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Two-faced CITU devalues bus, bakers’ strike
Though the popular slogan of the chief minister, Buddhadev Bhattacharya, regarding ‘industrial development’ was a massive hit but CITU’s stance against medium and small sized industries was against the parent party’s earlier claims.
SUBHASH CHAKRAVORTY, the state transport minister of West Bengal and presumably a confidante of Subhash Mukherjee, secretary Paschim Banga Bus Sramik Union (CITU), also president of Paschim Banga Bakery Sramik ’o’ Linesman Union (CITU) launched a day-long bus strike in the state which West Bengal Baker’s Association believes is an example of double standards with respect to the objectives of CITU in favour of industrialisation in Singur, Hooghly.


The strike had far-reaching effect with 90 per cent bakery units out of 5,000 bakeries in the state shutting down due to the massive labour absence. The same fate rested with small and medium sized industries. Though the popular slogan of the chief minister, Buddhadev Bhattacharya, regarding ‘industrial development’ was a massive hit but CITU’s stance against medium and small sized industries was against its earlier claims. The West Bengal Baker’s Association contends that CITU was going against the principles which it earlier upheld and this strike manifested the hollow political philosophy of the trade union.
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