The seven thousand strong Munnar women workers’ 9 day struggle has attracted the attention of the country and the national and international media. For the one and half months during which Munnar women workers’ struggle lasted, the press and electronic media in Kerala covered this struggle every day. The women Tea Plantation workers, who happened to be the members of the traditional trade union organizations till the other day, leaving those trade unions, formed their own ‘women’s only’, trade union, called ‘Pengal Otrumai’ and led this struggle. This is one unique feature of this struggle. The women workers, struggling against the gender bias and discrimination in TUs, formed this trade union. The Plantation Industry, the tea and coffee plantations in particular, is facing severe adverse conditions due to increasing global competition and declining prices. In order to retain their profit rates, the corporate managements of plantations are transferring the resulting burden on to the shoulders of workers, by way of reducing the real wages and increasing the work load. The Munnar struggle is also unique in the sense that it is conducted under these unfavourable conditions. The third unique feature is that this struggle could achieve the immense sympathy of the people of the state and could force the Government to speedily intervene and act.… Read More
The National Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) congratulates the working class of India for coming out in one day strike across the country, thereby issuing notice to the Modi Govt. against any attempts to execute anti worker changes in the labour laws of the country. We call on the working class to prepare to intensify and further broad base the struggle for implementation of labour laws, strengthening of labour law implementation machinery, RS 15,000 minimum wage, for status of Govt. employees to Asha and Anganwadi workers, against privatization of PSUs, against FDI in railways, defense, retail, media and other sectors with subsequent attacks on existing workforce and against the anti worker anti people polices of globalization, privatization and liberalization, against contractualization , against allowing coal deposits being opened for commercial use, for effective functioning of raw jute purchasing bodies and protection to the jute sector, for universal PDS and to curb price rise of essential commodities.
IFTU workers and activists throughout the country led strike actions in various states and in various sectors. In the Coal sector the BCCL observed total strike and there was total strike in Singareni coal mines in Telengana, in both of which IFTU participated.… Read More
More than 90% of the around 4 lakh regular workers in the public sector coal industry i.e. various subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd.(CIL) in Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and the Singareni Colliery Company Ltd.(SCCL) in Andhra Pradesh went on strike from 6th Jan.2015 in response to the five-day strike call initiated jointly by the 5 central trade unions recognized by the govt. in the coal industry (INTUC, BMS, HMS, AITUC, CITU) and supported by IFTU. The recognized union in SCCL which is linked to the TRS party however did not support the strike and the Telengana Govt. even resorted to repression with IFTU activists being arrested for picketing. Similarly in Bengal the Union linked to Trinamul Congress opposed the strike affecting the success of the strike initially.
Coal India management officials admitted a 75% loss of production. Continuation of the strike for the full period of 5 days could have seriously disrupted power supplies with more than 70% of the country’s electricity production being coal-based. However, despite massive support of the workers and continuing success of the strike even on the second day, 7th January, the 5 unions called off the strike that night following a meeting with the Coal Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and an “agreement” being reached.… Read More
The Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) congratulates the coal workers of the Public sector coal industry for the overwhelming success of the all-India strike beginning from 6th January 2015 and calls upon them to continue this historic united struggle against the anti-worker, anti-national policy of the Modi Govt. More than 90% of the over 3.5 lakh workers in the various subsidiaries of Coal India and the Singareni Colliery Company Ltd. (SCCL) went on strike on 6th Jan., the first day of the five day strike call initiated jointly by the central trade unions recognized by the govt. in the coal industry and supported by IFTU. The recognized union in SCCL which is linked to the TRS party however has not supported the strike.
The strike has been called to oppose the Modi Govt.’s attempts to privatize the public sector coal industry. IFTU has demanded that the Govt. immediately withdraw the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance 2014 which clears the way for large scale entry of the Corporates into the coal mining sector not only for their captive use for power plants, steel plants etc. but also for direct sale of coal in the market which has hitherto been restricted to the public sector companies.… Read More
(New Democracy News)
A struggle is on in Aurobindo Pharma Company of Srikakulam Dist of AP. These employees fought for the right of formation of union last year. They had resorted to 83 days’ strike from 7 -7-2013 to 1-10-2013. Arrests, false cases, kidnappings, suspensions dismissals etc. frequently took place then. However finally they got victory, with support of solidarity movement. Union registration was done. IFTU union is functioning for last one year, in successful manner. Union also strengthened with increase of 450 membership of chemists. With this new strength, our union gave a ‘charter of demands’ for wage revision to the management on 2-04-2014. In this background, ongoing struggle began.
In erstwhile regime of Chandra Babu, i.e. in between 1995 – 2004, many new industries as extensions of old units were established in North Andhra coastal region. Industrialists and corporate companies were encouraged by then Chandra Babu govt with tax concessions etc. One declared reason was to avoid pollution in Jeedimetla, Patancheru, Nacharam, Bala Nagar etc. industrial areas surrounding Hyderabad City. Aurobindo Pharma Unit was also established in Srikakulam District 13 years ago.
Then Chandra Babu Govt established mainly four industrial belts in this coastal region, Pydi Bhimavaram, Chilaka Palem, Pusapati Gega and Thagarapuvalasu.… Read More
On the 11th of September 2014, the National Committee of the IFTU organized an all India Convention in Delhi against the proposed anti worker changes in labour laws. Over three hundred elegates from Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh attended the Convention at Ambedkar Bhawan in Delhi. Other Trade Union Centres whose leaders attended the Convention were AICCTU, NTUI, TUCI and AIFTU.
Despite the pouring rain and the consequent delay in arrival of trains, the Convention started off in a packed hall at 12 noon. Com. Aparna (NCM, Delhi) began the proceedings by highlighting the labour law changes being pushed by the Modi Govt. and that the Amendments to the Apprentice Act have already been passed by the Lok Sabha. Meanwhile significant changes in Labour laws have already been passed by the Rajasthan Assembly and are awaiting Presidential consent. She then invited the Presidium and the speakers onto the dias.
A three member Presidium of Com. D.V. Krishna (President IFTU), Com. Kulvinder (NCM Punjab) and Com. P. Prasad (Secretary IFTU from Andhra Pradesh) presided over the Convention and Com. Kulvinder conducted the proceedings. He detailed some of the proposed changes in the labour laws and then began the process of inviting the various speakers to address the Convention.… Read More
The Narendra Modi led N.D.A. Government came to power with the promise of bringing good days for laboring people in the country. It promised better living standards, better living and working conditions. It promised creation of one crore jobs every year. But, soon after coming to power, it has launched an attack on the hard earned rights of the workers.
The corporate companies, industrial and business associations and foreign firms have been urging the governments since long to create an atmosphere wherein doing business in the country would be hassle-free. In their view the existing labour laws are obstacles to creating the needed atmosphere and therefore they need to be changed in their service and favour. What is the state of implementation of labour laws in the country, how these are circumvented by the managements and how the enforcement agency invariably acts in tandem with the managements are too familiar and need no elaboration. Even then whatever formally exists on paper in favour of the worker need to be changed to give capital full freedom to exploit the worker and that is what the World Bank has been telling the powers that be in the country for long.
Date: 11th September, 2014 Time: 11 am to 3 pm
AMBEDKAR BHAVAN, NEW DELHI.… Read More
National Committee Treasurer of Indian Federation of Trade Unions and member of UP state committee of CPI(ML) New Democracy, Comrade Ram Naresh Tyagi died on July 28th at around 7.30 pm. He accidently slipped with his motor cycle while trying to save small children who ran on to the road after sparking on electricity cables. He was 63 years of age. Born on in village Sainthli, Muradnagar, Disrict Ghaziabad in a peasant family, Com. Ram Naresh did his high school and joined the Ordnance Factory Murad Nagar as a worker.
As a conscious young man he came in close contact with the party before Emergency and after participating in some activities he soon became a party member. He started working in ordnance factory trade union and participated as a delegate in the founding conference of IFTU in 1978 in Gauwahati. In 1993 IFTU national conference in Hyderabad he was elected to the National Committee and later made its Treasurer, a post he held till his unfortunate end.
He participated in the National Conference of PCC CPIML in 1984. He was also a delegate in the 1992, 1996 and 2004 Party Congresses. He was a member of West UP regional committee of the Party since 1980 and later a member of its UP state committee from 1988 onwards.… Read More
On the occasion of the 127th anniversary of May Day the IFTU calls upon the working class to continue the tradition of struggle for realizing the dream of Chicago martyrs, who fought for ending exploitation by capital and ushering in a just society.
The socio-economic system in the country is closely tied to foreign capital and the policies that are being implemented are those that were prescribed by international financial agencies such as the World Bank and IMF. It is these policies that have greatly impacted upon the lives of the workers with growing contractualization of labour in the various sectors of the economy. In the last twenty five years, there has been a drastic reduction in the number of regular workers on the one hand and manifold rise in the number of workers employed on contract basis. In both the industrial and service sectors, public and private sectors, the growth in the number of contract workers is a feature that is of serious import. These contract workers have no job security and can be thrown out at the whims and fancies of the managements. While they perform the same duties as that of regular workers, they are not paid wages on par with the wages of regular workers.… Read More