Sathyaban tried to take him back to Sri Lanka, but was unable to do so, members of the AITUC
acquainted with the case said.
Conversely, the non-Gandhian trade union federations such as AITUC
, BMS, CITU, and HMS, formed by other political parties, remained relatively weak.
Trade unions, including CPIaffiliated All India Trade Union Congress ( AITUC
) and CPI( M)- affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions ( CITU), will meet here on August 21 to finalise a rally to press for their demands.
Most of the striking unions have affiliations to Communist parties, like CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) and AITUC
(All India Trade Union Congress) and HMS (Hind Mazdoor Sabha).
On the other hand, all big national trade unions cutting across party lines -- AITUC
, CITU, HMS, INTUC, BMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU and UTUC -- lashed out at the company management, accusing it of "high-handed provocative activities" and said not allowing casual workers to join duty is "an absolute act of vengeance".
The protest, led by CPI National Secretary Narayana, began at AITUC
office at Liberty Statue and agitators marched to the Ambedkar statue in Tank Bund.
The one-day strike was initially called by the four central trade unions of Coal India Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), BMS, HMS and AITUC
The two biggest left trade unions AITUC
and CITU are completely opposed to economic liberalization and consider such a policy as an attack on the working class and capitulation of India to imperialist domination.
In the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC
) memorandum, it is raised that the beedi industry is a highly labour intensive industry involving nearly 90 lakh beedi workers.
According to the last official count by the Union Labour Ministry in 2002, the BMS had 62.2 lakh members while the Congress-affiliated Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) had 38 lakh and the Communist Party of India's AITUC
, 33 lakh.
The two-day Bharat Bandh was called by 11 trade unions including the Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC
), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC) to protest against price rise, and anti-people and anti-workers policies of the government.