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CPM cautions against move to divide workers on caste-basis

CPM cautions against move to divide workers on caste-basis

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 2, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/173373/CPM-cautions-against-move-to-divide-workers-on-caste-basis.html

State CPI(M) Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday alleged that attempts were being made by some quarters to divide the working class in the names of religion and caste. But nobody should hope that these efforts would ever find success, he warned.

Though some religious organizations had adopted a progressive mentality, they could not safeguard the interests of workers, he said while inaugurating the May Day celebrations here.

The achievements of the working class were not based on any caste or creed considerations but were the result of their class-based struggles, he said.

Those who were trying to divide the working class were trying to protect the interests of the aristocrats, who had always exploited the workers even at a time when both were members of the same church, he alleged.

Pinarayi said that the efforts of the Congress party and the BJP for appeasing imperialists had no differences essentially. "If the BJP is existing for the sake of communalism, the Congress is supporting it without offering any opposition."

He said. However, Pinarayi refused to react to the comments made by the High Court on Thursday with regard to the workers' strike at the Cochin Port Trust.

The CPI(M) leaders references to the efforts to divide workers on religious and caste lines had come in the context of the move by the Catholic Church in Kerala to organize workers in the unorganized sector.

A circular in the form of a May Day Message, read out last Saturday in the parish churches had called upon the believers

to strengthen the workers of the unorganized sector through coordination of the self-help groups and credit units existing in the parishes.

This was part of a plan of the Syro-Malabar Church to organize the workers in the unorganized sector, including farmers, through the Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) under the Labour Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC).

The circular had said that such a move to organize the workers was all the more necessary in the present times.

According to the circular, the exploitation of the workers was on the rise in the context of governments distancing themselves from the concept of welfare state, the value degeneration of trade unions, recession, etc. Priests said that the organization of workers should be done giving importance to humanism and spirituality.

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