The Kerala unit of Trinamool Congress is organizing the migrant workers from North India, particularly those from Bengal.
A state government survey last year said Kerala has around 25 lakh migrant workers, mainly employed in the construction industry. Of them, 20 per cent are from West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress state president Manoj Shankaranellur said the party does not need any introduction among the migrant workers from Bengal.
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“Our party’s Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC) is familiar among them. We have started special conventions for the migrant workers. For the time being, they would be organized under the INTTUC banner, said Shankaranellur.
The Kerala unit of Trinamool Congress was officially floated a year back. “In the 60-member state committee of INTTUC, 20 are migrant workers.
We have formed units in all districts and workers would be distributed identity cards of INTTUC. Selected person from the migrants have been made squad leaders to bring workers into the INTTUC fold,’’ he said.
INTTUC state committee member Ali Buddin Mallick, a migrant worker from Bengal, said they are always cheated by employers, mainly contractors. “We are not even paid the meager wages.
An organization from our own state is a preferred one among the workers. Next month, we would have a convention in Aluva, one of the prominent hubs of migrant workers,’’ said Mallick.