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Pandhe admits Citu failure in railways

Siliguri, Dec. 27: The Citu leadership has admitted that the Left trade union has failed to attract railway employees and those working in several central government offices in Delhi.

“Despite our efforts and nation-wide presence, we could not draw the railway employees into our fold. Also, a major portion of people serving in central secretariats and other government offices are not our members,” said M.K. Pandhe, the all-India president of the Citu, who inaugurated the state conference of the Coordination Committee at Baghajatin Park here today.

In his hour-long speech, Pandhe hardly touched upon the ailing tea industry or issues associated with government service. Instead, he launched a tirade against globalisation. “It is because of our movement that the pace of globalisation in India has slowed down. We need to work against it,” the Citu president said.

Pandhe also hinted at launching an aggressive trade union movement throughout the country to mount pressure on the Centre to go slow on globalisation by declaring total shutdown in sectors like transport and energy.

The Citu leader admitted the absence of awareness among workers at the grassroots level. “We still don’t have the potential to call a movement and stall the country as workers at the grassroots level are confused about the ideology. Our opinion and ideas should be transmitted to them through a concerted effort,” Pandhe added.

The conference was preceded by a rally organised by the coordination committee in which delegates from all the districts of the state and even from Bangladesh and Nepal participated.

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