The CITU General Council has started at Kozhikode on 23rd March 2018 which will continue up to 26th.The Presidential Speech was delivered by Dr. Hemalatha, President and the Report was submitted by the General Secretary, Com. Tapan Sen, M.P. The General Council strongly opposed the new notification by the Central government on making all appoints as term appointments and called upon the workers to protest the same. Solidarity actions will be organised on 2nd April through out the country on which day the Trade Unions in Kerala have called for a strike against the new attack on the working class. The Council is attended by 460 delegates. The Reception Committee led by Com. Elamaram Karim, General Secretary CITU Kerala has all arrangements for the conduct of the council.
General Council meeting of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will begin on Friday (March 23, 2018) at historic port city of Kozhikode in Northern coast of Kerala. A galaxy of leaders of revolutionary trade unions reached in the city to design the future course of struggles. The meeting will begin with the flag hoisting and the formal opening of four day session with the address of CITU president Dr. K Hemalatha at the venue christened as Muhammed Amin Nagar arranged in Tagore Centenary Hall, Kozhikode.
The General Council meeting gets significance as the central government announces its decision to eliminate regular employment.
After the Presidential address, General Secretary Tapan Sen will present the report. A separate session will be held to update 25 year old Bhubaneshwar document on organization. The Bhubaneshwar document was adopted by General Council held in 1993 at Bhubaneshwar. On the basis of 25 years’ experience and lessons the document will be discussed thoroughly to incorporate new strategies to reach out the unreachable sections of working class.
The council would discuss the central government’s disastrous move to weaken the unity of worker the help of communal and caste forces.
Kozhikode, a city has rich heritage of historic labour and peasant struggle hosts the CITU general Council after the gap of 17 years. The working class in the district is fully engaged with the reception committee to make the meeting a grand success. Seminars of various subjects held in connection with general council attracted thousands of workers and common people from all walks of life.
A huge workers’ rally will be held in Kozhikode beach on 26th of March. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the rally. CITU president Dr. K Hemalatha, General Secretary Tapan Sen, vice president A K Padmanabhan, state president Anathalavattam Anandan, General secretary Elamaram Kareem will address.
Dr. Hemalatha inaugurated a seminar JAN EKTA, JAN PRATIRODH, JAN ANDOLAN, on 22-03-2018 held in Kozhikode in connection with CITU general council. (Courtesy: Ganashakti)
With extreme sorrow and grief it is intimated that Comrade Mohamed Amin, former General Secretary of CITU and PB Member of the CPI(M) passed away at Kolkata today, 12th February 2018. He was 89. He was suffering due to ill health for some time.
Comrade Mohd. Amin started his career as a jute mill worker at the age of 14 and became an active trade union worker. He rose from that position to higher responsibility in the trade union.
Com. Mohd. Amin was a founder member of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and became its secretary in 1987. He was elected as the General Secretary, which post he held from 2007 to 2010. He was a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha during the periods 1988-94 as also 2007-2013. He was also Labour Minister in the W.Bengal Government for two terms. He was elected as a Member of the Polit Bureau of CPI(M).
During his tenure as CITU General Secretary and M.P. he was stationed at Delhi and was a great help to BSNLEU and guided the organisation on the right path and took up many issues in the Parliament for settlement. He attended the CEC meetings of the union held at Delhi in July 2008, at Kolkata in November 2008, at Mysore in August 2009 and at Bhopal in February 2010 and gave valuable advice. He was always a source of strength to the organisation.
He was well versed in Urdu and his wrote many books. I read his book on the life of Com. Hyder Amir Khan, one of the founders of the Communist Party in India, in one reading without stopping, as it was so much thrilling and narrated the hard experiences of the earlier communists. After consulting Com. Amin, on my suggestion, Com.R.S.Yadav, former Circle secretary BSNLEU of U.P. Circle translated in to Hindi and was shown to Com. Prakash Karat, the General secretary of CPI(M).
At the time of his death, he was a special invitee to the Central Committee of CPI(M).
AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF express deep sorrow at the demise of veteran leader Com. Mohd. Amin and convey condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades!
A warm reception was accorded in the evening of 30th October to the delegates of the various central trade unions and service associations at Calicut going to attend the Maha Dharna at New Delhi on 9-11 November 2017. All the CTUs and service associations attended in large numbers. The Dharna is being organised on the demands of the workers and against the anti-worker policies of the government.
Through out the country full preparations are going on for the successful holding of the dharna. It will be organised in the Parliament Street itself.
Coal India Limited, central PSU is proposing to implement VRS to reduce its workers from the present 3.1 lakhs. A committee with trade union representatives have been formed for the purpose.
The Central Trade Unions are opposed to VRS ((Voluntary Retirement Scheme) , which is nothing but CRS (Compulsory Retirement Scheme).
Lakhs of workers from all parts of the country will be sitting on Maha Dharna for 3 days from 9th to 11th November 2017 in Delhi against the anti-people, anti-worker policies of the Central Government and on the major demands of the people and the working class. An Indefinite strike will follow, the date of which will be decided later. These are the main declarations of the massive convention of workers held at New Delhi on 8th August, as per the call of the Central Trade Unions.
The Workers Convention was presided over by K.Hemalatha (CITU), Ashok Singh (INTUC), Ramendra Kumar (ATUC), S.N.Pathak (HMS), Sathyawan Singh (AIIUTUC), Latha (SEWA), Uday Bhatt (AICCTU), V.Subburamn (LPF) and Shatrujih Singh (UTUC).
The Convention was addressed and guidelines given by Tapan Sen (CITU), Amarjit Kaur (AITUC), Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC),Harbhajan Singh (HMS),Shankar Saha (AIUTUC), Manali (SEWA), Rajeev Dimri (AICCTU), M.Shanmukhan (LPF) and N.K.Premachandran (UTUC).
All central trade unions, except BMS, participated in the convention. After BJP government has come in to power, BMS has been keeping away from the common programmes, for reasons well known to them.
In addition to the central trade unions, confederations/federations/unions/associations of workers from various sectors like Central/state governments, public sector, private sector etc. participated. The Talkatora Stadium where the convention was held was overflowing with delegates and hundreds had to stand outside the stadium.
Massive propaganda is to be organised well before the Maha Dharna at New Delhi in all centres jointly by the trade unions. It will really be a storming of the India’s capital city, Delhi.
Today, 30th May 2017, is the 47th Foundation Day Anniversary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the militant organisation of the workers in India. It was formed on 30th May 1970 under the leadership of Coms. B.T.Ranadive and P.Ramamurti, the first President and General Secretary of CITU.
During the last five decades, CITU had organised several struggles, gave solidarity and support to many more. It was always in the forefront of united struggles of the central trade unions. In all the 17 united all India strikes organised against the anti-worker neo-liberal policies of the Congress and BJP governments, it took a pivotal role. CITU was the one union which participated in all these strikes. CITU is affiliated to WFTU.
CITU gave a new direction to the working class struggles. It gave all support to the struggles of the CG Employees as also BSNL workers. The advice and guidance of Coms. E.Balanandan, M.K.Pandhe, Chittabrata Mazumdar, Mohammed Amin, A.K.Padmanabhan, Tapan Sen, Hemalatha and other CITU leaders encouraged and inspired the BSNL employees in their forward march.
Revolutionary Greetings to CITU, its leaders and workers on the Foundation Day Anniversary of CITU!
The Labour Ministry has directed the EPFO to take necessary action to reduce the employers’ contribution to the EPF from 12% to 10%. The directive is only to favour the employers. In fact, what the EPFO suggested to government was to reduce the employees’contribution from 12% to 10% and keep the 12% as it is for employer. But the government wanted to favour employers by reducing their contribution. Realising that there will be a backlash from the people, the media and the workers, government has now directed that both the contribution should be reduced to !0%. What this means is that the EPF contribution will be reduced by 4% which will be a big loss to the workers.
CITU and other Central trade Unions have condemned this anti-worker move of the Government. The government should be compelled to back-tract from this anti-labour decision.
Press Statement issued by CITU
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) expresses its deep distress and anguish at the sentence of life to 13 workers and of 5 years jail to another four workers of Maruti Suzuki in connection with the violence in the Manesar plant of Maruti in 2012.
The violence in 2012 in which a general manager of the factory was killed was the handiwork of hired musclemen of Maruti Suzuki management meant to create the ground for crushing the unions. Despite no way being responsible for the incident, the workers have been convicted on the basis of concocted evidence manufactured by the state administration, police and employer nexus in a shameless abuse of power. More than 500 workers were thrown out of their jobs and over 200 workers were thrown into jail for up to four and half years. 117 of them had to be acquitted.
However the heinous designs of the Haryana state administration capitalist league to crush the trade union movement in the Gurgaon industrial area could not be achieved fully. Over one lakh workers in the area boycotted lunch on 16th March in spontaneous expression of protest. The workers of Maruti and its ancillaries/ subsidiaries in Gurgaon/ Manesar went on total strike for one hour strike in the evening shift of 18th March. Workers’ unions in Gurgaon industrial area are planning united actions in solidarity with the victimised workers including filing of appeal against the conviction.
CITU denounces the ugly game of the state and capital nexus with the same vehemence with which it denounced the violence of 2012 and congratulates the workers for their immediate and united response. CITU asserts that the trade union movement will not accept and cannot be cowed down with such nefarious acts by the government employer nexus.
CITU expresses its solidarity with the struggle of the Maruti workers and the initiative of the industrial workers unions of Gurgaon in support of the Maruti workers. It calls upon all its state committees, all its affiliated unions and the entire trade union movement irrespective of affiliations to come forward in solidarity with the Maruti workers struggle for justice including the legal battle.