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Bp. Alex Vadakkumthala

Bp. Thomas Mar Eusebius
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Bp. Mar Jose Puthenveettil
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Rev. Fr. Prasad Kandathiparambil

Mr. Joseph Jude
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Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil
Kerala Labour Movement

Mr. Babu Thannikott
Kerala Labour Movement

Rev. Bro.Symon CST
Kerala Catholic Industrial Training Institutes Management Association

Fr.Joseph Rajan Kizhavana
General Secretary
Kerala Catholic Industrial Training Institutes Management Association

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Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) is a civil society organization registered under the Kerala Charitable Societies Registration Act of 1955 in the year 2004 with the register No. ER 620/04. Kerala Labour Movement is initiated by Labour Commission of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) which is the collective body of 30 catholic bishops in Kerala under Roman Catholic Church. The Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council established Labour Commission in the year 1979 with aim of organizing the unorganized workers in the state of Kerala and to uplift them from their pathetic conditions in the onset of urbanization and subsequent globalization processes. Now Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) works under the umbrella of Labour Commission of Catholic Bishops Council of Kerala as an effective NGO who caters the developmental needs of the unorganized labourers of the Kerala State. 


KCBC Commission for Labour & Migrants
Kerala Labour Movement (KLM)

A. Introduction
Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) is the official organization of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council for the labourers. This was declared in 1978 through the joint pastoral letter published by KCBC in connection with May Day observation. Before that, there were a few organizations and movements for workers initiated and animated by some charismaticpriests at different places in Kerala even in 1940s. Formation process of KLM was begun in 1974 after the institution of commission for labour by KCBC. KLM was reconstituted in 2002 as a NGO registered with government. For easy and statutory intervention among the workers, different workers forums were initiated by KLM and registered under Trade Unions' Act. In 2014 KLM initiated the Association for the Managers and Principals of the Industrial Training Institutes as a department of the Labour Commission. The KCBC entrusted the Labour Commission and KLM with the activities for the Care of inward and outward migrants of Kerala in 2015. Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) is working for the integral ie., spiritual, social, cultural and economic development of all workers especially the unorganized workers.
B. Vision of KLM
KLM visualize a just society where all the workers enjoy dignity, equity, harmony and fullness of life
C. Mission
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.
D. 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. To raise awareness (Lobbying) 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 is being done 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 organizations. Improve the employability of the unorganized workers through skill up gradation, labour linkages and placement services.

E. 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

F. KCBC Labour Commission
KCBC COMMISSION FOR LABOUR was constituted in 1974 being Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil the Chairman, Bishop Mar Joseph Kundukulam and Bishop Dr. Bernard Perera the Members and Msgr Thomas Thalachira the secretary. At present Bishop Alex Vadakkumthala, (Kannur) is the Chairman and Bishop Jose Puthenveetil (Ernakulam-Ankamali, Aux. Bp.) andBishop Thomas Mar Eusebius (Parassala) are the Vice Chairmen of the Commission. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil (Trichur) is the Secretary of the LC and State director of KLM. Mr. Joseph Jude Arackal (Verapoly) is the Jt. Secretary of the Labour Commission. 
G. Thanks and Congratulations to Bp. Philipos Mar Stephanos
KLM is thankful to Bp. Philipos Mar Stephanos (Aux. Bishop of Thiruvalla) the Vice Chairman of the Commission during 2016 and 2017. Congratulations and Best wishes for the new mission. We are grateful to all the bishops of the dioceses in Kerala for their support and blessings.

H. General Body Meeting of KLM
The annual general body meeting of Kerala Labour Movement was held at Alpha Pastoral Centre, Edakochi, Ernakulam on 3rd and 4th February 2018. There were 82 delegates from 22 diocesean units and state leaders from seven workers forums attended the meeting. The AGM was inaugurated by Mr. Maxi MLA. Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil, the president of KLM presided over the meeting. Msgr. Peter Chadayangad, Vicar general of the diocese of Cochin blessed the meeting with his words. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil, state director, Mr. Joseph Jude, Fr. Prasad Kandathiparambil and Mrs. Sobha Antony addressed the audience in the inaugural function. The Annual Report and annual accounts of the year 2017 were presented and passed. Diocesan reports and the reports of the activities of forums were also presented. A presentation on the various social security schemes for the unorganized and marginalized workers from the LIC was done by Mr. Suresh, the Regional manager of LIC, Ernakulam. AGM has set the guidelines for the dioceses and state KLM for preparing annual plan for the year of 2018. 
I. Executive Committee of KLM and Meetings
Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil (Mananthavadi) is the president of the state committee, Mr. K.J. Thomas (Kochi) is the secretary and Mr. Cheriyan Chenneerkara (Pathanamthitta) is the Treasurer. Shaju Antony (Thrissur) and Babu Thannikkott (Varapuzha) are the vice presidents. Stephan K.N. (Thamarassery), Jose Mathew Uken (Irinjalakuda), Adv. Mathew Moothedan (Ernakulam Ankamali) P.C. Kunjappan (Changnassery) and Palapur Ravi (Trivandrum Latin) are the Secretaries. Fr. Benny Kuzhiyadiyil, Sherin Babu, Babu Jacob, N.K. Raju, Joy Gothuruth, Joseph Jude are the ex-officio members in the committee. Shoba Antony (Kochi) and Moly Joby (Thrissur) are the president and secretary of the women forum respectively and ex- officio members in the KLM Executive committee. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil is the state Director of the state KLM. The state executive committee meetings in the year 2018 held on 3rd January at Alpha pastoral centre, Kochi, 11th March at POC, Ernakulam, 20th April at POC, Ernakulam, 23rd and 24th at POC, 20th September at POC and on 13th October. Available Office bearers meet regularly in alternative Thursdays at KLM state office. 

J. May Day Message and Observation
May Day message of the KCBC Labour Commission for the year 2018 with the theme “Work, workers and workers organizations; for integral and sustainable development” was published and circulated among all the dioceses and institutions in Kerala. The message appealed to the unorganized workers to come together under an umbrella organization so that they can demand, achieve and protect their rights for development and social security. The May Day was celebrated grandiosely under the auspicious by Diocesan units. 

K. Labour Sunday and Flag Day
KLM observed FLAG DAY in connection with the May Day celebrations on the last Sunday of April.

L. Consultation Meeting on empowerment of women workers
KLM convened a consultation meeting of provincial superiors and the councilors in charge of social work department of different religious congregations on 26th November 2017 at Renewal Centre, Kaloor, Ernakulam. Theme of the meeting was ‘Empowerment of women workers in Kerala’. 32 reverend sisters from various congregations participated. Rev. Fr. Antony Narikulam, Vicar General of Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Ankamaly inaugurated the meeting. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil, Sebastian Palamparambil, Dr. Mary Regeena and Joseph Jude presented different subjects for the discussion. 

M. ‘Caring for Migrants’
1. Consultation Meeting on Migrants at POC
A consultation meeting was convened for the representatives of social workers who already engaged in empowering the migrants and those who wish to step into this ministry along with diocesan directors. Main objective was to create a common platform for all those who are engaged in migrant ministry from Kerala church. 43 delegates took part in the meeting at POC, Kochi on 3rd February, 2018. Msgr. Mathew Kallingal, Vicar General of the archdiocese of Verapoly inaugurated the function. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil presented the introduction and moderated the sessions. Mr. Muhammed Siyad, Dt Labour Officer Ernakulam presented theme ‘Laws and social security measures for Migrants and the Migrant Policy of Government.’ Joseph Jude presented the theme for discussion ‘Safeguarding the rights of Migrants.’ Mr. Joy Gothuruth, Sr. Anitha FCC, Fr. Shin SJ presented their concerns about this ministry during the discussion. A coordination committee is formed from the participants.
2. Migrants’ Ministry Joint Committee Meeting at POC
Joint committee met at POC, Ernakulam on 12th May, 2018. Bishop Alex Vadakkumthala, the Chairman presided over the meeting and Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, the Deputy Secretary General of KCBC made the key note address. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil presented the subject for the discussion on the basis of the proposals of the consultation meeting held on 3rd February Fr. Shin SJ was selected to be the coordinator of the Committee 
3. Suggestions on Migrants’ Ministry at KCBC
Labour commission presented a short working paper evolved from the discussions of the last meeting before the KCBC during a general session on 7th June 2018. It explained the need of pastoral care, need of supporting system they can depend locally and need of awareness of social security measures. The Labour commission suggested three proposals namely; 1, appoint director for the migrants’ ministry in each diocese for their pastoral needs, 2, start workers facilitation centers by every diocese for their proper migration, to enroll them in the state welfare funds and 3, promote volunteers and arrange training programmes with the help of Labour Commission.
N. People Management Policy
KCBC promulgated the People Management Policy for the Catholic Institutions in Kerala and the implementation task was entrusted to KLM There are well defined guidelines for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the institutions run by the Catholic managements. For the last four lot of training programs on PMP were conducted at various levels. This year a session was given on PMP and the new labour laws to the Heads of the Industrial Training Institutions on 10th April 2018 at Don Bosco Institute Vaduthala, Ernakulam. Another seminar was conducted for the Superiors and finance officers of the institutions and monasteries of OFM Cap. There was another session during the General Body of the KCMS on PMP and the modified laws of the state and the new regulations on 22nd September 2018 at POC. Another formation is scheduled to be held for the Pallotine Sisters at Edakochi on 7th November 2018. Mr. M. Rajan, Ms. Alph Anie Mini Joy and Fr. George Thomas, Mr. Joseph Jude were the resource persons.It is decided to conduct an audit of all Catholic institutions. Schedule preparation is in progress.

O. Consultation Meeting on International Migration
Workers India Federation (WIF), the national organization promoted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) in collaboration with KLM convened a consultation meeting on International Migration at POC, Ernakulam on 13th and 14th October, 2018. Archbishop Dr. Joseph Kalathiparambil of the archdiocese of Verapoly inaugurated the meeting. His Grace Joseph Kalathiparambil remembered his experiences while he was in charge of the Migrants in Rome and explained the hardships of the migrants in their working place. Mr. Joseph Jude, National President, WIF presided over the meeting. Adv. Thampan Thomas, Former National President HMS and Ex MP delivered the Key Note address. Fr. Jaison Vadassery, Secretary to the CBCI Office for Labour and the National Director of WIF welcomed the chair and all gathered. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil, Secretary, KCBC Labour Commission and State Director, KLM made the felicitation talk and Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil, the State president, KLM offered the vote of thanks. There were 9 main presentations in different sessions during the two days consultation cum training programme. Mr. Joy Gothuruth, Msgr. Eugene Pereira, Mr. Joseph Jude have moderated different sessions. Mr. Cyril Sanju (Member, ICMC Asia Pacific Working Group), Dr. Geethika (UC College, Aluva), Dr. Sr. Lissy Joseph (National Domestic Workers Movement, Hyderabad), Dr. Martin Patric (Economist and Social Analyst, Ernakulam), Mr. Mohnan Nair (Asst. Manager, NORKA), Fr. Joby Aseethuparambil (LF Engineering Institute, Kalamassery), Ms. Eswaeri Krishnadas (CIMS, Kerala) have presented different papers dealt with international migration, crisis, Kerala Context, causes of migration, results, policy framework for safe migration, migration and refugee crisis, role of Church in for the orderly migration. Fr. Jaison Vadassery introduced the agenda and the objectives of the meeting and Fr. George Thomas concluded with vote of thanks. There were 89 participants from 22 dioceses and Lawyers collective, workers forums initiated by KLM.

P. Consultation Meeting of the Costal Dioceses
After the attack of Okhi, Workers India Federation (WIF), in collaboration with KLM convened a consultation meeting on the Sustainable Fisheries Community Development & the livelihood issues of fisher folk of the Coastal Dioceses of India on12th February 2018 at Animation Centre, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His Grace Archbishop Soosa Pakiam, President KCBC, in his inaugural message expressed the concern of the fishermen community losing their area of livelihood and lagging behind the main stream in their standard of living. Mr. Joseph Jude presided over the session and Fr. Jaison Vadassery the Secretary, CBCI office for labour concluded the session. Dr. Titto D’Cruze presented the Approach paper confirming the need to have a sustainable development on the lively hood of the fishing communities. Dr. Haridas gave his presentation on the disaster management in situations like Okhi. Fr. Claude Corda, National Chaplain, AOS, Sr. Dulshan, Fr. Francis Guntippilly, Secretary, Karnataka regional Lobour commission, Fr. Jayakumar, Secretary, TNBC Labour Commission and Fr. Thomas Nadakkalan, Secretary, Western Region labour commission shared their opinions from their experiences regarding the importance of educating the fisher folks how to address the calamities and to have regular follow up. Fr. George Thomas on behalf of KLM agreed to have responsible for Information collection and dissemination to the concerned in Kerala. Rev. Msgr. Eugine Pereira, Vicar General, Archdiocese Trivandrum, as moderator of the discussions helped the audience on their queries regarding the support system made available to the Okhi victims and their families. Prioritizing the areas for action, various agencies present in the meeting volunteered to take charge of the areas and initiate action.
Q. Capacity Building Programmes
1. Diocesan Directors Meet
The meeting of diocesan directors was held on 11th and 12th of July 2018 at POC, Ernakulam. Bp. Alex Vadakkumthala inaugurated the meeting. Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt presented the key note address. Directors from 16 dioceses attended in meeting. KLM executive committee members also attended the meeting. Mr. Joy Gothuruth presented the issues faced by the unorganized workers in the contemporary Situation for discussion. Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil has analyzed the present picture of diocesan KLM and its activities. Mr. Joseph Jude explained to the new directors about KLM, its structure and activities. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil welcomed and introduced the objectives of the meeting. Mr. K.J. Thomas extended the vote of thanks. 
2. Diocesan Leaders meet
The diocesan leaders’ meeting was convened on 21st of September 2018. It was inaugurated by Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, the Deputy General Secretary, KCBC. 30 members from 16 dioceses participated in the meeting. The meeting discussed about the role of KLM after the flood and in the present socio, economic Kerala/India. Sebastian Palamparambil presided over the meeting and moderated the whole programme. It also discussed progress of the formation of KLM units in parishes and villages, diocesan lay-leadership training and KLM diocesan election. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil gave introduction and Mr. Joy Gothuruth and Mrs. Shoba Antony delivered felicitation speeches. Mr. K.J. Thomas concluded with vote of Thanks.

3. Resource Team Formation
KLM conducted a training programme on 8th April 2018 at POC, Ernakulam for the members from different areas to send them to the dioceses and parishes to sensitize the vulnerable and unorganized workers. The team also equipped to analyze the socio, economic situation of India in General and Kerala in particular. KLM with the help of these team-members tries to raise awareness against the marginalization of the unorganized workers especially the women workers.
4. Lawyers Collective
One of the main objectives of the Lawyers collective is to discus and to give guidance to the KLM to minimize the marginalization of the labourers and migrants in the state. A committee was formed with seven members and the office bearers of KLM. They are Advs. Fr. Johnson Ainickal, Renil Anto Kandamkulathi, Sojan Job, Peter J. Kurisinkal, Angeli Syrus, Tina Cheriyan, Justin Karippatt, Jacob E. Symon and Mathew Moothedan (convener). A meeting of the committee was convened on 16th December to discuss about the central formulation of the labour codes.

5. Zonal Level Programmes
KLM divided the state in to five zones to disseminate the information regarding labour related matters successfully and effectively to the unorganized workers. The zonal committee consists of Zonal Director, diocesan directors, diocesan office bearers, state executive committee members from the zone. An elected person from each zone as the state secretary will be in charge of the Zone. At present the Zones are arranged as Malabar, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram.

i. Malabar Zone
Fr. Joseph Mukuleparambil from Thamarassery is the director and Mr. Stephan K.N. is the secretary. Kannur, Mananthavady, Thalassery, Kozhikode, Bathery and Thamarassery are the dioceses in this zone. Among these dioceses Bathery has no director and the diocesan structure of KLM. Thalassery has Director but there is no diocesan structure. Other dioceses from this zone have directors and structures. A meeting of the priests, nuns and lay leaders was conducted on 19th February 2018 at Catholic bishop’s house, Thamarassery. Msgr. Mathew Mavely, vicar General of The diocese of Thamarassery inaugurated the function. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil presented the matter for discussion. Dioceses except Bathery and Thalassery represented with priests, nuns and lay leaders. Dioceses of Kannur, Mananthavady, Kozhikode and Thamarassery have conducted leaders’ training and elected executive committee, initiated workers forum and KLM parish units. Diocese of mananthavady started health insurance programme for the unorganized workers. 
ii. Thrissur
Fr. Jacob Mavunkal from Palghatt is the Director and Mr. Jose Mathew Uken from Irinjalakkuda is the Secretary. Sulthanpet, Palghatt, Thrissur, Iringalakuda and Kottapuram are the dioceses in this zone. Sultanpet is the new diocese and it has only director and has no lay leaders or organizational structure. Diocese of Kottapuram has director but has no structure and elected executive committee. The other dioceses have directors, diocesan structures according to the state KLM guideline, elected committees, training programmes, diocesan committees for workers forums. All the dioceses except Sulthanpet and Palghatt represented in a joint meeting of the priests, sisters and lay leaders in this zone conducted on 22nd February 2018 at pastoral Centre, Thrissur.
iii. Ernakulam
Fr. Prazad Kandathiparambil from Cochin is the Director and Adv. Mathew Moothedan is the secretary and Adv. Thomas Mathew is the zonal coordinator. Idukkii, Kothamangalam, Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam, Verapoly, Cochin and Alleppy are the dioceses in this zone. Among these all dioceses have directors. All the dioceses have KLM structure and parish units, elected committees and workers forums except Muvattupuzha. All the dioceses but Muvattupuzha represented in a joint meeting of the priests, sisters and lay leaders conducted on 27th February 2018 at Sahrudhaya, Ponnurunni, Ernakulam.
iv. Kottayam
Fr. Benny Kuzhiyadiyil from Changanachery and P.C. Kunjappan are the Director and Secretary of the Kottayam Zone. It includes the dioceses of Kanjirappilly, Pala, Kottayam, Changanassery, Vijayapuram and Thiruvalla. Amomg these Changanassery and Vijayapuram have the diocesan KLM structure according to the KLM guideline. All except Thiruvalla have director to the KLM. Changanassery and Vijayapuram have trained lay leaders and elected diocesan committees for both KLM and Workers Forums. Dioceses of Changanassery, Vijayapuram and Pala represented in a joint meeting of the priests, sisters and lay leaders in this zone conducted on 28th February 2018 at Bishop’s House, Changanassery.
v. Thiruvananthapuram
Fr. Shajkumar from Neyyatinkara is the Director and Mr. Ravi Palapur is the Secretary of this zone. Pathanamthitta, Mavelikkara, Punalur, Quilon, Thiruvananthapuram (M), Trivandrum (L), Neyyatinkara and Parassala are the dioceses included in this zone. Among these Thiruvananthapuram (M) and Parassala have no diocesan structures. Other dioceses have directors, diocesan elected committees, trained lay leaders and parish level KLM units. Some of the workers forums have committees in some of the dioceses. Thiruvananthapuram (M), Trivandrum (L), Neyyatinkara and Punaloor represented in a joint meeting of the priests, sisters and lay leaders in this zone conducted on 20th February 2018 at TSS Conference Hall.

6. Women’s Forum programmes
The women’s forum tries to empower the women workers in the diocesan level. They observed International Women’s Day on March 8 and international Domestic Workers day on June 16 conducting seminars in different subjects and public meeting. In connection with the observance of these international days in different dioceses the state women forum conducted a meeting at Sandesbhavan, Changanassery on 28th February, 2018 and for the evaluation in KLM office on 13th July 2018. There were training cum consultation meetings for Provincials and councillors of religious sisters on 26th November 2017, Rev. Sisters of religious congregation such as SH Thamarassery at Marykunnu on February17, SH Mananthavady, March 25, FCC Thrissur on April 3, SH Thalassery at Thundiyil, Peravoor on June 22, SABS Thalassery at Kiliyanthara on August 11, 2018 with these objectives. Fr. George Thomas and Mr. Sebastian Palamparambil presented the subject during the meetings.
7. Dharna and Social Intervention
KLM conducted walkathon and dharna in front of the Government institutions like Post office to raise public opinion against the irrational system of controlling the price of fuel in India. Public meetings against the mismanagement of the welfare fund for the unorganized workers were conducted. KLM also invited the attention of the Government through the press release and by submitting memorandum to the MLAs of Kerala about the problems and issues faced by the unorganized workers.

R. Promotion of Labour Forums/Unorganised Workers Trade Unions Alliance
KLM have initiated eight workers’ forums. Unorganised Workers’ Trade Unions’ Alliance (UTA) is coordinatingall the forums. The workers forums initiated by KLM are Construction Workers’ Forum (SNTU), Tailoring Workers’ Forum (KTWF), Cherukida Thotam Tozhilali Forum (KCTTF), Domestic Workers’ Forum (KDWF), Agricultural Workers’ Forum (KAWF), Motor Transport Workers’ Forum (KMTWF), Malsya Thozhilali Forum (KMTF) and Shops and EstablishmentsWorkers Forum (KSEWF)
The UTA is the Coordination Committee consists of the ex-officio members like Chairman Bishops, Director, President of KLM and two appointed members from KLM as working chairman and convener. At present Joseph Jude is the working chairman and Babu Thannikkoot is the convener. Leaders from all forums represented in the CC meeting convened in the state office on 16th April 2018.
S. Social Security Programmes
1. Suraksha 
As part of the social security programmes to the unorganized workers KLM continues to enroll the unorganized workers in Pension, welfare funds, insurance, etc. 119 members benefited from the pension scheme and 46 families of the insured were given amount from death benefits. 

2. State Welfare Funds
KLM enrolled about 30,000 eligible unorganized workers in various labour welfare funds of the state government. The unorganized workers cannot register themselves to the welfare fund but mainly supported by the trade unions. KLM support them to enroll through its workers forums registered under the Trade Union Act.
3. Insurance and combo medical supports
Some of the dioceses like Cochin, Ernakulam, Palghat, Verapoly, Irinjalakuda, Manathavady and Trichur have initiated health insurance programmes for the medical supports to the unorganized workers and their families. There are about 50,000 families in the medical support systems initiated by the KLM diocesan committees like “Kanivu” of Cochin, Jeevas Health Insurance Programme at Mananthavady and “Paraspara Sahaya Samuhya Suraksha Padhathi” (PSSSP) of Trichur. Lakhs of money were collected and given to the beneficiaries as medical support and death support from these projects.

T. Networking & Lobbying
1. Workers India Federation (WIF)
KLM is a partner organization of WIF, the national level network of labour movements under CBCI office for labour. Office bearers of klm attended in the General Body meeting of WIF held in Delhi on December 8,9,10, 2017. WIF is assisting us by extending financial help for conducting training programs in Regional (State) level. 
2. Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)
HMS is an independent central trade union. The workers’ forums initiated and animated by KLM /UTA are collaborating with HMS. Some of the leaders of workers forums attended the seminar conducted by HMS at Ernakulam, Thrissur. Mr. Jude, the chairman of UTA is one of the national executive committee members of HMS. 
3. Others such as POC, CHAI, KCBC Commissions and DSSSs.
KLM is working with some of the organizations that involved in the efficient and effective ministry among the labourers especially the unorganized workers in state, region and dioceses. KLM was a part of some of the seminars conducted in different areas by the organizations such as POC, Health Commission and CHAI, Education Commission. KLM activities are implemented in some dioceses as a part of ministries of the DSSSs.
4. Meeting with State Pravasi Kshemanidhi Fund officials
KLM had a discussion with officials of the state officials of Pravasi Kshemanidi Fund on 30th October 2018 at Govt. Guest House, Ernakulam.

U. KLM State Secretariat
KLM State Secretariat is functioning at Palarivattom in rented building. We have state level and also diocesan (even local) workers’ facilitation centres across the state and there are well trained staffs and coordinators. The entities such as KLM State Office, State Office of Labour Forums and Workers’ Facilitation Center are functing in the secretariat. Sr. Anies SKD is the Office Administrator and KLM Coordinator. Ms. Molly Francis is coordinating the activities of Suraksha.

V. Conclusion
The 93% of the working people are unorganized and have no any privilege and any sort of Security from the work place such as family pension, health insurance and old age pension like the organized workers enjoy. The major contribution to the nation is done by the unorganized workers but they have no share in the budget for their welfare. The state never gives training to them, never updates them with the new technics and the unskilled never has the voice against the state even if they wish. The unorganized workers remain unskilled and marginalized. Kerala is famous for literacy and people with social awareness. But only a few in the unorganized sector are coming under any organization which helps them to reach at any welfare measures and raise awareness among them about their rights, privileges and duties. The evolving social situations are experienced as anti labour. The Marginalization and the exclusion process are increasing day by day.
KCBC Commission for Labour & Migrants through its official organization for the labourers, Kerala Labour Movement (KLM) has done tremendous efforts to promote cause of the unorganized workers of the State of Kerala. In the complex context KLM is the response of the Catholic Church in Kerala especially after the flood, after the changes in the socio, economic situations of Kerala and in the present political scenario to help the unorganized to address the challenges. KLM is aware about the growing responsibility. 

We thank His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Pakiam, the President, KCBC, His Excellency Dr. Yoohanan Mar Chrisostom, the vice president, KCBC and His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, the Secretary General, KCBC. Thanks to Bp. Alex Vadakkumthala our Chairman, Bishop Jose Puthenveetil and Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius our Vice Chairmen. We are grateful to all the bishops in the KCBC and all those who involve in the ministry for the labourers in the dioceses. Thanks for the support and encouragement extended by Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, KCBC Deputy Secretary General and Director, POC. Thanks to all who have supported and participated in the activities for achieving the goal of the organization.

Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil Mr. Sebastian Palaparambil 
Secretary, KCBC Labour Commission & President, KLM 
Director, KLM
Mr. Joseph Jude Arackal Mr. K. J. Thomas
Joint Secretary, KCBC Labour Commission General Secretary, KLM


I. Introduction
CATHOLIC INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INSTITUTES’ MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (CITIMA) is an initiative of the KCBC Labour Commission. It is a registered society (EKM/TC/534/2014) in whichall the managers and principals from the catholic industrial institutions are members. Bishop Alex Vadakkumthala, Chairman, KCBC Labour Commission, Bishop Jose Puthenveetil and Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius, the vice Chairmen of KCBC Labour Commission are the Patrons of this Organization. Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil, Secretary, KCBC Labour Commission is the State Director.
II. Vision
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. 
III. Objects
1. To organize the managements of the Catholic Industrial Training Institutes in the State of Kerala under this organization. 
2. 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. 
3. To associate with Government and academic institutions in the process of preparation and updating of the syllabus and curriculum for the vocational training.
4. 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. 
5. To co-operate with the activities of other similar organizations for enhancement of the functioning of training institutes. 
6. 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. 
7. To develop synergies between various agencies, institutions, and individuals who are working for the development of vocational training. 
8. To influence the policy making process of the Governments and other stakeholders in view of the development of the vocational training and training institutes. 
9. To organize interface with policy makers, government officials, entrepreneurs of private sector, media, citizen leaders, activists and Civil Society Organizations. 
10. To offer capacity building support to the member institutes and other similar organizations for the effective administration of the institutes. 
11. To promote Welfare Schemes such as Pension Scheme, Insurance Schemes etc for the staff of the member institutions. 
12. To work for the welfare of the staff and trainees of the institutions. 
13. To monitor the Government schemes and programs for the vocational training and evaluate its effectiveness. 
14. To investigate, study, document, print, publish, store and disseminate information on issues relevant to vocational training, National and international policies, Agreements, programs, etc. 
15. To publish books, papers, monographs, journals, newsletters, and other educational materials for furtherance of the objects of the organization. 
16. To conduct social and cultural programs for the staff and the trainees. 
17. To conduct nonprofit motive projects on its own and on others behalf. 
18. To offer fellowships, scholarships, prizes, stipends etc in furtherance of the objects of the organization. 
19. To collaborate and maintain links with other similar networks, forum, associations, and institutions in India and elsewhere for attaining the objects of the organization. 
20. To invest the funds of the Organization from time to time for furtherance of the financial base of the Organization. 
21. 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. 
22. To take up all other lawful activities for the attainment of the above objects of the Organization.
23. 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 Mobilization and Institutional Development
• Capacity Building
• Job Placements and Human Resource Management Services
• Research, Documentation and Publications
• Social Campaign, Lobbying and Social Advocacies

V. General Bodyand Annual Meeting
TheGeneral Body of the Catholic Industrial Training Institutes’ Management Association (CITIMA) consists of the official representatives from KCBC Labour Commission, the Executive Committee and all the Managers and principals of the catholic private Industrial Training Institutes in Kerala.The General body meetings formulate policies for the excellence and upgrading of the institutions, set strategies for the forthcoming activities of the organization and approve the annual programmes for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the member institutes.The general body meets once a year and it meets according to the special reasons and occasions.
The Annual General Body meeting was conducted on March 3, 2018 atChavara ITI, Koonammavu. Bro Simon CST, Balanagar ITI Mookkannur, the president of CITIMA presided over the meeting. The annual report and the account for the year 2017 were presented and the chair passed. Fr. Prasad Kandathipparambil from Jubilee ITI Kochi was elected to be the General Secretary and Fr. Anu of St. Thomas ITI, Kanjirapuzha, Palakkad to be the Treasurer of the CITIMA. 26 members have represented from 22 Industrial Training Institutes in the General Body.A Special General Body meeting was conducted in Jubilee ITI mattanchery, Ernakulam on 13th August 2018. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss about the circular of the state directorate regarding the submission of affidavit by the private ITI on payment of 2/3 of the salary of Govt. ITI.The meeting suggested taking part with other ITI associations while they go for revision at HC.

VI. The Executive Committee (Office Bearers) and meetings
Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil of the Archdiocese of Trichur is the Director of the CITIMA. The presidentis Bro. SymonCheramallookaran CST,Balanagar Technical Institute Pvt. ITI, Mookkannur. Vice President is Bro. SajiThayyil CST, Lisseu Nagar ITI, Puthencruz. Fr. PrazadKandathiparambil, Jubilee ITI, Kochi is the Gen. Secretary and Secretary is Sr. Alphonsa Francis, FathimaPvt. ITI for women, Calicut. Fr. Anu from St.Thomas ITI is the Treasurer. Committee members are Bro. K.T. Mathew, Director, JayamathaPvt. ITI, Nalanchira, Thiruvananthapuram, Fr. JobyAseethuparambilDirector, Little Flower Pvt. ITI, Kalamassery, Ernakulam, Fr. BetsonThukkuparambil, Director/Principal, St. Mary’s Pvt. ITI, Valliyode, Palakkad, Sr. Judy SVM, Mary MathaPvt. ITI, Kaduthuruthy, Kottayam,Mr. Joseph, Principal, BhagavadpadaPvt. ITI, Thalassery, Fr. Tobin Thattakudiyil VC, Madonna ITC, Kanjirappilly. Mr. Joseph Jude, Joint Secretory, Labour Commission and Mr. Sebastian PalamparambilKLM presidentare the official representatives at present.
The Executive meetings were held on 28thNovember 2017 at KLMState office, Kochi,3rdMarch 2018 at Chavara ITI, Koonammav, 28th May 2018 at KLM State office and 13th August 2018 at Jubilee ITI Mattanchery, Ernakulam. The main agenda of these meetings were how to overcome the dilemma raised due to a verdict by the High Court of the Kerala without hearing the concerned institutions. The verdict in the beginning of the year was to give 2/3 of the salary of a teacher or trainer of the Govt. ITI. On this basis the state directorate of Govt. of Kerala circulated a direction to the private institutions to submit an affidavit regarding 2/3 payment of salary. The executive committee decided to get advice from advocatesMr.RenilAnto of High Court and Mr. Jose of Supreme Court. The general body decided to go for a revision at Division Bunch of HC. 
VII. Training and Seminar 
CITIMA conducted a workshop for the Industrial Training institutions heads at Don Bosco ITI Vaduthala, Ernakulam on 10th March 2018. The subject of the workshop was the People Management Policy, on financial bindings of the institutions such as PF, ESI, GST, Income Tax and other Government regulations an institution should follow. Fr. George Thomas and Mrs. AlphAnie Mini Joy were the resource persons. 20 members participated in the workshop.
VIII. Conclusion
The workforce in the country is on the path of marginalization due to many reasons like absence of updating the skills. The gap that rose because of the lack of Govt. machinery to give training to the unskilled workers is filled by the private ITIs and technical institutions. Since the students are mainly from the poor families in rural areas and thickly populated villages the institutions face financial crisis in running properly. Another threat that the institutions face is from the Government without a policy of supporting the machineries who overcome the gap. It is in this context the organization was initiated by KCBC Labour Commission with the help of its official organ Kerala Labour Movement. 
Catholic Industrial Training Institutions Management Association (CITIMA) is a response to the challenges and it supports to overcome the threats from the part of the Catholic Church in the present Context. Since the world today needs a huge number of skilled workers the scope of the training institutes never limited but a social, spiritual and moral supports will help them to come forward to help the poor and needy people. The institutions are facing very complicated issues and the association stands in front of every phase and give proper guidance. The CITIMA within its short history have come to forefront of other organizations and even it has become an umbrella organ.

We thank Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Pakiam M, the President, KCBC and Archbishop Mathew Moolakkatt, the Secretary General, KCBC and all the bishops especially our Chairmen bishops. Thanks to all who have supported and participated in the activities for achieving the goal of the organization.

Fr. George Thomas Nirappukalayil Bro. Simon Cheramallookaran CST
Secretary, KCBC Labour Commission& President, CITIMA
Director, CITIMA 

Mr. Joseph Jude Arakkal Fr. Prasad Kandathiparambil 
Joint Secretary, KCBC Labour Commission General Secretary, CITIMA