A well attended ‘Save PSU Seminar’ was held at Kannur on 8th May 2017 presided by Com.P.Manoharan, Chairman of the ‘Save PSU Committee.’ Com. K.K.Ragesh, M.P. inaugurated the Seminar and spoke about raising these issues in the Parliament as also the anti-people policies of the government. Coms.K.T.Kunhikkannan, V.A.N.Namboodiri, R.G.Pillai, K.P.Sahadevan, K.Manoharan, K.Asokan, P.K.Baiju and other leaders addressed. The veterans of the 1974 Railway Strike were honoured before the seminar. 8th May 2017 is the 43rd anniversary of the start of the historical strike of the Railway workers in 1974.
A special Convention of Casual contract workers in BSNL was held at Kannur, Kerala, on 8th May 2017 under the auspices of Kerala BSNL CCLU. More than 100 comrades participated. Com. P.V.Rajan, District President presided. Com.V.V.Krishnan, District Secretary welcomed. The Convention was inaugurated by Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLCCWF. He explained the developments with regards to the demand of the workers, the latest order on minimum wage, VDA, issue of reguarisation etc. Coms. K.Ashokan, District Secretary, CITU, K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, P.Manoharan, Asst. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Janardhanan, CWC member and other leaders addressed. It was decided to strengthen the organisation by bringing all the workers in the organisation.
Kannur is one of the strongest centre of CCLU.
The last SSA level Convention in Kerala Circle in connection with the Membership verification was held on 24th March evening at Kannur, the strong hold of BSNLEU. About 300 comrades participated. Contract workers and pensioners also attended. The convention ws presided over by Com. Ravindran, Kodakkad, SSA President. Com.P.V.Rajan, Dist. Secretary, BSNLEU gave the welcome speech. Com. P.Asoka Babu, Vice-President, V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, M.Vijayakumar, CHQ Org. Secretary, P.Manoharan, Circle Asst. Secretary, M.T.Nanda Kumar, Circle Vice-President, K.Shyamala, Convener, Dt. Mahila Committee, K.V.Jayarajan, DS, Calicut and other leaders attended and addressed.
Kannur has got about 79% vote last time. The workers assured that not only they will cross 80% but it will further increase. A good number of direct recruited employees were also in the convention.