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P.K. Gurudasan denies AITUC allegations

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`Minister promised work to KSCDC workers'


  • Nothing was settled at the meeting, say AITUC leaders
  • CITU calls off stir following Minister's promise: Gurudasan
  • Government had agreed to revise minimum wages

    KOLLAM: CITU general secretary P.K. Gurudasan has denied the allegations raised against him by the AITUC in connection with the meeting the trade union leaders had with Labour Minister Babu Divakaran on Thursday on the issue of workers in public sector cashew factories.

    In a statement here on Saturday, Mr. Gurudasan reiterated that at the meeting, the Labour Minister had promised six days of work a week to the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation (KSCDC) workers and filling up of the vacancies in the KSCDC factories created by retirements.

    Mr. Gurudasan had spoken about the decisions taken at the meeting at the press conference here on Friday.

    Reacting to Mr. Gurudasan's statements, AITUC leaders A. Faziluddin Haq and N. Anirudhan questioned the grounds under which Mr. Gurudasan announced that the issues pertaining to the KSCDC factories had been amicably settled at the meeting called by the Labour Minister. Mr. Haq said he had attended the meeting and as far as he knew, nothing was settled at the talks with the Labour Minister.

    In his statement, Mr. Gurudasan said it was on the basis of the Minister's assurance that the CITU decided to call off the agitation in front of the KSCDC factories. He said the CITU was prepared to join hands with the AITUC for a joint agitation. The CITU has no difference of opinion over the AITUC and UTUC slogans on the cashew sector agitation. While the Government had agreed to revise the minimum wages, the purpose of the current agitation was to ensure that the cashew workers are given the due rights.

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