Port Blair, May 31: The Foundation Day of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) was observed at Port Blair by the Andaman and Nicobar State Committee of the CITU. A Seminar on Trade Union Rights was organized at Hotel ACC Auditorium, Port Blair today (30.05.2018) as part of the Foundation Day programme which was attended by a large number of leaders and workers representing a number of trade unions functioning at Port Blair and South Andaman areas. Foundation Day Pledge was also administered to the participants in the Seminar. Addressing the meeting, B. Chandrachoodan, General Secretary, CITU, A & N State Committee recalled the valiant struggles conducted by the CITU since its formation in 1970. The CITU emerged as one of the largest central trade unions in the country during the last 48 years. The CITU was always in the forefront for fighting against the anti-worker policies ofthe governments. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands also, it was the CITU which had been dedicatedly and sincerely taking up the issuesof workers working both in the government and private sectors. He criticized the BJP-led central government for pursuing anti-worker policies and for trying to demolish all the welfare legislations of the workers. He said that one by one all the departments under the A & N Administration are being privatized. Shipping sector, which was one of the largest job-providing departments, is moving fast towards privatization.
M. Boominathan, President, CITU A& N State Committee, who presided over the meeting, said that large scale privatization would lead to the destruction of the departments. R.SurendranPillai, General Secretary (i/c), NGOs’ Association, SP Kalairajan, Circle Secretary, BSNL Employees Union andAnand Raj, Treasurer, ASNVMS also addressed the meeting.