In a trendsetting initiative, employees of a fertilizer plant in the city have taken up socially relevant activities under the umbrella of the workers’ union.

By pooling up contributions from the employees, the Coromandel Fertilizers Employees’ Union chose May Day to launch the initiative. From Rs.1 lakh they could mobilise, the employees gave Rs.24,000 to Helen Keller School for Blind for installation of a software for the visually impaired. The union also distributed six tricycles to physically challenged youth and Rs.24,500 to Lakshmi Kantamma, warden of PAPA Home, for adoption of seven children for a year.

The union, affiliated to the CITU, has set a record of sorts by maintaining cordial relationship with the management. Incidentally, it is the only union representing the 450-odd employees working in the fertilizer plant for the past 43 years.

A day before the May Day, the union, along with contract workers of the plant, conducted a blood donation camp. Moved by the initiative of the union, district Collector V. Seshadri, who was the chief guest at the May Day celebrations conducted by the union, said the rare initiative by the union was worthy of emulation.

Coromandel Fertilizers Employees’ Union mobilises Rs.1 lakh to launch socially relevant activities on May Day

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