Staff Reporter

Over 500 delegates likely to attend the conference

ELURU: D.V. Krishna, general secretary of the national committee of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), on Friday took serious view of the emerging trend of 'de-unionisation' in the Indian working class in the form of contract labour and casual labour systems and voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in the post-globalisation period.

Addressing a press conference on the eve of the IFTU's three-day all-India conference scheduled to begin here from Saturday, Mr. Krishna attributed the phenomenon to the triple factors of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation. He said the so-called 'de-unionisation' had led to erosion of the unity of workers and their bargaining power. Consequently, job guarantee and the right to strike had come under attack.

Procession

A massive procession would be taken out from Alluri Sitaramaraju Stadium to the Government Junior College at Kotadibba Centre where a public meeting would be held to mark the beginning of the conference. About 500 delegates were expected to attend the programme, he said.