KERALA

Unions hailed for joint fight for labour rights

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president V.M. Sudheeran has hailed the joint fight by various trade unions against moves to amend labour laws to serve the interests of corporate business groups.

As the ruling parties at the Centre are trying to dilute labour laws to please influential corporate business houses, leading trade unions such as the INTUC, CITU and BMS had decided to join hands to oppose the moves to infringe upon the rights of labourers, he said.

‘Healthy move’

This was a healthy move on the part of trade unions, Mr. Sudheeran said inaugurating the district-level birth centenary commemoration of the former president of the KPCC S. Varadarajan Nair at a function at the Vyapar Bhavan here on Thursday.

Varadarajan Nair was an astute trade union leader and an able administrator, Mr. Sudheeran said.

Despite being the son of Sir P. Rajagopalachari, the Diwan of erstwhile Travancore, he opted to serve the public, and maintained an independent stand all through his life.

The former Minister Ramachandran Kadannapalli delivered the memorial speech.

Organising committee chairman M.C. Jose presided. State organising committee chairman A. Neelalohithadasan Nadar, Varadarajan’s son Prathap Chandran, DCC president C.K. Sreedharan, senior BJP leader Madiaki Kammaran, and CPI(M) leader A.K. Narayanan were present.