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Monday, 08 November 2021 14:47

Homage to Shri V Subbaraman, President, LPF

CITU expresses its profound grief and condolences on the demise of the Shri. V. Subbaraman, President of Labour Progressive Front (LPF), one of the Central Trade Unions in our country. He was 76.

He hailed from telecom trade union movement as the leader of Telecom Employees Progressive Union (TEPU) since its formation. Later he became the President of LPF. Since then he along with LPF General Secretary Shri.P.Shanmugam, played a very constructive role in all national joint trade union initiates and movements.

The passing away of Shri.Subbaraman at a time when the trade union movement is intensifying its united struggles is a great loss to the Trade Union Movement in general and LPF in particular.

CITU shares the grief of LPF leaders and members and conveys its condolences to bereaved family members of Shri.V.Subbaraman.

Issued by
Tapan Sen
General Secretary

Monday, 01 November 2021 11:46


Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) pays homage to comrade Pramila Pandhe one of the senior most leaders of the trade union movement and pioneers of the women's movement.
She passed away on 31 October 2021 at AIIMS, New Delhi due to post operative complications. She was 94.

Comrade Pramila started her political life in the independence movement in Maharashtra and had been jailed in participating in Quit India movement in 1942. She joined the communist party in 1948.

She was active in trade union movement and was one of the founding leaders of CITU in Delhi and led many struggles. She was the leader of National Seed Corporation Employees Union.

She was one of the founders of the All India Coordination Committee of Working Women.
She was also one of the founders of All India Democratic Women's Association and has been its National Vice President.

She was the life partner of Comrade M. K. Pandhe, one of pioneers of the trade union movement and former General Secretary and President of CITU.

Her contributions to the trade union movement as well as women's movement will always be remembered.  CITU pays homage to the departed leader and conveys its condolences to the family and comrades.

Issued by,
General Secretary

Centre of Indian Trade Unions condemns the destructive exercise of the Govt to transfer the national assets and infrastructures in the hands of private corporate, both domestic and foreign, virtually free. Air India Sale is the most current example.

Now, as the Media reported, the Govt is making a hasty move for amending the Bank Nationalisation related Acts to facilitate privatization of public sector banks in the next Winter Session of Parliament.  Already the PSBs were made to sacrifice several crores of rupees (all public money) loaned out to those private corporates, through so called Insolvency Bankruptcy procedures. And now the move is on to hand over the PSBs to the same community of debt defaulter private corporates virtually free.

Further, it is reported that the Govt has been in the advanced stage of moving amendments to PFRDA Act 2013 to separate the National Pension System (NPS) Trust to liberate the same from all regulatory control and discipline of PFRDA and convert the same into a corporate or charitable entity under Companies Act. Even the pension savings of the people are not being spared from the nefarious project of satisfying lust for minting fortune through unregulated speculations by the private fund managers. Even the Employees’ Provident Fund Trust, which is under some regulatory control, lost a huge money  of workers EPF savings through such limited speculation, courtesy IL&FC and other private fund managers. The fate of the regulation-free NPS under the new project of the Govt can well be guessed in advance.

CITU denounces such nefarious and destructive project of facilitating loot and plunder on national assets, infrastructures and even peoples’ life-time pension savings by the same plunderers’ community in corporate class and calls upon the working people to oppose and resist such atrocious machinations on national economy and the people at large by the Govt at the centre.  

Issued by
Tapan Sen
General Secretary

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) unequivocally condemns the Modi government’s anti-national decisions to hand over the national aircraft carrier - one of the Prides of India, the Air India (AI) to the private monopoly house - the Tata Group virtually free of cost, rather on negative payment to national exchequer. The Group of Ministers headed by the Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the deal by which 100% shareholding of Air India along with AI’s shareholding in Air India Express Ltd and AISATS would be transferred to the Talace Private Ltd, the so called special purpose vehicle of Tata Sons, an entity exclusively incorporated to this operations for paltry sum of Rs.18,000 crores.  Out of this Tata would own the debt liability for Rs.15,300 crores and the rest of Rs.2700 crores alone would be paid as cash to the Central government.

Since its takeover by Union Govt in 1948 followed by its nationalisation in 1953, several lakhs of crores was infused from national exchequer to expand its infrastructural asset base, huge fleet of aircrafts and properties, both within the country and abroad. During the last decade since 2009-10 till recently,  around Rs 1,10,000 crores have been infused in Air India by Govt comprising of Rs.58000 crores cash support and rest through Govt guarantee on credit.

Moreover, the sale-deal with Tata envisages that Govt will absorb the debt burden to the tune of Rs 46,262 crores out of the Rs.61,562 crores but the assets created by such debt would be handed over to Tata in lieu of only Rs 18000 crores. Besides this bonanza for Tata, as per this deal, the Air India will give Tata access to more than a hundred planes, thousands of trained pilots, crew and lucrative landing and parking slots all around the world. This is nothing but a free gift of our National Carrier to Tata. It has demonstrated the worst ever perverted economic deal of this fascistic political dispensation having organic nexus with corporate capital for frittering away national asset in favour of their corporate masters for song.

The fate of all the existing employees is still hanging in balance. Air India has 12,085 employees - 8,084 permanent and 4,001 contractual. In Air India Express around 1434 employees are working. The deals mention only one year retaining. Then rest of their service period would be at the mercy of Tata.

Though the attempts to privatize of our national carrier was initiated during the Vajpayee tenure itself, all successive central governments have also contributed to turn Air India into a loss making entity. As a part of their long drawn strategy of withdrawing government from all sorts of transport and communications and placing the same at the disposal of the crony capital, now this deal has been finalized. 

CITU, while denouncing all these reckless privatization spree of Modi government,  calls upon the working class  in general and its affiliated unions in particular to resist such anti-national activities of this government and expose their anti-national credentials and pseudo-nationalistic postures along with these right reactionaries’ nexus with corporate capital.

Issued by
Tapan Sen
(General Secretary)

The Centre of Trade Unions (CITU) stands in solidarity with the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in their protest against brutal police assault on AIKS Finance Secretary P. Krishnaprasad on Monday, 4 October, as he was addressing media during peaceful protest at Uttar Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi against killing of the farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.

CITU condemns this police action in Delhi against farmers’ national leader to suppress even peaceful protest and from bringing out facts before the media.

CITU calls upon the workers and trade union movement of the country to intensify their struggle against 3 black farm laws, 4 labour codes and all out privatisation drive; and against the ruling RSS-BJP for attacking, killing, maiming, threatening the farmers in fascistic way using the police force to suppress the right of democratic movement as enshrined in the Constitution of India.

(Tapan Sen)
General Secretary

CITU strongly condemns the most gruesome killings of farmers who were peacefully protesting at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.

The farmers were killed by the son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs by deliberately running his vehicle over the farmers. It is also reported by eyewitnesses that he and his henchmen had also fired at the unarmed kisans.

In a shocking incident the Haryana CM has been caught on camera directing RSS/BJP activists to unleash physical attacks on the struggling kisans.

It seems that the ruling pro corporate government is hell-bent on to serve their Masters at any cost.

That's why instead of conceding the demands of repealing the Farm laws, this fascistic regime resorted to unleashing repressions. In the wake of upcoming State Assembly Elections in the largest state- Uttar Pradesh, where the "Defeat BJP Mission" announced by the kisan panchayat at Muzaffarnagar kisan rally that has already sent a shivering into the spine of Yogi & Co which led a desperate situation where RSS and its political platform- BJP is becoming restless. Thus they resorted to violence against farmers true to their fascist characters.

CITU calls upon the working class to come out in large numbers to condemn this dastardly killing and to express our class Solidarity with kisans. CITU dips its Red Flag to pay our respectful homage to all the kisan martyrs who were brutally killed yesterday in UP.

Issued by
Tapan Sen
General Secretary



Nearly one crore ‘Scheme Workers’ including the Anganwadi, ASHA and Mid Day Meal workers are delivering the basic services of nutrition and health to the majority of the people will go on one day strike tomorrow, 24 September 2021. The strike call is given by the Joint platform of Scheme Workers consisting of the organizations of scheme workers affiliated to the central trade unions – INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC.

Thousands of anganwadi ASHA, mid day meal workers will strike work and mobilize at district/block headquarters. The Scheme workers through this strike are pressing for the immediate demands of safety at work, risk allowance and insurance cover during covid duty and long pending demands of regularization as workers, minimum wages, social security and pension and against privatization. The unions will submit memorandum with these demands addressed to the Prime Minister of India in at all centres. (A copy attached)

Not to mention about the 45th ILC recommendations of regularization, minimum wages and pension to all scheme workers, more than ten lakh ASHA workers have shouldered the total responsibility of reaching out to the people to access the healthcare during the pandemic with a monthly remuneration of Rs.2000 and additional Rs.1000 per month for six months! Anganwadi workers are not even categorized as frontline warriors by the government while they were asked perform covid related health services and door to door delivery of nutrition! Mid day meal workers are put on duty in covid centres but not even paid their wages of Rs.1000 per month (for only ten months a year)! Modi government has cut down the budget for these schemes during the pandemic! The government has forced the workers to go for a strike as a warning.

The demands also include the basic rights of the people, especially the children – right to food/nutrition, health and education by strengthening and universalizing free and quality basic services. The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions as well as the Samyukta Kisan Morcha had expressed solidarity and support to the strike. We call upon the working people of the country to support the demands of the scheme workers.

We request all the print and visual media of the country to cover the strike as well as the issues and demands raised by it.

Issued by
A R Sindhu
For Joint Platform of Scheme Workers Federations

N B :- Mobilisations will be held in Delhi- NCR at districts
Contacts – Faridabad- 9999517717 (Nirantar Parashar) 9268682056(Sudha); 
Sonepat – 9466437696(Ananad Sharma), 8222066120(Sunita)



INTUC                          AITUC                        HMS                          CITU

AIUTUC             TUCC                AICCTU                 LPF                UTUC

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:22

Comrade S. Pancharatnam is no more

CITU expresses its deepest condolences on the demise of Com. S. Pancharatnam, former Working Committee Member of CITU and the State Office Bearer of Tamil Nadu CITU for quite long time. He was 82 years old. Since early 1970s, he had been associated with CITU in Tamil Nadu as an employee in the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and later as a leader of COTEE, the largest electricity employees Union affiliated to CITU in Tamil Nadu. He played a leading role as the General Secretary of COTEE in the protracted heroic struggle of contract labour in the state electricity utility and winning a case in the Supreme Court which paved the way to regularize more than 25,000 contract workers who were languishing for pittance in the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board for more than a decade.

CITU dips its banner in respect to Com. Pancharatnam and conveys its grief to the bereaved family members and our Comrades.

Long Live Comrade S. Pancharatnam!

Tapan Sen
General Secretary

त्रिपुरा में भाजपा के गुंडों द्वारा मुख्य विपक्षी दल और जन संगठनों पर क्रूर हिंसा की सीटू कड़ी निंदा करता है

सेंटर आॅफ इंडियन ट्रेड यूनियन्स (सीटू) त्रिपुरा में सत्तारूढ़ दल भाजपा के गुंडों द्वारा बड़े पैमाने पर लोगों और मुख्य विपक्षी दल, वामपंथी और विशेष रूप से सीपीआई (एम) पर बर्बर हिंसा की निंदा करता है। राज्य में भाजपा के कुशासन के खिलाफ लड़ने वाले ट्रेड यूनियनों और अन्य जन संगठनों को भी उनके कार्यालयों में तोड़फोड़, दस्तावेजों, वाहनों और अन्य संपत्तियों को आग लगाने सहित खुले हमलों का निशाना बनाया गया है और पुलिस प्रशासन केवल मूक दर्शक बना रहा है।

सीपीआई (एम) के राज्य मुख्यालय और अगरतला में सीटू सहित पूरे राज्य के लगभग सभी जिलों में सीपीआई (एम)  और अन्य जन संगठनों के कार्यालयों पर भाजपा के गुंडों के नेतृत्व में भीड़ ने हमला किया। लोगों के महान और सबसे सम्मानित नेता, कॉमरेड दशरथ देव की प्रतिमा को तोड़ा गया और क्षतिग्रस्त किया गया; दस्तावेजों, फर्नीचर, वाहनों को दिन के उजाले में जला दिया गया, जो जाहिर तौर पर राज्य प्रशासन की मिलीभगत और समर्थन के साथ भाजपा के गुंडों द्वारा एक पूर्व नियोजित अभियान था। कई लोग, कार्यकर्ता गंभीर रूप से घायल हुए है। यहां तक कि मीडिया को भी नहीं बख्शा गया। वाम दलों और जन संगठनों की पत्रिकाओं/मुखपत्रों के अलावा, कार्यालय और पत्रकार और सामान्य मीडिया के कार्यकर्ता, राज्य सरकार की कुछ कार्रवाइयों के खिलाफ आलोचनात्मक राय व्यक्त करने वाले सभी को इन शारीरिक हमलों में निशना बनाया गया।

भाजपा के गुंडों और बदमाशों द्वारा किया गया यह सुनियोजित हमला और कुछ नहीं, बल्कि भाजपा सरकार के विनाशकारी शासन के खिलाफ जनता में बढ़ते असंतोष और अशांति के प्रति अति दक्षिणपंथी सत्तारूढ़ गुट की हताश प्रतिक्रिया है, जिसने मेहनतकश जनता के लगभग सभी तबकों की मुश्किलों को बढ़ाया है। लोग अपनी आजीविका खो रहे हैं, उन सभी कल्याणकारी उपायों से वंचित हैं जो उन्होंने पिछले वाम मोर्चा शासन के दौरान प्राप्त किए थे; इसके अलावा लोगों के असहमति व्यक्त करने और जायज मांगों को आवाज देने के सभी लोकतांत्रिक अधिकारों का फासीवादी तरीके से दमन किया जा रहा है। जनता के बीच यह अशांति पूरे राज्य में अधिक से अधिक लोगों, जो सभी हमलों का सामना कर रहे हैं, को शामिल करते हुए विरोध और आंदोलन के बढ़ते कार्यक्रमों के माध्यम से साफ दिखाई पड़ती है। राज्य की भाजपा सरकार की यह सोच पूरी तरह से गलत है कि वह विपक्ष की संस्थाओं और संगठनों पर इस तरह के फासीवादी हमलों के माध्यम से पूरे विपक्ष को कुचलकर और इन पैंतरों से अपने कुशासन के खिलाफ संघर्षों को दबा सकती है।

सीटू त्रिपुरा में इस सरकार द्वारा प्रायोजित गुंडागर्दी और बर्बर हिंसा की निंदा करता है। यह मजदूर वर्ग और बड़े पैमाने पर मेहनतकश जनता का आह्वान करता है कि वे भाजपा शासन के कुशासन और उत्पीड़न के खिलाफ एकजुट संघर्ष को आगे बढ़ाते हुए भाजपा शासन के भयावह फासीवादी प्रारुप का एकजुट रूप से विरोध और खिलाफत करें।

तपन सेन
Thursday, 09 September 2021 11:47


CITU Strongly condemns the brutal violence on the main opposition party and mass organisations by the BJP goons in Tripura 

Centre of Indian Trade Unions condemns the barbarous violence unleashed by the goons of the Ruling Party BJP in Tripura against the people at large and on the main opposition party, the Left and CPI (M) in particular. The trade unions and other mass organisations fighting against the BJP misrule in the state have also been targeted for brazen attacks including ransacking of their offices, setting documents, vehicles, and other properties on fire, with the police administration remaining a mere onlookers. 

Offices of CPI (M) and other mass organisations in almost all the districts throughout the state, including the state headquarters of CPI (M) and CITU at Agartala were attacked by mobs led by BJP goons. The bust of legendary and most revered leader of the people, Com Dasharath Dev was broken and damaged; documents, furniture, vehicles were burnt in open day light, in what apparently was a preplanned operation by the BJP goons with the connivance and indulgence of the state administration. Many people, activists were severely injured.  Even the media was not spared; besides the journals/organs of the Left parties and mass organisations, the offices and the journalists and workers of the general media, voicing critical opinion against some of the actions of state government were all targeted in these physical attacks. 

This planned onslaught by BJP goons and hoodlums is nothing but a desperate response of the extreme right wing ruling clique to the growing discontent and unrest amongst the people against the disastrous rule by the BJP government, which has increased the miseries of almost all sections of toiling people. People have been losing their livelihood, deprived of all welfare measures that they enjoyed during the previous Left Front regime; in addition all democratic rights of the people to express dissent and voice legitimate demands are being suppressed in a fascistic manner.  This unrest among the people is reflected through increasing events of protests and agitations involving more and more people throughout the state braving all onslaughts. The BJP government in the state is mistaken in thinking that it can suppress struggles against its misrule by crushing and miming the entire opposition through such fascistic attacks on institutions and organisations of the opposition. 

CITU denounced this government sponsored hoodlumism and barbarous violence in Tripura. It calls upon the working class and the toiling people at large to unitedly oppose and resist the sinister fascistic design of the BJP rule through further mounting the united struggle against their misrule and oppression.

Issued by
Tapan Sen
General Secretary

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