-Abhinandan Chatterjee. -Anirudh Gautam Cherakuwada. -Ravi Ranjan Kumar Bediya.

INDEX
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Key Figures Aims & Objectives Organizational Structure Democratic Functioning CITU Conference Affiliation Fees Areas of interests & Activities

All ANIMALS are equal but some ANIMALS are more equal than others .
Animal Farm by George Orwell

KEY FIGURES
‡ National Federation- Founded 1971. ‡ Result of split in AITUC, which was sequel to the split in CPI
CPI (Marxist) CPI(Maoist)

‡ CITU emerged owing to its alliance to the CPI(Marxist). ‡ Number of members grew from approx. 0.817 million during its foundation to 3.2million currently

KEY FIGURES
‡ The current president Mr. A.K. Padmanabhan ‡ The flag of the CITU is red in colour with hammer and sickle in centre in white colour, with the letters CITU vertically on the left.

CONSTITUTION 
Constitution of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions(With amendments made in the Eleventh Conference of CITU held in Chennai from December 9-13, 2003) NAME 1. The name of the organization shall be CENTRE OF INDIAN TRADE UNIONS (to be designated in abbreviated form as the CITU).

AIMS & OBJECTIVES
‡ Exploitation of the working class should be ended by socializing all means of production. ‡ Holding fast the ideals of socialism, the CITU stands for the complete emancipation of the society from all exploitation.

CITU Fights:
(a) against all encroachments on the economic and social rights of workers and for enlargement of their rights and liberties including the right to strike, for winning, defending and extending the freedom of the democratic and trade union movements. (b) for the recognition of trade unions on the basis of secret ballot. (c) for the progressive improvement of wages, for reduction of working hours, for provision of decent housing and improvement of the living conditions of the workers,

CONTINUED
(d) for security of full employment, right to work and against the hazards of unemployment. (e) for full and adequate social security legislation to protect the workers and their families against sickness, accident and old age, providing adequate maternity insurance and pensions for widowed mothers and dependent children, and every other type of social security, for effective control of the worker subscribers over the Provident Fund and ESI Corporations. (f) for equal wages for equal work.

(g) For the abolition of discrimination based on caste, like untouchability, on sex, and religion, in relation to employment, wages and promotion. (h) for the protection of the democratic rights of the minorities. (i) For proper vocational training. (J) for elimination of illiteracy. (k) helping workers organize unions where none exists, for rallying the workers in a single union by uniting the rival unions in one industry.

FOR THE ABOVE MENTIONED PURPOSE:
‡ The CITU while supporting the democratic demands of other section of the people seeks the help of other democratic forces and organisations in the common fight to replace the present bourgeois-landlord regime by a democratic regime of the people. ‡ The CITU raises its voice against the growing dependence of our economy on American and other foreign monopoly capital and piling up of foreign debts which is leading to severe exploitation of the working class and creating a dangerous situation for national freedom.

‡ The CITU promotes relations of solidarity with the peasants and agricultural workers in the fight for land, against usury and rent, and high taxation and lend every help to the forces of agrarian revolution, to support in full the struggle of the agricultural workers for higher wages and decent conditions. The CITU believes that no lasting improvement in the economic conditions of the working class is possible without a complete liquidation of the feudal land relationship, and ending the monopoly of the big landlords. ‡ It fights for a foreign policy based on friendly relations with neighboring countries, opposing war and supporting peace and national liberation movements

Continued
‡ It helps peoples in their fight against imperialist domination and aggression and render all assistance to national liberation movements against imperialism. ‡ The CITU fights for the maintenance of world peace, against all imperialist plots for unleashing world war, against nuclear war and for the abolition of all nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. ‡ It firmly adheres to the position that no social transformation can be brought about without class struggle and shall constantly repel attempts to take the working class along the path of class collaboration.

Continued
‡ Promotes international solidarity and unity with the workers of other countries in the common fight for socialism, promote fraternal relations and deep bonds of unity with workers and people of socialist countries. ‡ It fights for peaceful co-existence between states belonging to different social systems.

ORGANZATIONAL STRUCTURE:
National Level (Central Committee/General Council). State Level (State Committee). Unit Level (Affiliated Unions/Primary Union)

‡ General Council: 1 President. 4 Vice Presidents. 1 General Secretary. Not more than 4 secretaries. 1 Treasurer. ‡ Members are elected on the basis of total affiliated membership of the union in each state at the rate of one delegate for every 500 members.

‡ The General Council meets once in two years and the state council at least twice a year. ‡ The day to day operations and administration are carried out by the General Secretary and his staff at the state level. ‡ To further its objectives the various methods adopted by CITU are :  Legislation.  Demonstrations.  Agitations.  Intensifications of the class struggle.

COMPOSITION OF THE CITU
The CITU consists of: (i) the affiliated unions, (ii) the delegates assembled at the triennial or special session of the CITU Conference. (iii) The General Council, (iv) The Working Committee or the General Council, and (v) The State Conference, the State Committees and State Councils.

THE GENERAL COUNCIL 
The General Council shall comprise (i) Office Bearers (ii) 425 other members elected by the general session of the CITU Conference as per norms noted below. The 425 seats as above will be distributed among the State Committees of the CITU in proportion to their respective membership strength to the total membership of the CITU forming the basis of election of delegates to the general session of the CITU Conference. (Explanation: This 425 shall include 125 members of the Working Committee, as in Section 10,(1)  The delegates from each state shall elect the member(s) from the respective state as per number determined as at (a) above.  The names of members of the General Council elected as above shall be approved by the general session of the CITU Conference.

THE CITU CONFERENCE
‡ The General Session will meet once in every three years. The session will be called the CITU Conference. It is the highest organ of authority in the CITU and all bodies of the CITU derive their authority from it. ‡ The Conference will consist of the delegates elected by the constituent unions in accordance with the rules under the Constitution and the office bearers of the CITU will have the same status as the elected delegates.

FUNCTIONS OF THE CONFERENCE
‡ Adopting the programme and the general policy of the CITU, making such changes in them as are considered necessary in the interests of the working class. ‡ Discussion and adoption of the report presented by the General Secretary, discussion and adoption of such other reports that may be presented by the General Council on the questions of the agenda. ‡ Examination and discussion of questions put to the Conference by constituent State Committees and constituent unions.

CONTINUED
‡ Pass resolutions on current questions affecting the working class. ‡ Take decisions on affiliations of unions, on disaffiliation and other type of disciplinary actions. ‡ Election of the General Council and the office council. ‡ Election of the Office Bearers. ‡ The Conference will fix its own agenda. ‡ It will pass the audited Statement of Accounts.

CONFERENCES OF THE CITU
Number 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th Venue Calcutta Ernakulum Mumbai Chennai Kanpur Mumbai Calcutta Patna Kochi Hyderabad Chennai Bangalore Chandigarh Date 28-31 May 1970 18-22 April 1973 21-25 May 1975 11-15 April 1979 13-17 April 1983 18-22 April 1987 13-17 February 1991 3-7 March 1994 21-26 April 1997 27-31 December 2000 9-14 December 2003 17-21 January 2007 17-21 March 2010 President B.T. Ranadive B.T. Ranadive B.T. Ranadive B.T. Ranadive B.T. Ranadive B.T. Ranadive E. Balanandan E. Balanandan E. Balanandan E. Balanandan M.K. Pandhe M K Pandhe General Secretary P. Ramamurti P. Ramamurti P. Ramamurti P. Ramamurti Samar Mukherjee Samar Mukherjee M.K. Pandhe M.K. Pandhe M.K. Pandhe M.K. Pandhe Chittabrata Majumdar Mohammed Amin

A.K.Padmanabhan Tapan Sen

ALL INDIA OFFICE BEARERS 
President : A.K.Padmanabhan  General Secretary: Tapan Sen  Treasurer: Ranjana Nirula
VICE PRESIDENTS M.K.Pandhe Md. Amin Kanai Banerjee T.K.Rengarajan K. N. Ravindranath P. K. Gurudasan Shyamal Chakraborty Arati Dasgupta (F) K.L. Bajaj V. J. K. Nair S.K.Bakshi Mercykutty Amma (F) S. Veeraiah Basudeb Acharia Sukomal Sen S. Punyavati (F) SECRETARIES Jibon Roy S. Devroye Kali Ghosh K.Hemlata (F) Dipankar Mukherjee M. M. lawrence R. Sudha Bhaskar A. Soundararajan K.O.Habeeb Deben Bhattacharya Raghunath Singh K. K. Divakaran Manik Dey Kashmir Singh Thakur S. Varalaxmi (F) Malathi Chittibabu (F)

AFFILIATION FEES
‡ Each affiliated union shall pay to the CITU:  An affiliation fee at the rate of One Rupee (Re1) per member per calendar year subject to the minimum of Rs.40.  The annual subscription of the journal, The Working Class.  Such other amount as may be fixed by the General Council and/or the State Committee in order to facilitate the functioning.  All three contributions vide (a) (b) & (c) above are inseparable part of affiliation fee.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION
(a) The General Council shall have the power to disaffiliate any union which fails to pay its affiliation dues, or which is willfully working against the interests and the constitution of the CITU. (b) The General Council shall have the power to remove any office-bearer guilty of anti-working class action. It shall have the right to take similar action against any member of the General Council guilty of the above action. Before taking such action the person concerned shall be given an opportunity to explain his conduct. (c) The State Committees and other bodies shall have similar rights in relation to their members.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION
(d) The individuals or unions concerned have the right to appeal to the CITU Conference or the State Conference, against action taken by the General Council or the State Council respectively. (e) The General Council shall have power to decide by a twothird majority to dissolve or reorganise a State Committee or State Council if it is functioning against the policies of the CITU or is unable to discharge its responsibilities because of inactivity or any other cause. Before taking such action, the General Council shall convene a meeting of the State Committee or State Council to give a hearing to its members. Within six months of taking such action, the General Council shall convene a Conference of the unions of the State to elect State Committee and/or State Council.

CITU FUNCTIONING IN INDUSTRY-WISE FEDERATIONS IN INDIA
The CITU associated with eleven industry-wise federations operating in India. They are: 1) Steel Workers Federation of India 2) All India Plantation Workers Federation 3) Water Transport Workers Federation of India 4) All India Coal Workers Federation 5) Construction Workers Federation of India 6) All India Road Transport Workers Federation 7) Electricity Employees Federation of India 8) Sugar Workers Federation of India 9) All India Jute Workers Federation 10) All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers 11) All India Beedi Workers Federation.

COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC SECTOR TRADE UNIONS
‡ The emergence and sustenance of united trade movement of the Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) Workers in India can be traced in the joint convention of the CPSU workers held at Hyderabad on 23-24 December 1977. Although CPSTU formally came into existence a few years later, actually this convention laid the foundation stone for the CPSTU. ‡ Joint national convention took place at New Delhi on 2122 October 1986. Around 300 trade unions and 50 National Federations of the CPSU workers represented by over 800 delegates participated in the convention.

CONTINUED
‡ A 14-point Charter of Demands (CoD) was adopted in the convention. The programmes to press for the CoD finalised in the convention included a nationwide strike on 21st January 1987.The convention expressed its firm resolve to fight the policy of demolition and privatisation of CPSUs initiated by the then Rajiv Gandhi Government. ‡ The other historic decision of the same convention was the formation of Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions (CPSTU). The founding constituents of the CPSTU were CITU, AITUC, HMS, BMS, Joint Action Front (JAF), Bangalore and Co-ordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions, Hyderabad.

‡ CPSTU is really the source of inspiration and symbol of struggles for the CPSU workers in the country. ‡ The top most priority task before the CPSU workers is to protect the public sector from the liquidating onslaught of the policies of liberalisation and privatisation. At the same time the urgent economic issues pertaining to the current round of collective bargaining for the 7th round of wage negotiations is also important. ‡ CPSTU is definitely destined to discharge its historical responsibilities in this respect.

AREAS OF INTEREST:
‡ Organized Sector:  Coal, Electricity, Steel, Heavy Engineering, Construction, Electronics, Oil & Natural Gas production and refining, Petrochemicals, Fertilisers, Pharmaceuticals, Rail, Road, Air & Water Transport, Port & Docks, Telecommunications, Textile, Financial & other service sectors, Plantation, etc ‡ Apart from the organised sector, the CITU has got pioneering role in organising the unorganised and informal sector workers, which dominate the numerical strength of the work force in India.

PUBLICATIONS
MONTHLY JOURNALS: WORKING CLASS THE VOICE OF WORKING WOMEN

REFERENCES
‡ www.citucentre.org, accessed on 6th September,2011. ‡ www.wikipedia.com, accessed on 5th September, 2011.

Long Live International Solidarity of the Working Class ! Down with Imperialism ! Down with Neoliberal Imperialist Globalization ! Long Live Socialism ! Workers of the World Unite !

LAAL SALAAM!!!

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