Two-day working committee meet of the trade union begins
AICC general secretary and MP Oscar Fernandes on Saturday said a mechanism would be evolved for better rapport between the Congress and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). He made these remarks while inaugurating the two-day working committee meeting of INTUC here.
The meeting tried to put at rest speculation that INTUC would move closer to the Left unions after it was chosen to head the coordination committee of central trade unions to wage a united struggle over various issues.
The meeting, chaired by INTUC president and MP G. Sanjeeva Reddy, adopted seven resolutions in which it sought abolition of contract worker system, constitution of separate wage boards on the lines of wage board for working and non-working journalists, and removal of ceiling for payment of bonus for industrial workers.
Mr. Fernandes, who earlier served as Union Minister of State for Labour, said the INTUC leaders deserved their share in elected posts such as MP and MLA and he would impress upon party president Sonia Gandhi of the need to evolve a mechanism to have better coordination with the central trade union.
Recalling how he as the Union Minister had initiated the process of making jobs of contract workers permanent, he said it was unfortunate that there were many working as daily wage workers in the coal industry for over 30 years.
‘MREGP a boon'
The Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MREGP) was a boon to the jobless people, he said, adding that under the scheme guaranteed employment for 100 days was assured to the rural people.
Along with that, the UPA government was also providing food security by offering rice at Rs.3 and wheat at Rs.2 a kg.
There was a proposal pending to take care of education of children of working class people.
In his presidential address, Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy said INTUC members were feeling neglected by the Congress as they had not been getting adequate representation in elected bodies.
He said the Congress and INTUC were inseparable but the trade union would maintain its independent status.
‘INTUC leaders deserve their share in elected posts' Congress and INTUC are inseparable: Sanjeeva Reddy
‘INTUC leaders deserve their share in elected posts'
Congress and INTUC are inseparable: Sanjeeva Reddy