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IFTU Trade Union

Immediately Release IFTU Leader Com. Sujan Chakravorty

Mamata Banerjee Govt. has intensified attacks against communist revolutionaries and people’s struggles. In one such case it has arrested IFTU National Committee Secretary and a well known leader of revolutionary trade union movement of Srirampur Industrial Belt in Hoogly district in West Bengal on totally baseless and fabricated charges of murder and conspiracy. Com. Sujan Chakravorty was arrested from his residence on 20th April night at 9.30 pm by policemen and has since then been kept in Hoogly jail.

The fabricated charge against Com. Sujan pertains to a case of December 2015. All this while Com. Sujan Chakravorty’s name never figured in the case. No warrant was issued against him nor police all this while even questioned him. However, in the charge sheet deposited by the Uttarpara police in the case before the court naming Com Sujan has been as the 17th  accused and got arrest warrant against him on April 7, 2017.

The arrest of Com Sujan is part of the crackdown of the Mamata Govt. on democratic movements; revolutionary movement in particular. Com. Sujan is a well known revolutionary trade union leader active in the Hoogly industrial belt. Few days earlier he had led a demonstration against a real estate magnate known to be close to the local Trinamool MP.… Read More

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IFTU Call on May Day 2017

Long Live May Day                                                                     Uphold the Tradition of Struggle

FIGHT FOR FREEING MARUTI UNION LEADERS

FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

FIGHT FOR THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS RIGHTS

On May 1, 2017, the working class the world over will be organizing the 131st anniversary of May Day recalling the events that took place at the Hay Market Square in Chicago in the US in the first days of May, 1886. These events eventually lead to the clarion call to the workers of the world by the first Congress of the 2nd International marking May 1 as a day of struggle and class solidarity. On this occasion workers collect together to pledge once again to fight for an egalitarian society “that secures welfare of every human being” as stated by Parsons, one of the four hanged to death for having organized the workers to fight for an eight hour working day. Thus May Day has become a symbol of struggle against the terrible conditions of work and life, against exploitation by capital and for a society free from loot and oppression. May Day,2017 will be held under conditions that are heavily loaded against the working class the world over with myriad forms of attacks on the lives and rights of workers.… Read More

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ORGANISE PROTEST PROGRAMMES ON APRIL 4th, 5th IN SUPPORT OF THE MARUTI WORKERS’ STRUGGLE, AGAINST THE COURT JUDGEMENT SENTENCING 13 WORKERS TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT

On the 18th of March 2017, the Gurgaon Additional Sessions Court convicted 13 Maruti Suzuki workers to life imprisonment for the killing of a manager on 18 July, 2012. 117 workers who already spent four years in jail were acquitted earlier while another 14 were given a three year sentence though they too were in jail for four years. 148 workers were in jail for four years having been denied bail since 2012. Of the 13 sentenced to life 12 are body members of the workers union and Jiyalal, a worker who was attacked by a supervisor and abused on the basis of caste that day of the incident, is the 13th worker. The court pronounced this judgement without enough evidence and appears to have been influenced by the management of this Japanese company and the prevailing anti-worker attitudes of the state administration. This wholly baseless judgement against the Maruti workers cannot but evoke condemnation.

The whole case is made out on the basis of the incident that occurred on 18th July, 2012 in which the HR manager Avanish Dev lost his life. The FIR filed by the police contained between 500 to 600 unnamed accused and the company terminated the services of 546 workers for the violence on that day.… Read More

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An Anti-worker Judgement On the Maruti Suzuki Workers Issue

March 10th 2017 is a dark day for the working class of India and its struggle to keep alive the right to unionize. It is also a dark day for the democratic rights movement. Almost five years earlier, as the workers of the Manesar unit of Maruti Suzuki fought for their right to unionize, the MNC management succeeded in twisting this dispute into a violent criminal law and order incident on 18th July 2012. An Indian manager lost his life,148 workers were charged with murder, rioting etc. on a single charge sheet, and the MNC managed to get rid of over 2300 workers, the union leaders and the union. The police description of the incident itself stands testimony to the collusion between the police and the MNC management- 90 executives and police personnel injured and not a single worker with a scratch! The parallels with similar ‘law and order’ situations to wipe out workers’ struggles in other MNCs like Hero Honda, Graziano etc are too striking to ignore. It should be noted that the Govt. of both Haryana and the Centre ignored all demands of Trade Union Centres including IFTU for enquiry by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court into the incident especially the circumstances leading to the death of the Manager.… Read More

IFTU Mining Trade Union

2nd International Conference of Mining Workers Held at Godavari Khani, India

From the 2nd to the 5th of February, the coal town of Godavari Khani, part of the Singareni coal belt in Northern Telengana, resounded with slogans and working class songs. It was the venue of the 2nd International Mining Workers’ Conference and delegates from 16 countries spanning 4 continents gathered there for deliberations on formulating a common programme for co-ordinated struggles of miners. Organized on behalf of the International Co-ordination Group (ICG) by the Preparatory Committee of India, the latter group consisted of ten likeminded unions working in the mining sector with Com B. Pradeep (General secretary IFTU National Committee),ICG member, as Convenor and Com. P.K. Murthy as Chairperson.
Since mid January 2017, Godavari Khani was the scene of hectic work by the leaders, cadres and activists of the IFTU affiliated GLBKS and Coal Contract workers union, other unions of the IFTU, all under the able guidance of the area’s political organizers. In the last ten days they were joined by members of the IFTU National Committee. Many volunteers from Germany also arrived ahead of the delegates to help with the preparations. Mine meetings of all three shifts were conducted daily in the mines in Godavari Khani, Manchhreyial, Bellampalli and Srirampur by the local leaders and activists who were accompanied by Arunodaya activists.… Read More

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Second International Mining Workers Conference Will Commence In Godavari Khani from 2nd February 2017

From the 2nd to the 5th of February, the Second International Mining Workers Conference will be held in Godavari Khani situated in the Singareni coal belt in Telengana. It is being organized by the National Preparatory Committee, consisting of ten unions of India for the International Coordination Group (ICG). The first conference was held in Peru four years earlier. Com. B. Pradeep, General Secretary of the IFTU and member of the ICG is the National Coordinator of the Preparatory Committee.

The International conference is being held in India at a time when our Govt. is accelerating the policy of opening up our natural resources for loot of MNCs and Corporate without virtually any stops. It is also opening up India wide for the Corporate to exploit our labour. Thus the mining sector in India faces contractualization, lowering of wages, poor implementation of safety standards, and increasing privatization in the name of outsourcing,… Read More

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Successful One Day Strike Emphasizes the Need To Intensify Struggle

The National Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions extends revolutionary greetings to the working class of India for the successful one day strike on 2nd September 2016. IFTU calls on the Modi Govt. to heed the voice of the working class and to withdraw the anti- worker, anti- national policies of its Govt. We demand that Rs 18000 be fixed as minimum wage, labour laws be implemented , and the anti- worker changes being proposed in the major labour laws be scrapped, divestment in PSUs be stopped .

Today, IFTU units throughout the country implemented the strike call, along with other unions in some places and on its own in some places. In UCIL( Uranium Corporation of India Limited) in Tatanagar, IFTU workers started a day long dharna at the gate from 11am onwards. A lunch hour meeting was also held. One other union also participated. In Punjab,marches and road blocks were held by IFTU in Nawashahr, Jallander, Malout, Roop Nagar(Ropar), Hoshiarpur in Gar Shankar, Patiala, Muktsar, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Hariyya in Amritsar, Faridkot and Rampur Phool in Bhatinda district. In some places other forces also joined us.

In West Bengal, Jute, engineering and Biscuit industries affiliated to IFTU observed strike including India Jute Mill ( Srirampur), Jayshree Jute, Jayshree Insulators and Jayshree Textiles (Hoogly), Hindustan Glass( Hoogly) and Anmol Biscuits.… Read More

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Amendments in Child Labour Act Attack Child Rights

The Parliament of India has passed amendments to the Child Labour Act which are designed to attack child rights and also to legalize the use of children above 14 years of age in industries hitherto considered hazardous. Passed in the Upper House earlier, it was passed by the Lok Sabha on 26th July 2016. Such a Bill had earlier been designed by the erstwhile UPA Govt. but it had lapsed.

The new amendments deregulate the employment of children under 14 years of age. This is done by stating that children below 14 years can only be employed in ‘family enterprises’ in ‘home based work’ and in forest gathering and in family fields after school hours. The earlier Act prescribed hours of work, time off for school and had other stipulations. Children between the ages of 14 to 18 years will now be termed adolescents and such adolescents can be employed in professions other than hazardous professions. This is while bringing down the list of such hazardous industries from 83 to just 3 (Mines, inflammable substances and hazardous processes). Children (meaning below 14 years) can be made to work in family grocery stores, enterprises and shops after school hours – all this camouflages the real purpose of the Bill, which is deregulating the employment of child labour as it does not specify what is implied by ‘family’.… Read More

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Victims of Accidental Fire in Colony in Kakinada (AP) Must Be Compensated

The thatched roof huts of residents of Mahatma Jyothi  Rao Phule Colony in Parlova Peta area of Kakinada caught fire on 29th April 2016. Nearly two hundred and fifty families became homeless in this calamity. The hard work and sweat put in by the residents in building this colony was reduced to ashes. Though the Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. China Rajappa, visited the victims and announced that the State Govt.  would stand by them, subsequently,  the Kakinada City MLA,  the Tehsildar (Urban),  the RDO in charge,  visited the spot and said that the people had encroached on this site  and that there was no G.O. to rehabilitate the people on such a site. Due to the mismatch in the voices emanating from the Govt, the people of the area began to lose hope. In this situation, several days after the fire, on 5th May, CPI(ML)-New Democracy along with IFTU and AIKMS  led  the victims for a Dharna  against the Govt’s inaction. Memoranda were submitted to the District Collector, the Joint Collector and the Municipal Commissioner.

In 2012, people who owned no houses cleared the bushes, weeds and grass in the port area here, made the place habitable and built huts for themselves.… Read More

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Condemn Central Govt’s Continual Limiting of EPF Benefits! – Solidarity With All Struggles Against the Modi Govt’s Attacks on EPF!

Scarcely has the dust settled over the attempt of the Central Govt. of RSS BJP to limit the workers’ rights to withdraw from their PF deposits in times of need, the Govt. has made another attack. The Finance Ministry has decided to limit the interest rate on PF deposits to 8.7% against the 9% demanded by central unions and also the 8.8% recommended by the Board under the Central Labour Ministry. Calculations for the year had shown that the Govt. could easily pay an interest rate of 8.95% to workmen on the basis of the returns of the investment of PF funds. But the Govt. has chosen to refuse to pass on the benefits of the workers’ investments to them.

The situation is both in keeping with the desperate need of the Govt. for money in view of the economic slump in the country and also the determination of the Modi Govt. to attack workers’ benefits and rights at all costs. The working class movements have forced this Govt. to either retract on or keep in abeyance several steps including the infamous anti worker amendments to almost all the major labour laws as also the attempts to tax PF withdrawals and also to restrict workers’ rights to withdraw their own deposits apart from the rules already in place.… Read More