CITU celebrates foundation day in isles

Port Blair
31 May 2018

The Foundation Day of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was observed by the Andaman and Nicobar State Committee of the CITU here. A seminar on Trade Union Rights was organised at Hotel ACC Auditorium on Wednesday which was attended by  a large number of  leaders and workers representing a number of trade unions functioning at Port Blair and South Andaman areas. Foundation Day Pledge was also administered to the participants in the seminar. Addressing the meeting, Mr B. Chandrachoodan, general secretary, CITU, A & N state committee recalled the valiant struggles conducted by the CITU since its formation in 1970. The CITU emerged as one  of the largest  central trade unions in the country  during the last 48 years.  The CITU  was always in the forefront  for fighting against the anti-worker policies  of the  governments.   In Andaman and Nicobar Islands also, it was the CITU which had been  dedicatedly and sincerely  taking up the  issues of  workers  working both in the government and private sectors. He criticized the BJP-led central government for pursuing anti-worker policies and for trying to demolish all the welfare legislations of the workers.  He said that  one by one all the departments  under the A & N Administration are being privatized.  Shipping sector, which was one of the largest job-providing departments,  is moving fast towards privatization.
Mr M. Boominathan,  president, CITU A & N state committee, who presided over the meeting,  said that large-scale privatization would lead to the destruction of the departments.  Mr R.Surendran Pillai, general secretary(i/c), NGOs’ Association, Mr SP Kalairajan, circle secretary, BSNL Employees Union  and Mr Anand Raj, treasurer, ASNVMS also addressed the  meeting.