Mahapanchayat of 8th May: with Strengthened Unity, Struggle continues. .
MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION
Registration No. 1923
IMT Manesar, Gurgaon
On 8th May 2013, more than two thousand workers, our families and common toiling people around the villages and towns participated on our call for a Meeting and Mahapachayat in front of the D.C. Office complex in Kaithal district, Haryana. It sent a strong message to both the Maruti Suzuki company management and the Haryana government that this brutal attack on the working people will be fought by an ever strengthening unity of toiling people, and that our 147 jailed fellow workers be immediately released and the terminated workers be reinstated.
In this Mahapanchayat, workers and representatives from workers’ organizations and independent and Central Unions from all corners of the country participated in our solidarity. These include Hero Honda Employees Union, IMT Manesar, Rico Employees Union, Dharuhera, FCC Rico Employees Union, IMT Manesar, Suzuki Powertrain Employees Union, IMT Manesar, Bluestar Employees Union and Trade Union Solidarity Committee, Mumbai, Molder and Steel Workers Union, Ludhiana Punjab, NTUI, Mumbai, CITU, Haryana. Workers organizations and mass student youth and womens organizations like Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Inquilabi Jan Awaaz Punjab, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, DYFI Haryana, Samtamulak Mahila Sangathan and many others also came in solidarity.
We received support and solidarity from over 150 panchayat leaders from across the state of Haryana who came to the Mahapanchayat. This has given our struggle a stronger social dimension and we hope that this is part of making this struggle a social and political struggle affecting all sections of the toiling masses. It was the 46th day of our dharna in Kaithal, which has started on 24th March 2013, and which included a Fast Unto Death from 28th March, which we only temporarily halted after 8 days at the assurance of the Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Hooda and State Industries Minister, R.S. Surjewala. But this was not acted upon, as the government is hand-in-glove with the interests of the Maruti Suzuki company, at the cost of workers and common toiling people whom we expect it to represent. The Public Prosecutor is being paid crores of rupees by the government to fight the case against us, while we are terminated from our jobs and jailed, and the unemployment continually rises, not to mention the continuous harassment and repression by the police in different forms.
After the day-long meeting, we blocked the roads in front of the D.C. Office in the evening since our demands are not being heeded to even though our struggle has been adopting completely peaceful, at which the D.C. came to receive our memorandum to forward it to the state government. The Mahapanchayat gave a warning to the government to listen to our demands, failing which the Industries Minister residence in Kaithal will be gheraoed on 19th May 2013 with an increased strength of the toiling people who came in support.
Our struggle started for our rights and work with dignity in the factory, and the right to organize and abolition of illegal contract worker system are the two principal demands for which we are being attacked by the company, as the owners and rulers want that the workers ad toiling people be divided among themselves. Against this model of development imposed in this manner by the company-government-administration, we will continue to raise our voice. The movement will also continue to gather strength until our demands are met.
Provisional Working Committee,
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
8th May 2013