Government not helping workers: CITU

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The financial packages announced by the governments following the global financial crisis were aimed at supporting big industrial houses alone and not workers, said CITU State general secretary M.M. Lawrence.

While the governments made all out efforts to bail the industrial houses out of crisis, they were silent on the plight of workers who were hit by the crisis, he said.

Mr. Lawrence was speaking at the State conference of the Matsyafed Employees Federation here on Sunday.

Fish exports have been affected following the global financial crisis.

The expansion of domestic market was one of the ways to escape the crisis that has gripped the fish export sector. Efforts should also be taken to increase the income of workers in this sector, Mr. Lawrence said.

Fisheries Minister S. Sarma inaugurated the valedictory session. Matsyafed chairman V.V. Saseendran presided.

The conference demanded a special economic package for salvaging the fisheries sector which was feeling the heat of the recession.

The employees who are working on contract and daily wages should be absorbed into the service considering their educational qualification. The conference elected K. C. Madhusoodanan Nair as its president.

The following are the other office-bearers of the organisation: K.V.A. Iyer, P.N. Seenulal, M. S. Prasanthakumar and Elizabeth T. Lopez (vice-presidents) S. Jyothish Kumar (general secretary) V. Suresh, M.N. Valsaraj, E.A. Lenin, M. Aboobecker (secretaries) and K. Haridas (treasurer).

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