5th Congress of CFTUI

Sunday, September 10, 2017 to Monday, September 11, 2017

The Confederation of Free Trade Unions India (CFTUI) celebrated tripling its membership to 1.6 million workers and its new affiliation to ITUC and ITUC-A during its 5th Congress on 10 and 11th of September 2017 in Visakhapatnam, Andra Pradesh, India. Besides passing resolutions regarding the economic, political and social situation and planning CFTUI's participation in October’s General Strike, the reports from the various states shared some impressive achievements:
- Including 150.000 domestic workers through the recently joined unions;
- Combatting 10 Special Economic Zones and providing 3.000 acres of government land to landless farmers;
- Ensuring social security for informal workers, such as pension and dearness allowances for the home guards in Tripura;
- Nearly doubling the minimum wage for informal economy workers in Delhi through the Shops and Establishment Union.

The 365 delegates and participants representing 14 sectors and 21 states also decided during this 5th Congress to accommodate this growth by enlarging the Executive Bureau of CFTUI, one of the few non-political trade union in India, from 34 to 50 members and unanimously re-elected Mr. N. Kanaka Rao as President and Mr Neeraj Chaubey as General Secretary for another four years.

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