Working Class

Union Budget: Deadly Push to Privatisation

A NATIONAL convention of central public sector workers was organised in Bengaluru on January 29, jointly by CITU, AITUC, HMS, INTUC, LPF, Joint Action Front (JAF), Bengaluru, and the Coordination Committee of CPSU Unions of Hyderabad. It was attended by more than four hundred leading representatives of trade unions from all the major central public sector undertakings (CPSU) in the country. But before we delve into the deliberation and decisions of the convention, it is of utmost importance to write on the gigantic event which was planned as precursor to the convention.

The Landmark Conference of BSNL Employees Union

BSNL Employees Union, the main recognised union of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, conducted its eighth all India conference at Chennai, from December 31, 2016 to January 3, 2017. 1,632 delegates and observers attended this conference. BSNL is one of the biggest public sector companies employing 2.25 lakh workers and officers. Hence, the conference was crucial, not only for the union and the employees, but to the BSNL as well. 

 

TASKS BEFORE THE CONFERENCE

Seventeenth Congress of the WFTU

THE 17th Congress of World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was held in Durban in South Africa from October 5-8, 2016 with the slogans ‘Struggle – Internationalism – Unity’ and ‘Forward, for the attainment of the contemporary needs of the working class against poverty and wars generated by capitalist barbarism!’

Face Challenges Utilising Opportunities; Link up Struggles and March Ahead

CONGRATULATING the working class of the country for the magnificent and unprecedented countrywide joint general strike on September 2, 2015, the general council of CITU called upon it to further strengthen its unity and take the struggle to a higher level. It asserted that the growing discontent among the working class and the common people in general against the policies being pursued by the Modi led BJP government at the centre provided an opportunity for this.

CPI(M) MP Writes to Govt on Deteriorating Situation in Tea Estates in West Bengal

CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP and CITU general secretary Tapan Sen has written a letter to Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, seeking her urgent intervention in the matter of rapidly deteriorating situation in tea estates in West Bengal. In the letter, dated November 24, Sen said that although profit of the tea garden owners are on the rise, the condition of plantation workers have been fast deteriorating. And the worst hit are the workers of tea estates "where either the gardens are closed down or abandoned by the owners".

Valley of Starvation Deaths

THE undulating lush valleys of tea estates in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills, Dooars and Terai regions are turning into valleys of death.
“Nearly 100 people died of starvation and acute malnutrition in the five closed tea gardens in Dooars since January this year with at least 10 of them dying last month itself”, reported Times of India on July 30, 2014, “The workers are paid only Rs 90 for eight hours a day to produce the expensive Darjeeling tea, while in Terai and Dooars the figure is Rs 95 a day.”

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