CITU national meet begins in Kannur today

: The national conference of the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) beginning here on April 4 will chalk out action plans to strengthen itself organisationally and ideologically and to draw a roadmap for continuing the united struggle by the trade union movement in the country, according to the CITU leadership.

Addressing to a press conference here on Wednesday, CITU president A.K. Padmanabhan and general secretary Tapan Sen said the 14th national meet of the CITU, in which 2,000 delegates would participate, would reflect the united front of the trade union movement as leaders of all the Central trade unions were attending the inaugural session on Thursday morning. The conference would have deliberations on the political, economic, and social scenarios in the country. There was a need for the trade union movement to rise to the expectation of the people, they said.

The conference would also initiate discussions on strengthening the CITU to equip it to take up the task of launching the joint struggle.

The unity of the trade union movement was very crucial as communal forces were trying to break the unity, they said. The alternative policies to be pursued would also be discussed at the conference, the CITU leaders said. Observing that the situation all over the world called for unity among the working class, they said the trade unions in the country had shown the maturity by joining together for the unity. The two-decade old struggle and the experience of the people had contributed to the unity of the trade union movement, they noted.

The five-day conference would begin at a specially arranged venue at the Police Maidan here after the flag hoisting ceremony at 10 a.m. on April 4. Leaders of various trade unions, including the All India Trade Union Congress, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and Hind Mazdoor Sangh, would participate in the inaugural session, Mr. Padmanabhan said.


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