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Left favours right to strike: CITU leader

Special Correspondent

—Photo: Zacheus. A. Vanja

Calling attention:CITU State president S. Veeraiah addressing the 21st general conference of LIC Employees Union in Kadapa on Sunday.

KADAPA: The Left parties are supporting the workers' right to go on strikes and countering the Pension Fund Regulatory Authority Bill, CITU State president S. Veeraiah said on Sunday.

Speaking at the 21st general conference of LIC Employees Union's at the LIC Divisional Office here, he said India could withstand the global economic crisis on account of the stand of the Left parties that public sector undertakings and financing agencies should be in the Government's control. The Nuclear Bill and reforms were delayed by four years owing to pressure from the Leftists. The onslaught on workers' rights was also resisted by the Communists, Mr. Veeraiah said.

Employment of four crore persons was safeguarded due to 13 nationwide-strikes organised by Communist parties, the CITU leader said. Employees and workers must strive to safeguard pro-worker Governments in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, Mr. Veeraiah said. All India Insurance Employees Association national joint secretary V. Ramesh said LIC employees secured a good pay revision recently. He wanted a concerted movement to oppose Bills on increasing foreign direct investment in the insurance sector.

LIC Senior Divisional Manager M. Veerabhadra Rao, union president A. Sultan Mohiddin, general secretary B.V.S. Raju, union's zonal president B. Rajendra Kumar, joint secretary Clement Xavier Das and Class I union general secretary D. Basava Raju, LIC Pensioners Association president S. Khader Basha and CITU district general secretary A. Ramamohan participated.

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