UML, Maoist bodies to end clashes

Kathmandu, August 14:

Trade Unions affiliated to the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoists today agreed to put an end to

confrontations between Youth Force and Maoist-affiliated employees of casinos based in the Kathmandu Valley.

“We decided to probe confrontations that occurred recently and find ways to end hostilities at workplace,” said Ganesh Regmi, general secretary of the All Nepal Trade Union Federation.

General secretary of General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) Binod Shrestha said presidents of UML-affiliated Nepal Independent Hotel Workers’ Union Bishnu Rimal and Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union Ramesh Panta would look into confrontations at the casinos.

“Following their assessment, a president-level meeting would be organised on Sunday to maintain peace in the casinos,” he said.

Shrestha said structures of sister organisations of the two parties are different.

ANHRWU president Ramesh Panta said employees of the casinos of dealing a blow to

members of the Youth Force. Panta said his union had warned employees to seek help from YCL if they were attacked.

The meeting was called by GEFONT at its central office in Putalisadak. The meeting was attended by GEFONT vice-president Bishnu Lamsal, general secretary Shrestha and Rimal. Apart from Panta, ANTUF vice-president Baburam Gautam, general secretary Regmi and secretariat member Jagat Simkhada also took part in the meeting.

Meanwhile, president of the UML’s youth wing Democratic National Youth Federation Ajambar Rai Kangmang said DNYF and GEFONT would meet tomorrow.