Com.B.T.Ranadive, first President of CITU
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!