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Rallies, meetings mark May Day fete

Tuesday 2 May 2006

Staff Reporter

Trade union leaders exhort workers to fight to secure their rights

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Rallies and meetings marked May Day celebrations in the city on Monday. Labourers affiliated to various trade unions came out in strength to organise programmes in different parts of the district.

The Trade Union Sponsoring Committee comprising the CITU, AITUC and UTUC took out a mass demonstration in the city in the evening. Leaders of various trade unions, including S.S. Potty, Pirappancode Murali, MLA, CPI district secretary Ramachandran Nair, Mayor C. Jayan Babu and CITU leader P.K. Gurudasan, led the rally.

Motor transport workers affiliated to the AITUC hoisted red flags at their union offices and organised vehicle rallies in the district. State secretary of the Motor Transport Workers Federation Pattom Sasidharan inaugurated the district-level programmes at Karettu junction. CPI State council member Kuttiyanikadu Madhu inaugurated the vehicle rally at Museum Junction. V.Ramachandran Pillai also spoke. Chala Francis, Sunil Mathilakom, D.Reghuvaran and Rajaji Nagar Kunjumon led the rally in the city.

Senior Congress leader K. Karunakaran called upon the workers to put in their collective might to secure their legitimate rights.

Inaugurating the May Day celebrations organised by the INTUC on Monday, Mr. Karunakaran recollected the pains taken by him and other leaders to form the first trade union in the plantation sector in 1946. Though he held various positions later, Mr. Karunakaran reminisced that he was still known as INTUC Karunakaran and it was an honour for the services he had rendered for the labourers in the State. He called upon the workers to rise above political considerations to secure their rights.

INTUC State secretary Manacaud Chandran Kutty presided. State secretary V.Prathapachandran Nair and DIC(K) leader Mariyapuram Sreekumar also spoke.

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