Catholic Church to form Trade Union

published on April 11, 2012

NEW DELHI: At a time when the Communists have accepted Christ as a “great revolutionary” and has included him in their flex boards, the Catholic Church seems to have decided to turn a revolutionary leaf literally. It has forayed into the ‘working class’ terrain of trade unionism by forming its own trade union and that too in a sector where the Communists had tried and failed.

The Workers’ India Federation (WIF), launched by the Catholic Church in 2010 as an NGO with the motto “Secured Worker, Strong Nation”, is all set to get the status of a national trade union thus becoming the first ever trade union with a religious tag. As per the rule, a trade union will get a national status if one is registered in five states with more than five lakh membership.

Quite significantly, the focus of the Catholic Church is the unorganised sector workers who form around 90 per cent of the total workforce in the country. And it goes without saying that the Church has made this at the expense of the Leftist trade unions. Both the CITU and the AITUC had been desperately trying to make inroads in the unorganised sector, including information technology (IT), without much headway.

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