New Delhi: A trade union school will be
set up here by the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), a
CPI(M) affiliate, to help update the skill and understanding
of the trade union activists.
The foundation stone for the proposed school building
was laid by CITU vice-president M K Pandhe in Saket yesterday
in presence of the union`s working committee members who were
here in Delhi from different parts of the country to attend a
three-day meeting which concluded today.
"The trade union school and research is being set up
as a memorial of the founder of general secretary of the CITU
and legendary trade union leader P Ramamurti," CITU general
secretary Tapan Sen said at a press conference here today.
The P Ramamurti Trade Union and Research Centre will
"continuously" promote union ideology and impart training on
strategic and tactical understanding to organisations and
cadres of "progressive" trade union movement, he said.
The proposed schools will be set up on a 504 sq mts of
land allotted by the government to the CITU at a concessional
"We have made a payment of Rs 22 lakh for the piece of
land," CITU president A K Padmanabhan told reporters.
The working committee has decided that each member of
the CITU will contribute Rs 5 to mobilise fund for meeting the
construction and running cost of the building and the
institution, Sen said.
"We are agreement-bound to complete the construction
of the proposed school by September next year. Till then, our
educational programme will continue from the CITU headquarters
here," he added.
Among other things, the school will provide basic
knowledge about the economics and social science which are
"crucially" required in a trade union, Sen said.
"It is to update the skill and understanding of the
trade union activists to make them understand the changes in
the situation, to make them able to analyze it, and at the
same time to make them able to communicate to the people in a
convincing manner and to organise them," he added.
Briefing about the meeting of the CITU working
committee, Sen said that it was resolved to make the call of
countrywide general strike on September 7 a "historical"
Nine major trade unions including Congress-backed
INTUC, AITUC and CITU has given a call for one-day countrywide
general strike against price rise and various policies of the
"The CITU working also expressed serious concern at
the deplorable condition of the Employees pension scheme
, onslaught of privatisation through disinvestment, increase
in the price of petrol, diesel, LPG and kerosene," Sen said.
"We have decided to go for an intensified campaign on
these issues after the September 7 general strike," he added.
Pandhe condemned the incident of vandalism involving
Sangh Parivar activists here yesterday at the office of a TV
news channel after it telecast a sting operation on an alleged
plot to assassinate the Vice President and demanded strong
action against the culprits.