Labour & Migrants - Kerala Labour Movement (KLM)
Kerala Labour Movement is the official organization of KCBC Commission for Labour. It is a registered civil society organization working for the integral development of the workers especially the unorganised workers. Bishop Mar Jose Porunnedom, (Manathavady) is the Chairman and Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman (Quilon) and Bishop Yoohanan Mar Chrysostam (Pathanamthitta) are the Vice Chairmen of the Commission. Rev. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil (Trichur) is the Secretary and State Director of KLM
II.Vision of KLM
KLM visualize a just society where all the workers enjoy dignity, equity, harmony and fullness of life
KLM stands committed for the empowerment of the workers irrespective of caste, class and religion through social mobilization, decentralized participatory planning, promotion of good governance, gender justice and environmental sustainability.
IV.Objects of KLM
- Proper dissemination of the information on the labour rights, justice and accountability perspectives of the Church and the International labour organizations and ensure its truthful implementation in the labour settings
- Lobby for the appropriate labour legislations and the rightful implementation of the exiting labour laws of the country for the benefit of all workers, especially for the unorganized workers.
- Empowerment of the unorganized workers through the human and institutional Development, Leadership Promotion and Capacity Building Programs
- Promotion of gender justice among the unorganized workers of the State through enhancing the bargaining power of the women unorganized workers, creating appropriate support mechanisms and legal help forums via social advocacy
- Ensure Social Security for the unorganized workers of the state through the proper budget allocation by both Union and State Governments
- Ensure the Right to Food of the unorganized workers through social campaign, legal remedies and networking with right based and community based organisations.
- Improve the employability of the unorganized workers through skill up gradation, labour linkages and placement services.
- V. Strategies of KLM
*Information Dissemination and Awareness Generation *Social Mobilization and Institutional Development *Promotion of fora of unorganized Workers *Capacity Building & Leadership Development *Workers Facilitation Centers *Finishing Schools *Suraksha Clinics and Promotion of Welfare Schemes *Job Placements and Human Resource Management Services *Research, Documentation and Publications *Social Campaign, Lobbying and Social Advocacies
VI.General Body Meeting & Office Bearers
General Body of the KLM consists of all Diocesan Directors and five office bearers from each Diocese. The State Presidents of workers’ Forums, State President & General Secretary of and Women’s forum and KLM state Exco are the members in the General body. General body meets usually once in a year. AGM of the year 2014 held at POC, Ernakulam on 25th & 26th January 2015 was inaugurated by Mr. M.K. Premachandran M.P. and Bishop Mar Jose Porunnedam, Chairman of the Labour Commission presented the Key note words. KLM State President Sri. Joy Gothuruth presided over the function. The proceedings were held in the presence of Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil, State Director. The Annual Report and annual accounts of the year 2014 were presented and both were passed unanimously. Diocesan reports and the reports of the activities of Forums were also presented. Assembly prepared the guide lines and thrusts of Diocesan as well as State level action plan for the year of 2015.
New office bearers to the KLM for the years 2015-16 were elected. They are M/s Sebastian Palamparambil, Mananthavady (President), Kureepuzha M. George, Kollam (Vice President), Shaju Antony, Thrissur (Vice President), Babu Thannikkott, Varappuzha (General Secretary), Geeevarghese Kulathinal, Pathanamthitta (Treasurer) Palapoor Ravi (Thiruvananthapuram), P. C. Kunjappan (Changanassery), George Ambazham (Idukki), Denny Thengumpilli (Palakkad) and K.N. Stephan Kottarathil (Thamarassery) as Secretaries. Ms. Sobha Antony (Kochi) and Molly Joby (Thrissur) are the President and General Secretary of Women’s forum respectively. National level leaders and State Presidents of Workers’ forums are the ex officio members of KLM state Executive committee. WIF National President Mr. Joseph Jude and WIF Committee member, Mr. Joy Gothuruth, President’s of Workers’ Forums M/s K. J. Thomas (SNTU), Babu Thannikkot (KTWF), Sooranad Gregory (KCTTF), Fr. Benny Kuzhiyadiyil (KAWF), Ms. Sherin Babu (KDWF), N. K. Raju (KMTWF), Kureepuzha M. George (KFWF) and Adv. Sherry J. Thomas (KSEF) are the ex- officio members.
VI. KLM Activities
A. Social campaign for the unorganized workers
May Day Celebrations
International Workers’ Day was celebrated in Diocesan level with varied programs. This year May Day was observed as “Social Security Protection Day”. Seminars, Public Meetings, Rallies etc. were conducted. May Day message published by the Chairman of LC was read out in Parish churches and Institutions.
Dharna, Memorandums, Resolutions
The different Workers’ forums conducted Dharna at various places to invite the immediate attention of the Governments about the crucial issues faced by the workers including price hike and inefficient functioning of welfare fund and other similar issues. The Domestic Workers Forum conducted a Dharna in front of the state Secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram on September 16 demanding solution for various issues faced by the Domestic workers. Dr. T.N. Seema MP inaugurated the Dharna. The Kerala Motor Transport Workers Forum at Thrissur have conducted Demonstration, Walkathon and Rally against the undue service charges imposed on the Auto drivers for meter testing. The protest of Kerala Malthsya Thozhilaly Forum at Kollam against the labour loss due to the encroachment in the fishing areas, the protests of Construction Workers Forum (SNTU) in front of the State secretariat, and and that of the UTA before the offices of Members of Parliament were some of the instances of this kind.
Memorandums and resolutions were submitted before Government of Kerala about the different problems of workers and problems related with workers’ Welfare funds. Also a big memorandum was submitted before the Govt. of India through the Members of the Parliament regarding the disparity in the new Pension scheme and the discontinuity of the Govt. schemes.
KLM delegates visited Moonnar during the strike period and discussed with Women leaders and Trade union leaders. KLM has decided to support the Women’s movement.
B. Policy Formulation
- May Day Message
May Day Message of the Chairman of KCBC Commission for Labour highlighted the disparity in the budget of the Central and State Governments in supporting the vulnerable groups especially the unorganized workers. It reminded the responsibility of the authorities of the Church institutions once again to take care of the employees in the institutions by providing minimum wages and ensuring social security as per the law. It also reminded the workers to be responsible in discharging their duties and be faithful to their call.
2 KCBC’s People Management Policy
KLM has completed the first level of information dissemination and training. By implementing PMP, we hope that we can improve the quality of the performance and services of the Catholic institutions in Kerala. As the second step of implementation of PMP, the manuals are being prepared.
C. Capacity Building Programs
- Zonal Directors’ Meet
KLM operational area has been divided into five zones and for each zone, a Director has been appointed by the Commission. Zonal level planning, Program implementation, monitoring and Evaluation are the tasks entrusted with Zonal Directors. Thankfully we remember Fr. Antony Valiyaveetil from the Diocese of Kochi and Fr. John Kayattinkal from the Diocese of Bathery, the Zonal Directors of Ernakulam and Malabar respectively in this regard.
The meeting of the Zonal Directors was held at POC on April 13, 2015. The Zonal Directors are Fr. Shajkumar, Neyyattinkara (Trivandrum Zone), Fr. Benny Kuzhiyadiyl, Changanaserry (Kottayam Zone), Fr. Prasad Kandathiparambil , Kochi (Eranakulam Zone), Fr. Jacob Mavunkal, Palakkad (Thrissur Zone) and Fr. Joseph Mukuleparambil, Thamarassery (Malabar Zone). The next meeting will be held on November 19, 2015
2.Diocesan Directors’ Meet
A meeting of the Diocesan Directors was held on March 16 and 17 at POC, Ernakulam. Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, Director POC, inaugurated the meeting. There was an evaluation talk by Dr. Martin Patrick on Central Govt. budget presentation, its priorities, allocations and preferences. It was on this basis the discussions done and the action plan was decided. The second meeting was held at POC on July 17. They selected some of the Dioceses to have special attention to form Parish units and to give formation to the leaders elected from those units.
3.Diocesan Leaders’ meet
Two Training programs for the Diocesan Leadership of KLM were held in the year 2015 at POC, Ernakulam on April 14th and 15th, which was inaugurated by Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, Director POC, and on July 25th and 26th which was inaugurated by Mr. Eugin Gomus, the Regional Labour Commissioner of Central Labour Ministry. The leaders discussed the problems and hardship faced by the unorganized workers, the threats and weaknesses of the movement and decided to form Parish units and train leaders according to the guidelines of KLM.
4.The Workers’ Forum Leaders’ meeting
There were training camps for the KLM workers’ Forum leaders under the leadership of UTA to equip them to be the best leaders of the unorganized workers. The Camp was conducted on May 28 at Asirbhavan, Ernakulam. A training programme for the leaders of workers forums from different Dioceses was conducted in POC on September 26th and 27th 2015. State leaders of different forums come together at state office for their regular forum executive meetings.
Three days’ training and consultation camp was conducted for the Diocesan Priests at NESTT Moovatupuzha, (Diocese of Kothamangalam) on August 17th to 19th. KCBC Labour Commission Chairman Mar Jose Porunnedom inaugurated the Camp. Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, Director POC, gave the Key note address presenting an introduction to the year of jubilee. The goal of the Camp was the dissemination of the guidelines for an effective and efficient Parish level labour ministry. The Camp was hosted by the Diocesan unit of Kothamangalam. 52 priests from 26 Dioceses participated in the Camp.
6.Religious Sisters’ orientation camp
A three days’ consultation and dissemination Camp for the Sisters was conducted by KLM at Niveditha, Aluva on May 24-26. Mrs. Rosakkutty Teacher, the State Women’s Commission Chairperson inaugurated the camp. Mar. Thomas Chakyath, Bishop Emeritus gave the key note address. The state KLM President Mr. Sebastain Palamparambil presided over the inaugural session. The goal of this Camp was the dissemination of the guidelines for an effective and efficient labour ministry through the religious Sisters who can easily reach out to the unorganized workers.
7.Women Unorganized workers’ Camp
One of the objectives of the KLM is to empower the women unorganized workers in Kerala. KLM handed jointly with the Women Commission of Govt. of Kerala have conducted a leadership training camp for the women leaders from different areas of Kerala. This was convened from July 17 to19 at POC, Ernakulam. This Camp was inaugurated by Justice Mary Joseph of Kerala High Court. The Key note address was given by Mrs. Rosakutty Teacher, the State Chairperson of Women’s Commission. Dr. Lissy Jose, the member of the Women’s Commission and Dr. Varghese Vallikkat, Director POC also addressed the group. The Camp dealt with many subjects like Trade union Act, women empowerment, the welfare and other social security schemes in the Kerala State and also on the Changing world and its challenges.
8.Trade unions Meeting (Sangamam at Thiruvananthapuram)
A meeting was conducted by the KLM/ UTA for the leading Trade Unions in Kerala to discuss about the inactivity of the State welfare fund and the new labour laws and policies of the Governments. It was conducted in Trivandum Hotel on 29th April. Mr. Pannyan Raveendran inaugurated the function and Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil presided over the meeting. Mr. Neelalohithadasan Nadar and Mr. Roofus Daniel addressed the meeting. The leaders of different Trade unions participated in the meeting. It was suggested that the KLM/UTA may conduct such gatherings so that the injustice towards the labourers may be addressed under a colourless umbrella. During a press meeting conducted in the same day it was announced that May Day will be observed to be the “Samoohya Suraksha Avakasa Samrakshana Dhinam” in Kerala by the KLM/UTA. A memorandum was released. This was meant to be presented to the central Govt. through the Members of the Parliament. The Memorandum dealt with the disparity in providing fund for the security means especially in the new announcement of the Pension fund for the unorganized workers.
9.Symposium on Labour Laws
A symposium was conducted by KLM/ UTA for the forum leaders on Labour Laws on May 28th at ESS auditorium, Ernakulam. Mr. Thamban Thomas, Vice President of HMS inaugurated the function and Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil presided over the meeting.
10.Central Budget & Unorganized workers: Symposium
A budget evaluation symposium was conducted by KLM in POC on March 15. The evaluation was presented by Dr. Martin Patrick, famous economist. Leaders from different areas especially from different Trade unions and political parties participated.
D.Promotion of Labour Forums / Unorganised Workers Trade union Alliance
As a tangible result of the functioning of KLM in the State of Kerala, some of the following Forums of the unorganized workers in the State were registered as the Trade unions. Through the activities of Trade unions, KLM got ample opportunity for legal intervention in the Labour sectors in our State. All Forums initiated by KLM have come under an umbrella called ‘Unorganised Workers’ Trade Unions Alliance’ (UTA), so that the bargaining capacity is multiplied. A new Forum for shops & establishments employees was initiated this year. Following are the workers forums initiated by KLM.
- Construction Workers’ Forum (SNTU)
- Kerala Tailoring Workers’ Forum (KTWF)
- Kerala Cherukida Thotam Tozhilali Forum (KCTTF)
- Kerala Domestic Workers’ Forum (KDWF)
- Kerala Agricultural Workers’ Forum (KAWF)
- Kerala Motor Transport Workers’ Forum (KMTWF)
- Kerala Malsya Thozhilali Forum (KMTF)
- Kerala Shop Employees Forum (KSEF)
E. Social Security Programs
KLM Suraksha is a social security program for the unorganized workers implemented in collaboration with CBCI LC & Workers India Fedaration which contains Life Insurance, Scholarship and Pension Schemes. ‘Suraksha A’ is special scheme approved by KCBC as the social security scheme for workers in the Church institutions, with the share of the institutions. Total 1075 Church workers have been enrolled from 18 Dioceses. ‘Suraksha B’ is for unorganized workers and 10720 workers joined in this scheme from 23 Dioceses.
2.State Welfare Funds
The Trade union activities under KLM have furthered the possibility for eligible workers to get enrolled in the various labour welfare funds of the State Government. The unorganized workers can register themselves to the welfare fund mainly through the Trade unions.
F. Networking & Lobbying
- Workers India Federation (WIF)
KLM is a partner organization of WIF, the national level network of labour movements under CBCI office for labour. Rev. Fr. Jaison Vadassery was the former Director of KLM and the President. Mr. Joseph Jude was the former president of KLM. The former President of KLM, Mr. Joy Gothuruth is one member of the Executive committee. The Director will attend in the General body meeting that will be held in Delhi on 2015 November 7th and 8th.
There was a regional Seminar conducted by WIF for the Directors and leaders of the Regional organizations of WIF in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on April 8th and 9th in Ooty. Structure, functions, systems and activities of KLM were shared in the meeting.
1;b.Seminar on Migration
KCBC Commission for Labour & Migrants is entrusted with the activities for the pastoral & social care of migrants, specially related with the inter-state migration in Kerala. A regional Seminar on Migration was conducted by WIF, the official organization of CBCI office for Labour in POC on June 16 and17. Delegates from neighboring states - Karnataka and Tamilnadu, various Dioceses and Congregations along with some activists and volunteers attended. Seminar approved a seven point programmes and entrusted KLM to coordinate and animate the various ministries done by different agencies.
The Director of KLM, Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil and one member of the working group, Sr. Asha participated in the Seminar on migration conducted in Bangalore on October 29th and 30 and in Delhi on November 8th which was conducted by the WIF.
- Hind Masdur Sabha (HMS)
HMS is an independent central Trade union. The Workers’ forums initiated and animated by KLM /UTA are collaborated with HMS for enhancing the capacity of the forums and leaders. The leaders of the UTA have had some opportunities in National and International meetings and training programmes.
G. KLM State Executive meetings
The State executive committee meets regularly in POC. Meetings were held on December 9, 2014, February 7 and 8, April 14, July 17 and August 22. Next meeting will be on 29th November. The key office bearers meet once in month at State office. A special meeting was held at POC on July 17 with Labour Commission Chairman, Bishop Mar Jos Porunnedom.
VIII.KLM State Secretariat
KLM State Secretariat is functioning at Palarivattom in a rented building. The following entities are functional in the Secretariat.
- KLM State Office
- State Office of Labour Forums
- Workers’ Facilitation Center
Sr. Ushus Thattaruparambil from Holy Cross society is the Office Administrator. Ms. Molly Francis is coordinating the activities of Suraksha.
KCBC Commission for Labour under the umbrella of Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) has done tremendous effort to promote cause of the unorganized workers of the State of Kerala. It was the result of the study conducted by KLM on unorganized labourers in Ernakulam District. The KLM marked its space and time in the promulgation of the People management policy for Catholic managements in Kerala, the formation of Catholic Training Industrial Training Institutes’ Management Association (CITIMA) and the timely intervention to promote development of the workers in the unorganized sector. We are happy and content that the issues of the unorganized workers have captured much attention of the public and planners in the recent years. KLM also has contributed significantly in this Endeavour.
Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil
Secretary for Commision for Labour &Director KLM
CATHOLIC INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INSTITUTES’ MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (CITIMA)
Labour Commission has organised and constituted a Department, ‘CATHOLIC INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INSTITUTES’ MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION’ (CITIMA) and has registered it under the Society Act (EKM/TC/534/2014). At present there are 51 member institutions in Kerala. Bishop Mar Jose Porunnedom, Bishop of Manathavady Diocese is the Chairman of the Commission and Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman (Quilon), and Bishop Dr. Yoohanan Mar Chrysostam (Pathanamthitta) are the Vice Chairmen of the Commission. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil from Archdiocese of Trichur functions as the Secretary of the commission and the director of the CITIMA..
The aim of the organization is to work for the improvement of the functioning of Catholic Industrial Training Institutes in the state of Kerala and thereby to ensure the welfare of the trainees and staff of the institutes.
- To organize the managements of the Catholic Industrial Training Institutes in the State of Kerala under this organization.
- To organize programs for the managements and staff of the Catholic Industrial Training Institutes with a view to improve the quality of training in the State according to the need of the time and in view of the development prospects of the State of Kerala.
- To associate with Government and academic institutions in the process of preparation and updating of the syllabus and curriculum for the vocational training.
- To arrange job prospectus and placement services for the trainees who are trained through the member institutions. To make available the services of the institutions for the training and skill development of the informal workers in the state.
- To co-operate with the activities of other similar organizations for enhancement of the functioning of training institutes.
- To co-operate with Government and Semi-Govt. organizations, Universities, Welfare Boards, NGO’S etc to implement various programs for the development of institutions and for the improvement of the quality of the training.
- To develop synergies between various agencies, institutions, and individuals who are working for the development of vocational training.
- To influence the policy making process of the Governments and other stakeholders in view of the development of the vocational training and training institutes.
- To organize interface with policy makers, Government officials, entrepreneurs of private sector, media, citizen leaders, activists and Civil Society Organizations.
- To offer capacity building support to the member institutes and other similar organizations for the effective administration of the institutes.
- To promote Welfare Schemes such as Pension Scheme, Insurance Schemes etc for the staff of the member institutions.
- To work for the welfare of the staff and trainees of the institutions.
- To monitor the Government schemes and programs for the vocational training and evaluate its effectiveness.
- To investigate, study, document, print, publish, store and disseminate information on issues relevant to vocational training, National and international policies, Agreements, programs, etc.
- To publish books, papers, monographs, journals, newsletters, and other educational materials for furtherance of the objects of the organization.
- To conduct social and cultural programs for the staff and the trainees.
- To conduct nonprofit motive projects on its own and on others behalf.
- To offer fellowships, scholarships, prizes, stipends etc in furtherance of the objects of the organization.
- To collaborate and maintain links with other similar networks, forum, associations, and institutions in India and elsewhere for attaining the objects of the organization.
- To invest the funds of the Organization from time to time for furtherance of the financial base of the Organization.
- To raise funds and accept donations, grants, gifts of cash and securities and of any property movable and immovable for the promotion of the objectives of the organization. To purchase, hire, acquire, accept as gift or on lease property, movable or immovable, of the organization for furtherance of the objects of the organization. To construct, maintain, alter, improve or develop any buildings or works necessary or convenient for the purposes of the organization.
- To take up all other lawful activities for the attainment of the above objects of the Organization.
- All the incomes, earnings, movable-immovable properties of the organization shall be solely utilized and applied towards the promotion and its aims and objects only as set forth in the Memorandum of Association and no profit on thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividends, bonus, profits, or any manner whatsoever to the past or present members. No members of the organization shall have any personal claim on any movable or immovable properties of the organization or make any profits, whatsoever by virtue of this membership.
- IV. Strategies
- Information Dissemination and Awareness Generation
- Social Mobilisation and Institutional Development
- Capacity Building
- Job Placements and Human Resource Management Services
- Research, Documentation and Publications
- Social Campaign, Lobbying and Social Advocacies
V. General Body Meeting & Office Bearers
General Body of the CITIMA consists of all the Managers and Principals of the Catholic private Industrial Training Institutes in Kerala. It is in the yearly General body meeting that formulating policies, making decisions and planning activities. A special general body meeting was convened on January 6, 2015 and it discussed about the case and further activities to be taken to face the new demands from the officials. The annual General body meeting of the year 2015 will be held on 13th November.
The office bearers of CITIMA are as follows. The Chairman and the secretary of the Labour Commission will be the Patron and the Director respectively. At present Mar Jose Porunnedam, the Bishop of Mananthavadi Diocese is the Patron and Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil from the Archdiocese of Trichur is the Director. The KLM President also will be ex-officio Member and now Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil. The President is Bro. K.T. Mathew, Director, Jayamatha Pvt. ITI, Nalanchira, Thiruvananthapuram. Vice President is Fr. Joseph Rajan, Asst. Director, Little Flower Pvt. ITI, Kalamassery, Ernakulam. The Gen. Secretary is Fr. Betson Thukkuparambil, Director/Principal, St. Mary’s Pvt. ITI, Valliyode, Palakkad and the Secretary is Sr. Judy SVM, Mary Matha Pvt. ITI, Kaduthuruthy, Kottayam. The Treasurer is Fr. Jose Kuttikkeril, Director, MSM Pvt. ITI, Piravom. The committee members are Fr. Joby Aseethuparambil, Director, Little Flower Pvt. ITI, Kalamassery, Ernakulam, Sr. Alphonsa Francis, Fathima Pvt. ITI for women, Calicut, Mr. Noble B., Jubilee Memorial ITI, St. Antony’s Orphanage, Alappuzha, and Mr. Joseph, Principal, Bhagavadpada Pvt. ITI, Thalassery. The Treasurer is Fr.Jose Kattikeril, MSMITI,Piravom.
VI. The executive meeting
The Executive meeting was held on 20th December, 2014 and it evaluated the position of the petition in the court against the order of DGET. The Committee decided to file the case and it was entrusted to Adv. Renil Anto Kandamkulathy. The Committee again met on 2015 July 8 at Little Flower ITI, Kalamassery. The Committee discussed about the share of the expenses towards case. It has decided to pay his fees including the court expenses Rs. 44000/- (Rupees forty four thousand only).
VII. Networking and Advocacy
The different Associations of private ITIs have come together and discussed their common issues all of them face at present. The Joint committee convened at Mookannur, Ernakulam on 9th April 2015 and decided to go on protesting against the decisions of the Govt. which is always hindering the daily smooth running of the institutions. The Apex Body constituted from the different associations is headed by the General Secretary of CITIMA, Fr. Betson Thukkuparambil.
All the Catholic Industrial Training Institutions that share the aims and objects of the organization are invited. They have to pay annual subscription fee that is decided in the annual General body meeting, to become members of the organization and those who have signed the roll of the members thereof, shall be the members of the organization. At present there are fifty one (51) members in this Association
The Labour Commission with the help of its official organ, KLM started the Association for the ITI Managers and the Principals in the year 2013 and registered as Society. The ITIs come under the Department of State Labuor Ministry and KCBC also requested the LC to make the Association possible. Within a short period the CITIMA have done a lot. We, the Member institutions are facing very complicated issues and the Association stands in front in every phase and give proper guidance.
Fr. Betson Thukkuparambil
General Secretary CITIMA