Democratic Trade Union Center, held its first State Conference at Pudukottai, Tamilnadu on 23rd February 2016. Around 200 delegates from various affiliated unions across Tamilnadu participated in the conference. Some of the Unions that participated in the deliberations were Salaivora Vyabarigal Sangam (Street Vendors Associations) Kattumana Thozhillalar Sangam (Construction Workers Union) from NorthChennai-Thiruvallur; Meenavar Thozhillalar Sangam (Fish Workers Association) and Thuparavu paniyalar Sangam (Sanitation workers association) from Pudukottai; Arasu Sevuliyar Sangam (Government Nurses Association) from Cuddalore; Auto -Taxi drivers Association from Madurai and over 20 other affiliated unions.
In this State conference, the office-bearers and executive committee members were also elected unanimously. G. Chidambaranathan, former president of DTUC was elected as Hon. President, Viduthalai Kumaran, from Pudukottai was elected as the Working President, Rajamanikam of Beedi workers association from Nellai, was elected General Secretary. Together with the office bearers, a 15 member Executive Committee including 3 women and 35 member general committee was also elected to coordinate activities across the State.
32 resolutions were passed at the conference. The resolutions condemned the BJP- Modi Government for its attempts to dismantle labour laws to facilitate National and Foreign Corporate sector to exploit the workers and gave a call for workers unions and the working masses to unite in struggle to defeat the capitalists and their government (Indian government) that have indiscriminately continued to exploit the natural and human resource of India.
Other resolutions concerned various sections of the working masses of Tamilnadu including the demands to end the Srilankan Navy’s attacks on fish workers, resolution of the demands of government workers, action against NLC officials for corruption, recognition of rights of IT sector workers to Unionize, support for Nurses in their struggle for permanence at work, as well as demands of street vendors. The resolutions also sought the immediate implementation of seventh pay commission recommendations with a increase in minimum wage to Rs 600/- a day. They also sought an increase in NREGA, Pensions and Social Security allocations.
Three special resolutions were passed in support of incarcerated workers of Maruti Suzuki, Honda workers and Pricol Workers. The resolutions demanded the release of the workers and acquittal of all the workers falsely accused of criminal offences. It also demanded the restoration of all terminated workers.
The tamil version of the resolution can be accessed here.