20th February 2008 was the first anniversary of the death of former CITU General Secretary and member of the Indian Parliament, Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar.
Caught in the midst of intense preparations for the 8th Congress of SIGTUR soon to be held in Kerala, India, SIGTUR co-ordinator Rob Lambert provided his personal reflection on a person of great stature in International working class struggle, a friend and comrade.
"Together with Comrade Pandhe and other keyleaders in CITU, Chittabrata was deeply committed to SIGTUR and its conception of a new labour internationalism, which seeks to re-empower labor movements confronted with the consolidated force of global corporations, international finance capital and conservative politics. Despite his wide ranging local commitments, he worked tirelessly to build SIGTUR. He is the reason why we have sustained this initiative through many difficulties over the past 17 years, for it is leaders like Chittabrata, who have built this new movement in 'the global south'.