Tamil Nadu State Conference of Construction Workers Union
Tamil Nadu Democratic Construction Labour Union (affiliated to AICWF-AICCTU) held its 4th state conference at Kanyakumari (NK Natarajan nagar) on 7th July 2023. The conference Hall was named after Comrades Hari Singh and Jaffar and the stage was named after Comrades Ponraj and Omprakash Sharma.
Construction labourers from 15 districts participated including a big contingent of women. Conference began with the flag hoisting by comrade Susheela, AICCTU state leader. Comrades paid tributes to the martyrs including Comrade Sukundan, leader of Leather and Leather Goods Democratic Labour Union and also state Vice President of AICCTU who passed away recently.
The Presidium comprised of Comrades Velmurugan, Abraham, Rajan, Ilayaraja, Philomina, Karmel, Shivaraj, Venkatesan and Soundarrajan conducted the conference with Comrade Antony Muthu as its leader. Com. S.K. Sharma, the national general secretary of AICWF inaugurated the conference. Com. Birendra Gupta, leader of AIARLA and CPI-ML MLA of Bihar assembly greeted the conference as Chief Guest.
Com. K P. Perumal, state president of CWFI-CITU, Com. N. Selvaraj, state general secretary of Construction workers Federation-AITUC and Com. Perarivaalan of Labour Liberation Front and also member of state construction labour welfare board addressed as representatives of fraternal unions. A booklet in English named “Building a radical movement of construction workers “ was released on the occasion.
Com. Eraniappan placed the work report before the house. It was unanimously accepted. Conference also elected a 31-member executive committee and 15 Office bearers with Com. Antony Muthu as President and Com. Eraniappan as general secretary.
Com. Asaithambi, state secretary of CPI-ML delivered the concluding speech. Com. Shankar, All India President of AICCTU, Com. S. Balasubramanian, All India President of AICWF, Com. Sankarapandian, state President and Com. G. Desikan, state general secretary of AICCTU, Com. Balasubramanian, state secretary of AICCTU, Com. Revathy, state organiser of AIPWA and Com. Sundarrajan, state president of RYA also greeted the conference.
The resolutions adopted by the conference included scrapping of 4 labour codes, increasing welfare benefits of labour boards and increasing provisions of social security.
Conference resolved to oust anti-labour fascist Modi government in 2024 elections.