-level swimming championships. Despite their merit, they are paid a paltry wage of Rs. 350 a day,” he added. While lifeguards serving in other States are provided water scooter, rescue tubes and binoculars, such facilities have been denied to their counterparts in Kerala, Mr. Charleson said, adding that little was being done to ensure the subsistence of lifeguards.