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Nepal: All Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) Splits

Posted by n3wday on March 11, 2011

This article was published on eKantipur. We cannot confirm these reports, but want to note their presence in the capitalist press.

Maoist trade union ANTUF formally splits

KATHMANDU, FEB 06 –
All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), the trade union affiliate of the UCPN (Maoist), split on Sunday. ANTUF Vice-Chairman Badri Prasad Bajgain declared a new “All Nepal Revolutionary Trade Union Federation”. The Federation had been plagued by serious internal conflict for a long time.

The conflict between two factions within ANTUF, led respectively by Chairman Salik Ram Jammarkattel and Vice-Chairman Bajgain, had also been obstructing the meeting of ANTUF. While Kattel is considered close to Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Bajgain is said to be close to Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya.

Bajgain and ANTUF Secretary Govinda Paudel have been named Coordinator and Joint-Coordinator of the splinter faction. The Federation currently has 72 members.

Charging Jammarkattel with financial irregularities, anarchism and monopoly in the union, the new group declared the formation of a new federation. Earlier, in the Standing Committee meets of the party, leaders close to Baidya and Baburam Bhattarai had been demanding Jammarkattel be removed from his post. This was part of an internal power struggle that led to the demand for reshuffling by the party’s two vice chairmen—Baidya and Bhattarai—to remove powerful individuals close to Chairman Dahal from lucrative wings of the party.

“Bajgain and his associates violated the norms and values of our organisations several times earlier as well,” said Jammarkattel. “They have declared a new organisation, but their federation comes nowhere near ANTUF.”

Meanwhile, Bajgain said his organisation was declared for the benefit of workers. “Jammarkattel promoted only internal rift and anarchism and we could not give our best to the workers.”  The Baidya and Bhattarai factions, on Jan. 10, had threatened to form a parallel trade union if Jammarkattel was not removed.

5 Responses to “Nepal: All Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) Splits”

  1. eric ribellarsi said

    This is an old article.. according to some bourgeois press reports, since this split on of the factions (the rightist one) was actually dissolved over this split. The new wave of militant strikes are also probably not unrelated to these developments.

  2. eric ribellarsi said

    Typos, It should read:

    since this split, one of the factions (the rightist one) was actually dissolved over its actions during the split

  3. joint campaign by GEFONT, NTUCI & ANTUF: http://www.gefont.org/activity_detail.php?flag=3&id=702

  4. […] Nepal’s Maoist movement and its sister organisations are currently going through a bitter struggle over the path forward, and nowhere is this more apparent than within the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Trade Union Federation. The union has split, and there have been violent clashes between rival factions. The establishment faction under ANTUF Chairman Jammarkattel (considered close to Prachanda) has been accused of sending thugs to attack grassroots leaders of the emergent radical union faction. […]

  5. […] Nepal’s Maoist movement and its sister organisations are currently going through a bitter struggle over the path forward, and nowhere is this more apparent than within the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Trade Union Federation. The union has split, and there have been violent clashes between rival factions. The establishment faction under ANTUF Chairman Jammarkattel (considered close to Prachanda) has been accused of sending thugs to attack grassroots leaders of the emergent radical union faction. […]

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