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Workers urged to put up united fight against imperialist forces

Tuesday 2 May 2006

Staff Reporter

CITU for united front against opening up of retail market

KOCHI: Massive rallies and public meetings by workers marked the May Day celebrations in the city.

Unlike the earlier years when joint trade union rallies were held on May Day, the trade unions organised separate rallies this time as they "could not coordinate among themselves."

While the CITU organised a workers’ rally from Rajendra Maidan to High Court Junction, the AITUC taken out an autorikshaw drivers’ rally from Mulavukadu to Goshree Bridges Junction. The INTUC organised a meeting in connection with May Day.

Addressing the CITU rally, M.M. Lawrence, national general secretary of the union, called for united agitations at various levels against the imperialist and oppressive forces.

As the working class can only effectively fight these forces, the workers should sink their differences and rise against the oppressive forces. With the multinational companies planning to enter the retail market of the country, a united front of the traders and workers should be formed against the move, he said.

The proposed amendments to labour laws by the Manmohan Singh Government will be detrimental to the interests of the country and the workers, Mr. Lawrence said.

CITU leaders K. Chandran Pillai; P.N. Seenulal and C.K. Manisankar, attended.

E.M. Sunilkumar, chairman of the Town Planning Committee of the Kochi Corporation and also a leader of the CPI, inaugurated the meeting of the autorikshaw drivers. AITUC leaders K.A. Joy, C.C. Sidharthan and C.K. Anilkumar attended.

A resolution passed at the meeting organised by the INTUC called for participation of workers in the management of industrial establishments and other sectors. K.P. Haridas, INTUC national working committee member, presided over the meeting.

Port staff fete

The Cochin Port Staff Association celebrated its 61st anniversary and observed May Day with a two-wheeler rally and a meeting that followed it. The two-wheeler rally was flagged off at Vyttila Junction by K. Babu, MLA. P.M. Mohammed Haneef, general secretary of All India Port Workers’ Federation, spoke. General secretary of the Cochin Port Employees’ Organisation, Chandra Bose, was the chief guest on the occasion.

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