Tuesday, 25. September 2018

The WFTU International Trade Union Congress of Energy and Chemistry Industry Workers celebrates its opening today September11, 2018, in Trivandrum, India with the presence of WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos, the leadership of CITU, local leaders and many delegates from the sector.

More than 150 delegates from 30 countries of the 5 continents are participating to this congress which is of great importance for both for the workers in this sector and the working class all over the world; moreover, the workers of the sector globally are expecting the resolutions and the action plan of the Congress which will trace the new upward course of this Trade Union International.

The WFTU expresses its sincere condolences to the people of India and the popular strata of Kerala for the tragedy and damages caused by the disastrous floods that are affecting the area.

More than 350 citizens lost their life during the floods and incalculable damage in buildings and infrastructure has been inflicted. At the same time, thousands of people are feared to be trapped and others are struggling to survive, having lost their houses and belongings.

The Executive Secretariat of PAME (All Workers Militant Front) on behalf of the class trade unions and the movement of Greece, expresses its solidarity with the more than 400.000 land workers in tea plantations of Darjeeling in India.

The striking land workers are demanding wage increases. The present wages are poverty wrinkles while on the other hand the monopolies are continuously increasing their profits.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) calls upon the Central and state governments to cease the growing lawlessness and anarchy in Tripura.

Following the death of a 11 year old student in West Tripura district of India on June 26, murderous attacks were unleashed by the RSS/BJP in the name of "child lifters". Attacks targeted some local Muslim hawkers as well as activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Later, the BJP state government blocked the internet and social media for 48 hours in order to suppress the information of the violent attacks reaching people.

The Communist Party of India declared that the police attack towards anti-sterlite protestors in Tuticorin is 'State sponsored terrorism'.

On 22nd May, in Tuticorin, a coastal district of the state of Tamil Nadu, a peaceful protest against the Sterlite Copper Plant was subjected to a murderous police attack. The police fired at the protesters killing 13 and injuring more than a 100 people. Hundreds are also reported missing. The people were demanding clean air for breathing and clean water for drinking and irrigation. Six days after the incident the Tamil Nadu Government ordered ‘permanent closure’ of the plant based on the Water Act of 1974 on behalf of 'larger public interest'. The plant was sealed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board whose Chief Minister said, “we have taken this decision as a mark of respect t the feelings of the people”. 

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing more than 92 million workers around the world fully supports its affiliated organisation in South Africa: National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) in its demands for universal health coverage.

From 1945, the WFTU during its first steps put in the front-line of its demands the universal health coverage, the social security for all the workers. Its affiliates in every country of the world were and are considering the free and public health system as a social right and are struggling for its implementation by any means.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing more than 92 million workers in 126 countries of the 5 continents strongly condemns the murdering of at least 12 protesters who demanded the closure of the copper smelter of «Sterlite Copper» company. The company is an affiliate of the British monopoly “Vedanta” in southern India.

The meeting of the Monitoring Committee of Asia Pacific Regional Office of the World Federation of Trade Unions held at Colombo, Srilanka on 22-5-2018 extends its total support and solidarity with the proposed 48 Hours Continuous Strike on 30th and 31st May, 2018 by one million bank employees in India under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions demanding resolution of Charter of Demands for better wages and improvements in service conditions.

No condemnation is strong enough to denounce the barbarity which West Bengal is witnessing today to ensure TMC's project of capturing cent per cent of elected panchayat bodies of the state.  Despite the forcible capture of 34 per cent of the seats uncontested, the heinous attempts to capture the rest are in full swing.

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