Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) general secretary Tapan Sen has called upon trade unions in the country to act as corrective forces and arrest the degeneration caused by neo-liberal economic policies in the nation’s socio-economic milieu.
These policies, followed by the successive governments at the Centre, had resulted in the plundering of natural resources too, Mr. Sen said, formally opening the delegates’ session of the CITU State conference that got underway here on Saturday.
Expressing concern over the moves to discontinue subsidies on essential goods and services, he said if the government could extend sops by providing tax holiday for business and corporate groups, which constituted a mere one per cent, it could extend similar benefits to the remaining sections too.
Now, legitimacy was being given to criminal and perverse activities in society. When criminality and barbarism gained acceptance in a society, the working class should act as a corrective force, he said. CITU should strive to address such issues by working on a joint platform with other trade unions in the State. Touching upon the ongoing indefinite agitation by the government employees protesting against the contributory pension scheme, Mr. Sen said the strike was against the shift in policy by which the employees’ hard-earned income would be managed by private agencies. Earlier in the day, CITU State president K.N. Raveendranath hoisted the flag to launch the three-day convention in which 512 select delegates are attending.
P. Karunakaran, MP; former Ministers Elamaram Karim, A.K. Balan and P.K. Gurudasan; attended the function.