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Appeal to Strengthen Campaign for JUSTICE for Maruti Suzuki Workers !

October 28, 2015

MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION

(Registration No. 1923)

IMT Manesar, Gurgaon

Ref. No.. TU-1/10/15                                                                        Date…03/10/2015

 

Dear Comrade,

As you know, since 18th July 2012 in the Maruti factory in Manesar-Haryana-India, as per the nexus of management-police-administration-government, we have had to face the heavy hand of injustice and repression, which continues to this day. 215 of our fellow workers have baseless fabricated cases on them, 147 workers have been jailed, 2300 workers have had their jobs terminated including 546 permanent workers. Today, more than three years later, 35 workers continue to languish in jail without bail. The last stages of debate on the trial is approaching. The company management and state are in full preparation to set an example by handing the harshest sentence on workers, so that workers fear to raise their voices in struggle.

The state is keen to show its commitment to the interests of national-international capital, by clearing all ‘bottlenecks’ to the logic of their business, by crushing all resistance put up by workers who make and suffer this senseless model of development. The pro-corporate changes in labour laws to the repression of Maruti workers are sides of the same coin. So the Maruti Suzuki workers who languish in jail for more than three years without any semblance of concrete proof of their ‘guilt’ are political prisoners in the conflict between the class of owners and the working class. This is the reason that workers of Orient Craft and Graziano have to be behind bars for years on end. And this is the reason that the Judge in the Chandigarh High Court has to say that ‘the bail of Maruti workers will affect foreign investment’. In such a scenario, all pro-worker forces and individuals will again have to come together against this conspiracy of power.

As the last debate in the Trial Court in Gurgaon approaches, we have decided to undertake ‘Campaign for Justice’ in various parts of the country to expose this unholy nexus of the company management and the State. It is with your solidarity till date that our struggle has seen this long mile. It is our appeal that you again participate and take this campaign up in whatever capacities and ways possible. It is our appeal that you organize programs in your own cities and localities with various pro-worker and pro-people forces, in which we would also come and participate.

Towards the end of this campaign, on 27th November 2015, come and attend the ‘Workers Justice Convention’ in Gurgaon and make the program successful and a marker of continued and strengthening united resolve of forces struggling against state-corporate nexus.

With Revolutionary Greetings,

Provisional Working Committee

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

[Rajpal- 9466167876, Ramniwas- 8901127876]

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हड़ताल! 2 सितम्बर 2015: सरकार की मज़दूर-विरोधी गतिविधियों के खिलाफ. .

August 30, 2015

प्रिय साथी,

मोदी सरकार बड़े पूंजीपतियों के हितों को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए देश के मज़दूर वर्ग पर एक कटु आघात चला रही है| मज़दूरों के यूनियन बनाने, हड़ताल करने, स्थायी और सुरक्षित नौकरियां पाने और यहाँ तक कि न्यूनतम मज़दूरी पा कर एक सम्मानजनक जीवन जीने के अधिकारों को दरकिनार करने के लिए मज़दूर विरोधी श्रम कानून सुधारों को लागू किया जा रहा है| इन मज़दूर विरोधी हमलों के खिलाफ सभी केन्द्रीय ट्रेड यूनियनों द्वारा अखिल भारतीय मज़दूर हड़ताल की संयुक्त घोषणा की गयी है|

इस संदर्भ में मारुती सुजुकी वर्कर्स यूनियन (मानेसर प्लांट), मारुती सुजुकी कामगार यूनियन (गुड़गांव प्लांट), मारुती सुजुकी पॉवरट्रेन इंडिया एमप्लोयीज़ यूनियन (इंजन प्लांट) और सुजुकी मोटरसाईकिल इंडिया एमप्लोयीज़ यूनियन (बाइक प्लांट) ने ‘मारुती सुजुकी मज़दूर संघ’ के बैनर के अंतर्गत संयुक्त रूप से उत्पादन रोकने और 2 सितम्बर की हड़ताल में शामिल होने का फैसला किया है| प्रबंधन को पहले से ही स्ट्राइक नोटिस दिया जा चूका है| मारुती यूनियनों ने गुड़गांव-मानेसर-धारूहेड़ा-बावल औद्योगिक क्षेत्र में सभी यूनियनों के बीच हड़ताल में शामिल होने की सर्वसहमति बनाने में भी एक महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई है| हम इस पहलकदमी के लिए उन्हें बधाई देते हैं|

यह कदम कई कारणों से महत्वपूर्ण है| 18 जुलाई 2012 के बाद मारुती सुजुकी, खासकर मानेसर प्लांट के मज़दूरों ने प्रबंधन, प्रशासन, पुलिस और न्यायालयों के हाथों कड़े आघात और दमन का सामना किया है| 148 मज़दूर ज़मानत के बिना करीब तीन साल तक जेल की सज़ा काटते रहे| इनमें से 35 साथी अब तक जेल में हैं और उच्च न्यायालय ने हाल ही में इनमें से दो की ज़मानत की अपील ख़ारिज की है| अन्य 64 मज़दूरों के खिलाफ़ गैर-ज़मानती वारंट हैं और इन्हें भगोड़ा घोषित कर रखा है| पुलिस अब तक उनके पीछे पड़ी है| 423 स्थायी मज़दूर, 123 ट्रेनी मज़दूर, और 1800 ठेका मज़दूर बिना किसी जांच के कम्पनी से निकाल दिए गए हैं| मज़दूरों को IMT मानेसर इलाके में शांतिपूर्ण विरोध प्रदर्शन करने की इजाज़त तक नहीं दी गयी| अंदर काम कर रहे मज़दूरों को बंदूक की नोख पर काम करने को मजबूर किया गया और करीब 2 साल तक कोई यूनियन गतिविधि जारी करने की इजाज़त नहीं दी गयी| किन्तु, बाहर हुए मज़दूरों ने सभी कठिनाइयों का सामना करते हुए भी आज तक अपने संघर्ष को जारी रखा है, और अंदर काम कर रहे मज़दूरों ने इस दमन का जम कर मुकाबला करते हुए यूनियन गतिविधियों को पुनः जारी किया है और बाहर हुए और जेल में बंद संघर्षरत मज़दूरों का समर्थन करते रहे हैं| यह हड़ताल दमन और संघर्ष के ऐसे ही माहौल में होने वाली है|

हम अपने संघर्ष को, या हम पर हो रहे दमन को गुड़गांव-मानेसर-धारूहेड़ा-बावल-नीमराना-भिवाड़ी क्षेत्र के मज़दूर वर्ग के संघर्षों से, श्रीराम पिस्टन, डाईकिन, मिंडा, बैक्सटर, मुंजाल किरिऊ, पौस्को, औटोफिट, हीरो मोटोकोर्प, अस्ति, ताल्ब्रोस, औटोलिव, नपिनो ऑटो, JNS, बजाज मोटर्स, ओरिएंट क्राफ्ट, ऋचा गारमेंट्स इत्यादि में (पिछले तीन सालों में हुए) संघर्षों से, व हमारे देश के संगठित और असंगठित मज़दूरों और उनके प्रतिरोध से अलगाव में नहीं देखते हैं| यह हड़ताल दमन और शोषण के इस तंत्र के खिलाफ संघर्ष करने के हमारे सामूहिक संकल्प की छवि है|
आइये, हम 2 सितम्बर की इस हड़ताल को बड़ी सफलता तक ले जाए और सरकार की मज़दूर-विरोधी गतिविधियों का मुहतोड़ जवाब दें|

मज़दूर एकता और संघर्ष जिंदाबाद!
इंकलाब जिंदाबाद!
लाल सलाम!

प्रोविजनल वर्किंग कमेटी
मारुती सुजुकी वर्कर्स यूनियन

Hadtal! Joining the all-India STRIKE on 2nd September 2015

August 30, 2015

Dear Comrade

The Modi government is unleashing a severe attack on the working class of the country to serve the interests of big capitalists. Anti-worker labour law reforms are being implemented to scuttle the rights of the workers to form union, to strike, to get permanent and secured jobs and to get even the minimum wage to have a life of dignity. Against this anti-worker offensive, there is a joint call of All-India Workers Strike from all Central Trade Unions.

In this context, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (Manesar plant), Maruti Suzuki Kamgar Union (Gurgaon plant), Maruti Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union (Engine plant) and Suzuki Motorcycle India Employees Union (Bike plant), under the banner of ‘Maruti Suzuki Mazdoor Sangh’ have collectively decided to stop production and join the strike on 2nd September. The strike notice has been served to the management already. The Maruti unions have also had a key role in the Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera-Bawal industrial belt to help reach a unanimous decision by all the unions to go on strike on that day. We congratulate them for these initiatives.

This is a significant step because of many reasons. After 18 July 2012, the workers of Maruti Suzuki, particularly of Manesar plant, have faced severe attack and repression by the management, the administration, the police and the court. 148 workers were in jail without bail for almost three years. Till now 35 are still in jail and the High Court has rejected the bail petition of two among them recently. 64 more have non-bailable warrants against them and are declared ‘absconding’. Police is still now haunting them. 423 permanent workers, 123 trainees and 1800 contract workers were thrown out of the factory without any enquiry. The workers were even not allowed to organize any protests in the IMT Manesar area. The workers who remained inside were forced to work at gunpoint and were not allowed to have any union activity for almost 2 years. However, the workers outside have continued their struggle against all odds till date, and the workers inside have fought back, have resumed union activities and have extended support to the struggling workers who are outside the plants and in jail. In this atmosphere of repression and struggle, the strike is going to take place!

We do not see our struggle or the repression against us in isolation from the larger attack on the working class of Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera-Bawal-Neemrana-Bhiwadi belt, from the struggles in Shriram Piston, Daikin, Minda, Baxter, Munjal Kiriu, Posco, Autofit, Hero MotoCorp, Asti, Talbrose, Autoliv, Napino Auto, JNS, Bajaj Motors, Orient Craft, Richa garments etc (which have taken place in last three years) and the organized and unorganized workers of our country and their fightback.
The strike is a reflection of collective resolute to struggle against this regime of opression and exploitation!

Let us make the 2nd September strike a huge success to give a fitting reply to the anti-worker activities by the Government !

Workers unity and struggle long live!

Long live revolution!

laal salaam

Provisional Working Commitee
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

मारुति सुजुकी यूनियन चुनाव में जीत शोषण-दमन के खिलाफ हमारे अथक संघर्ष की जीत है !

April 11, 2014

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MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION

(Registration No. 1923)

IMT Manesar, Gurgaon

 

 

Ref. No…MNR/4/14                                                               Date… 11/04/2014

 

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

आज दोपहर 3 बजे मानेसर में मारुति सुजुकी कंपनी गेट के सामने हमारी गेट मीटिंग संपन्न हुई| इस साथ हमने अपना यूनियन बनाने का अधिकार और हम मजदूरों की सामूहिक शक्ति को दोबारा स्थापित किया| लगभग 3000 मजदूर इस गेट मीटिंग में शामिल हुए जिसमे इसको नई मारुति सुजुकी वर्कर्स यूनियन (MSWU) सदस्यों के साथ सुजुकी पावरट्रेन इंडिया एम्प्लोयिज़ यूनियन (SPIEU) व सुजकी मोटरसाइकिल इंडिया एम्प्लोयिज़ यूनियन (SMIEU) के मजदूर ने अपनी बात रखी| MSWU के नए सदस्यों ने कहा कि प्रबंधन को द्वेष की भावना को छोड़, संघर्षरत मजदूरों के मांगो के ऊपर ध्यान देना चाहिए| ताकत की एक लहर ने घोषणा की कि डर के राज को हमने ख़तम किया जिसको मालिक-प्रबंधन ने हम पर थोपा था| 4अप्रेल के चुनाव और यूनियन के पुनर्गठन के बाद, आज की सभा ने हमारे शोषण-दमन के खिलाफ़ अथक संगर्ष को कायम रखने का एलान किया|

हमने 4अप्रेल के यूनियन चुनाव में 12 में से 11 सिटो पर तथा 80% के मार्जिन से प्रबंधन के द्वारा कठपुतली पैनल के खिलाफ जीत हासिल की| प्रोविजोनल वर्किंग कमेटी, MSWU के कामरेड रामनिवास ने कहा कि “यह पिछले दो साल कंपनी प्रबंधन-सरकार-प्रशासन-पुलिस की मिलिभगत से चलायी गयी शोषण-दमन के चक्र के खिलाफ जीत हैं|” यह जीत 4जून 2011 से चले आ रहे संघर्ष का ही नहीं, बल्कि खासकर 18जुलाई 2012 से चले अथक संघर्ष का नतीजा हैं| 20 महीने से ज्यादा हो चुका है कि 147 मजदूर आज भी जेल की सलाखों के पीछे कैद है, जिनकी अभी तक ज़मानत भी नहीं हुई हैं| यह भारत के अपराधिक क़ानूनी व्यवस्था के ऊपर एक काला धब्बा है| 546 पक्के मजदूरों के साथ 1800 ठेका मजदूर को बिना जांच नौकरी से निकाल दिया गया है, जो आज बेरोजगार है| हमारे अधिकारों को कुचलने के लिए कंपनी मालिक-प्रबंधन-सरकार-पुलिस सहित पुरी व्यवस्था आज एकजुट है, की “मजदूरों को एक सबक सिखाया जाए”| यह तक की कोर्ट ने भी हमे “विदेशी पूंजी निवेश को घटा पहुचाने” के जुर्म के लिए दोषी ठेहेराया| हमने तो बस मजदूर के बतौर अपने सम्मान, यूनियन बनाने का अधिकार, व ठेका मजदूरों के अधिकार की मांग की| पिछले दो साल में हमने जेल में बंद सभी मजदूरों को रिहा करने, सभी बर्खास्त मजदूरों को काम पर वापस लेने और त्रिपक्षीय समझौते की मांग की| और इन मांगो के लिए, हमने अपनी एकता कायम रखने की जुर्रत की|

मारुति प्रबंधन ने इस चुनाव में मजदूरों को डरा धमका कर, पुरे प्रक्रिया को अपने हित में मोड़ने की कोशिश की| उसने हर तरीके के षड्यंत्र से पक्के और ठेका में, विभिन्न इलाको में, विभिन्न प्लांटो में, मजदूरों की एकता तोड़ने की कोशिश की| 2300 मजदूरों को बेरोजगार करने के बाद, प्रबंधन ने डर और दंड का ऐसा माहौल तय्यार किया जिससे नए मजदूर उससे दबकर रहे| इन नए मजदूरों को निकाले गए मजदूरों और संघर्षरत मजदूरों व युनिअनो के साथ बात तक करने की इजाजत नहीं थी| उन्होंने अपने पक्षपाती 250 मजदूरों का गुडगाँव प्लांट से मानेसर प्लांट में तबादला किया| उन्होंने जेल में बंद व बर्खास्त मजदूरों को यूनियन के संविधान के विपरीत मताधिकार के वंचित करने का पूरा प्रयास किया, जिसका श्रम विभाग ने अनुसरण किया| किसी भी मजदूर ने अगर इसके खिलाफ पर्चा बाटने की कोशिश की, उसको पुलिस के द्वारा प्रताडि़त किया गया| और चुनाव में अपने चहेते उमीदवार खड़े कर दिए और मजदूरों को पूरी तरह दबाने की कोशिश की|

इन फुट डालो- राज करो, दमन और भय की नीतियों के बावजूद हम कामयाब हुए| जेल में बंद और बर्खास्त मजदूरों के जोरदार समर्थन और सहयोग से, संघर्षरत मजदूर 12 में से 11 सिट जीते| 4अप्रेल की शाम एक एसी शाम थी जब मजदूरों ने फेक्टरी में फिर से अपना हक़ हासिल किया| दो साल बाद, फेक्ट्री के सामने सड़क पर फिर से ख़ुशी और जश का माहौल था| नारा लगाते हुए अन्दर कार्यरत मजदूर अपनी कंटीन से बर्खास्त मजदूरों के लिए खाना लेकर बाहर आए, और उन्होंने कहा कि अभी संघर्ष ख़तम नहीं हुआ हैं, जब तक बर्खास्त और गिरफ्तार साथीयों का संघर्ष पूरा नहीं होता|

यहा सुजुकी पावरट्रेन इंडिया एम्प्लोयिज़ यूनियन (SPIEU) व सुजकी मोटरसाइकिल इंडिया एम्प्लोयिज़ यूनियन (SMIEU) के युनिअनो का जिक्र करना जरुरी है, जिन्होंने इस क्षेत्र में मजदूरों के सामूहिक संघर्ष की सम्भावना को फिर से खोला है| SPIEU के मजदूरों ने अपने प्रबंधन को चेताया की अगर मारुति सुजुकी चुनाव में धान्द्ली की गयी, तो वे हड़ताल पर चले जायेंगे| आज के गेट मीटिंग में सुजुकी पावरट्रेन के कामरेड अनिल और मोटरसाइकिल के कामरेड अनिल ने फिर से मजदूरों की एकता और सहयोग को मज़बूत करने का आह्वान किया, और इसको पुरे गुडगाँव-मानेसर-धारूहेड़ा-बावल के मजदूरों की एकता बताया|

हम मारुति सुजुकी वर्कर्स यूनियन की नई समिति का स्वागत करते हैं: प्रधान – पवन कुमार; महासचिव – संजय कुमार; मुख्य संरक्षक – मनोज कुमार; उप प्रधान – धरमेंदर कुमार; सचिव – नवीन कुमार; कोषाध्यक्ष – जितेंदर कुमार; संगठन सचिव – अमित चौधरी; क़ानूनी सलाहकार – सौरभ जैन; कार्यकारिणी सदस्य : राजेंद्र, संदीप, संजीव, राजकुमार|

इस जीत के साथ हम संघर्ष के एक नए चरण में दाखिल हो चुके है| यह जीत केवल मारुति सुजुकी के मजदूरों की जीत नहीं हैं, बल्कि सभी संघरशील मजदूरों की जीत है, जो कही भी शोषण-दमन के खिलाफ अपने सम्मान और सामूहिक शक्ति के लिए लड़ रहे है|

 

इंकलाब जिंदाबाद!

मजदूर एकता जिंदाबाद!

 

(रामनिवास, महाबीर, राजपाल, योगेश, कटार)

प्रोविजोनल वर्किंग कमिटी

मारुति सुजुकी वर्कर्स यूनियन

 

Victory against all odds in the MSWU elections!

April 11, 2014

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MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION

(Registration No. 1923)

IMT Manesar, Gurgaon

 

 

Ref. No…MNR/4/14                                                               Date… 11/04/2014

 

 

Press Release

 

With the gate meeting in front of the Maruti Suzuki main gate in Manesar in the afternoon at 3pm today, we the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) have reclaimed after two years, what has been rightfully ours. Over 3000 workers attended the gate meeting which was addressed by the new MSWU Union body, including President Pawan Kumar and General Secretary Sanjay Kumar, along with the workers and Union body members from Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union (SPIEU) and Suzuki Motorcycles India Employees Union (SMIEU). A wave of energy declared that we have ended the regime of fear that was thrust upon us workers by the owners and managers and administrators. With the election and re-formation of our Union on April 4th, today’s meeting is an open declaration of our untiring will to fight against exploitation-repression for all workers.

 

We have won 11 of 12 seats against the management installed puppet panel in the Union elections on April 4th, with a margin of 80% for most members. Comrade Ramniwas of the Provisional Working Committee of MSWU said that “this victory validates our long continuous untiring struggle of more than two years, against the exploitation-repression by the combined might of the company management-state administration-police and all its tentacles.” This win comes in the wake of not only our long struggle since 4th June 2011 to establish our Union rights and collective power, but also after the unfazed struggle of terminated and jailed workers since 18th July 2012. Since that date, it has been more than 20months, that 147 workers including our entire Union body continue to be in jail, without any bail, in the most severest travesty of justice in the criminal justice system in India. 546 permanent and over 1800 contract workers continue to be terminated from our services even while the legal cases goes on endlessly. The company maliks and managers and the sarkari babus and netas and the entire ruling elite have nakedly united to ‘teach workers a lesson’ for demanding our just rights and for asserting our collective will. Even the courts have punished us for supposedly ‘adversely affecting foreign direct investment’. We only demanded and continue to demand our dignity as workers, our right to form a Union, and the right of contract workers who are worst faced in the situation. In the last two years, we have continued to demand justice and immediate release of all arrested workers and reinstatement of all terminated workers, and a tripartite negotiation to resolve the issue. We only dared to be united to demand this.

 

For this elections that was due this year, after we formed Maruti Suzuki Workers Union in March 2012 (registration no.1923), the management tried all means to coerce us and install its own puppet Union. It engaged in all manners of conspiracy to divide the workers along lines of permanent and contract, along regions, along various plants, and so on. After it terminated the services if over 2300 workers in July 2012, it hired new workers who were made to toe its line and work in an atmosphere of fear and punishment. They were not allowed to even talk to the terminated workers who were leading the struggle, or even to independent and other trade unions in the area. Recently the management hired 250 new recruits from the Gurgaon plant who they thought would act in their favour, in order to pitch them against the Manesar workers. It tried to disenfranchise the jailed and terminated workers against what is laid down in our Union Constitution, and the pliant labour department had followed suit. It put the police to its use to pick up any worker who would dare to even distribute a parcha. And it propped up candidates for elections who were close to them in one panel and coerced workers to vote for them.

 

Even against these policies of divide and rule, of repression and threats, we have emerged victorious. With the active support and solidarity of jailed and terminated workers, the struggling workers who stood against the management panel won 11 out of 12 seats. The evening of 4th April was a spirit of recapturing of the factory for workers, as the street in front erupted with celebrations after two years. Workers from inside the plant came with food of the factory canteen for the terminated workers saying that it won’t be long before their struggle also is a win and all arrested workers are also released.

 

An unprecedented solidarity of workers to the cause of struggle of the last 3 years has made this possible. Solidarity of the workers and Union body of Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union and Suzuki Motorcycles India Employees Union must especially be mentioned and welcomed, which opens up yet again the possibility of united action by workers in the belt. Union members from nearby Suzuki Powertrain had sent a clear warning to its management against any use of unfair practices in the elections in Maruti Suzuki, on the event of which they would even go for strike. In today’s gate meeting Comrade Anil, President of SPIEU reiterated this unity. Comrade Anil Kumar, president of SMIEU also stressed on strengthening this unity, and making it the unity of workers in the entire industrial belt of Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera-Bawal.

 

We would like to welcome the new MSWU(figures out of around 1000 votes polled):

 

President: Pawan Kumar (796 votes); General Secretary: Sanjay Kumar (789 votes); Chief Patron: Manoj Kumar (728 votes); Vice President: Dharmender Kumar; Secretary: Naveen Kumar; Treasurer: Jitender Kumar; Organising Secretary: Amit Chaudhri; Legal Advisor: Saurabh Jain; Executive Committee: Rajendra, Sandip, Sanjeev, Rajkumar

 

Our struggle has entered a new phase with this victory.It’s a validation of our continuing struggle not only for workers at Maruti Suzuki but for all workers here and everywhere who struggle everyday against exploitation-repression for their Union rights and collective power and dignity.

 

 

 

(Ramniwas, Mahabir, Rajpal, Yogesh, Katar)

Provisional Working Committee

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

MSWU salutes the struggle and win of Autofit Workers on strike for 59 days!

February 5, 2014

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MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION

(Registration No. 1923)

IMT Manesar, Gurgaon

Ref. No… IN5/2/2014                                                                                                 Date…5/2/2014

 

MSWU congratulates the Spirited Struggle and success of Autofit Workers Union (Dharuhera) after 59 days of strike in defence of their Union rights and rights of contract workers

 

We salute the spirit of exemplary struggle of workers of Autofit factory, Dharuhera, Haryana in defending their Union rights, achieving a fair settlement, and forging and standing by unity of permanent and contract workers at all costs, and congratulate them on their success. Today in the day-time, on the 59th day of their long-drawn strike since 8th December 2013, they have achieved success and management has been forced to backtrack on their coercive tactics. We also congratulate the Munjal Kiriu workers who won their demands in a negotiation last month after a massive show of unity among workers here, and also justfully got cases registered against management officials who sent goons to beat up workers.

 

After Autofit Workers Union (Reg. no. 1958) got registered in June 2013 and submitted a charter of demands demanding a fairer wage settlement, the management retaliated at this ‘audacity’ by suspending 17 worker leaders including the whole Union body, and imposed a Good Conduct Bond. It increased repression by continuous harassment and taking back facilities. More suspensions, terminations, good conduct bonds, false criminal cases of misbehaving and stoppage of raw material entry, threats and abuses became the rule. Workers refused to sign the Good Conduct Bond, resisted the move to divide the permanent and contract workers and struck work from 8th December 2013 to effect a complete halt at production, affecting the factory production in Hero Motorcorp and other factories, continued a sit-in at the factory gate, and gave solidarity calls to workers in the region who participated in large numbers. After threats and coercion failed to deter the struggling workers, the management came down to the proposal in the tripartite negotiations on 28th January 2014 in ALC Office Gurgaon, that all contract workers and four Union body members will remain out of the factory, and only permanent workers will be retained. The Autofit Workers Union resisted the move, and continued the struggle with the demand of taking back the contract workers. 28th January was also when MSWU’s Jan jagaran Padayatra (15-31 January 2014 ) had reached Gurgaon, and we were enthused by the joint show of solidarity among workers near the ALC’s office.

 

Today 5th February 2014, the management has been forced to backtrack on its insistence of terminating the services of striking contract workers, and has agreed in the settlement to take back all the suspended and terminated workers, while only four permanent workers are to be taken back in one month. They have also forced the management to effect a wage settlement with an increase of Rs.7300 in CTC in next three years. This has been possible only because all through the biting winter and wage-less nights of December and January, our worker brothers sat on strike at the factory-gate, and fought tooth and nail to defend their Union rights, and to establish and retain the unity among the permanent, trainee, casual and contract workers. The MSWU also congratulates the striking workers of Munjal KIRIU Manesar who won their demands after 26 days of strike in front of the factory gate through the united might of permanent and contract workers. All workers, contract trainee and permanent were taken back and the management was forced to give in writing that ten permanent would be taken back on duty in a time-bound manner. More than that, it was after many years that the police had to take some action against the guilty management and file an FIR against company three management officials who had sent goons to beat and seriously injure peacefully striking workers at the factory gate two days earlier in an open display of the repression that is the law in the region. This happened when Munjal Kiriu workers along with over 4000 workers of the area gheraoed the Manesar Police Station on 14th December 2014 in the daytime. Management here act as though they are completely immune to the law system. The workers of Autofit and Munjal Kiriu fought the imposition of horrendous working conditions, while the management got away by paying peanuts to workers. They fought the authoritarian and illegal practice of throwing out contract workers every six months. They have fought another instance of company management arrogance, of exploitation of workers toil, divisive policies and repression of legitimate demands. They fought and won today on the strength of their independent fighting spirit, with the solidarity of mass of workers in the region.

 

This struggle comes in the backdrop of the repressive machinery unleashed on workers’ rights and workers struggles in the industrial belt of Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera-Bawal, particularly after the 18th July 2012 incident in Maruti Suzuki Manesar, which was done first to suppress our own struggle which raised these uncomfortable questions about workers rights, central to which was the issue of contract workers. This struggle has inspired us, and we hope the success of their struggle will inspire all struggling workers and Unions not only in this industrial belt but workers struggling in other parts of India to defend their Union rights, and forge and fight with the combined might of permanent and contract workers. In the coming days, we also hope that workers of Autofit will continue to stand with every voice of struggle of workers in the belt and beyond.

 

 

With struggling greetings,

Provisional Working Committee

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

Mass Show of Unity on Final Day of 16-day MSWU’s Padayatra

January 31, 2014

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                                                                      MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION  

(Registration No. 1923)

IMT Manesar, Gurgaon

Ref. No… IN31/1/2014                                                                  Date…31/1/2014

 
   

 

 

Jan Jagaran Yatra reaches Delhi on 17th Day in a mass protest demonstration
जुल्मी कब तक जुल्म करेगा शोषण़ के हथियारों से, हम भी उसको ध्वस्त करेंगे एकताबद्ध कतारों से।

Sixteen days across cities, towns, villages of Haryana and through Gurgaon and Delhi, marching with our bare but united voice of anger and struggle against injustice, we organized a Protest Demonstration in Jantar Mantar today 31st January 2014. We marched from in front of the Parliament House, Delhi, also sloganeering in front of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda’s residence before reaching Jantar Mantar. Today’s show of solidarity with our struggle enthused us, as all Trade Unions of Gurgaon, Delhi-NCR and a number of student-youth, women’s and mass democratic and political organisations, as well as prominent intellectuals came together. We submitted a memorandum supported by all organisations to the President of India.

 

Workers, workers organisations and Trade Unions were present in full solidarity. Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, Suzuki Motorcycles India Employees Union, RICO Employees Union, FCC Rico Employees Union, Nerolac Employees Union- Rewari, Venus Workers Union-Faridabad, Subros Employees Union, Bajaj Motors Employees Union spoke in solidarity. National Trade Union federations like AITUC, AICCTU, AIUTUC, CITU, HMS, ICTU, IFTU, AIFTU(New), NTUI and others were present. Among those present were also AITUC’s national president Amrajeet Kaur and CITU’s national leader Tapan Sen.

 

Yogendra Yadav as well as Arundhati Roy also expressed solidarity with the struggle. Mass democratic organisations like Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana, Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, Shramik Sangram Committee, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Mazdoor Patrika, Sangharsrat Mehnatkash patrika, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, PUDR, Samtamulak Mahila Sagathan were present who mobilized many democratic loving people. Solidarity greetings from across the country and even abroad came with participation and solidarity messages from a number of worker organisations like CMM- Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee, Inqlabi Jan Awaz patrika from Punjab, Hyundai Motors Employees Union and CITU Tamil Nadu, Toyota Employees Union Chennai, and countless others. Trade Union Solidarity Committee- Mumbai also organized campaign and fund collection through postcards made with working class murals. We also received solidarity greetings from Thai Suzuki Workers Union from Thailand. Support from student community also energized the meeting. Other than JNUSU, organisations like AISA, DSF, DSU, Nauroj, Pratidhwani, SFI, TNM, VSM, VYS and many others were present. The struggle on the streets as well as the legal battle is alive with the spirit of workers and pro-worker masses strengthened.

 

The Jan Jagaran Yatra, foot-march against injustice, which started on 15th January 2014 from Kaithal, Haryana and walked through 300km across Kaithal, Jind, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Gurgaon in Haryana before reaching Delhi. All the terminated workers and a number of our families of both arrested and terminated workers participated with vigour in the march. 2500 families who have been reduced to penury, joblessness and face continuous harassment and repression from the police-administration and delay in justice, hence a denying of justice by the courts till date, have thus shown the indomitable spirit of struggle even almost 2 years into this difficult road. We have received tremendous support, solidarity and encouragement from ordinary workers, peasants, students and individuals in all the villages, towns of the state of Haryana and nearby areas that we have walked through. These ordinary mehnatkash toilers tell us during the season of electoral calculations, that our struggle is a just struggle against exploitation and injustice wrought about the combined might of the government-administration-police serving capitalists like Maruti Suzuki management. Our bail plea of arrested 148 workers has been earlier rejected in the lower court and HC on the absurd ground of ‘hampering foreign investment’ make a mockery of the system of justice. The appeal against this rejection is pending in the Supreme Court, with a hearing that happened today postponed again to 3rd February 2014. Representing the State of Haryana on a payroll of Rs. 11.25 lakh per hearing, Adv. KTS Tulsi presented his papers of objection to the bail plea while our counsel Adv. Vrinda Grover argued the delaying and denying of justice to workers who have been made part of conspiracy by the Maruti Suzuki management. Cases against 100 workers and trial on 11 workers and activists in Kaithal are also going on. The labour cases are also pending where we are arguing against the complete illegality of the move of Maruti Suzuki management to have terminated workers without any domestic enquiry on speculative flimsy grounds.

 

We marched through Delhi yesterday. While in Gurgaon, hundreds of workers and all Trade Unions came in our support making the struggle the indicator of common struggle of workers in the entire industrial belt of Gurgaon-Manear-Dharuhera-Bawal, in the rousing welcome and solidarity meetings in various towns and villages of Haryana and in Delhi, we saw another possibility of forging a mass solidarity with the struggle of workers.

 

Day before, after our protest demonstration in front of the Maruti Suzuki factory in Gurgaon along with workers and Union from the plant, we walked to the Maruti Suzuki All-India Head Quarters in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, where we organized another protest demonstration with slogans of ‘Release the Arrested Workers’ and ‘Stop Repression through slapping false cases and continued Harassment of worker families’, ‘Bring the conspiratorial anti-worker management to book’. Our demand of an impartial investigation into the incident which has also been denied us, point to the way in which we have been targeted by the anti-worker management and the anti-worker government.

 

WE reiterate our demands of release of 148 arrested workers who have been denied bail for the last 18 month, reinstatement of all terminated workers, and an impartial investigation into the incident of 18th July 2012. In the last three years, our struggle has seen a long road. We have seen the pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-people faces of the company management, labour and other administrative departments, the police and courts, and if our demands are not met, we shall intensify our struggle in the coming says. We salute the mass show of unity in today’s demonstration, and appeal to all workers, trade unions, student-youth and women’s organisations, and mass and democratic organizations and individuals to join us in spreading the struggle.

 

Inquilab Zindabad!

(Ramniwas, Mahabir, Rajpal, Katar, Yogesh)

Provisional Working Committee

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

 

Contact: 08901127876, 9560564754, 9466167876, marutiworkerstruggle@gmail.com
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