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Trinamul umbrella body for govt unions

Calcutta, Oct. 11: The Trinamul Congress has decided to streamline the unions of government employees owing allegiance to the party and bring them under one umbrella, industries minister Partha Chatterjee said today.

At a meeting in Writers’ between Chatterjee and representative of the unions, it was decided that an umbrella body of 18-odd government employees’ organisations backed by Trinamul would be set up. The new body will be named the United State Government Employees’ Federation.

“The chief minister wants one organisation to represent the government employees who support Trinamul. Talks were on for some time now to bring all the unions on the same platform. Today, we have completed the task,” said Chatterjee, who is also the Trinamul secretary-general.

He said the first task of the federation would be to spread Mamata’s message against FDI in multi-brand retail, the fuel price hike and other reforms initiated by the Centre.

Trinamul sources said the first convention of the federation would be held in end-November or the first week of December. They said Mamata Banerjee was likely to attend the convention.

The sources said Mamata was “unhappy” with three or four Trinamul unions existing in the same department.

“In big departments such as agriculture and land, there are three or four Trinamul-backed unions and each hold separate programmes. This sends a wrong signal regarding the party’s organisation. Mamatadi does not want Trinamul’s image to suffer because of some individuals,” a party leader said.

Only federation members will be allowed to hold meetings and rallies, Chatterjee told reporters.