Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the militant organisation of the Indian working class completes 45 years of its existence on 30th May 2015. Founded on 30th May 1970 at the Calcutta All India Conference, parting from the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), which was treading the revisionist path, the new organisation struggled forward against the attack both from the government as well as from the parent organisation.
As stated above, CITU was formed in the All India Conference held t Calcutta from 28th to 31st May 1970. Com. B.T.Ranadive and Com. P.Ramamoorthy were the first President and General Secretary, respectively. During the last 45 years the posts of President / Secretary have been held by veteran trade union leaders like Samar Mukherjee, E.Balanandan, M.K.Pandhe, Chittabrata Majumdar and Mohd. Amin. The present President is Com. A.K.Padmanabhan and General Secretary Com. Tapan Sen. All these leaders were / are top leaders of the CPI(M).
I feel honoured to remember that I could meet all these leaders, get their guidance in the union activities and also had/have a person to person relation, except Com. P.Ramamoorthy, with whom I have met only a few times at the time of All India Conventions held at New Delhi.
CITU has taken the initiative for uniting the working class and bringing all the 11 Central Trade Unions in India together on the demands of the workers and to fight joint struggles. The latest is the call of the CTUs for a one day general strike on 2nd September 2015.
On this 45th anniversary of the CITU, let us pledge to continue the struggles for the emancipation of the toiling masses and for a better world for the working class.
Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, has issued the following statement:
CITUSupports the Strike in BSNL
CITUcongratulates the 2.25 lakhs of employees of BSNL, including 40,000 executives
for their successful countrywide united strike for 48 hours on 21st and 22nd April
The strike call given by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, an umbrella
organization of all the unions and association of employees and executives. It was after
4 months of their strike notice, they have gone on strike.
The issues raised by the Forum are the issues of saving the public sector telecom
enterprise which is being derided of all support from the Government and at the same
time the private players in the sector are favoured and supported.
It is unfortunate that the employees of a telecom PSU are forced to go on a 48 hour
strike for procurement of equipments like mobile lines, broadband modem etc. All the
demands including filling up of vacancies are aimed at strengthening the enterprise.
It is condemnable that the concerned Minister or the Department Secretary did not
even call the unions for a discussion on their demands.
CITU urges the Government to take necessary steps to save this crucial PSU. CITU
assures all support to the employees and executives in their struggle in defence of the
PSU and calls upon them to be prepared for united actions of all public sector
employees in defence of public sector undertakings in the country.
New Delhi, April 1: Centre of Indian Trade Unions registers its vehement protest over the Government decision to invest 5 to 15 percent workers PF accumulation to speculative share market ignoring total opposition by the entire trade union movement.
It may be recalled that the past Labour Ministers as Chairman of Central Board of Trustees used to take a position supporting the views of Trade Unions. But now the current Labour Minister of the BJP Government is supporting the employers demand for share market investment of PF accumulations. .
In addition to the disastrous new investment pattern, proposals have been officially made for whole-sole amendment of the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952 which includes matters presented by the Finance Minister in his Budget speech on amendment of the EPF Act.
Except widening the scope of implementation of the EPF Act, by reducing the limit of the number of workers to 10 from 20, most of the other amendments will result in the death knell of the Social Security Scheme in the country, which used to be showcased as a great achievement of the country. Option is being given to EPF subscribers to switch over to the National Pension Scheme (NPS) which is only a saving scheme. By projecting NPS as a better alternative to provident fund, Government is trying to move the workers from a Social Security Scheme, which guarantees certain benefits even to the family members of EPF subscribers.
Through some other amendments, Government, in the name of supporting small factories are reducing the existing benefits to the largest chunk of Industrial workers in the country. Workers in factories with 10 to 40 workers will get lesser benefits from EPF. It is to be noted that more than 75 per cent of industrial workers are from these factories with workers up to 40.
In total, the changes being made in the EPF Scheme in the country are part of the market oriented neoliberal economic policies of the BJP Government at the center.
CITU calls upon the working people in the country to raise their voice of protest against these amendments and investment proposals along with the campaign and preparations for the united direct action against the BJP Government’s anti worker – anti people policies (INN)
Balchadra Trimbak Ranadive was a bright student and passed MA with distinction. He joined the Communist Party in 1928 and also became a leader of the All India trade Union Congress at Bombay. He actively participated in the Bombay Girni Kamgar union and Railways Unions. He supported the Navy mutiny and organised solidarity strike in support of the Naval mutiny.
He was elected as President of the CITU and continued till his death. He was also elected to the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). A militant leader, he guided many struggles of the working class, including government employees. He was married to Com. Vimal Ranadive, herself a staunch trade union leader. Com. Ahilya Rangnekar, the leader of the heroic struggle of the Adivasis and a CPI(M) leader, is the sister of Com. BTR. All of them have passed away. Com. BTR passed away on 6th April 1990.
I had been fortunate to be in contact with Com. BTR for a long time connected with the P and T trade union activities. He had attended the Conferences of P and T unions at All India level as also in the Kerala Circle Conferences. His guidance and advice in the trade union activities were inspiring.
On his 110th birth anniversary, my respectful homage to Com. B.T.Ranadive. We pledge to continue to tread the path shown by him.
Red Salute to Com. BTR !
From India News Network(INN)
New Delhi, November 23: CITU calls upon coal workers to protest against nefarious game plan of the government of India to commence the process of denationalization of coal mining through the promulgation of Ordinance containing enabling provision for allowing private sector in commercial mining of coal. CITU also calls upon the coal workers and their unions/federations irrespective of affiliations to organize “work stoppage” for two hours” in all the coal mines/establishments in the country on 24th November 2014 and hold massive militant demonstration to voice their determination not to allow handing over of the coal mines to private corporates, both domestic and foreign, for commercial mining.
CITU resents the manner the joint strike call in coal industry on 24th November 2014 has been postponed/deferred by some of the federations only on the basis of so called vague assurance of Joint Secretary of coal ministry on his effort to arrange meeting between the federations and the government, when the Ordinance initiating the process of aggressive denationalization of coal mining is already put in the track of implementation and the time of auctioning of coal blocks has been more or less finalized.
Similar assurance given to the federations on arranging meeting with minister by the CIL management and the bureaucracy only one and half month back did not materialize. In view of the Ordinance already put in implementation track, which, inter alia, grossly tampered and altered the basic provisions of Coal Nationalised Act 1973, the joint one day strike call of 24th November 2014 by four federations in coal industry was envisaged as a protest action, preparatory to higher struggle for resistance to the aggressive move for denationalization/ privatization of coal mining sector by the coal workers. There is no justification for withdrawal/postponement/deferment of said protest strike merely on the basis of assurance of meeting with government more so when such assurance has already been violated only a month back.
CITU led All India Coal Workers’ Federation has rightly opposed such postponement of strike and refused to endorse the conclusions of the meeting between the federations and the ministry officials held 22nd November 2014 at New Delhi. The AICWF while opposing such decision of withdrawal/postponement of strike decided to hold two hour work stoppage and massive demonstration in coal industry on the same day on 24th November 2014.
CITU calls upon the coal workers and their unions irrespective of affiliations to keep the continuity of the protest action on while observing work-stoppage for two hours and massive demonstration in all the coal mines and establishments on 24th November and prepare for united resistance struggle against the government move for denationalization of coal industry and privatization/disinvestment in the days to come.
The General Council Meeting of CITU started at Bellary, Karnataka today and will continue for four days till 14th July. About 500 delegates are attending representing the more than 60 lakh members. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President CITU in his inaugural speech called upon the working class to be prepared for serious united struggles to defend the rights of the workers.
The General Council meeting is important since it will have to review its activities since the CITU All India Conference at Kannur in 2013 and plan the future in the present situation after the BJP has come in to power. The united struggle of the 11 Central Trade Unions on the 10 Point Charter of Demands they have placed before the government and the future programmes will also be discussed. The issues of Casual and Contract workers and unorganised workers is an important item in the agenda.
Com. P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of CG Employees and Workers are attending as Fraternal delegates to the General Council.
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions(CITU) expressed serious concern at the BJP Govt’s first Railway Budget, 2014-15 which declares its dependence on so called public private partnership, private investment including FDI for funding its infrastructural and capacity augmentation projects. It reflects nothing but continuity of the same pro-corporate policy of the much discredited Congress Regime, rather in more aggressive form.
Just weeks before the Railway Budget, steep hike in passenger fares and freight charges to the tune of 14.2% and 6.5 % respectively exposed the brazen undemocratic as well as anti-people modus operandi of the BJP Govt. Added to this is the budgetary announcement of linking the future prices of travel with fuel adjustment factor which will result in virtual deregulation of railway fares providing for automatic increase in railway fares with the increase in price of fuel. This is nothing but an arrangement for perpetual increase of burden on common people.
Further, the thrust on PPP, FDI and outsourcing in various segments of railway operation and services as outlined in the current Railway Budget, is going to make the situation worse. Despite abject failure of the same exercise on depending on PPP route for infrastructural expansion and services during the UPA regime as reflected in plan expenditure in 2013-14 falling short by a whopping “Rs 59,359 crore from the target due to non-materialisation of PPP targets”, the Modi Govt also preferred to stick to the same provenly failed route. This means, either the expansion work will suffer or the private investors’ lobby will extract more undue concessions from the Govt in the process of their response, finally increasing the burden on the common people. Precisely, that had been the past experience of all PPP projects in sea-ports, airports, roads etc during the UPA’s tenure which increased the burden on the consumers and the people in a big way.
Despite admitting in the budget the abject failure of the Railways to implement the declared and sanctioned projects even to an insignificant extent, resulting in huge accumulation of unfulfilled projects announced in successive budgets, the current Budget failed to present any concrete roadmap for their execution except giving sound bites on prioritization, time frame etc. Even the new announcements made in the current budget do not have appropriate budgetary back-up, rendering them to be deceptive in real sense.
The Budget sounded high on Govt’s commitment to safety, but kept absolute silence about filling up around 3 lakh vacancies in the Railways, majority of which are related to management and maintenance of safety standards in railway operation.
CITU records its condemnation to this anti-people and privatization oriented Railway Budget and calls upon the working people to voice their protest against such retrograde exercise of the Modi Govt.
CITU Press Statement dated 31-05-2014.
It is reported in the media, that a circular has been issued by EPFO, stating that employers paying Provident Contributions to their employees can limit their contributions to the salary limit of Rs.6500 per month. It is reported that the clarification is on the basis of a Supreme Court judgment in 2011. What prompted the EPFO to issue a circular now after such a long time is not known. CITU demands that this should no way result in curtailing the existing benefits in the matter of PF contribution of employer which the employees in various private and public sector enterprises are now getting. In this context, CITU wants to point out that the Govt. has not yet implemented the decision of CBT to increase the salary limit to Rs.15,000 per month for PF contribution which was to be implemented from 1st April 2014. The decision to increase the wage ceiling and and also to increase the minimum pension to Rs.1000 per month was unanimously taken by Central Board of Trustees and approved by Cabinet in February 2014. CITU while demanding immediate implementation of increased ceiling and minimum pension of Rs.1000, also demands that the circular of EPFO should not lead to curtailment of existing benefits to any worker.
Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) is completing 44 years of yeomen service to the cause of the toiling masses and the working class. It was formed on 30th May 1970 at the All India Trade union Conference held at Calcutta. Com. Jyoti Basu was the Chairman of the Reception Committee.
The All India Trade union Conference held at Calcutta from 28-30 May 1970 as per the decision of the Goa Convention held on 9-10 April 1970 was participated by AITUC General and State Committee members who were opposing the reformist and revisionist leadership of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC). The Conference was attended by 4264 delegates representing 1759 unions having a total membership of 8,04,637 members. There were 116 delegates and 1134 observers sent by fraternal unions, making the total delegates to 5514.
The Conference discussed the various issues facing the working class, the need for a new organisation in view of the compromising and revisionist leadership of the AITUC and also the requirement of the present situation to have a new and militant organisation which can fight against the anti-working class policies of the ruling class and the government.
Com. P.Ramamurti presented a detailed report and spoke briefly on the important points on the formation of the new organisation. Many delegates participated in the discussions.
Com. B.T.Ranadive, who presided over the Conference, summed up the discussions and decisions of the Conference, heralding the new organisation of the workers, CITU.In fact, the speech could be termed as the Declaration of the Conference and the Manifesto of the Organisation.
The office-bearers and General Council Members of the new union, CITU, was unanimously elected with Com. B.T.Ranadive as President and Com. P.Ramamurti as General Secretary.
44 years are over after CITU has been formed. Many of the leaders who took the lead for the formation like Coms. BTR, P.Ramamurti, Jyoti Basu, E.Balanandan, M.K.Pandhe, Samar Mukherjee,R.Umanath Chittabrata Mazumdar are not with us. But the spirit and aim on which the CITU was formed continues. Many new leaders have come up to take the reign of the organisation. The present President is Com. A.K.Padmanabhan and General Secretary Com. Tapan Sen.
During the last 44 years of its fruitful existence, CITU had led many struggles for the improvement of wages, working conditions and social security of the working class. It has been able to negotiate with the managements and government effectively. It has made all efforts to unify the working class in their struggles with the motto ” Unity for Struggles and Struggles for Unity”. It has been in the forefront in the formation of the united platforms of the trade unions like United Council of Trade Unions (UCTU), Platform of Mass Organisations, National Campaign Committee etc. the latest of which is the Co-ordination Committee of all the 11 Central Trade Unions, including the INTUC and the BMS, the trade unions connected with the ruling class parties, Congress and BJP. They have taken not only the issue of the working class, but also the issue of the entire people like price-rise, pension to all etc.
CITU has also taken initiative to bring united action with the working class and the kisans who forms the major portion of the toiling masses. Without this unity, it will be difficult to fight and defeat the anti-people, anti-working class policies.
CITU has also guided and supported the Central / State Government Employees Organisations and other Independent Federations / Unions in their struggles for better working conditions, wages etc.
CITU has taken initiative for the unity of the world working class. It has got a prominent role in reviving the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), which was weakened after the collapse of the USSR and other socialist countries. CITU recognises that the fight against capitalism has to be fought worldwide, for which the unity of the world working is a must.
During these 44 years, the membership of CITU has increased from 8 lakhs to more than 60 lakhs, a credit to its struggles for the working class.
Revolutionary Greetings on this 44th Anniversary of the CITU!