THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KSEB INTUC coordination committee alleged that Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed has purposefully excluded certain unions especially the three unions of INTUC (I) from the meeting held recently in connection with the signing of tripartite agreement with regard to corporatisation of the Kerala State Electricity Board.
“The minister had secretly invited the three unions of INTUC (A) and CITU to sign the agreement. The presence of the INTUC(I) unions was purposefully avoided and only members of INTUC (A) unions, which supports the minister, were invited for signing the agreement which contains many anti-employee provisions. Around 12 unions out of a total of 22 which had actively participated in meeting from the last one year were also excluded while signing the tripartite agreement,” said T S Ramachandran, general secretary of Kerala Power Workers Congress (INTUC), at a press conference here on Monday.
KSEB Ministerial Officers’ Association president Kalliyoor Sasi alleged that the exclusion of certain unions in the tripartite agreement was an example of the minister’s covert links with the CITU unions.
“This is the reason why the CITU unions are supporting the minister’s moves, while our unions, backed by the Congress, are being sidelined,” he said.
Kerala Power Workers Congress INTUC assistant general secretary Kuchappuram Thankappan, Kerala Electricity Employees Confederation INTUC general secretary D K Ravi were also present.