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‘Make general strike a big success’

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Four-day State conference of Centre of Indian Trade Unions begins

comrades:(from left) R.Umanath, founder general secretary, and T.K.Rangarajan, all India vice president, CITU, at the conference in Tiruchi on Friday.— PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
comrades:(from left) R.Umanath, founder general secretary, and T.K.Rangarajan, all India vice president, CITU, at the conference in Tiruchi on Friday.— PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

The four-day State conference of the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) commenced in the city on Friday, with A.K.Padmanabhan, all India president, making a clarion call to the working class to make the 48-hour general strike called by the central trade unions on February 20 and 21 to protest against the anti-people’s policies pursued by the Central Government a big success.

Steep rise in prices of essential commodities, government’s inaction on issues such as social security for organised and unorganised sector workers, minimum wages, handling of issues such as foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail trade, insurance and civil aviation sectors, and privatisation have badly hit the country , Mr.Padmanabhan said in his inaugural address.

R.Singaravelu, State president, CITU, presided over the inaugural session. T.M. Moorthy, State general secretary, AITUC, offered felicitations. V.Kumar, assistant general secretary, read the condolence resolution. A.Soundararajan, MLA and general secretary, presented the work report.

T. K. Rangarajan, all India vice president of the CITU, and Tapan Sen, all India general secretary, were present.

D.Selvaraj, winner of the Sahitya Akademi award for Tamil novel ‘Thol’, was felicitated at the inaugural function. Earlier, the Coimbatore Chinniampalaiyam martyrs torch brought by the CITU members led by S.Arumugam, Coimbatore district secretary, and Ponmalai martyrs torch brought by members led by Mani, divisional president of the DREU, were handed over to S.K.Thiyagarajan, State vice president, and M.Mahalakshmi, State secretary, respectively.

Veteran leader R.Umanath, founder general secretary of CITU, hoisted the CITU flag brought from Cuddalore, amidst shouting of slogans by CITU members. K.Vaidyanathan, State vice president, hoisted the martyrs torch. Later all leaders and delegates paid tributes at the martyrs column.

The conference will end on February 4 with a rally and a public meeting in the city.

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