CPI(M) today appealed to the Tamil Nadu government to promulgate an ordinance to ensure recognition of trade unions in industrial units in the State.

A two-member CPI (M) delegation led by party’s Rajya Sabha MP T K Rengarajan raised the demand during a meeting with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at his residence here.

“We requested the Chief Minister to bring out a law for recognition of trade unions and he assured that he will look into it,” Mr. Rengarajan told reporters.

He said he discussed with Mr. Karunanidhi the recent strikes by employees of multi-national corporations such as electronic equipment manufacturer Foxconn and Korean automaker Hyundai.

“We also discussed the ongoing strike (by contract workers) at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC),” he said.

The Chief Minister told them that he had directed the MNCs to sort out the issues by holding talks, Mr. Rengarajan said, adding they did not discuss politics.

He expressed hope that the 40-day long strike by NLC contract workers would come to a peaceful end as the issue had been taken up with the government.

CITU State Secretary A Soundarajan accompanied Mr. Rengarajan during the meeting.