Working Class Issues

Two-Day Strike by BPCL Workers

A NATIONAL convention against privatisation of BPCL was held at the BPCL Kochi refinery premises on February 9, 2020 under the banner of all the three national federations, AIPWF, NFPW and PGWFI. Delegates from all over the country representing all the branches of oil and natural gas -  production, refining, pipeline and marketing representing ONGC, OIL, GAIL, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, MRPL, Balmer Lawrie, Pawan Hans and more participated in the convention. 

Sixteenth All India Conference of CITU: Scale Up Struggles Change Policies

THE 16th conference of CITU concluded on January 27, 2020 with thunderous slogans announcing the determination of the around 2000 delegates to defeat the neoliberal policies of the BJP led government and the divisive disruptive agenda of the RSS mentored BJP. The conference was held with the slogan ‘Scale up Struggles. Change Policies’.

CITU Conference Call: Unite in Struggle to Reclaim what is rightfully ours

THE historic juncture in which the 16th all India conference of CITU began on January 23 in Chennai, was ringing loud and clear. In the backdrop of breathless mounting of attacks on the lives and livelihood of the toiling people and on their hard-won rights for collective bargaining on the one hand, and on the other, the building resistance all across the country to fight back these attacks, specially the magnificent All India General Strike held just two weeks back – the challenges before the conference are clear and grave.

CITU Denounces Govt Move to End Provisions of Captive Mining of Coal

THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a statement issued on January 9, has condemned the retrograde decision of the central government to promulgate ordinance to amend further the Mines & Mineral Development (Development & Regulation) Act and Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act (MMDR Act and CMSP Act) with the purpose of ending the very concept of captive mining of coal to meet the raw material needs of certain crucial industries like steel, power, aluminum, fertilizers etc for which coal is an essential raw material.

CITU Opposes CAA, Seeks Solidarity for Jan 8 General Strike

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) welcomes and greets all sections of the people for their countrywide spontaneous response to the call for protest mobilisations on December 19 against the infamous Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). In a statement issued on December 20, it said that the CAA is an outrageous onslaught on the Indian constitution and the right to equality irrespective of religion, caste and creed as enshrined in the constitution.

Industrial Relations Code is for Capital to Maximise Profits

THE Industrial Relations Code, 2019 has been introduced in Lok Sabha in the ongoing session. It seeks to replace three important labour laws – the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947; the Trade Unions Act, 1926; and the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946. The BJP government, in its first tenure itself, mooted this bill, and uploaded it on the labour ministry’s website, in April 2015. The draft was then circulated among the central trade unions in October. Bipartite and tripartite discussions were held on this draft.

Onwards to the General Strike on Jan 8

THE CPI(M) has given a call to observe the entire month of December against the privatisation drive of the BJP government led by Modi and to create massive public support for the country wide general strike on January 8, 2020. One of the major demands raised by the trade unions that called for the general strike is to stop privatisation of the public sector undertakings which are the wealth of the nation.

Anganwadi Workers Protest in Karnataka

THIRTY thousand anganwadi workers from all over Karnataka, gathered at Tumkur on December 10 for a padayatra to Bangalore. They were prevented by hundreds of policemen deployed. But anganwadi workers refused to budge and stayed at the Glass House Maidan and other maidans of Tumkur where they had gathered.  They stayed over the night on December 10th in the maidans against the police demand to disperse, and cooked for dinner.

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