Centre Of Indian Trade Unions: May Day Manifesto, 2016

ON this May Day, CITU
Greets the working class and toiling people of the entire world and our own country, India;
Expresses solidarity to the fight of the working class and people of all the continents against the exploitative international finance driven neoliberal capitalist order;
Extends solidarity to the...

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Historic Win for Sigaranahalli Dalits

THIRTY members of dalit families in Sigaranahalli in Holenarasipur taluk (of Hassan district in Karnataka) on Sunday (April 24) morning offered prayers in Basaveshwara Temple in the village. For the last eight months, the dalits have been demanding entry into the temple. A movement had been launched by dalits in...

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Fight Anti-Worker Measures

THERE is no let up in the anti-working class measures being initiated by the Modi government. This year’s union budget proposed to tax 60 percent of the withdrawal from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) corpus. This was meant to bring EPF contributions in line with the new pension scheme where withdrawal from the latter are...

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CTUs Call for Protest on April 29 Denouncing Reduction in EPF Interest Rate

THE Central Trade Unions, in a statement issued on April 26, have strongly denounced the unilateral reduction in interest rate on Employees Provident Fund from 8.8 percent to 8.7 percent, ignoring the unanimous decision of the tripartite Central Board of Trustees of EPFO. On February 16, 2016, the CBT of EPFO, in its meeting chaired by union labour minister unanimously decided the interest...

Garment Workers Revolt That Shook The Ruling Class!

“WE are garment workers, we are meted out injustice. They say henceforth double PF would not be paid to us. We shall not work till we get it; even if we have to die for it.” Anasuyamma, a worker of AKR garments was telling us with anger on her face. “You are injured so much, yet you talk of fighting”, we interjected. Pat came her answer. “Yes, we shall not give up our right.” Anasuyamma’s lower leg, Jockey Garment’s 20-year old Asha’s...

Acute Agrarian Distress in Marathwada Region

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WTO: The World Can Fry, But Trade Must Rule

THE world is currently smashing temperature records one after the other, with 2016 now looking very likely to be the third year in a row as the hottest year on record since 1850. Already, we have had hardly any winter anywhere in the world including the Arctic, and smashed the March all-time high temperature record by quite a margin. Two climate experts, Jeff Masters and Bob Henson write, “We are now hurtling at a frightening pace toward the globally...

125-ft Ambedkar Statue OK, What about Burial Grounds for Dalits?

ISSUES concerning social justice surfaced strongly during the celebrations of 125TH birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. This emerged in response to BJP and Sangh Parivaar's ongoing efforts to reinstate predatory and obscurantist opinions and ideology, and out of the struggle against these efforts. The concrete expression of such a resistance is visible in the movements in University of Hyderabad (UoH) and...

Tamilnadu: Huge Granite Scam Testifies To The Corrupt Nature of DMK, AIADMK Regimes

A KEY issue in the elections to the legislative assembly in Tamilnadu, for which polling will take place on May 16, is the monumental scale of corruption under successive DMK and AIADMK regimes. The election campaign of the alliance of six parties – DMDK led by Vijayakanth, the four parties of the People’s Welfare Front(PWF), namely MDMK, CPI(M), CPI and VCK, and the Tamil...

7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba Concludes Successfully

THE 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, held from April 16-19, 2016 concluded successfully with the adoption of various policy documents, reviewing the work done from the 6th Congress and election of the new leadership for the Party till the next Congress. Fidel Castro, the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution, participated in the Congress and addressed the Congress, which was an inspiring...

CPI(M) Greets Lebanese Communist Party On Its 11th Congress

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) sent the following text of greetings to the Central Committee of the Lebanese Communist Party on April 19, 2016 on the occasion of its 11th Congress. DEAR Comrades, THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) greets the 11th Congress of the Lebanese Communist Party and wishes it all success.

Thinking Together

Our Party conferences at district/state/all India level elect steering committees to conduct the schedule of conferences. Once steering committees are formed the entire organisational power is vested in them till the new committees are elected. In view of this, my questions are: if steering committee concept is so important, why it does not at all find a mention in the Party Constitution? The word "steering committee" is completely absent in the Party Constitution at least in the web version....