Posted On - 06/04/2009
April 6- Kathmandu. 5th National Congress of General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) kicked-off on 4th of April in Kathmandu with the main theme of "Unity for Transformation".
"History is with us, your unified struggle dethrone the monarchy of Nepal. Struggle has not been ended you need to change the society to secure the rights of working class people by writing the progressive constitution of New Nepal which will be possible with unified action." said Com. Jalanath Khanal the chairman of CPN-UML and the chief guest of the opening ceremony in his inaugural remarks.
Thousands of workers, close to 700 Congress delegates across the country and 45 International guests from various trade union organisations from America, Europe and Asia participated the opening session which was organised in historical place of Kathmadu city Bashantapur.
In the mean time, leaders from other national trade union confederations Com. Sushil Chandra Amatya, chairperson of CoNEP, Com. Khagendra Khatri, Napal Trade Union Congress (Independent), Com. Salikram Jammarkattal, Chairperson of All Nepal Confederation of Trade Unions (ANTUC) and Mr. Tilak Thapa Magar, chairperson of Federation of Nepalese Progressive Trade Union (FENEPT), Mr. Rajan Bhushal from N-DECONT and Com. Gangaram Khadgi, Chairperson of Nepal Trade Union Federation (NTUF) addressed the inaugural session.
Similarly, Com. Asta Laxmi Shakya, Minister of Industry and Commerce,  Mr. Seng ji lee, Director of ILO Kathmandu, Bro.G. Rajasekaran president of ITUC AP, Mr. Narendra Kumar Basnet, Act. President of CNI also extended their best wishes for the grand success of the GEFONT’s 5th National Congress.
Brother Mohomed Khalid Atan, BWI Asia-Pacific Vice-president, Com. H. Mahadevan, Deputy. General Secretary of WFTU congratulated Nepali workers for their political achievements and extended their best wishes for the grand success of the congress.
The opening session was chaired by Com. Mukunda Neupane - Chairperson of GEFONT which was conducted by Com. Binod Shrestha, the Secretary General of GEFONT.