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
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
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
Conviction and sentencing of workers of Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar, Haryana by Gurgaon Sessions Court is a serious blow to the attempts of MNC workers to organize themselves. The trial and prosecution demonstrated a clear nexus between management of MNC and police and administration. While 13 workers were convicted of murder, 18 others were convicted under different other charges. On March 18, 13 workers convicted of murder were given life imprisonment, 4 others were given 5 years’ imprisonment and rest of the period already served.
This judgment is not only miscarriage of justice, it is and meant to be a blow to the workers’ attempts to organize, a right avowedly granted by the Constitution but rarely respected in practice. Maruti management, police, administration and the state govt. has utilized the death of an officer of the company to unleash a reign of terror and crush the workers’ struggle. The attitude of the managements, police, administration and ruling parties towards the workers’ movement clearly shows their determination to crush the workers’ movement and how they utilized that incident. There is systematic attempt to deny the workers of their rights including their rights to organize. Their unions are not registered and even if they are registered, leaders and activists are routinely thrown out of job to deter the workers from such attempts.… Read More
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
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
The Anna Hazare Movement in Delhi showed how the serious issue of corruption in governance could be inverted to lay all the moral blame at the door of the ordinary citizen. Making the people defensive helped bypass the twin question of corrupt, anti people rulers and policies of sale of the country and its resources to corporate. The issues of unbridled corporate loot, of huge scams by corrupt politicians, corrupt bureaucrats being middle men in making huge money out of the sale of India, were equated with the bribe paid by an ordinary cyclist to a policeman for letting go of his cycle at a red light or with bribing a postman to get a money order released.
The Modi Govt. has carried forward this inversion of guilt with the determined twin aim of not merely protecting the real defrauders of the country but also providing for future possibilities of loot for them by stocking up the banks. The method of RSS BJP is both sinister and diabolical, reeking of their fascist methods. The vast masses including even the middle middle classes have been plunged into an unimagined, continuing hell. Backed by a twisted, mischievious propaganda machinery that says that the black money looted from the country is right here, between you, it has managed to blind people to the fact that the only target is the meagre 4-5% kept in untaxed cash by small shopkeepers, owners etc.… Read More
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
On the 18th of April 2016, thousands upon thousands of garment workers, mostly women, of Bengaluru poured out of their factories protesting changes in rules for withdrawal of money from their EPF accounts. The first day they forced the Central Govt. on the backfoot. However the next day over a lakh of them brought Bengaluru’s roads to a standstill and by evening the Central Govt. had totally withdrawn its Budget proposals. The workers too returned to work.
Why did these workers suddenly erupt? Is there any message in these sort of sudden eruptions which do take place in unorganized sectors? Is this protest similar to the strike by the women tea workers of Munnar and to what extent? So many questions have been thrown up by these women garment workers and it will be enriching to look for the answers.
The facts of the issue provoking this outburst are clear. In the Budget 2016 the Finance Minister announced two attacks on the EPF deposits of workers. The Central Govt. is repeatedly displaying its desperation to get at this huge deposit of money lying out of its reach. One proposal of the Budget was that the PF withdrawals at the time of retirement would be taxed.… Read More