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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

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