KERALA

INTUC to form single trade union in country

Indian National Trade Union Congress is planning to form a single trade union in the country, INTUC national president G. Sanjeeva Reddy has said. He was inaugurating a meeting of INTUC’s State and district-level office-bearers here on Tuesday. “We are having talks with other trade unions,” he said. The INTUC wanted progressive legislation on labour laws which were in the interests of the working class. He said INTUC wanted to abolish the contract system in the country. “Our organisation demands that persons employed under the contract system be paid the same salary as permanent employees till the former is regularised. Now there are several persons under contract system who work for a paltry salary of Rs.3,000 or Rs.4,000. We want to abolish this system.”

He also demanded that the national minimum wages be fixed at Rs.10,000 a month for all types of workers. He also demanded that the Provident Fund (PF) pension be increased by at least Rs.1,000 now and later by Rs.5,000. The INTUC, he said, was now torn between its efforts to maintain unity of all trade unions and the task of emerging the number one trade union.