Padayatra’s 12th Day in Jhajjar: Questioning separation of ‘gan’ and ‘tantr’ on Republic Day
MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION
(Registration No. 1923)
IMT Manesar, Gurgaon
Ref. No… IN26/1/2014 Date…26/1/2014
12th Day of MSWU’s Jan Jagaran Yatra
‘जुल्मी कब तक जुल्म करेगा शोषण़ के हथियारों से, हम भी उसको ध्वस्त करेंगे एकताबद्ध कतारों से।’
Jhajjar (Haryana). MSWU’s march from Kaithal, Haryana to Delhi (15-31 Jan), Jan Jagaran Yatra is crossing through Jhajjar district today before it reaches Gurgaon. We started this morning from Dadri Toi questioning the exploitation and injustice on us on Republic Day, when the gan has been divorced from the tantr, which we see today only working for the moneyed. We continued getting tremendous response of solidarity with our Yatra from across towns and villages of the state, where not only workers and the huge army of unemployed, but also peasants, students attested to the legitimacy of our demand. While in Digal, local people opened the local senior secondary school for us to stay on 23rd night, in Jhajjar, workers of Jal Board welcomed us and gave us their Union space for lodging on 24th night and the local panchayat welcomed us in Dadri Toi. We exchanged our common class anger, we exchanged our experiences of struggle and hope for a transformation of the present anti-worker anti-people system. In Jhajjar, we marched through the city, organising many street-corner meetings and cultural ways of communicating our message. In Ambedkar chowk, the many residents and informal sector workers came to show solidarity with our Yatra which enthused and strengthened us.
Workers from Maruti Suzuki Manesar who are working inside the plant also joined the march in solidarity. Ramniwas of Provisional Committee, MSWU addressed the gathering saying that the government is only listening to the company management and has only worked to legitimize the conspiracy of the company in murder of the company HR who died in the incident of 18th July 2012, and has not even done any proper investigation into the matter which has been one of the important demands of the MSWU. It has rather bypassed all law of the land and has kept 148 workers in jail for the last 18 months without any of them getting bail, which is against all notions of justice. He reiterated the demand of release of all arrested workers and end to goonda rule by the state government. The companies of the region have at present stopped employing workers and youth from Haryana in the factories here like in the new Panasonic company in Jhajjar, while their profit margins increases manifold on the basis of this unemployment. The Union also stressed on the reinstatement of 2300 terminated workers.
Other than MSWU, organizers and people from various mass democratic organisations like Sarva Karamchari Sangh- Jal Board workers, Jan Sangharsh Manch, Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha- Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee, Samtamulak Mahila Sangathan, Janrang-Delhi and many others came in support. Com Somnath from Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana and Com Kaladas from CMM-Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee also spoke in solidarity in the sabha in Dadri Toi, Jhajjar.
We started on 15th January from Kaithal and are entering Gurgaon’s Farukhnagar today having crossed Jind, Rohtak and Jhajjar. We shall start from there tomorrow and walk through on to Gurgaon where workers and trade unions will join us on 28th January 2014. On 29th Jan, we shall go on to Delhi where student-youth organisations
are organizing a program at JNU in solidarity with our Padayatra, and on 30th Jan, we shall march through Delhi. This will culminate on 31st Jan 2014 in a day-long protest demonstration in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. We appeal to all workers, trade unions, student-youth and women’s organisations, and mass and democratic organizations to join us, and spread the struggle.
(Ramniwas, Mahabir, Rajpal, Katar, Yogesh)
Provisional Working Committee
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
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