Working Class Issues

FIFTY YEARS OF CITU: Class Unity and Class Struggle

IT was with this vision that the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was founded in 1970, the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of which will start on its Foundation Day this year – May 30. This vision was clearly spelt out in the constitution of CITU thus: ‘The CITU believes that the exploitation of the working class can be ended only by socialising all means of production, distribution and exchange and establishing a Socialist State. Holding fast the ideals of socialism, the CITU stands for the complete emancipation of the society from all exploitation’.

 

Ensure accountability in Judiciary

Implement the POSH Act effectively in the complaint against CJI by SC ex employee

THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in a statement issued on  May 16, has expressed serious concern at the recent developments and actions by the Supreme Court following the complaint by a former woman employee of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice of India.

Industrial Workers Fight for Rights in Special ‘Japanese & ‘South Korean Zones’ in India

ON the very first day of the two-day countrywide general strike by workers on January 8-9, police in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan lathi-charged, used teargas and fired on the peaceful assembly of the workers in front of Japanese company Daikin Airconditioning Private Limited in the so-called ‘Japanese Zone’ in the Neemrana industrial area in Alwar district. Several workers were injured in the police action. The police also filed false cases against several workers and arrested them, 18 of them are still in jail.

Anganwari call for Delhi March

ON the slogans of, no to direct cash transfer and no privatisation in ICDS; implement minimum wages of Rs 18,000 per month and pension of Rs 6,000 per month for anganwadi workers and helpers; regularise them as government employees; make anganwadis full time as anganwadi cum creches, the ALL India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) union has decided to march to parliament on February 25, 2019.

Highly Successful Three-day Strike in BSNL

THE three-day strike of the employees and officers of BSNL, which started on February 18, 2019, is a huge success. It was called by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB). Almost all the telephone exchanges, administrative offices, customer service centres, etc, remained closed throughout the country, on all the three days. The government invoked the draconian ESMA to suppress the strike. However, it could not deter the employees from joining the strike en-masse.

Stop Privatisation of Airports

OPPOSING the proposed privatisation of six airports in the country, Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU wrote a letter to the union minister for civil aviation, on February 11.

It is shocking to note that the government of India has decided to privatise six more airports of the country that are functioning under the Airports Authority of India through the so-called PPP route.  The airports proposed to be privatised at the moment are Trivandrum, Guwahati, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangalore as per the reports received.

EPF Funds Risked

ALL fears of losing the public money by investing in the bonds market have unfortunately come true. In a recent report published in the newspapers, thousands of crore rupees of EPF funds invested in tradable bonds in IL&FS group have been put to the risk of being lost as the group companies are facing near bankruptcy situation and are presently in the midst of resolution procedures in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under section 53 of the Insolvency Bankruptcy Code Act (IBC).

CITU Condemns Police Repression on Workers

THE extended meeting of the office bearers of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), held in New Delhi on February 6-7, 2019 has issued a statement condemning the state government of Rajasthan for preventing the free movement of the high level team of the central trade unions led by CITU general secretary and former MP, Tapan Sen, and consisting of CITU national secretaries E Kareem, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Shankar Datta, MP (Lok Sabha); other national and state leaders of CITU, AITUC and HMS, and the all India leader of Kisan Sabha, Amra Ram, former MLA of Rajasthan.

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