Felicitation to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, former Convener, Forum.

A warm felicitation was accorded to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, the founding convener of Forum, in the meeting held on 25.05.2015. Leaders of all the organisations present in the meeting praised the role played by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri in starting this joint platform in 2004 and for leading it for nearly 12 years. On behalf of the Forum a memento and shawl was presented to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri. Finally, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri addressed the meeting acknowledging felicitation.



This National Convention of Workers being held under the banner of joint platform of all theCentral Trade Unions of the country along with independent national federations of all sectors and service establishments expresses deep concern over anti worker, anti-people and pro-corporate actions of the present Govt. at the Centre in pursuance of the policy of globalisation. During this period the Govt. has been over-busy in amending all labour laws to empower the employers with unfettered rights to “hire and fire” and stripping the workers and trade unions of all their rights and benefits besides aggressively pushing through almost unlimited FDI in strategic sectors like Railways, Defence and Financial Sector. Also, through sweeping changes in the existing Land Acquisition Act, farmers’ right to land and agri-workers’ right to livelihood are been sought to be drastically curbed and curtailed.

The Govts’ aim in aggressively pushing through sweeping changes in labour-laws is nothing but to push out overwhelming majority of workers out of the coverage of all labour laws and to drastically curb the trade union rights. The CTUs had besides other issues raised the issue of strict enforcement of labour laws and universal social security but this Govt. is doing away with all rights-components in all the labour laws aiming at creating conditions of bonded labour in all the workplaces. EPF and ESI schemes are proposed to be made optional which is also aimed at demolishing the PF and ESI schemes dismantling the basic social security structures available to the organized sector. And for the vast unorganized sector workers, old schemes are being repackaged and renamed, without providing for funds and implementation-machinery/network with a view to befool the people.
The Govt. has not taken any step to curb price rise of essential commodities and to generate employment except making tall claims of containing inflation in the media. On universalising public distribution system, the Govt. is trying to scuttle it through Direct Benefit Transfer resulting further squeeze on the common people. During the year with the support of the present Govt, various state governments have brought about drastic anti-workers changes in basic labour laws viz., Industrial Disputes Act, Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, Factories Act and Apprenticeship Act, Trade Unions Act etc introducing “hire & fire”, throwing more than 71% of factories out of coverage of Factories Act and making all contractors employing up to 50 workers free from any obligation towards workers. The Central Govt. on its part has introduced amendments to Factories Act raising doubly the limit of workers for registration of factories, put in public domain the proposals for new Small Factories (Regulations of Service conditions) Bill which prescribes that major 14 labour laws will not apply to factories employing upto 40 workers. Labour Code on Wages Bill and Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill which under the cover of amalgamation seek to make registration of unions almost impossible, making retrenchment and closure almost free for the employers class. These bills have been put in public domain without consulting the trade unions thereby violating the provisions of ILO Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation. Amendments have also been brought in EPF & MP Act and ESI Act to make it optional with a sinister design to finally demolish the two time-tested statutory schemes for the workers. The Prime Minister’s office has written to the Chief Secretaries of States to follow Rajasthan Model in labour laws. All these amendments are meant to exclude 90% of the workforce from application of labour laws thereby allowing the employers to further squeeze and exploit the workers.

The Convention also expresses dismay over the Govt’s total inaction in implementing the consensus recommendations of 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian Labour Conferences on formulation of minimum wages, same wage and benefits as regular workers for the contract workers and granting status of workers with attendant benefits to those employed in various central govt schemes like anganwadi, mid-day-meal, ASHA, para-teachers etc. On the contrary, the Govt drastically curtailed budget allocations to all those centrally sponsored schemes meant for poor peoples’ welfare.It is also noted with utter dismay that the present government is also continuing to ignore the twelve point demands of entire trade union movement pertaining to concrete action to be taken for containing price-rise and aggravating unemployment situation, for strict implementation of labour laws, halting mass scale unlawful contractorisation, ensuring minimum wages for all of not less than Rs 15000 per month with indexation and universal social security benefits and pension for all including the unorganized sector workers, etc. The demands also include compulsory registration of Trade Unions within 45 days and ratification of ILO Conventions 87 and 98. Even the legislations passed by Parliament on the issue of Street Vendors is not being implemented appropriately.

The National Convention also denounced the retrograde move of the Govt. in hiking/allowing FDI in Defence, Insurance, Railways and other sectors and also its aggressive move for disinvestment in PSUs including Oil and financial sector aiming at total privatisation which will be detrimental to the interests of the national economy, national security as well as mass of the common people. The National Convention also condemned the sweeping change sought to be brought in Land Acquisition Act permitting forcible acquisition of land from the farmers and putting in jeopardy the livelihood of agricultural workers. It is disgusting to note that 147 workers of Maruti-Suzuki at Manesar are being forced to languish in Jail for more than two years on false and fabricated charges. It is unfortunate that even after the assurance of Prime Minister to revive the closed NOKIA Sriperumbudur unit, the recent decision to sell it out demonstrates Government approach to deny protection to workers. The coal sector has already been opened for commercial operations by private sector. In the banking industry also, the govt. wants to push their anti-people banking sector reforms while no effective action is
being taken to recover the huge bad loans (NPA) from the Corporate Sector.

The Convention supports the decision of the constituents of JCM of Central Govt. employees to go for indefinite strike from 23rd November, 2015 and will decide at appropriate stage the form of solidarity action to be taken. The Convention also congratulates coal, postal, transport and telecom workers for their strike against policies of the Govt.

The Convention demands upon the Central Govt. to stop forthwith the process of making retrograde amendments to the labour laws. The Convention also demands immediate steps to implement the consensus recommendations of successive Indian Labour Conferences and also
positive response to long pending demands of the entire trade union movement of the country. The Convention urges the Central Govt. to desist from mindless drive for disinvestment in CPSUs and liberalising FDI in defence, insurance, Railways etc. and the convention also condemns the Govt. move of corporatization of major ports and postal services etc. The Convention urges the Govt. to reverse the direction of the ongoing economic policy regime which has landed the entire national economy in distress and decline affecting the working people most.

The Convention calls upon all the trade unions, federations across the sectors to widen and consolidate the unity at the grass-root level and prepare for countrywide united movement to halt and resist the brazen anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Govt and in preparation to the same undertakes unanimously the following programme:

1) Joint conventions and campaigns during June-July in state, district and industrylevel wherever possible and taking initiative to involve common people in support of workers struggle


The National Convention calls upon the trade unions and working people irrespective of affiliations to unite and make the countrywide General Strike a massive success.


All India Federations of Bank, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Government Employees and other Service Establishments




27 May, 2015

10 ways to prevent a heatstroke


With mercury rising in several parts of the country and heat wave making life difficult, here are 10 ways to beat the heat.


Drink plenty of fluids

It will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. Those undertaking heavy exercise should drink two-four glasses of cool fluids each hour.


Wear light clothing

Wearing excess clothing or tight apparels won’t allow your body to cool properly.


Take extra precautions with certain medications

Many blood pressure and heart medications cause the blood flow to decrease, thus affecting the ability to cool down. One should consult doctor on the dosage.


See a doctor

If you have symptoms such as high body temperature, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, seek immediate medical help.


Advance morningwalk time

It’s best not to exercise or do any strenuous activity in daytime. But if you must, take breaks & consume enough fluids.


Avoid the hottest part of the day

If you can’t avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot.


Protect against sunburn

Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses; use a broadspectrum sunscreen.


Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol

These can act as a diuretic, which moves fluids out of the body too quickly, resulting in dehydration and heat exhaustion.


Never leave anyone in a parked car

This is a common cause of heat-related deaths among children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car rises more.


Let your body acclimatize to the heat

Sudden change in temperature can cause illness. It is better to rest a bit before getting into an airconditioned building immediately after being in the sun for a long time.


Our Kolkata District Branch in West Bengal Circle has sent Rs. 10,000 to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund towards the Nepal Relief Fund on 21-05-2015. The Central Executive Committee Meeting held at Jamnagar on 28-29 April,2015 had given a call to this effect and Kollam District Branch in Kerala was the first to respond by sending Rs, 10,000.

Com.P.K.Nandi, Circle Treasurer and District Vice President, Kolkata has intimated through an email that the amount was collected from the members during the biennial District Conference held on 16-05-2015 and all the participants generously contributed to the genuine cause.

All the other branches are requested to send the report to CHQ without fail after sending the amount directly to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund at the earliest.



Good News for BSNL! One Gujarat Subscriber has paid Rs. 2.5 lakhs for a BSNL Fancy Number for his mobile! A report in the media is given belwo:

“BSNL has started sale of Fancy Mobile Numbers through eAuction from 2012 with a base value starts from Rs.1000 to 25000 to offer best fancy numbers according with the customers choice available in their hands. From starting date, BSNL eAuction becomes a grand success and creates records day by day, and its once again proved recently in this new eauction schedule.

It’s the number game.. after all.. Anyone who owns a mobile, is by default in favor of fancy number.. While selecting a mobile number, we generally check the number to have any sequence combination, for easy remembrance of the number and also for easy sharing.

The next level of number selection is opting for a fancy number. Numbers having a sequence or any personal lucky number plays a vital role in number selection. BSNL is the only telecom company in India which had given an option to participate in auction to bid for the lucky number. In this line Gujarat people stands for the fancy number. An Ahmedabad based business man bid a BSNL Fancy number for 2.25 Lakh rupees.” (  Media Report)