People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 30, 2003
THE CITU has termed as “unfortunate” the decision of the national
leaderships of the INTUC and BMS to stay away from the joint call of central
trade unions for a massive one day countrywide strike on May 21. This is more so
in view of the fact that the eight point demands for the forthcoming countrywide
strike action were formulated jointly with the INTUC and BMS.
The CITU has expressed hope that the leaderships of these trade union
organisations will realise the futility of agreeing with the demands but staying
away from united action for their realisation. The CITU has expressed the
confidence that the trade unions of all affiliations, including the rank and
file unions of the INTUC and BMS, would join the general strike on May 21 in a
As is known, the trade union movement in the country has unitedly taken a great
stride against the anti-national, anti-people policies of the NDA government.
Almost all the major central trade unions of the country, along with scores of
independent unions and federations in banks, insurance and defence industries,
telecommunications, central and state governments and other service sectors,
have jointly decided to go in for a countrywide strike on May 21.
The strike will be preceded by a series of joint countrywide agitations and