Maruti Workers to observe ‘ Black Diwali ‘


Inquilab Zindabad! Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad!

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12 November 2012

This diwali is a black diwali for us, a diwali of jailed and unemployed workers while the management of Maruti Suzuki rejoices in support and assurance it receives from the government, administration and police acting against us. We took out a march in the morning today from the new bus stand in Kaithal to the residence of Industries Minister, Randeep Surjewala’s residence in Kaithal, Haryana, where we planned observe kali diwali on 12th and 13th November. Our fellow workers and friends and relatives joined us. We spoke to the minister, Surjewala, who listended to our demands, and gave assurance to resolve the issue at the earliest and speak to the Labour minister, Shiv Charan Lal and the Chief Minister after diwali.

Earlier, starting on 7th morning, the MSWU completed its two-day hunder strike and dharna on the evening of 8thNovember in Gurgaon with a spirited mass rally of over 3000 struggling workers joined by over 1000 workers from Eastern Medikit and other factoriesand others who came in solidarity, forcing the government to take notice of our present condition. We broke our hunger strike in front of the DC Office and inside the jail at 4pm, and took out the mass rally from the Mini Secretariat to the Youth and Sports Minister, Sukhbir Kataria’s residence in the Bus stand-Railway station road in Gurgaon, who came down to the street to listen to our demands, and gave us assurance of resolving our demands by taking it up with the Chief Minister after diwali.

Out hunger strike was a united action by the terminated workers, the 149 workers languishing in Gurgaon Central jail for the last three-and-a-half months, which includes our entire Union body also completed their two-day hunger strike inside the jail, despite continuous threats of torture and of separating them in separate jails. We received renewed solidarity from the workers working inside the factory in Manesar, who were planning on a solidarity lunch boycott, but were coerced by the heavy deployment of police and local company-henchmen, and bouncers to drop the solidarity action in the lunch time.

Thus our hunger strike became a form of solidarity action among the workers who are jailed, terminated and working inside the factory. However the company management and the government has tried to divide us, we will continue to find ways to be united in our resolve to forge solidarity and raise our legitimate demands. We were enthused to find the support of theworkers and union of Maruti Suzuki plant, Gurgaon, whose Union representatives including Kuldeep Jhangu stayed with us in the dharna site and rally in our support. Today’s march and dharna in Kaithal saw mass participation. We reiterate our demands:

  1. Institute an independent impartial probe into the incident of 18th July 2012, and into the role of the management in it.
  2. Immediately release all the arrested workers. Stop all repressive measures by the police on workers-inside the jail, inside the company and outside- and on their family members and relatives.
  3. Immediately reinstate all the 546 terminated workers.
  4. Immediately end the illegal lock-out in Eastern Medikit, and take back all the workers with payment of back dues.

Inquilab Zindabad!

Imaan Khan, Ram Niwas, O. P. Jat, Katar Singh, Yogesh, Raj Pal, Mahabir

Provisional Working Committee,

MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION (MSWU)

Press Release-The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union – protest dharna and hunger strike @Nov 7&8


 

MSWU Release:
Onwards to the Dharna and Hunger Strike of 7th and 8th November !!

NOVEMBER 6, 2012
The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU: Reg. no. 1923) has decided to hold a
protest dharna in the form of a two-day hunger strike on 7th and 8th November
2012. Our family members, relatives and well-wishers and organizations have staged regular
protests across Haryana and given memorandum to all the ministers in the state but to no
avail. We were not allowed to unite and express our side of the story and our indignation at
being falsely implicated in the unfortunate incident of 18th July 2012.
So we are doing a united protest action of the 149 workers languishing in Gurgaon Central
Jail for the last three-and-a-half months, and the 546 permanent workers who have been
terminated from their jobs. We have all the solidarity of the around 2000 contract and casual
workers who have also been unceremoniously thrown out of their jobs. All 149 workers will
be on hunger strike inside the jail, and over 500 workers will sit in front of the Gurgaon
Court/D.C. Office in Gurgaon from 10am on 7th November till 4pm on 8th November
2012, after which we will take out a rally to submit a memorandum to the local minister.
When this protest program was declared the day-before on 4th November, police intimidation,
which we have already witnessed these three months, has increased manifold. The jail
authorities of Gurgaon Central Jail have threatened to ‘beat up’ and increase the
torture on our 149 fellow workers who go on hunger strike. All our elected Union
representatives are lodged in jail – Among those in Gurgaon Central Jail include the entire
leadership of our MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION body, who are portrayed as
‘killers’ even without any due impartial investigation, and having a complete silence on the
role played by the company management in the incident of violence on 18 July 2012.

The Maurti Suzuki company, IMT Manesar currently operates under police cover and the
condition of the few workers who work there are fear and overwork. The Manesar police
summoned each worker inside the company to the police station and has threatened all
of them of ‘dire consequences’ and termination if found to be even remotely in touch
with any of the terminated workers and having found to be attending any meeting or
dharna. This is complete violation of all democratic norms in the country.
We will however go ahead with our scheduled program and call upon all sections of
workers, unions and common people to come in our support and join us on 7th and
8thNovember in front of the D.C. Office, Gurgaon, to bring out our side of the story
which has been buried in the heap of company-driven misinformation and pro-company
government actions. We have and will stand for our legitimate rights, the unity of all the
workers against the exploitation by the Maruti management and its continuous attempts to
‘divide and rule’ over us, by segmenting us into permanent and contract, and now into jailed,
terminated and working in intimidation. We appeal to all to join us and strengthen our
struggle!

 

We demand:
1. Institute an independent impartial probe into the incident of 18th July 2012, and into the
role of the management in it.
2. Immediately release all the arrested workers. Stop all repressive measures by the police on
workers-inside the jail, inside the company and outside- and on their family members and
relatives.
3. Immediately reinstate all the 546 terminated workers and also give priority to reinstate
temporary workers as permanents.
Inquilab Zindabad!
Imaan Khan, Ram Niwas, O. P. Jat, Katar Singh, Yogesh, Raj Pal, Mahabir
Provisional Working Committee,
MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS UNION (MSWU)