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Forward to the 14th Conference of CITU at Kannur

Towards Strengthening Unity and Countrywide Struggles!

CITU is getting ready for its 14th Conference, scheduled to be held in Kannur in Kerala on 4 - 8 April 2013. The 13th conference was held in Chandigarh on 17-21 March 2010.

This three year period was a period of great importance in the 43 years existence of CITU, for the organisation as well as for the working people of the country. This was a period when the working class of India has shown its capacity to unitedly fight on the demands of not only the workers but all the working people in the country. This was a period when the country witnessed an unprecedented unity of all the central trade unions and most of the national federations, which came together to fight on a common ten point charter of demands. In many states several regional and independent trade unions too joined in the campaigns and struggles further widening trade union unity.

For CITU, it was a step towards fulfilling the clarion call given at the time of its foundation Conference in May 1970.

Immediately after its formation, CITU started its efforts to turn its slogan ‘Unity and Struggle’, into a reality. These efforts received the support and solidarity of several organisations and resulted in the formation of various joint platforms including the United Council of Trade Unions (UTUC), the National Campaign Committee (NCC), the Sponsoring Committee of Indian Trade Unions and the National Platform of Mass Organisations. The joint movement was further broadened since 2009 achieving total unity of all the central trade unions and national federations.

Almost all these struggles were on issues concerning various sections of working people – for remunerative prices for the peasants, comprehensive law for the agricultural workers, for ensuring employment and unemployment relief to the youth – these were raised by the historic 19th January 1982 strike, the first of its kind in independent India.

From that country wide strike to the recent 48 hours General strike, the Trade Unions in the country have broken many a barriers and its importance and impact has already been noted by various sections.

As the General Secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) George Mavrikos noted “The successful two day strike has been an important lesson for the international working class and a loud message to the Indian Government”.

It is a fact of the day, that not in many countries we have united actions by the central trade unions affiliated with ITUC, WFTU and those not affiliated with any international organisation. It is also a fact that not many would have even dreamed of a joint platform of all the Central TUs and National Federations in India considering the happenings during the past.

Each and every organisation, now involved in this joint movement has contributed in its own way in making this joint platform and struggles a reality.

For its part, CITU, true to the call from its foundation conference and its class orientation, has made all efforts to discharge its role with the necessary enthusiasm, initiative, commitment and dedication. Every member of CITU can be proud of that role.

Sectoral to National
In fact, the joint activities at various sectoral levels like steel, coal etc and by the CPSTU in the Central PSUs in general, played an important role in unifying the workers. Almost all the major sectors like electricity, transport, banks, insurance, defence production, telecom and government employees, saw united struggles at various levels including country wide sectoral strikes, during the last 30 years.

In the recent period the scheme workers like the anganwadi employees, ASHAs, mid day meal workers and others and the workers in the unorganised sector like beedi etc have also conducted united campaigns and struggles. This period also saw many a united struggles in various states.

These struggles have laid a firm foundation for lower level unity in the joint national struggles.

At the time of the 13th Conference, the present phase of united struggles had begun. The inaugural session of the 13th Conference in Chandigarh, witnessed the reiteration of strengthening united struggles by various central TUs.

Immediately after the Conference, the decision to go for a countrywide strike on a five point charter of demands was taken. The strike on 7th September 2010, incidentally, coincided with the International Day of Action called by WFTU, resulting in strikes and struggles in different parts of the world.

Last 3 years saw two more general strikes – on 28th February 2012 and on 20-21 February 2013. In between, we witnessed the largest mobilisation of workers for a Parliament March on 23rd February 2011 and again another March on 20th December. Large scale demonstrations, dharnas and Jail Bharo were also organised. There were many sectoral strikes also during this period, including few countrywide strike actions.

CITU, carrying forward the decisions of the 13th Conference played an effective role in all these struggles – national, state and at work spot level.

CITU has taken the message of unity and struggle to every nook and corner of the country. The improvement in carrying the message of unity down to grass root level has been noted during the successful 48 hours strike.

Independent movements
CITU unions and federations and also committees at various levels, took up many issues independently and conducted militant strikes and struggles. The struggles for trade union rights especially in MNCs indifferent parts of the country conducted during the last 3 years, are of great importance and notable successes have been attained in this and also on economic demands of those workers. This period also saw democratic rights of the workers and the people in general being trampled by various governments and workers militantly resisting these attacks.

CITU leaders and also workers, both men and women, faced physical attacks from police, goondas, had cases foisted on them and put in jail. There were large scale victimisations in different parts of the country. CITU could fight back effectively in many centres, often with the solidarity and support of fraternal trade unions and mass organisations. Many a local struggles, in organised, unorganised sectors and by the scheme workers were conducted in different states.

The country wide one day strike by construction workers led by CWFI in November 2012 was an important struggle in the unorganised sector. The two days’ mahapadav of the scheme workers organised by CITU, in New Delhi in November 2012, witnessed massive mobilisation, especially of women workers, creating more confidence and fighting spirit not only among the participants but also among the CITU movement as a whole.

International Tasks
It was during this period that CITU got formally affiliated to WFTU and has also taken up certain organisational responsibilities.

CITU’s tradition of upholding the banner of international solidarity is being carried forward, despite many a limitations and difficulties.

Critical period
The period after the last Conference was also politically critical to the working people. Chandigarh Conference was within a year of the 2009 general elections, in which the Left parties faced a set back. In the assembly elections, Left lost both West Bengal and Kerala. We saw a belligerent UPA II going ahead with its neo-liberal agenda and the main opposition party, BJP, generally supporting the Government on these policy matters. Almost all the state governments, though led by different political parties of national and regional status, also followed these disastrous policies.

West Bengal witnessed murderous attacks on the trade unions and on the cadres and leaders of the left and democratic movement. The effect of so called `paribortan’ is new being experienced by everybody with the whole democratic system under attack.

It was in such a critical situation, that the trade unions could successfully build up a united movement, challenging the neo-liberal policies and demanding a change in these policies towards an alternative set of policies. Trade Unions could put the policy issues and also the peoples’ demands on focus.

The unprecedented mobilisation of various sections of people protesting against corruption, attacks on women etc., and demanding justice to various sections are notable developments. Added to these are the impact of the 48 hours general strike, which received massive support of ordinary people in urban and rural centres.

All these are the reflections of the urge among masses for a change. These have to be properly channelised into a mass movement and it is here, the Trade Unions should play a leading role.

All these mobilisations, mass movements and successes attained in various struggles and also the victory of the left front in Tripura, leading to the formation of the seventh LF government form the background of the ensuing 14th Conference.

All these are happening at a time, when the capitalist system is engulfed in an unprecedented crisis. This was noted in the Chandigarh Conference and the crisis has further deepened after that.

The working class, all over the world, in all the continents is on the move, struggling against the denial of even its existing rights and benefits resulting in serious attacks on livelihood of the working people. The increasing disparities all over the world resulted in the now famous slogan `99 percent Vs One percent!’

Despite the severe attacks and serious problems even in day to day functioning of trade unions in many parts of West Bengal, CITU has improved its over all strength after the last Conference. Though there are many a weaknesses still persisting in different areas, CITU is marching ahead.

The Kannur Conference will be discussing all the issues of importance to the working people of the country and also going into various aspects of organisational growth of CITU. This conference will pave the way for further strengthening the united activities and struggles of working class and also other sections of toiling masses!

A.K. Padmanabhan

Sunday, 09 February 2014 18:06

History of CITU Conferences

Preparations have already begun in Kannur, Kerala for the 14th All India Conference of CITU, to be held from 4th to 8th April 2013. On this occasion, let us have a brief look at all the previous conferences.

Foundation Conference
The All India Trade Union Conference was held from 28th to 30th May, as per the decision of a Convention of General Council members and State Committee members of AITUC, held at Goa on 9th and 10th April 1970. It was held at Lenin Nagar (Ranji Stadium) in Kolkata. A reception committee with Com. Jyoti Basu as Chairman and Com. Manoranjan Roy as General Secretary organized the conference. Reception Committee had enrolled 50,000 workers as members of the committee. The review made later noted that the enthusiasm among workers for this conference was such that, when a call was made for collection of Rs.2 lakhs, 3 lakhs was collected within a short period of 3 weeks! The Conference was attended by 4264 delegates representing 1759 unions with a membership of 8,04,637/- from 18 states. Fraternal unions sent 116 delegates and 1134 observers attended the conference, making a total of 5514 participants. The Conference was guided by a presidium consisting of Mohammed Ismail, Suhrid Mullick Chaudhury, Haridas Malakar, E. Balanandan, Bimalanada Mukherji, A Balasubramaniam and S.Y. Kolhatkar. P. Ramamurti presented the report, which was earlier circulated in English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Tamil and Malayalam. There were brief translation of all speeches in all languages for the delegates. The resolution on formation of a new All India Trade Union Centre, to be named Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was moved in the Conference on 30th May, by Com.Manoranjan Roy (West Bengal) and seconded by E. Balanandan (Kerala); which was passed unanimously among thunderous applause and shouting of slogans.

The Conference elected B.T. Ranadive as President, P. Ramamurti as General Secretary and Kamal Sarkar as Treasurer. Mohammed Ismail, S.Y. Kolhatkar, E. Balanandan, Suhrid Mallick Chaudhari and Sudhin Kumar were elected Vice-Presidents and M.K. Pandhe, Manoranjan Roy and Niren Ghosh as Secretaries. The Conference elected 158 General Council members and 33 working committee members were elected by the General Council. The Working Committee included Coms. Jyoti Basu and Samar Mukherji. On 31st May, a massive rally of 10 lakhs of workers was held in the Brigade Parade Ground.

Second Conference
Second All India Conference was held in Ernakulam, in Kerala from 18th to 22nd April 1973. Meeting after 3 years of the foundation conference and at the time of serious political developments in the country, this was an important conference in our history. Com. B.T. Ranadive, in his presidential address referred to the massive arrests of Comrades who were put behind bars under MISA and to the monstrous repression in West Bengal and also in other states. General Secretary’s report, presented by Com. P.Ramamurti gave details about all these attacks and the struggles being conducted by our unions, defending the rights of working people. The Conference reelected Com. BTR and PR as President and General Secretary. Com. Jyoti Basu was elected as one of the Seven Vice Presidents. Samar Mukherjee was elected Treasurer. The conference concluded with a massive rally on 22nd April.

Third Conference at Mumbai
Third Conference was held in Mumbai, from 21st to 25th May 1975. Com. B.T.R, began his Presidential Address, greeting to people of Vietnam and Cambodia, for their epochal victories against US imperialism. He also referred to the continuous struggles conducted by the Indian Working class. Among others, he noted that “on an average more than a million and half are engaged in strike action since 1966, a whole decade.”

In his concluding address, Com. BTR, referred in detail to the points raised in the discussions, increasing attacks on working class and pointed out that more and more attacks, including those on our democratic rights are in the offing. He thundered, “We stand by class struggle, we have got a conception of class struggle, we have got a conception of worker-peasant alliance. Anything which deviates from this, will not take us to the goal of revolution”. He also pointed out that “inspite of immediate difficulties, we are entering a period of tremendous opportunities”. The Conference reelected Coms. BTR and PR as President and General Secretary and Manoranjan Roy was elected Treasurer. Coms. Samar Mukherjee and Nrisingha Chakraborty were among the six Secretaries.

Chennai Conference
The Fourth Conference was held at Chennai, from 11 to 15 April 1979. The period between the third and fourth Conference was a period of critical importance to the Indian democratic movement. Within a month of 3rd Conference, Emergency was declared and denial of democratic rights was complete. The authoritarian Govt., led by Indira Gandhi, violated all democratic norms but could not continue in power. 1977 elections to the Lok Sabha, brought to power a Janata Party Govt. the first non-Congress Govt. at centre. Later, in West Bengal Assembly elections, the first Left Govt. was voted to power and Com. Jyoti Basu became the Chief Minister. In 1978, Tripura also voted for a left front government.

The united struggle involving all Central Trade Unions against the Industrial Relations Bill in 1978 was a new phase of united trade union movement.
It was in this fourth conference, a separate meeting of working women was held and the All India Co-ordination Committee of working women was formed with Comrade Vimala Ranadive as Convener. Coms. BTR and PR were reelected as President and General Secretary and Samar Mukherjee was elected Treasurer. Com. Sushila Gopalan was one of the nine Vice-Presidents and was the first woman in the CITU secretariat.

Kanpur Conference
The Fifth Conference of CITU was held in Kanpur, the historic industrial centre of many struggles in the pre independent India; from 13 to 17 April 1983. This Conference coincided with the death centenary year of Karl Marx and the Conference called upon the delegates to assimilate his teachings and carry forward the message to the grass roots level to expose conspiracies of imperialism led by USA.

Among the foreign delegates in the Conference were those from Soviet Union and Peoples Republic of China. Among those greeted the conference was Com. Indrajit Gupta, General Secretary AITUC and O.P. Aghi Secretary BMS. On behalf of All India KisanSabha, Com. Harkishan Sigh Surjeet greeted the Conference. 2196 delegates including 57 women, 43 observers and 16 fraternal delegates attended the conference. 1069 delegates had been to jail. Com. BTR was reelected as President and Samar Mukherjee was the new General Secretary. Com. PR was one of the eleven Vice Presidents. Com.E. Balanandan was elected as Treasurer. Totally there were 20 secretariat members.

Com. BTR in his concluding address referred to the increasing lockouts and called upon the delegates “to convert the anti lock-out struggles into democratic struggles against this anti-social Act of employers”. Referring to the formation of National Campaign Committee and the country wide general strike on 19th January 1982, he said that the consciousness about unity and united struggles is growing and that is a welcome feature.

Sixth Conference at Mumbai
The Sixth Conference was held in Mumbai, 18-22 May 1987. This was the second time Mumbai was hosting the Conference. The period after the fifth conference was a period of rapid changes in our country and the world. The conference noted that because of persistent efforts and overcoming many obstacles, the struggle for trade union unity has been successful and this unity has been strengthened. It was also noted that inspite of various endeavours, “United strength of working class has not succeeded in stunning the tide of economic offensive”.

The period after fifth conference was a period of fight against communal, divisive and disruptive forces and CITU committees and unions have been in the forefront of struggle against these forces. This conference reiterated the clarion call for formation of a “Confederation of Central Trade Unions, and national federations, where all issues concerning labour and economic policy can be discussed freely and decisions taken unanimously”. A full day session on issues of working women was held.

Com. Jyoti Basu, third time Chief Minister of West Bengal and Vice-President, addressed the conference, exhorting the delegates to be more organized, united and politically conscious, against the policies of Central Government, which were increasingly directed against the working class. He explained the relation between left front government in West Bengal and the working class, Com. Jyoti Basu, said that the Govt. has called upon the employers to meet genuine demands of workers, otherwise workers will be compelled to resort to agitation and strikes.

Com. B.T. Ranadive, Samar Mukherjee and E. Balanandan were reelected as President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Out of the total 26 Secretariat members, there were 3 women – Sushila Gopalan, Ahalya Rangnekar and Vimala Ranadive. The Conference venue at Mumbai was named after Com. V.P. Chintan a senior leder of CITU from Tamilnadu. He died in Moscow on 8th May, where he had gone on behalf of CITU to attend May Day celebrations. 2366 delegates and 80 observers attended the conference among them 134 were women. 1114 comrades were attending the conference for first time and 209 had attended all the five previous conference.

Seventh Conference
Calcutta hosted the Seventh Conference, from 13 to 17 February 1991. This was the second time the Conference was being held there, the first being the foundation conference. 21 years after the foundation conference, the working class was facing new challenges. This was the first time, CITU was holding its conference without Coms. BTR and PR amongst the delegates. Com. Jyoti Basu presided over the inaugural session. The Conference noted the increase in membership despite increasing closures. Com. Samar Mukherjee stressed the need for collective and democratic functioning at all levels.

Com. Jyoti Basu, in his concluding speech, referred to the dangerous growth of communal and divisive forces and called upon the working class, to defeat and isolate them. He laid stress on bringing the workers in the unorganized sector into the fold of trade union actions. The Conference elected Coms. E. Balanandan and M.K. Pandhe as President and General Secretary. Both of them were members of the Secretariat from the foundation conference. Ranjit Basu was the new treasurer. The Conference concluded with a mass rally at Brigade Parade Ground on 17th. CITU membership crossed 20 lakhs by the time of this conference. 2341 delegates and 121 observers attended the conference. There were 121 women participants in the conference.

Working Womens Convention
A separate convention of working women was held prior to the conference, on 12th and 13th February, attended by 475 delegates from 18 states. This was the new beginning of having separate convention of working women at national level after the separate sessions in conference, which stated in 4th Conference in 1979.

Patna Conference
The Eighth Conference was held in Patna, from 3 to 7 March 1994. The clarion call of the Conference was to further strengthen the united movement of Trade Unions and also to strengthen the united movements with other mass organizations. Stepping up the actions against the IMF prescribed policies of the Narasimha Rao Govt. was the need of the hour. This was the message from the conference. Presided by Com. E. Balanandan, the conference was inaugurated by Com.Jyoti Basu, Vice-President and Chief Minister of West Bengal. The mass rally was held in the afternoon.

Nine Commissions were formed to discuss various important issues. Conference held detailed discussions on the new economic policies.
In his concluding address Com. E. Balanandan pointed out that “Unity of the T.U. movement to-day is reflected not only for defending the rights of the working class but for defending the unity and integrity of the country and its sovereignty. The fight against all round offensive by imperialism is therefore to be further strengthened and given shape of mass actions”. Com. E. Balanandan and M.K. Pandhe were reelected President and General Secretary. Com. Saroj Choudhary was elected Treasurer. There were 16 Vice-president and 20 Secretaries. 2031 delegates from 21 States including 133 women attended the Conference.

Ninth Conference
Kochi hosted the CITU Conference for the second time from 21-26 April 1997. “Towards big battles against Globalisation and Liberalisation” was the call of the ninth conference. Building up the unity of the working class was stressed in the sessions of the conference. A Seminar on T.U. unity in the struggle against the New Economic Policy was held which was addressed by leaders of other Central TUs including A.B. Bardhan (AITUC). AITUC and HMS proposed immediate merger of central TUs in the seminar. CITU emphasized the need of formation of a confederation of all central T.Us, which would further pave the way for formation of a singe national T.U. centre in the country. There were six commissions, discussing various important subjects. On 20th April, fifth Convention of working women was held. 307 delegates from 17 states attended.

Com. E.K. Nayanar, Chief Minister of Kerala, addressed the Delegate Session and the public rally. 2409 delegates attended the conference. 178 were women. E. Balanandan, M.K. Pandhe and Ranjit Basu were elected President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Total Secretariat members were 36.

Tenth Conference
Andhra Pradesh hosted the tenth conference, which was held in Hyderabad from 27-30 December 2000. Com. Balanandan in his presidential address dealt with various struggles at the international level and noted developing resistance to U.S. imperialism. The conference discussion referred to the return of N.D.A. to power in 1999 and their efforts to dismantling PSUs and other actions in the name of second generation reforms. It also noted that there have been umpteen number of struggles by various sections of workers. Developing a powerful mass movement was the need of the hour. That was the understanding that arose from the discussions.

Conference discussed 7 important issues in commissions. This conference also had a separate discussion on organization. A call for an All India protest day was given to be observed on 24th January 2001. Prior to the conference, on 16-17 September, Sixth All India Convention of working women was held in Haldia and a resolution on tasks on working womens front was adopted in the conference. 2542 delegates attended the conference which included 262 women. E. Balanandan, M.K. Pandhe and Ranjit Basu were reelected President, General Secretary and Treasurer. In total there were 35 members in the Secretariat.

Chennai Conference
Chennai hosted the All India Conference for the second time, from 9 to 14 December 2003. This was the Eleventh Conference.
The Conference had detailed discussions on the situation nationally and also at international level. This was in the background of the policies of NDA Govt. and the increasing attacks on the working people. The recommendations of the Second National Commission on labour, had sought to take away whatever protection workers had enjoyed due to incessant struggles. In spite of opposition from the democratic sections, Govt. had enacted the draconian POTA.

The conference had a full session on the tasks among working women. The conference had six separate commissions to discuss important issues.
The new secretariat had 35 members. Com. M.K. Pandhe and Chittabrata Majumdar were elected President and General Secretary. Ranjit Basu was reelected Treasurer. Com. E. Balanandan was elected as one of the ten Vice-Presidents. Coms. Samar Mukherjee, C. Kannan and R. Umanath had opted to be relieved from their responsibilities. Com. E. Balanandan, in his concluding address paid glowing tributes to these comrades. Number of women comrades in the Secretariat increased to 4 in this conference. The Conference concluded with a massive procession and rally. Budhadeb Bhattacharya, Chief Minister of West Bengal was the main speaker in the rally.

Bangalore Conference
Bangalore hosted the Twelfth Conference of CITU from 17 to 21 January 2007. Five jathas from Amritsar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram were organized as a run up to the conference and were received at the conference venue on 17th morning. Com. Pandhe, in his Presidential addressed dealt in detail, the developments in the international arena.

General Secretary Com. Chittabrata Majumdar, dealt with the onslaught on labour in detail. He referred to the second generation reforms of UPA Govt. and noted that the main pillars of these reforms have been total liberalization of financial sector, complete overhauling of labour laws aimed at casualisation and contractorisation of the labour force and complete liberalization and deregulation of trade. This was a period when we had 3 all India strikes in all the three preceding years; 24th February 2004, 29th September 2005 and 14th December 2006.

This conference gave a call for observance of birth centenary of Com. P. Ramamurti from 20th September 2007; for one year and for establishment of a Trade Union School in the name of Com. P. Ramamurti. 2439 delegates including 297 women attended the conference. There were 55 fraternal delegates from different parts of the world. Com. M.K. Pandhe, Chittabrata Majumdar and Rajit Basu were reelected President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Com. Chittabrata Majumdar passed away immediately after the conference and Mohammed Amin was elected General Secretary in February 2007.

Chandigarh Conference
The 13th Conference, was held in Chandigarh from 17 to 21 March 2010. This conference was being held after the General election in 2009 and UPAII had come to power. In the background of the political situation, this conference pointed out the challenges ahead as well as opportunities.

The United Trade Union movement has got further strengthened with all Central Trade Unions had come together to struggle for a common charter of demand. The inaugural session of the Chandigarh conference reflected this with leaders of all central trade unions being present there to declare united struggles in the coming period. The venue was named after Com. Jyoti Basu, our veteran leader and Vice-President from the Second Conference. In between we had also lost Comrades Balanandan, Chittabrata Majumdar and Ranjit Basu. Conference was attended by George Mavrikose General Secretary of CITU. 2410 delegates including 357 women from 24 states attended this conference; representing 50,50,942 members.

The Conference had discussed six important subjects in commissions. A.K. Padmanabhan, Tapan Sen and Ranjana Nirula were elected as the new President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Six women comrades were elected to the secretariat. The Conference concluded with a well attended mass rally.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:26

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Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions

The emergence and sustenance of united trade movement of the Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) Workers in India has a very long history. The very beginning can be traced in the joint convention of the CPSU workers held at Hyderabad on 23-24 December 1977. That period has been significant for the reason that a new political situation emerged in the country with defeat at the hustings the most atrocious avowedly anti-worker authoritarian ‘Internal Emergency’ (June 1975 to November 1977) regime of Indira Gandhi and the Janata Party Government came to power at the centre. Although CPSTU formally came into existence a few years later, actually this convention laid the foundation stone for the CPSTU.

The period since the Hyderabad convention, the country witnessed regular hectic activities of the Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) workers jointly organised by CITU, AITUC, HMS, BMS and the two Apex Forums of CPSU workers at Bangalore and Hyderabad. The struggles took place at industry, regional and national levels.

The major issues of the period concerning which the struggles took place were against wage freeze steps of the Government, against anti-worker unilateral guidelines issued by Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) directed at curbing the right to collective bargaining, against fraud in compilation of Consumer Price Index (CPI) and proper fixation of rate of Dearness Allowance, Bonus to all workers etc etc. The other most important issue of the same period was the fight against atrocious Industrial Relations Bill designed to take away the trade union rights of the workers, opposition to Compulsory Deposit Scheme (CDS) etc.

The CITU has been taking very seriously the joint movement of the CPSU workers right from the inception. The organisational strength of CITU amongst the CPSU workers all over the country since then has been growing rapidly. Rajib Gandhi Government, in the mid-eighties, took concrete steps to ideologically and financially weaken public sector in the country. The ground work was done by the infamous Arjun Sengupta Committee Report which recommended taking away the workers collective bargaining rights among other steps. CITU took initiative to defeat this design and unify the public sector workers against such moves.

A related important development of the period was a convention of the CPSU trade the unions affiliated to CITU and also the unions friendly to CITU was held at Bangalore on 27-28 May 1985 which was attended by 284 delegates representing 84 trade unions from different CPSU workers. Reporting about the convention it was noted that, “the Bangalore convention has been a turning point in the PSU trade union movement. This initiative of CITU paved the way for consolidating the unity of PSU workers and ultimately the CPSTU came into being.”

Amidst the aforesaid on going struggles of the CPSU workers a joint national convention took place at New Delhi on 21-22 October 1986. Around 300 trade unions and 50 National Federations of the CPSU workers represented by over 800 delegates participated in the convention. A 14-point Charter of Demands (CoD) was adopted in the convention. The programmes to press for the CoD finalised in the convention included a nationwide strike on 21st January 1987. The convention expressed its firm resolve to fight the policy of demolition and privatisation of CPSUs initiated by the then Rajiv Gandhi Government.

The other historic decision of the same convention was the formation of Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions (CPSTU). The founding constituents of the CPSTU were CITU, AITUC, HMS, BMS, Joint Action Front (JAF), Bangalore and Co-ordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions, Hyderabad.

As a sequel to the demolition of Babri Masjid and accompanied communal holocaust in the country designed and executed by the ‘Sangh Parivar’ in 1992 the BMS got separated from the CPSTU.
CPSTU took formal shape of a united platform of the major segment of the trade union movement in the country including the core and strategic sectors through a long drawn phase of united struggles of the CPSU workers. It has truly emerged from the thick of struggles. CPSTU is the concrete manifestation of the concept of Unity and Struggle. In fact CPSTU is the longest ever united forum of trade unions continuing its active existence in the country. No other joint initiative or forums of trade unions in the country existed for such a long period. At the peak of its activities the CPSTU had really represented around 20 lakhs (2 million) workers spread over around 200 CPSU in the country.

The contributions of CPSTU strengthening the trade union movement in the country have been huge in dimension and basic in character. The activities of CPSTU contributed in broadening the functioning frame work of the major industrial sector trade union movement from the confine of factory level to industry-wise national level. The major industry-wise national federations really derived strength from the activities of CPSTU. At the instance of CPSTU the industry-wise national level joint activities of trade unions in different industrial sectors got a big boost. Thus the working class movement of the country switched over from local level consciousness to national level consciousness as a consequence of the emergence of CPSTU.

Yet another major area in which the contribution of the CPSTU must be counted the most is the realisation of PSU-wise apex level collective bargaining system. This achievement of the CPSTU has made significant contributions in many ways in our trade union movement. One of the basic rights of the workers i.e., Right to Collective Bargaining got institutionalised for the workers of the CPSUs covering the almost all the major industrial sectors in the country. This has also shown the way to others.

Over the period the compensation package of the CPSU workers achieved the height of setting standard in the country. This has been possible entirely due to the united strength and struggles of the around 20 lakh PSU workers engineered by the CPSTU. Before the surfacing of the collective agreements of the CPSU workers the situation was pitiable. But it is important to understand and remember that but for leadership provided by CPSTU in fighting the policies of the Government in restricting the right to collective bargaining and achieving quality compensation package it would not have been possible to achieve by the individual industries or CPSUs as it is before us today. These are of course, apart from the contribution of CPSTU in the general trade union movement of the country in fighting the anti-worker policies initiated by the ruling classes from time to time.

And with the introduction of the World Bank and IMF prescribed economic policies by the Congress party Government in July 1991 and pushed with added degree of onslaught by the every successive Government at the centre focusing all round attack on public sector, the fight to protect public sector became the most urgent issue before the CPSU workers in particular and CPSTU unfailingly played its historical role. Before 1991, the period preceding to the introduction of the disastrous Fund-Bank dictated economic policies, the CPSU workers conducted many long drawn battles including many strike struggles for the cause of public sector industries and its workers. These struggles were led by CPSTU. However in the current onslaught against public sector since 1991, the struggles has attained new dimension necessitating broader level of intervention of the patriotic democratic movement of the country and the CPSTU is a front ranking constituent of these struggles.

However, CPSTU is really the source of inspiration and symbol of struggles for the CPSU workers in the country. Presently the top most priority task before the CPSU workers is to protect the public sector from the liquidating onslaught of the policies of liberalisation and privatisation. At the same time the urgent economic issues pertaining to the current round of collective bargaining for the 7th round of wage negotiations is also important. CPSTU is definitely destined to discharge its historical responsibilities in this respect.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:00

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Sunday, 09 February 2014 13:58

ALL INDIA OFFICE BEARERS

PRESIDENT: K HEMALATA
GENERAL SECRETARY: TAPAN SEN
TREASURER: M L MALKOTIA

VICE PRESIDENTS SECRETARIES
A K PADMANABHAN S DEVROYE
SHYAMAL CHAKRABORTY DIPAK DASGUPTA
BASUDEV ACHARIA ELAMARAM KARIM
J S MAJUMDER KASHMIR SINGH THAKUR
A. SOUNDARARAJAN PRASANTA NANDI CHOWDHURY
K.O. HABEEB G SUKUMARAN
MERCYKUTTY AMMA M SAIBABU
ANATHALAVATTOM ANANDAN K K DIVAKARAN
MAKIK DEY P NANDAKUMAR
MALATHI CHITTIBABU RATNA DUTTA
SUDHA BHASKAR M A GAFFOOR
RAGHUNATH SINGH D D RAMANANDAN
BISHNU MAHANTY A R SINDHU
S VARALAXMI K CHANDRAN PILLAI
D L KARAD MEENAKSHISUNDARAM
BABY RANI USHA RANI

PERMANENT INVITEE:   SUKOMAL SEN

Sunday, 09 February 2014 13:48

General Council

CENTRE OF INDIAN TRADE UNIONS (CITU)
GENERAL COUNCIL ELECTED BY THE 15TH CONFERENCE OF CITU
26-30 November, Puri, Odisha

ANDAMAN (GC:1 )

  1.   B CHANDRACHOODAN

ANDHRA PRADESH (GC: 28  WC: 8)

1

CH NARASINGA RAO

WC

 

2

A V NAGESWARA RAO

WC

 

3

K DHANALAKSHMI

WC

 FEMALE

4

V UMAMAHESWARA RAO

WC

 

5

K UMAMAHESWARA RAO

WC

 

6

K SUBBARAVAMMA

WC

FEMALE 

7

SWAROOPA RANI

WC

 FEMALE

8

JAGGU NAIDU

WC

 

9

P AJAYAKUMAR

   

10

P ROJA

 

 FEMALE

11

D GOVINDA RAO

   

12

RAMESH

   

13

VENUGOPAL

   

14

D N V D PRASAD

   

15

RAJA RAMMOHAN ROY

   

16

N CH SRINIVAS

   

17

Y NARASIMHA RAO

   

18

SUPRAJA

 

 FEMALE

19

K NAGESWARA RAO

   

20

CH SRINIVAS

   

21

P MOHAN RAO

   

22

K MURALI

   

23

P RADHAKRISHNA

   

24

BALAKASI

   

25

AYODHYARAM

   

26

SAMRAJYAM

 

 FEMALE

27

N BRAHMACHARI

   

28

CH SUNDARAIAH

   

ASSAM  (GC:  08   WC:  02)

1

ASHIT DUTTA

WC

 

2

TAPAN SARMA

WC

 

3

NAGEN CHUTIA

   

4

BIBEKANANDA ADHIKARI

   

5

MADAN TALUKDAR

   

6

MINA MECH

 

FEMALE

7

DINESH NAYAK

   

8

BIREN SARMA

   

BIHAR  (GC:  03    WC: 01)

1

GANESH SHANKAR SINGH

WC

 

2

DIPAK BHATTACHARYA

   

3

SHIV SHANKAR SINGH

   

CHATTISGARH ( GC:  02   WC:01)

1

A K LAL

WC

 

2

B SANYAL

   

DELHI  (GC: 02  WC: 01)

1

ANURAG SAXENA

WC

 

2

VIRENDER GAUR

   

GUJARAT (GC:  01)

1

ARUN MEHTA

   

HARYANA  (GC: 07  WC: O2)

1

VINOD KUMAR

WC

 

2

JAI BHAGWAN

WC

 

3

SATVIR SINGH

   

4

SUKHBIR

   

5

SUREKHA

 

FEMALE

6

SURESH KUMAR

   

7

DESH RAJ

   

HIMACHAL PRADESH  (GC: 02  WC:  01)

1

PREM GAUTAM

WC

 

2

JAGAT RAM

   

JAMMU & KASHMIR  (GC: 01)

1

OM PRAKASH

   

JHARKHAND  (GC: 10  WC: 03)

1

SUDHIR DAS

WC

 

2

PRAKASH VIPLAV

WC

 

3

MITHILESH SINGH

WC

 

4

B K L DAS

   

5

MANJU MUNDA

 

FEMALE

6

MD EKBAL

   

7

NITU ORAON

 

FEMALE

8

R P SINGH

   

9

PANUWA GORAIT

   

10

MAHESH MUNDA

   

KARNATAKA  (GC: 18  WC:05)

1

V J K NAIR

WC

 

2

K N UMESH

WC

 

3

SYED MUJEEB

WC

 

4

VASANTHA ACHARI

WC

 

5

YAMUNA GAONKAR

WC

 FEMALE

6

K SHANKAR

   

7

K MAHANTESH

   

8

VEERA SWAMY

   

9

MANTANA GOWDA

   

10

SHANTA N GHANTE

 

 FEMALE

11

H S SUNANDA

 

 FEMALE

12

BALAKRISHNA SHETTY

   

13

SUNIL KUMAR BAJAJ

   

14

R S BASAVARAJU

   

15

MALINI MESHTHA

 

 FEMALE

16

MAHESH PATHAR

   

17

N PRATAP SHIMMA

   

18

PARMESH P K

   

KERALA  (GC: 125  WC: 36)

1

A K BALAN

WC

 

2

T P RAMAKRISHNAN

WC

 

3

K J THOMAS

WC

 

4

S SARMA

WC

 

5

K K JAYACHANDRAN

WC

 

6

K P MARY

WC

FEMALE

7

P RAGHAVAN

WC

 

8

P J AJAYAKUMAR

WC

 

9

KOOTTAYI BASHEER

WC

 

10

NEDUVATHOOR SUNDARESAN

WC

 

11

GEORGE K ANTONY

WC

 

12

N PADMALOCHANAN

WC

 

13

M V JAYARAJAN

WC

 

14

K P SAHADEVAN

WC

 

15

M CHANDRAN

WC

 

16

M M VARGHESE

WC

 

17

KATTAKKADA SASI

WC

 

18

V C KARTHYAYANI

WC

FEMALE

19

V SIVAN KUTTY

WC

 

20

S SUDEVAN

WC

 

21

K N GOPINATH

WC

 

22

T K RAJAN

WC

 

23

P P CHITTARANJAN

WC

 

24

P P PREMA

WC

 FEMALE

25

C JAYAN BABU

WC

 

26

B THULASEEDHARA KURUP

WC

 

27

R NAZAR

WC

 

28

U P JOSEPH

WC

 

29

C KRISHNAN

WC

 

30

MANISHANKAR

WC

 

31

P K MUKUNDAN

WC

 

32

P K SHAJAN

WC

 

33

E KASSIM

WC

 

34

C K HARIKRISHNAN

WC

 

35

P S MADHUSOODANAN

WC

 

36

KADAKAMPALLI SURENDRAN

   

37

PATTOM VMADEVAN NAIR

   

38

THIRUVALLOM SIVARAJAN

   

39

ADV BINDU UMMER

 

 FEMALE

40

PULLUVILA STANLEY

   

41

ADV A SAMPATH

   

42

ADV SASIKUMAR

   

43

MANNARAM RAMACHANDRAN

   

44

V K MADHU

   

45

E G MOHANAN

   

46

M G MEENABIKA

 

FEMALE 

47

K S SUNIL KUMAR

   

48

MURALI MADANTHANKODE

   

49

ADV V RAVEENDRAN NAIR

   

50

K P KURUP

   

51

P R VASANTHAN

   

52

T VENUGOPAL

   

53

S BEEMABEEVI

 

 FEMALE

54

L GEETHA

 

 FEMALE

55

K SUBHAGAN

   

56

S JAYAMOHANAN

   

57

A ANIRUDHAN

   

58

K C RAJAGOPAL

   

59

S HARIDASAN

   

60

L LALITHA

 

 FEMALE

61

K PRASAD

   

62

C B CHANDRA BABU

   

63

C S SUJATHA

 

 FEMALE

64

V A MANY

   

65

B RAJENDRAN

   

66

M SURENDRAN

   

67

V N VASAVAN

   

68

T R REGHUNATHAN

   

69

V P EBRAHIM

   

70

K S MOHANAN

   

71

K V SASI

   

72

G VIJAYANAND

   

73

C N MOHANAN

   

74

S KRISHNAMOORTHY

   

75

ADV MERCY GEORGE

 

 FEMALE

76

K A CHACKOCHAN

   

77

P R MURALEEDHARAN

   

78

K F DAVIS

   

79

K V JOSE

   

80

K V HARIDAS

   

81

A K RAMACHANDRAN

   

82

BABU M PALISSERY

   

83

R V IQBAL

   

84

K K PRESENNAKUMARI

 

FEMALE

85

A PRABHAKARAN

   

86

M HAMSA

   

87

P K SASI

   

88

T K ACHUTHAN

   

89

V SASIKUMAR

   

90

K RAMDAS

   

91

V P SAKKARIA

   

92

V P KUNJIKRISHNAN

   

93

T DASAN

   

94

M DHARMAJAN

   

95

K K MAMMU

   

96

V V BABY

   

97

C K PAREED

   

98

ARAKKAN BALAN

   

99

T P SREEDHARAN

   

100

K P RAJAN

   

101

MARY JOB

 

FEMALE

102

K RAGHAVAN

   

103

K BALAKRISHNAN

   

104

V V PRASENNAKUMARI

 

FEMALE

105

D VIJAYAN

   

106

G RAJAMMA

 

FEMALE

107

V A MURUKAN

   

108

N MUHAMMED

   

109

V S ANOOP

   

110

MAMPETTA SREEDHARAN

   

111

K MOHAN DAS

   

112

K M SURENDRAN

   

113

C T ANIL

   

114

V LEKSHMANAN

   

115

C K HAJIRA

 

FEMALE

116

VAIKOM VISWAN

   

117

JOSE T ABRAHAM

   

118

A SIYAVUDEEN

   

119

ADV P LALAJI BABU

   

120

R GOPALAKRISHNAN

   

121

K A ALI AKBAR

   

122

P V SAHADEVAN

   

123

P G DILEEP

WC

 LICAOI

124

L MANJUNATH

 

 LICAOI

125

SURJITH KUMAR BOSE

 

 LICAOI

MADHYA PRADESH  (GC: 04  WC: 01)

1

PRAMODH PRADHAN

WC

 

2

RAMVILAS GOSWAMI

   

3

A.T.PADMANABHAN

   

4

P S PANDEY

   

MAHARASHTRA  (GC: 13  WC: 04)

1

SAYEED AHMED

WC

 

2

M H SHAIK

WC

 

3

ADAM MASTER

WC

 

4

VIVEK MONTEIRO

 WC

 

5

SHUBHA SHAMIM

 

 FEMALE

6

UDHAV BHAWALKAR

   

7

AMRUT MESHRAM

   

8

SUBHASH JADHAV

   

9

VASANT PAWAR

   

10

NALINI KALBURGI

 

 FEMALE

11

NASEEMA SHAIK

 

 FEMALE

12

BHARMA KAMBLE

   

13

K R RAGHU

   

ODISHA  (GC: 07  WC: 02)

1

LAMBODAR NAYAK

WC

 

2

DUSHMANTA DAS

WC

 

3

RADHA RAMAN SADANGI

   

4

BIMAN MAITY

   

5

PRAMOD SAMAL

   

6

BANAMALI DHUPAL

   

7

JAHANGIR ALI

   

PUNJAB  (GC: 10  WC: 03)

1

VIJAY MISHRA

WC

 

2

CHANDER SEKHAR

WC

 

3

JATINDER PAL SINGH

 WC

 

4

TARSEM JODHAN

   

5

DEVRAJ VERMA

   

6

MOKINDER KUMAR

   

7

SHER SINGH PARWAHI

   

8

HANUMAN PRASAD

   

9

HARJEET KAUR

 

FEMALE

10

SUBHASH RANI

 

FEMALE

RAJASTHAN  (GC: 04  WC: 01)

1

B S RANA

WC

 

2

RAVINDRA SHUKLA

   

3

R K SWAMI

   

4

HAZARILAL SHARMA

   

TAMILNADU  (GC: 35  WC: 10)

1

R SINGARAVELU

WC

 

2

V KUMAR

WC

 

3

R KARUMALAYAN

WC

 

4

K THIRUCHELVAN

WC

 

5

K ARUMUGA NAYANAR

WC

 

6

S S SUBRAMANIAN

WC

 

7

A JANAKIRAMAN

WC

 

8

M MAHALAKSHMI

WC

FEMALE

9

K THANGAMOHAN

WC

 

10

S ARUMUGAM

WC

 

11

R SINGARAM

   

12

M HYDA HELLEN

 

FEMALE

13

C THIRUVETTAI

   

14

SK MAHENDRAN

   

15

S RAJENDRAN

   

16

M KUMAR

   

17

T A LATHA

 

FEMALE

18

R MOHAN

   

19

P KARUPPAIYAN

   

20

M CHANDRAN

   

21

R DAIVARAJ

   

22

C JAYABAL

   

24

P MATHEW SIRIYAK

   

25

K R GANESAN

   

26

R RAZUL

   

27

N KASINATHAN

   

28

E MUTHUKUMAR

   

29

T DAISEE

 

FEMALE

30

R ALAGARSAMY

   

31

S SUBRAMANIAN

   

32

R RAMESH SUNDER

   

33

R S CHEMBAGAM

 

FEMALE

34

P N DEVA

   

35

K C GOPIKUMAR

   

TELENGANA ( GC :19 WC: 05)

1

CHUKKA RAMULU

WC

 

2

S NARASIMHA REDDY

WC

 

3

PALADUGU BHASKER

WC

 

4

S RAMA

WC

FEMALE

5

P JAYALAKSHMI

WC

FEMALE

6

BHUPAL

   

7

T VEERA REDDY

   

8

KALYANAM VENKATESWAR RAO

   

9

J VENKATESH

   

10

V S RAO

   

11

N BHARATHI

 

FEMALE

12

J MALLIKARJUN

   

13

M NARASIMHA RAO

   

14

K RAJAIAH

   

15

K HARIPRASADH

   

16

R KOTAM RAJU

   

17

M PADMASREE

 

FEMALE

18

K NIRMALA

 

FEMALE

19

CO OPTION( N KIRAN)

   

TRIPURA  (GC: 19  WC: 05)

1

SANKAR DUTTA

WC

 

2

PIJUSH NAG

WC

 

3

TAPAN CHAKRABORTY

WC

 

4

PANCHALI BHATTACHARYA

WC

FEMALE

5

JAYA BURMAN

WC

FEMALE

6

KAJAL RANI SARKAR

 

FEMALE

7

MANIKA DATTA ROY

 

FEMALE

8

MANIK MIAH

   

9

SAMAR CHAKRABORY

   

10

NIRMAL ROY

   

11

SADHAN BOSE

   

12

MANOJIT GHOSH

   

13

SWAPAN DEBNATH

   

14

PRADIP SAHA

   

15

NIKHIL KAR

   

16

NIRODE SAHA

   

17

BIPLAB SANYAL

   

18

NIRMAL BISWAS

   

19

KANU GHOSH

   

UTTAR PRADESH  (GC: 02  WC: 01)

1

PREM NATH RAI

WC

 

2

R S BAJPAI

   

UTTARAKHAND  (GC: 01)

1

MAHENDRA JAKHMOLA

   

WEST BENGAL  (GC: 93  WC: 27)

1

KINKAR POSAK

WC

 

2

SOUMENDU MUKHERJEE

   

3

SK ISLAM

WC

 

4

GOKUL GHOSH

   

5

ARUN MITRA

   

6

BENOY CHAKRABORTY

WC

 

7

VIBEK CHOWDHURY

WC

 

8

BANSHAGOPAL CHOWDHURY

WC

 

9

BIPRENDU CHAKRABORTY

   

10

GOURANGA CHATTERJEE

   

11

SUKANTO KONAR

   

12

BISWARUP BANERJEE

   

13

SAMAN PATHAK

   

14

DEBI PATHAK

   

15

KRISHNA SWPAN MITRA

   

16

SANTASRI CHATTERJEE

   

17

ASIT MUKHERJEE

WC

 

18

ZIAUL ALAM

WC

 

19

SUKHMOIT ORAON

 

FEMALE

20

NIRANJAN CHATTERJEE

WC

 

21

RAJDEO GOALA

   

22

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

WC

 

23

KHOKAN MAJUMDAR

   

24

DEBABRATA BINDU

   

25

PRANAB DAS

WC

 

26

DEBJYOTI SINHA

   

27

NIRMAL JANA

WC

 

28

SUBRATA PANDA

   

29

BISWANATH DAS

   

30

TUSAR DE

WC

 

31

ABUL HASNATH KHAN

WC

 

32

CHITTARANJAN SARKAR

   

33

PRANAB BISWAS

   

34

TAGAR DE

 

FEMALE

35

SHADAT HOSSAIN

   

36

JYOTIRUP BANERJEE

   

37

S M SADI

WC

 

38

AMAL BHOWMIK

   

39

NIKHIL MUKHERJEE

WC

 

40

HARADHAN BANERJEE

   

41

KRISHNA PRASAD SINGHADEB

   

42

SHAMIK LAHIRY

   

43

RATAN BAGCHI

WC

 

44

SUSHIL KR. DOLUI

   

45

RAM DAS

   

46

SUBHAS MUKHERJEE

WC

 

47

GARGI CHATTERJEE

WC

FEMALE

48

PRANAB MAJUMDAR

   

49

JAHAR GHOSAL

   

50

ASIT SEN

   

51

SK. SHAIDULLAH

   

52

KALYAN MUKHERJEE

   

53

PRADYOT SEN

   

54

SWAPAN GUHA NEOGI

   

55

TARIT BARAN TOPDAR

   

56

ANADI SAHU

WC

 

57

NEPALDEB BHATTACHARYA

WC

 

58

SARASWATI DAS

 

FEMALE

59

KANCHAN MUKHERJEE

   

60

SUBRATA MAHAPATRA

   

61

MONISHA CHAKRABORTY

WC

FEMALE

62

MALINA GHOSH

WC

FEMALE

63

SHILA MONDAL

 

FEMALE

64

INDRANI MUKHERJEE

 

FEMALE

65

SHUKLA GHOSH

 

FEMALE

66

MADHUMITA BANDOPADHYAY

WC

FEMALE

67

PARITOSH GHOSAL

   

68

SHUKLA GHOSH

 

FEMALE

69

PRABIR KR DAS

   

70

SUMAHAN CHAKRABORTY

WC

 

71

KRISHNA ROY CHATTERJEE

 

FEMALE

72

RABIN RAI

   

73

DIPAK SARKAR

WC

 

74

ANIMESH MITRA

   

75

PRABIR SARKAR

   

76

BIMAN MISTRI

   

77

G K SRIVASTAVA

   

78

DEBASISH ROY

   

79

ALOKESH DAS

   

80

DIPAK MITRA

   

81

JIBAN AICH

   

82

JITEN NANDI

   

83

BELA PATRA

 

FEMALE

84

JIBAN SAHA

WC

 

85

OVI BOSE

   

86

SIHARAN ACHARYA

   

87

RABIN DEB

   

88

DIPAK ROY CHOWDHURY

WC

 

89

PRADIP CHAKRABORTY

   

90

BHASKAR CHATTERJEE

   

91

SOMNATH BHATTACHARYA

   

92

ALOK SARDAR

   

93

VACANT

   
 

CENTRE  (GC-10, WC-6)

   

1

JIBON ROY

WC

 

2

RANAJANA NIRULA

WC

FEMALE

3

AMITAVA GUHA

WC

 

4

P K DAS

WC

 

5

NARENDRA RAO

WC

 

6

R LAKSHMAIAH

WC

 

7

P TYAGI

   

8

H S RAJPUT

   

9

M KUMARMANGALAM

   

10

ANJU MAINI

 

FEMALE

Sunday, 09 February 2014 13:40

Working Committee

CENTRE OF INDIAN TRADE UNIONS (CITU)
WORKING COMMITTEE ELECTED BY THE 15TH CONFERENCE OF CITU
26-30 November, Puri, Odisha

ANDHRA PRADESH ( WC: 8) 
1 CH NARASINGA RAO WC   
2 A V NAGESWARA RAO WC  
3 K DHANALAKSHMI WC FEMALE
4 V UMAMAHESWARA RAO WC  
5 K UMAMAHESWARA RAO WC  
6 K SUBBARAVAMMA WC FEMALE
7 SWAROOPA RANI WC FEMALE
8 JAGGU NAIDU WC  
ASSAM  (WC:  02)  
1 ASHIT DUTTA WC  
2 TAPAN SARMA WC  
BIHAR  (WC: 01)  
1 GANESH SHANKAR SINGH WC  
CHATTISGARH ( WC:01) 
1 A K LAL WC  
DELHI  (WC: 01)  
1 ANURAG SAXENA WC  
HARYANA  ( WC: O2) 
1 VINOD KUMAR WC  
2 JAI BHAGWAN WC  
HIMACHAL PRADESH  ( WC:  01)
1 PREM GAUTAM WC  
2 JAGAT RAM  
JHARKHAND  (WC: 03) 
1 SUDHIR DAS WC  
2 PRAKASH VIPLAV WC  
3 MITHILESH SINGH WC  
KARNATAKA  (WC:05) 
1 V J K NAIR WC  
2 K N UMESH WC  
3 SYED MUJEEB WC  
4 VASANTHA ACHARI WC  
5 YAMUNA GAONKAR WC FEMALE
KERALA  ( WC: 36)  
1 A K BALAN WC  
2 T P RAMAKRISHNAN WC  
3 K J THOMAS WC  
4 S SARMA WC  
5 K K JAYACHANDRAN WC  
6 K P MARY WC FEMALE
7 P RAGHAVAN WC  
8 P J AJAYAKUMAR WC  
9 KOOTTAYI BASHEER WC  
10 NEDUVATHOOR SUNDARESAN WC  
11 GEORGE K ANTONY WC  
12 N PADMALOCHANAN WC  
13 K P SAHADEVAN WC  
14 M CHANDRAN WC  
15 M M VARGHESE WC  
16 KATTAKKADA SASI WC  
17 V C KARTHYAYANI WC FEMALE
18 V SIVAN KUTTY WC  
19 S SUDEVAN WC  
20 K N GOPINATH WC  
21 T K RAJAN WC  
22 P P CHITTARANJAN WC  
23 P P PREMA\ WC FEMALE 
24 C JAYAN BABU WC  
25 B THULASEEDHARA KURUP WC  
26 R NAZAR WC  
27 U P JOSEPH WC  
28 C KRISHNAN WC  
29 MANISHANKAR WC  
30 P K MUKUNDAN WC  
31 P K SHAJAN WC  
32 E KASSIM WC  
33 C K HARIKRISHNAN WC  
34 P S MADHUSOODANAN WC  
35 M V JAYARAJAN WC  
36 P G DILEEP WC  
MADHYA PRADESH  ( WC: 01) 
1 PRAMODH PRADHAN WC  
MAHARASHTRA  ( WC: 04) 
1 ADAM MASTER WC  
2 SAYEED AHMED WC  
3 M H SHAIK WC  
4 VIVEK MONTEIRO WC  
ODISHA  ( WC: 02)  
1 LAMBODAR NAYAK WC  
2D USHMANTA DAS WC  
PUNJAB  ( WC: 03)  
1 VIJAY MISHRA WC   
2 CHANDER SEKHAR WC  
3 JATINDER PAL SINGH WC  
RAJASTHAN  ( WC: 01) 
1 B S RANA WC  
TAMILNADU  ( WC: 10) 
1 R SINGARAVELU WC  
2 V KUMAR WC  
3 R KARUMALAYAN WC  
4 K THIRUCHELVAN WC  
5 K ARUMUGA NAYANAR WC  
6 S S SUBRAMANIAN WC  
7 A JANAKIRAMAN WC  
8 M MAHALAKSHMI WC FEMALE
9 K THANGAMOHAN WC  


Sunday, 09 February 2014 13:25

Conferences of the CITU

 

Number Venue Date President General Secretary
1st Calcutta 28-31 May 1970 B.T. Ranadive P. Ramamurti
2nd Ernakulam 18-22 April 1973 B.T. Ranadive P. Ramamurti
3rd Mumbai 21-25 May 1975 B.T. Ranadive P. Ramamurti
4th Chennai 11-15 April 1979 B.T. Ranadive P. Ramamurti
5th Kanpur 13-17 April 1983 B.T. Ranadive Samar Mukherjee
6th Mumbai 18-22 April 1987 B.T. Ranadive Samar Mukherjee
7th Calcutta 13-17 February 1991 E. Balanandan M.K. Pandhe
8th Patna 3-7 March 1994 E. Balanandan M.K. Pandhe
9th Kochi 21-26 April 1997 E. Balanandan M.K. Pandhe
10th Hyderabad 27-31 December 2000 E. Balanandan M.K. Pandhe
11th Chennai 9-14 December 2003 M.K. Pandhe Chittabrata Majumdar
12th Bangalore 17-21 January 2007 M K Pandhe Mohammed Amin *
13th Chandigarh 17-21 March 2010 A K Padmanabhan Tapan Sen
14th Kannur 4-8 April 2013 A K Padmanabhan Tapan Sen

(With amendments made in the Eleventh Conference of CITU held in Chennai from December 9-13, 2003)

NAME

1. The name of the organization shall be CENTRE OF INDIAN TRADE UNIONS (to be designated in abbreviated form as the CITU).

2. The flag of the CITU will be red in colour with hammer and sickle in centre in white colour, with the letters CITU vertically on the left.

AIMS AND OBJECTS

3. (A) The CITU believes that the exploitation of the working class can be ended only by socializing all means of production: distribution and exchange and establishing a Socialist State. Holding fast the ideal of socialism, the CITU stands for the complete emancipation of the society from all exploitation.

(B) The CITU fights:

(a) against all encroachments on the economic and social rights of workers and for enlargement of their rights and liberties including the right to strike, for winning, defending and extending the freedom of the democratic and trade union movements,

(b) for the recognition of trade unions on the basis of secret ballot,

(c) for the progressive improvement of wages, for reduction of working hours, for provision of decent housing and improvement of the living conditions of the workers,

(d) for security of full employment, right to work and against the hazards of unemployment,

(e) for full and adequate social security legislation to protect the workers and their families against sickness, accident and old age, providing adequate maternity insurance and pensions for widowed mothers and dependent children, and every other type of social security, for effective control of the worker subscribers over the Provident Fund and ESI Corporations,

(f) for equal wages for equal work,

(g) for the abolition of discrimination based on caste, like untouchability, on sex, and religion, in relation to employment, wages and promotion,

(h) for the protection of the democratic rights of the minorities,

(i) for formation through election of committees in factories, workshops, business houses and other places where collective work is performed, with a view to control conditions of work in these places,

(j) for proper vocational training,

(k) for elimination of illiteracy,

(l) for helping workers organize unions where none exists, for rallying the workers in a single union by uniting the rival unions in one industry.

(C) (a) In the fight for the immediate interests of the working class the CITU demands:

(1) nationalization of all foreign monopoly concerns who barbarously exploit our working class

(2) nationalization of all concerns owned by Indian monopolists and big industry who garner huge profits at the expense of the workers, who exploit the people by pegging prices at high level and who dictate the anti-labour and anti-people policies of the Government.

(b) The CITU fights against the repressive policies of the Government towards the democratic and trade union movements; it fights against its economic policy of safeguarding the interests of capitalists and landlords and piling burdens on the common man and the working class through increasing taxation and inflation. It fights for replacing the present bourgeois-landlord regime by a democratic regime of the people.

(D) 1. For this purpose:

(a) The CITU while supporting the democratic demands of other section of the people seeks the help of other democratic forces and organisations in the common fight to replace the present bourgeois-landlord regime by a democratic regime of the people.

(b) the CITU raises its voice against the growing dependence of our economy on American and other foreign monopoly capital and piling up of foreign debts which is leading to severe exploitation of the working class and creating a dangerous situation for national freedom.

2. The CITU promotes relations of solidarity with the peasants and agricultural workers in the fight for land, against usury and rent, and high taxation and lend every help to the forces of agrarian revolution, to support in full the struggle of the agricultural workers for higher wages and decent conditions. The CITU believes that no lasting improvement in the economic conditions of the working class is possible without a complete liquidation of the feudal land relationship, and ending the monopoly of the big landlords.

3.It promotes international solidarity and unity with the workers of other countries in the common fight for socialism, promote fraternal relations and deep bonds of unity with workers and people of socialist countries.

4.It helps peoples in their fight against imperialist domination and aggression and render all assistance to national liberation movements against imperialism.

5.The CITU fights for the maintenance of world peace, against all imperialist plots for unleashing world war, against nuclear war and for the abolition of all nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

6. It fights for peaceful co-existence between states belonging to different social systems.

7. It fights for a foreign policy based on friendly relations with neighboring countries, opposing war and supporting peace and national liberation movements.

8. The CITU co-operates with international trade union organisations for the furtherance of the common aims of the trade union movement.

9. It firmly adheres to the position that no social transformation can be brought about without class struggle and shall constantly repel attempts to take the working class along the path of class collaboration.

DEMOCRATIC FUNCTIONING

4. (a) To achieve its purpose the CITU will constantly endeavour to build united activity with other central organisations and of unions and organisations affiliated and not affiliated, in the struggle for common objectives.

(b) The CITU considers that the democratic functioning of the organisation at all levels and of its constituents is essential to achieve its objectives.

(c) The democratic functioning of the organisation requires strict adherence to the provisions of the Constitution regarding periodic meetings of CITU bodies, to the discharge of the obligations of their responsibilities and the collective functioning of the various bodies under the Constitution.

(d) The minority view point in the CITU bodies, should have the right of free expression, and should be given adequate representation in all its bodies. This will be ensured by the method of cumulative voting.

(e) The CITU bodies at the centre have the responsibility of ensuring that the State Committees and other bodies that may be elected, function democratically, according to the rules laid down, ensuring free expression, within the organisation for all sections.

(f) The State Committees of the CITU will ensure that the constituent unions function democratically, according to their Constitution and take up all complaints about non-democratic functioning with the parties concerned.

(g) The decisions of the bodies of the CITU shall be taken by a simple majority. A two-thirds majority will be required if the issue concerns amendment of the Constitution or the establishment of modification of its programme. Normally elections to the bodies of the CITU will be held on the basis of cumulative voting.

COMPOSITIOIN OF THE CITU

5. The CITU consists of:

(i) the affiliated unions,

(ii) the delegates assembled at the triennial or special session of the CITU Conference.

(iii) The General Council,

(iv) The Working Committee or the General Council, and

(v) The State Conference, the State Committees and State Councils.

THE CITU CONFERENCE

6. (1) The General Session will meet once in every three years. The session will be called the CITU Conference. It is the highest organ of authority in the CITU and all bodies of the CITU derive their authority from it.

(2) The Conference will consist of the delegates elected by the constituent unions in accordance with the rules under the Constitution and the office bearers of the CITU will have the same status as the elected delegates.

(3) The functions and powers of the CITU Conference are as follows:

(a) Adopting the programme and the general policy of the CITU, making such changes in them as are considered necessary in the interests of the working class.

(b) Discussion and adoption of the report presented by the General Secretary, discussion and adoption of such other reports that may be presented by the General Council on the questions of the agenda,

(c) Examination and discussion of questions put to the Conference by constituent State Committees and constituent unions,

(d) Pass resolutions on current questions affecting the working class,

(e) Take decisions on affiliations of unions, on disaffiliation and other type of disciplinary actions,

(f) Election of the General Council,

(g) Election of the Office Bearers,

(h) The Conference will fix its own agenda,

(i) It will modify or amend the present Constitution,

(j) It will elect the General Council according to the rules prescribed,

(k) It will pass the audited Statement of Accounts,

(l) It will take any other decision consistent with the programme and the Constitution of the CITU.

SPECIAL SESSION

7. A special session of the CITU Conference in between two triennial sessions may be called by the General Council or on a requisition from unions representing one-fourth of the total strength of the membership of the CITU.

ELECTIOIN OF DELEGATES TO CITU SESSION

8.(a) For the General or the Special Session of the CITU the affiliated unions shall be entitled to elect delegates on the basis to be decided each time by the General Council prior to the Conference taking into consideration possibility of making arrangements for the total number of delegates and need for protecting the interests of smaller unions.

(b) To ascertain the number of delegates which an affiliated union is entitled to send the CITU, the basis shall be the number of paying members existing on the register of the union, as disclosed in the balance sheet of the union, for the calendar year prior to the session of the CITU, duly certified by the auditor.

(c) An affiliated union shall furnish to the General Secretary of the CITU the names and addresses of the delegates two weeks before the date fixed for the session of the CITU.

(d) Delegates' cards will be issued on production of a certificate of election by the Secretary or the President of the union concerned and on payment of a delegation fee of Rs.2 per delegate, or an amount fixed by the Working Committee.

(e) No person who is not an office-bearer or a paying member or an honorary member of the affiliated union, shall be entitled to be elected as a delegate to the CITU.

(f) proposals from the constituent unions on the agenda of the General Session of the CITU must be signed by the President or the Secretary of the Union sending them and must reach the General Secretary of the CITU at least two weeks before the time fixed for the meeting of the CITU.

(g) At the session of the CITU, the official business shall be given priority over other business.

THE GENERAL COUNCIL

9. (a) The General Council shall comprise (i) Office Bearers (ii) 425 other members elected by the general session of the CITU Conference as per norms noted below.

The 425 seats as above will be distributed among the State Committees of the CITU in proportion to their respective membership strength to the total membership of the CITU forming the basis of election of delegates to the general session of the CITU Conference.

(Explanation: This 425 shall include 125 members of the Working Commtitee, as in Section 10,(1)

(aa) The delegates from each state shall elect the member(s) from the respective state as per number determined as at (a) above.

(aaa) The names of members of the General Council elected as above shall be approved by the general session of the CITU Conference.

(B) POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL

(a) The General Council following its election by the Conference, will elect the Working Committee. The General Council will be the highest authority between two sessions of the CITU.

(b) The General Council will implement the policies and resolutions of the Conference, will review the situation in the trade union movement from time to time and take all necessary steps to further the policies of the organisation, to defend the interests of the working class and unify its ranks.

(c) It will examine and discuss reports presented by the General Secretary and other office bearers on behalf of the Working Committee and take appropriate decisions, it will examine whether all CITU Bodies are functioning democratically according to the Constitution and take appropriate steps to remedy weakness.

(d) It will set up work plans for CITU committees to expand trade union work, bring fresh workers within the organization and help the workers to build united unions and unity in the trade union movement.

(e) It will co-ordinate the activities of the affiliated unions all over India, endeavour to develop common actions, it will render help and guidance to working class strikes, conducted by affiliated or non-affiliated unions, develop solidarity actions among workers of different industries and States and among workers and employees.

(f) It will approve the Statements of Accounts submitted by the Treasurer.

(g) It will take urgent steps in the interest of the movement wherever necessary.

(h) It will affiliate new unions and has the right to disaffiliate defaulting unions according to the rules of the Constitution.

(i) The General Council will popularize the objectives of the CITU. It will take concrete decisions to fight against the anti-labour and anti-people polices of the ruling classes and the Government.

(j) The General Council will fix the date and venue of the triennial session of the CITU Conference or authorize the Working Committee or the Secretariat to fix the date and venue of the session and convene it.

(k) The General Council will have the right to call a special session in between two sessions of the Conference.

(l) The General Council can fill the vacancy of an office-bearer whenever it will arise.

(m) It will amend the Constitution in case of emergency.

THE WORKING COMMITTEE

10. (1) The Working Committee of the CITU shall comprise:

(a) Office-bearers and (b) 125 members elected by and out of the General Council from each state in the same manner and proportion, as described in Section 9. (A) (ii) (a). (c) The names of members of the Working Committee elected as above shall be approved by the meeting of the General Council.

(2) The Working Committee shall meet at least once a year.

(3) In between two sessions of the General Council, the Working Committee will act on behalf of Council, exercise its authority, except in relation to the amendment of the Constitution, and discharge all its responsibilities.

(4) The decisions of the Working Committee will have to be placed for endorsement before the next session of General Council.

(5) On a requisition from the unions representing one-fourth of the total membership of the CITU, the Working Committee shall take steps to call a special session of the CITU within two months of the receipt of the requisition for purpose of transaction of the business mentioned in the requisition.

OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE CITU

11. (1) (a) The office-bearers of the CITU shall consist of:

(i) a President

(ii) a General Secretary

(iii) Vice-Presidents

(iv) A Treasurer, and

(v) Secretaries,

(Explanation: The number of Vice-Presidents and Secretaries will be decided by the Conference at each session)

(b) The office-bearers shall be elected by the triennial session of the Conference, after having received nominations duly proposed and recommended by one or more delegates. Nominees must be person who are elected delegates at the Session or retiring office-bearers.

(2) (a) The President shall preside over the meetings of the General Council and the Working Committee. The outgoing President shall preside at the General Session and any session that may be held during his term of office.

(b)The President along with the General Secretary and the Secretariat bears the responsibility of executing the decisions of the Working Committee and the General Council, maintain close contacts with the State units, to ensure collective functioning at all levels, to popularize CITU policies and explain these in relation to current issues.

(3) A Vice-President shall preside over the meeting of the General Council or the Working Committee in the absence of the President. All the Vice-Presidents will act as members of Presidium during General and Special Sessions of the CITU to assist the president in conducting the deliberations.

(4) The General Secretary is responsible for the activities of the CITU in between two sessions of the Working Committee. He in consultation with the president and the Secretaries may take urgent decisions to further the work of the organisation. Such decisions are to be endorsed by the Working Committee or the General Council whichever meets earlier.

(5) The General Secretary shall present to the CITU Conference a report of the work done by the General Council and Working Committee during the period between two Sessions. The report should also contain details of the activities of the State Units. It should specifically report on the collective and democratic functioning of the organisation at all levels and detail out steps to be taken to develop the organic unity of the organisation. Besides, it should deal with current problems of vital interest to the movement and suggestions to meet them in full conformity with the policies and programme of the Constitution. The General Secretary or the Secretariat will also submit reports of work to the periodical meetings of the Working Committee and the General Council.

(6) The Treasurer is responsible for the maintenance of proper accounts of all the fund of the CITU and keeping them in safe custody. He shall ensure that the CITU funds are spent in accordance with the decisions of the Working Committee and as per the direction of the General Secretary, or the Secretariat. He shall get the accounts audited every year and submit them before the Working Committee and the General Council for approval. He will also present a statement of accounts and balance sheet duly certified by auditors to the Conference of CITU.

(7) The Secretaries shall assist the General Secretary in carrying out his responsibilities.

(8) The President, the General Secretary, all the Secretaries and the office-bearers, constitute the Secretariat of the CITU.

(9) In case of emergency, or when either the General Council or Working Committee cannot be convened decision on important questions may be taken by circular to the members to Working Committee.

NOTICE FOR MEETING

12.1(a) Notice of (the time, place and agenda) meetings of the Working Committee, the General Council and the triennial or special session of CITU shall be issued by the General Secretary and in his absence by one of the Secretaries.

(b)For the meeting of the Working Committee and the General Council, at least 15 days notice shall be given and for the Session of the CITU Conference, at least one month's notice shall be given.

(c)Full two months notice is necessary for changes in the Constitution and programme of the CITU.

(d)Emergency meeting of Working Committee can be called by giving a notice of 7 days.

(e) These provisions apply in relation to the meeting of the State Conferences, and State Committees. The Secretary of the State Conferences, and State Committees. The Secretary of the State Committee will issue the required notices.

2. The quorum at the Session of the CITU Conference and at the meeting of the General Council, the Working Committee, the State Conferences, State Committees and Councils, shall be one-third of the members of the delegates or members of the respective bodies.

STATE COMMITTEES

13.(a) The State Committees and State Council (wherever they exist) of the CITU constitute vital link between the CITU central bodies and the activities of the constituent unions.

(b)The State Committees and Councils are directly responsible for guiding the constituent unions and their activities in the State in defence of the interests of the working class, implementing the CITU policies and expanding the trade union activities, for rallying workers to build one union in one industry by uniting rival unions.

(c)The State Committees and Councils have the responsibility of coordinating the activities of affiliated unions in the State, working for joint actions with non-affiliated organisations and keeping the Central Office informed of its activities.

(d)The State Committees and Councils have the responsibility of propagating the political objectives and policies of the CITU as described in Section 3.

(e)It is their responsibility to ensure collective and democratic functioning in the State and constituent unions so that close ties are evolved between different unions and between the members and leaders of each union. It is also their responsibility to see that minority opinion is given freedom of expression and proper representation in the elected bodies.

(f)Corresponding to the CITU Conference, there shall be held every two years at least a conference of delegates of all the unions in the State, affiliated to the CITU. The Conference will elect a State Council corresponding to the General Council which in its turn will elect a State Committee. In case the State Conference feels that a Council is not necessary, it may directly elect the State Committee.

(g)The State Conference will elect such office-bearers as it may think fit, apart from a Secretary and a Treasurer.

(h)The State Conference will lay down the basis of representation on the State Council or the State Committee and the number of members for the Committee and the Council.

(i)The State Conference at its Session will:

(1)take decisions to implement the policies of the CITU Conference, General Council and Working Committee; ensure the implementation of these policies and report on violation, if any, by unions,

(2)discuss and adopt the report of the Secretary,

(3)adopt the statement of accounts submitted by the Treasurer,

(4)discuss immediate issues including the policy of the State Government and take appropriate decisions. It will discuss questions affecting all India movement, labour legislations and policies of the Government of India, and take decisions and suggest decisions to the General Council.

(5) take all measures to co-ordinate the activities of constituent unions, develop one union in one industry, and take steps to initiate and guide the struggle of the working class in the State; and develop solidarity actions with the workers in other states,

(6)recommend unions for affiliation to the General Council in accordance with rules laid down in the Constitution, it will also recommend the disaffiliation of unions to the General Council on the grounds enumerated in the Constitution,

(7) actively popularize the political objectives of the CITU and take decisions for appropriate political action where necessary. In particular it will make special endeavours to build close ties with kisan organisations and support the struggle of the poor peasants and agricultural workers for land and decent wages.

(j) In between two sessions of the State Conference the State Council will function as the leading body in the State and fulfill all the responsibilities and all the powers of the State Conference except in relation to the amendment of the Constitution of the State Committee.

(k) The State Committee will function between two sessions of the State Council and discharge all its responsibility and have all its powers.

(l)The State Committee will meet at least once in two months and the Council once in four months.

(m)The State Committee will consider all applications for affiliation from the State and forward them to the CITU office with its recommendations. Such application shall be forwarded by the State Committee to the General Secretary within a period of two months from its receipt by the Committee.

(n)The State Council may frame bye-laws for its functioning consistent with the provision of the Constitution.

(o)This State Committee or Council may also permit the formation of District, City or Regional Councils wherever necessary for the co-ordination of the activities of the Trade Unions in the area and for carrying out the objective of the CITU.

AFFILIATION OF UNIONS

14 (a) The CITU may affiliate to itself any bonafide trade union which satisfies the following conditions:

(i) The trade union seeking affiliation shall make an application in prescribed form;

(ii) It shall pay every year affiliation fee and special levies as provided in these rules;

(iii) It shall send a copy of its Constitution, a list of office-bearers, as a copy of the Statement of Accounts for the calendar year giving an average paying membership, duly audited by an auditor, and such other information as the General Secretary of the CITU may require;

(iv) The application for affiliation shall be forwarded through the State Committee concerned wherever such a Committee exists, to the General Secretary, CITU. Such applications shall be forwarded by the State Committees to the General Secretary within a period of two months from its receipt by the Committee, with its remarks regarding the eligibility of the union for affiliation, under the Constitution of the CITU;

(v) The minimum fee which a union desiring affiliation henceforward to the CITU shall charge its members, shall not be less than three rupees per year, to be collected either monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly;

(b) The Working Committee of the CITU shall have the authority to accept or reject any application for affiliation form a trade union, provided, however, that an aggrieved union has the right to appeal to the General Council or Special Session of the CITU.

AFFILIATION FEES

15. Each affiliated union shall pay to the CITU:

(a) An affiliation fee at the rate of One Rupee (Re1/-) per member per calendar year subject to the minimum of Rs.40/-.

(b) The annual subscription of the journal, The Working Class.

(c) Such other amount as may be fixed by the General Council and/or the State Committee in order to facilitate the functioning.

(d) All three contributions vide (a) (b) & (c) above are inseparable part of affiliation fee.

16. (i) The affiliation fee shall be paid by the 30th June each year. However, if the session is held before June 30th, the affiliation fee for the year shall be paid before the session. If in the case of any union there is difficulty in ascertaining the full membership for the year, because of earlier payment, the previous year's membership may be accepted as the membership for the Session. The special contribution or levy shall become payable as and when fixed in each case. Non-payment of the affiliation fee that has become due shall disqualify the defaulting union from voting at or participating in the meeting of the CITU or any of its constituent bodies, until the payment is made; provided that the Working Committee may in special cases for reason to be recorded, remove the disqualifications.

(ii) A union when disqualified for non-payment of the affiliation fees may be reaffiliated on payment of the arrears and the current fees.

(iii)In case a union is disqualified, within the meaning of clause (i)for a period of not less than 12 months the General secretary may issue a notice to the Union concerned, to make good within three months all the dues at the date of notice. In case the union fails to pay all such arrears, demanded within the time given, it shall be liable for disaffiliation. The General Council may, for reasons to be specified, waive the whole or part of these arrears in the case of specified unions.

ELECTION OF DELEGATES TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

17. Delegates and advisers of various national and international conferences and meetings shall be ordinarily elected at meetings of the General Council or the Working Committee whichever is in session. In case of emergency, or when either the General Council or the Working Committee can not be convened, decisions may be taken by circular to the members of the Working Committee.

INTERNATIOINAL AFFILIATION

18. The CITU may be affiliated to such international bodies as have the same or similar objectives.

FINANCE

19. The funds of the CITU shall be kept in a bank and the Working Committee shall have the power to nominate such persons from among the office-bearers of the CITU, one of whom must be the Treasurer, who may be authorized to open and operate such bank accounts.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

20 (a) The General Council shall have the power to disaffiliate any union which fails to pay its affiliation dues, or which is willfully working against the interests and the constitution of the CITU.

(b) The General Council shall have the power to remove any office-bearer guilty of anti-working class action. It shall have the right to take similar action against any member of the General Council guilty of the above action. Before taking such action the person concerned shall be given an opportunity to explain his conduct.

(c) The State Committees and other bodies shall have similar rights in relation to their members.

(d) The individuals or unions concerned have the right to appeal to the CITU Conference or the State Conference, against action taken by the General Council or the State Council respectively.

(e) The General Council shall have power to decide by a two-third majority to dissolve or reorganise a State Committee or State Council if it is functioning against the policies of the CITU or is unable to discharge its responsibilities because of inactivity or any other cause. Before taking such action, the General Council shall convene a meeting of the State Committee or State Council to give a hearing to its members. Within six months of taking such action, the General Council shall convene a Conference of the unions of the State to elect State Committee and/or State Council.

BYE-LAWS

21. The General Council shall have the power to make bye laws, not inconsistent with the Constitution.

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