THE third International Congress of Trade Unions International (Petrochemicals and Energy), an international apex trade union organisation affiliated with WFTU, was held on September 11-12 in Trivandrum in Kerala. The previous two congresses were held in Mexico in September 2007 and in Caracas in December 2012.
THE All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) has, in a statement issued on September 11, congratulated the anganwadi workers and helpers all over the country for forcing the Modi government to announce an increase in remuneration of anganwadi workers and helpers on the eve of the assembly elections in five states and also ahead of the next parliament election.
THE strike by road transport workers on August 7 was very successful. More than three crore workers participated in the historic strike. In many states, workers and associations out of the purview of the All India Coordination Committee of Road Transport Workers’ (AICCRTW) also joined the strike. In some places where strike could not be organised due to various reasons, protest actions were undertaken. Support and solidarity from various quarters was expressed.
PREPARATIONS for the ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally’ on September 5, 2018 are going on in full swing all over the country. The rally itself will be historic as the workers, peasants and agricultural workers together will march shoulder to shoulder on the streets of the national capital for the first time, voicing their demands. Besides, in terms of mobilisation also, the rally is all set to be a landmark in the struggles of the toiling people of the country.
FOR the first time, CITU has decided to conduct a ‘samuhik jagaran’ programme all over the country on the night of August 14, 2018.
This was to remember the sacrifices made by thousands of workers, peasants and common people who made immense sacrifices in the struggle for freedom from British colonialism and to rededicate to the fulfilment of their aspirations.
A RECEPTION Committee for the historic ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally’ on September 5, 2018 was formed with eminent Marxist economist Prabhat Patnaik as chairman. In a meeting held on July 31, 2018 at BTR Bhawan a reception committee of 300 was formed with many eminent persons and intellectuals and leaders of different class and mass organisations.
THE All India Co-ordination Committee of Road Transport Workers’ Organisations has called upon road transport workers and owners of the country to go on strike on August 7, demanding withdrawal of draconian MV Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 that paves way for corporates into the core transport sector. The call was given at the meeting of motor transport workers and vehicle owners held at Thiruvananthapuram on July 14.