(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 20, 2011
For an All
THE meeting of the extended secretariat of the CITU held in an atmosphere full of confidence and fighting spirit, given the background of the magnificent response of the working class to the jail bharo call of the united trade union movement, decided to intensify the struggle further. The CITU called upon all its state committees and affiliated unions to be ready for the call for general strike by the central trade unions, which were going to meet on November 25, and start preparations at once for the resounding success of the strike.
addition to the CITU office bearers, the presidents and general
all its state committees and affiliated federations were invited
to the meeting
that was held on November 14-15, at B T Ranadive Bhawan in
Addressing the meeting, A K Padmanabhan drew the attention of the participants to the significance of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. He said that this movement was not directed only against the attacks on the people and was focusing on certain demands, but questioned the capitalist system itself. The slogan ‘we are the 99%’ highlighted the deprivation of the majority to benefit a small minority in the capitalist system. People were again looking to Marx, to understand the exploitation inherent in the system.
said that the economic crisis has led to a situation where two
Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU placed the report that analysed the present political and economic situation in the country, their impact on the conditions of the workers and the various struggles of the working class that were taking place in different parts of the country.
report said that the manner in which Gaddafi was captured,
tortured and killed
demonstrated the ugly barbarism of the imperialism led by the
is seeking to come out of the present crisis by intensifying the
workers’ and peoples’ livelihood. At the same time, the
struggles of the
working class against this onslaught were also intensifying.
Europe and the
Within the country, the credibility of the Congress led UPA-II government was at the lowest following exposure of the corruption and scandals one after one and the utter mismanagement on all fronts. But in the absence of any credible alternative the government is arrogantly refusing to provide any relief to the people and is pushing through the same pro-imperialist policies of neoliberal globalisation. This situation posed a big challenge for the working class movement in the country.
Despite the continuing increase in the prices with the food inflation hovering around 12 per cent, pushing the living standards of common people further downward, the UPA 2 government is shamelessly arguing on poverty line to be fixed at Rs 26 and Rs 32 per day. The finance minister has already directed spending less and cutting allocations on various development and welfare programmes in the social sector including MGNREGA, cutting subsidies and emphasising on meeting the target of minimising fiscal deficit. 18 times hike in petroleum prices in the span of last 13 months (including the piecemeal hikes in between the major ones), last one being made when the international price of crude oil has actually declined, added fuel to the continuing price-rise, making the life of common people miserable.
government has announced its intention to get the banking and
the PFRDA Bill etc passed in the winter session of parliament
and also in
opening up the retail trade sector to FDI. They are also trying
to get the
labour laws amended in favour of employers in the coming session
government has also announced a ‘National Manufacturing policy’
which National Manufacturing and Investment Zones would be set
investors would be offered cheap land, readymade infrastructure,
huge tax and
other concessions without any export obligations. In fact, this
is a design to
convert the entire domestic business into Special Economic Zones
labour law changes providing for ‘hire and fire’ through the
back door. Six
states – Maharashtra,
situation is leading to increasing conflicts in workplaces
country with workers going on struggles in defence of their
rights and livelihood.
The struggle of the Maruti Suzuki workers in Manesar to assert
union rights which continued for almost five months has
attracted the attention
of the entire nation. Among other notable all
meeting congratulated the working class for the massive support
to the jail bharo
programme on November 8 where lakhs of workers all over the
country held big
mobilisations and courted arrest. This unity of the workers had
to be further
strengthened and broadened. It called upon all the state
committees of the CITU
to take initiative to strengthen the unity so that the next
phase of struggle,
the joint all
It was decided to publish leaflets, pamphlets, booklets etc on the different demands raised by the joint trade union movement, and also exposing the inherent exploitative character of the capitalist system and the need to change the system, print them in lakhs and take them to the workers in a big way. The CITU state committees and affiliated unions were directed to approach each and every worker and involve them in the campaign and struggles as per the joint call of trade unions.
The CITU also decided to organise ‘M K Pandhe Memorial Lecture’ on relevant issues facing the working class movement every year at the national level as well in states on a suitable day during the period from July 11 and August 20, the days of birth and death of Comrade Pandhe.
2011 being the year on the basis of which the trade union verification will be held, the CITU secretariat decided to intensify the membership campaign and ensure that the CITU membership correctly reflects its role and initiatives in the trade union struggles in the country.