Auto Workers Convention and Rally: 9 December 2012
MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION
Registration no. 1923
MSWU Release 9 December 2012
The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU)-initiated Automobile Workers Convention was organized successfully in Ambedkar Bhavan, New Delhi today 9th December 2012, making a strong statement of resolve to carry forward our legitimate struggle, with demands of abolition of contract worker system, right to unionize, respectable wage and justice to 149 jailed and 546 terminated permanent and over 1000 contract workers of Maruti Suzuki and Eastern Medikit. After the convention from 11am to 3pm, we took out a strong rally of 1000 workers to Jantar Mantar covering over 5km, where we submitted our memorandum to Prime Minister. This Convention has been a success despite the threat of force to cancel the program yesterday by the joint forces of Haryana and Delhi administration through its police.
In response to our campaign, workers from across Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera-Bawal-Ghaziabad-Faridabad-Noida industrial belt participated in the Convention, and not only pledged their support to our struggle, but we jointly resolved to carry it forward through common demands of workers in this belt, who are suffering under similar conditions of exploitation. Our common demands put in the memorandum and the campaign reflect this spirit. This has sent a strong message to the administration that until our immediate demands are met with, we will continue to organize workers across this belt with our common demands. This was made clear by the opening remarks by Ramnivas and Imaan Khan, members of Provisional Working Committee, MSWU.
The convention was addressed by workers from the NCR-industrial belt and organizations from Delhi, Haryana and other states. Comrades from Eastern Medikit Workers Union participated with unflagging spirit even after more than 5 months of struggle. Representatives from 16-member Trade Union Committee in Gurgaon, like CITU, AIUTUC and others also spoke pledging their solidarity. Other trade union organizations like NTUI, IFTU, AICCTU, Shramik Sangram Committee, Hindustan Motors Sangrami Shramik Karmachari Union, Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Mazdoor Ekta Kendra extended their full support to the MSWU-organized struggle. Support also poured in from different parts of the country as trade union leaders, activists from across the country were present during the convention. Apart from this, students and teachers of Delhi University, Jamia and JNU, social activists and many progressive individuals also came in solidarity, participating both in the convention as well as the march to Jantar Mantar, where the memorandum was submitted to the PMO.
We plan to carry forward our struggle gathering more enthusiasm as we move ahead in the coming days to Gurgaon and Manesar, joining it with the struggle of workers across the industrial belt, till our demands are met.
Provisional Working Committee
MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION
Contact: Imaan Khan-09467704883, Ramnivas-08901127876, Omprakash-08607154232, Mahavir-09560564754, Yogesh-08510043143, Katar Singh-09728778870, Rajpal- 09555425175