TRADE UNION CO-ORDINATION CENTRE
TUCC CENTRAL COMMITTEE
NetajiBhavan, T-2235/2, Ashok Nagar, Faiz Road,
Karol Bagh, New Delhi- 110 005
Trade union movement of our country is well related with International labour movement and the liberation struggle of our motherland.
Formatting and struggle of Trade Unions are the part and parcel of long and continuous struggle of the working class. The growth of the working class started along with the department of Industrial struggles – the struggles – the struggle between the exploited workers and their exploiting masters, the capitalists. When capitalist production and the means to hire the labour power, while the worker has only his individual labour power for selling to the capitalists in return for wages. Spontaneous attempts started among the workers to resist the exploitation of the capitalists. Gradually, these disunited and scattered individual workers came together for the purpose of the status of wages-slaves. Formation of association and unions are not the product of anyone’s instigation, but the inevitable march of history. Thus trade unions became most powerful social force for humanity and progress.
The labour movement of India was spontaneous and sporadic. But it got momentum during our national liberation movement. The fight capitalist turned as movement against imperialism.
The main theme behind the formation of Trade Union Co-ordination centre (TUCC) was to –
i) Organise the workers and act as a class organization.
ii) Indian working class should work in solidarity with the workers outside India.
iii) Ensure more and more active working class participation in the battle for real swaraj.
Subhas Chandra Bose proclaimed in his Presidential address at the Calcutta Session of AITUC on 4th July 1931 that “I have no doubt in my mind that salvation of India, as of the world, depends on Socialism. India should learn from and profit by the experience of other nations – but India should be able to evolve her own environment. In applying any theory to practice, you can never rule out geography or history. If you attempt it, you are never rule out geography or history. If you attempt it, you are bound to fail. India should therefore, evolve her own form of Socialism”. Subhas Chandra Bose came in to this conclusion after his experience with the trade union movement in Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Calcutta, Bombay, Nagpur etc.
The Nationalist trade unions following the principles of NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose, the trade union association of Independent anti Imperialist movement came together and formed the Trade Union Co – ordination Centre (TUCC) in 1980. The All India Forward Bloc, the political party founded by NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose has played very vital role in forming the TUCC.
The TUCC is working as a Vanguard of the working class and playing its due role in the Indians Situation. The TUCC is committed to work as an auxiliary force to establish socialism as envisaged by NetajiSubash Chandra Bose and develop an exploitation free world order particularly for the working class as enunciated in the constitution of All India Forward Bloc.
CONSTITUTION OF T.U.C.C.
1. The name of the organization shall be “Trade Union Co – ordination Centre” (abbreviated from T.U.C.C.)
2. T.U.C.C. Flag
The flag of the T.U.C.C. shall be one and half time of its width. There shall be a leaping tiger on the flag with the tiger facing on the top of pole.
At the right top of the flag there shall be crossed hammer and sickle, just above the tiger’s tail. At the left side of left side of the flag T.U.C.C. shall be printed in block letter vertically. The body of the tiger shall be in yellow and black, Hammer and sickle shall be in white.
3. Aims and Objects:
a) To watch, Promote, safeguard, the interests, rights, and privileges of the workers in all matter’ such as social, cultural, economic and political.
b) Fight to protect:
i. The freedom of speech.
ii. The freedom of press.
iii. The freedom of Association.
iv. The freedom of Assembly.
v. The right to strike.
vi. The right to work.
vii. The right of social security.
viii. Right to educate society about Dearness Allowances with increased cost of living and about schemes of all terminal benefit about schemes of all terminal benefit including P.F. Gravity and medical facilities etc.
ix. The right to earn Minimum living wage.
x. The right to have equal wage for equal work without any racial or gender discrimination.
xi. The right to have equal wage for equal work without any racial or gender discrimination.
xii. Right to education, safety and medical facilities etc.
c) Establish study centres/trusts to ensure training and education to its members.
d) Ensure workers participation in Management.
e) To co – ordinate the activities of the trade Unions affiliated to the T.U.C.C.
f) Conduct movement of collective Bargaining.
g) To fight against all forms of harassment on atrocities against women at their place of work.
h) To bring about unity of the working class in the trade union movement.
i) To work in close co-operation with the working class organization of different countries to foster the idea of international working class unity.
j) To protect the interest of the un-organised working class.
k) To work for Abolition of child labour.
l) To eliminate poverty and unemployment.
m) To endeavour in the promotion and realization of the above aims and objects by adopting all legitimate, and democratic methods through mass struggle.
n) To eradicate gender un equality in wages and other benefits.
4. (A) Composition of T.U.C.C.
a) T.U.C.C. shall be a Central Trade Union organization of all affiliated trade unions and Federations.
b) The organization affiliated to T.U.C.C. shall be called constituents or Member organization of T.U.C.C.
c) Head Quarters of the T.U.C.C. shall be located in New Delhi, location of head quarter may be changed under the exigency circumstances, with the approval of Central Committee.
d) State and Regional Offices may be opened at other place with the approval of the Central committee.
(B) Rights & Obligation of members and rule membership.
a) All trade unions / Federations, who would wish to affiliated them to the T.U.C.C., shall be registered under Trade Union Act 1926 and shall accept and abide by the constitution of the T.U.C.C.
b) All Trade union and Federation of at least one year’s standing, if not registered in the meantime, subject to be registered may become members.
c) The affiliation of all organisations to the T.U.C.C. shall be made directly, at the request of the organization supported by a resolution of its executive.
d) All organization that agree generally with the aim of T.U.C.C. and wish to execute programmes jointly with the T.U.C.C. to border extent may be admitted as one of the constituent member or member of the organization.
e) New members shall be admitted to the T.U.C.C. by the Central Committee subject to their subsequent approval by the National Executive Council / National conference.
C. Obligation: All Members -organisations of the T.U.C.C. shall be deemed to fulfil the terms of clause B.
Provided that they shall.
a) Strive to carry out the decisions of the T.U.C.C. and participate in the activities of T.U.C.C. and co-operate with the other constituents.
b) Give at least 3 months’ notice to the Central Committee of their intention to withdraw from the T.U.C.C. if they desire to do so.
D. Rights : A member-organisation T.U.C.C. shall have the right to :
a) Send representative to the Council, conferences etc. according to this constitution and participate in the discussion and decision on all important issues.
b) Submit proposal for the consideration to the conference or other governing organs of T.U.C.C. and be present on request in particular, when the governing organs are taking a decision on matters which affect its organization ; and
c) Apply to the governing bodies for help in its special problems. Provided that in respect of any member which does not abide by this constitution, the Central Committee shall first call the attention of the member it its such failure, and if this and such other measures are unable to rectify the position, the member concerned shall be liable to expulsion by the subsequent approval of the National Council or National conference.
E. Governing Bodies of T.U.C.C. :
The governing bodies of the T.U.C.C. shall be the Conference, Central Secretariat and Central Committee.
a) Conferences shall be policy making body of the T.U.C.C. at their organising levels, such as National, State and Districts.
b) Affiliated members, Unions / Federations shall organize their Conferences / General Body meeting according to their constitutions.
c) The Secretariat and the Central Committee will be the highest policy aking bodies in between two National Conferences.
6. A National Conference:
a) National conference shall be highest and supreme policy making body of T.U.C.C.
b) Delegates of the National Conference shall be elected by the state Conference.
c) All member organizations shall participate in the conference through their delegation whose representation shall be one delegation for 100 memberships or above 50 or as decided by the central Committee.
d) A National Council shall be elected / selected in the National conference which consists of not more than 150 members including at least one member from all functioning federations of T.U.C.C.
e) Delegates present in the conference shall be eligible to participate in the election of National Council and central Committee.
f) National Council and Central Committee of T.U.C.C. shall be elected in the National Conference.
g) The T.U.C.C. shall hold National Conference once in three years. However, special conference shall be organized with the approval of Central Committee on exigent circumstances.
B. National Council:
a) National Council shall be policy making body in between two National Conferences.
b) National Council shall be policy making body in between two National Conferences.
c) Vacancies in the Central Committee/Secretariat shall be filled up by National Council.
7. (A) State Conference:
a) All member organizations / federations of a particulars state shall participate in the state conference, through their delegation, which shall be one delegation for 100 memberships or above 50 or as decided by State Committee.
b) A state executive Council shall be selected / elected in the state Conference which consists of not more than 100 members, at least one member from all state federations.
c) Delegation present in the conference shall be eligible to participate in the election of State Council and State committee.
B. State Council :
a) State Council shall be policy making body at State level between two state conferences.
b) State council shall meet once in a year.
c) Vacancies in state committee shall be filled up by State Council.
C. District Conferences:
a) All member organization under the district shall participate in the District Conference, through their delegation, which shall be one delegation for 100 memberships or above 50 or as decided by District Committee.
b) Delegates present in the Conference from unit or individual union shall be eligible to participate in the election / Selection of District Committee.
8. (A) Central Committee Meetings:
a) Central Committee shall consist of not more than 61 members and not less than 31 members including 15 members of the Central Secretariat.
b) Central Secretariat shall be highest decision making body between two Central Committee of the T.U.C.C. The decisions of the Central Secretariat are subject to the approval of Central Committee.
c) For meeting of the central Committee of T.U.C.C. at least 15 days notice shall be given, while for the National Council of the T.U.C.C., one month notice shall be required.
d) There must be one central committee meeting at least once in three months.
e) However Central Secretariat can be convened on 7 days or on urgent notice, if it is so required.
(B) State Committee:
a) State Committee shall consist of not more than 51 members including 13 members of state Secretariat.
b) State Committee shall be elected at the state conference.
c) Vacancies shall be filled up by state committee subject to be ratified by State Council/Conference.
(D) State Committee Meeting:
a) There must be one state committee meeting at least once in two month.
b) State Secretariat shall be the decision making body for state level between two state committee meetings.
c) For a meeting of state committee of T.U.C.C. at least 10 days notice shall be given while for State council of T.U.C.C. at least one month notice shall be required.
d) However state secretariat shall be convened on 7 days notice or at any short notice, if required.
(E) District Committee :
a) The District committee shall consist of 45 or less members including 11 members of District secretariat.
b) District Committee shall be elected at the district conference.
(F) District Committee Meeting :
a) There must be once district committee meeting least once in two months.
b) District Secretariat shall be deciding body between two district committee meetings.
c) District Secretariat meetings must be held once in a month.
9. Composition of secretariat
The President, Vice Presidents, The General Secretary, Secretaries, including finance secretary shall constitute the secretariat at the Central, State and District level. The committee of each sphere will articulate the functioning of the secretariat.
The quorum for the meeting / council of the T.U.C.C. shall be 1/3 of its members.
11. Power of National Council and Central Committee.
a) The National Council shall have the authority to take necessary steps to carry out the work of T.U.C.C. in accordance with the constitution.
b) The Central Committee shall have the authority to take all proper steps for carrying out the resolutions passed at the previous sessions of the T.U.C.C.
c) To deal with the emergency situations that may affecting the interest of the working class as well as for the advancement of the aims and objects of the T.U.C.C, The National Council, National Conference, The Central Secretariat and the Central Committee may take appropriate decisions.
d) To execute all programmes and decisions adopted in their meetings.
12. Composition of office Bearers:
The office bearers of the T.U.C.C., Central Committee shall be as follows:,
a) The President shall preside over all the meeting of the governing bodies of T.U.C.C.
b) The President’s interpretation of the constitution shall be final, subject to be approved by the Central Committee.
c) The President may convene urgent meeting if the General Secretary is died, defunct, unable to call the meetings.
B. General Secretary
a) The General Secretary shall be the overall in-charge of the Central Office, the Secretariat and the Central Committee.
b) All executive and administrator power shall vest in the General Secretary that he shall draw the minutes and reports, all correspondences shall be carried on by him or under his authority and guidance.
c) He shall monitor and control programmes circulated or organized by central Committee.
d) The General Secretary should consult with the President and other secretariat members regularly on administrative and policy matters before taking the final decisions.
d) He will monitor all the transaction, cash or credit and keep the records with him maintained by Secretary (Finance).
a) Secretaries would organise trade unions in different part of the country or as directed by the Central Committee.
b) One of the Secretaries should be entrusted to look after collection and maintenance of funds as well as account of T.U.C.C. under guidance of the General Secretary. He shall be the Secretary (Finance). He shall present the audited account of T.U.C.C. and a budget for the future together with his suggestion for raising fund before the Central Committee.
a) Not more than, 5 Vice-President may be elected by the conference at any level.
b) Any one of the Vice-President may act as President in absence of president in the meetings.
13. Secretariat Composition will be 1 President, (2 to 5) Vice-President, One General Secretary and (7 to 11) Secretaries among which one will be deputed as Secretary (Finance).
14. Affiliation of Union/Federation:
The T.U.C.C. may affiliate any bonafide trade union which satisfied the following condition.
a) Accept the aims, object and constitution of T.U.C.C.
b) Trade Union/Federation seeking affiliation shall make an application in the form as prescribed by the T.U.C.C. with all required documents.
i) The application for affiliation shall be forwarded through state committee within a month of application to the central committee, however if state committee is not existing in any particular state, application may be forwarded to central committee.
ii) Any organised National Federation may directly request affiliation from the Central Committee.
iii) All application for affiliation shall be placed before the central committee, in case of rejection, the union shall have right to appeal again to the higher forum i.e. National Council, National Conference.
iv) The State Committee shall take care to see that not more than one Union in an industrial establishment in the area is recommended for affiliation.
v) The Central Committee shall have the power to disaffiliate any trade union which is proved to the guilty of breach of the constitution, including anti T.U.C.C. or anti working class activity, provided that it shall have the right to appeal to the national council of the T.U.C.C. which shall affirm or set aside the decision of the central committee.
vi) The Central Committee shall have the right to suspend or expel an individual office bearer of the central committee, if such a member indulging in anti T.U.C.C. / anti working class activity. However the decision shall be ratified in the National council/Conference.
15. Fees for Affiliation / Renewal: All the affiliated trade union shall have to pay Affiliation / Renewal fees to T.U.C.C.
a) The minimum fee which a UNION applying for affiliation to the T.U.C.C. shall have to pay Rs. 2/- per member to be deposited at the time of application to central committee of T.U.C.C. as subscription charges and Rs. 200/- as application fee for affiliation.
b) An annual subscription of Rs. 2/- per head or 20% of the Annual Subscription whichever is higher to be paid at the time of submission of returns along with the affiliation renewal fees of Rs. 50/- through District Committee to state committee, if district committee is not existing, then directly to sate committees, in case of no state or District committee exists, than directly to the central committee.
c) Out of the said amount the state committee shall send 20% to the Central Committee, 40% to be kept by the District committee and the rest 40% to be kept by the state committee.
d) Fees for affiliation / renewal is to be deposited to the Central Committee regularly by state committee without fail by 30th June of the following year.
e) A trade union will be disaffiliated due to non payment of subscription / levies, or renewal fees or affiliation fees, After payment of all arrear dues along with the current fees, their disaffiliation may be reviewed.
f) Every affiliated Union shall have to obtain fresh affiliation certificate from Central Committee in every three years, otherwise they will be treated as non affiliates and would not be allowed to participate in any of the conferences at any level.
g) In cases of disputes regarding affiliation, the central committee will decide finally.
h) All affiliation fees will directly go to central committee.
16. Funds and Accounts:
a) The Funds of the T.U.C.C. shall be raised by:
i) Admission fees of members.
ii) Affiliation fees / renewal fees.
iii) Membership subscription.
iv) Levies / special collection.
b) The funds of T.U.C.C. shall vest in the central committee and shall be kept in any of the nationalised bank, the account shall be jointly operated by the President, General Secretary and Secretary (Finance) or as decided by the central committee.
c) The General Secretary shall keep Rs. 10,000/- as contingency money in his hand at all the time.
d) All expenditures shall be made under authority of the central committee, passed by General Secretary.
17. Affiliation of To Other Organization
a) The TUCC shall not be affiliated to any other National Organization though it shall associate with all organizations whose objects and tasks are compatible to its own.
b) The TUCC may affiliate with International Trade Union Federations if its aims and tasks are compatible to TUCC.
c) The Central Committee/Secretariat shall decided about the participation and representation of TUCC with International Trade Union Federations/ International Conferences and Seminars etc.
18. Amendments of Constitution & Bye Laws.
a) The constitution may be amended by 2/3rd majority of the delegates present and voting in the National Conference provided that their number is not less than 10% of the total number of delegates and they must be from 10 member organisations.
b) The Central Committee may from time, make such bye-laws as are necessary to give effect to the constitution without contradicting the real spirit of it and form the T.U.C.C. efficiently, provided that no basic laws are contradicted.
(The Constitution of TUCC was amended and adopted in the 9th National Conference of TUCC held at Bangalore on 26-28 February 2016)