IN the Union Budget for 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made one false and one misleading statement in respect of employment generation. In point number 78 of the written copy of his speech, he stated, “An independent study conducted recently has shown that 70 lakh formal jobs will be created this year.”
THE meeting of CITU general council, held in Kozhikode from March 23-26, analysed the impact of the policies of the BJP led government on the conditions of the workers in the country and chalked out concrete tasks based on its analysis.
The presidential address delivered by Hemalata, president of CITU and the general secretary’s report placed by Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU put the organisational and movemental tasks to be taken up by the general council, in the context of international and national situation.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a statement issued on April 2, has congratulated the working class of Kerala for their united statewide strike action against the notorious ‘Fixed Term Employment’ notification by the Modi led BJP government at the centre, which is designed to impose conditions of slavery on the working people, in its most obedient service to corporate capitalist class, both domestic and foreign.
THE general council of CITU which met in Kozhikode from March 23-26, gave the clarion call to the working class of the country to participate in huge numbers in the rally in the national capital Delhi on September 5, to highlight its demands. The general council expressed its great happiness that the two major countrywide organisations of the peasants and agricultural workers, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and the All India Agricultural Workers’ Union (AIAWU) agreed to join the rally.
THOUSANDS of Anganwadi workers and helpers have been carrying out continuous struggle in Haryana since February 16, demanding regularisation of their jobs. The CITU-affiliated union of Anganwadi workers and helpers gave a call for an indefinite strike on February 19 to press the demand. All 25,000 Anganwadi centres in the state are shut from that date and more than 50,000 workers and helpers are on strike. Everyday thousands of workers and helpers participate in dharnas at district headquarters all over the state.
THE meeting of the Central Trade Unions held on February 22 at the INTUC Office in New Delhi expressed indignation and strongly condemned the government of the day for their intensified attack on the lives and livelihood of the people and seriously compromising the national interest.
THE views aired by the chief economic advisor (CEA) to the central government and by the president of FICCI calling for privatisation of public sector banks have drawn the attention of the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI).
Centring round the recent episode of scam in some banks, the chief economic advisor to the government of India, has raised the question of ownership pattern of public sector banks (PSBs) meaning thereby that the central government should move first with its agenda for privatisation of the PSBs.
SIXTEEN days of agitation and strike has forced the state government of Haryana to hold talks with the leadership of ASHA workers and CITU on February 1 and concede the workers demands. The next day, that is on February 2, victory processions were taken out in all twenty one district head quarters by nearly 20,000 ASHA workers to celebrate their huge victory.
THE vehicle strike in Kerala on January 24, 2018 from dawn to desk organised by Kerala Transport Industry Protection Council comprising CITU, AITUC, INTUC, HMS, STU, Janata Dal Trade Union Centre, TUCI, KTUC and owners associations against abnormal increase in prices of petrol and diesel due to the wrong policies of the Modi government, was total and successful. The workers of auto, taxi, private bus, KSRTC bus, lorry, driving school, automobile workshops, spare parts distributors, etc along with the owners of vehicles participated in the strike.
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a statement issued on January 21, has expressed shock and grief at the incident of fire in a plastic factory in Bawana industrial area in North Delhi, on January 20, where 17 workers were charred to death. Many more workers got burn injuries and are under treatment. It is feared that the death toll may increase further. CITU demands adequate compensation to the families of the deceased and to those who got hurt in this horrible incident.