Maruti Suzuki – What a sham #Ileadindia , you must say #ImisleadInida


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क्यूँ परिवार का बना हिस्सा,
मजदूरो के  गर्व को दुतकारते …

घर मे सब बिखरा सा है,
अहंकार और दमन दिखता  है ,
मजदूरो के मानवधिकारो का ,
उड़ा दिया चिथड़ा- चिथड़ा है..

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चक्रव्युह रचा रचा,
जेलो मे मजदूर थूसते,
बुनियादी मांगों पर झाड़ू मारते…

छवि तुम्हारी धुल गई,
रही सही मिट्टी मे घुल गई,
अब I LEAD INDIA कह ,
किस छवि को तुम सुधारते..

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जो जेल के अन्दर हैं उनको आजादी दो ,

सारे झोठे केसेस वापिस लो

इज़्ज़त करो मजदूर की तुम…

जन जन देख रही है तुम्हे,
नारा कर रही बुलंद,

MARUTI SUZUKI – I MISLEAD INDIA !!

MARUTI SUZUKI – I MISLEAD INDIA !!

By- Rahul Yogi Deveshwar,  a contribution to #IMISLEADINDIA JOIN US ON FACEBOOK  group

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#India – Govt paid lawyer Rs 1.44 cr to fight Maruti Suzuki case #WTFnews


BT Online Bureau    Gurgaon   May 16, 2013
File photo of Maruti Suzuki's Manesar unit after the violence

File photo of Maruti Suzuki‘s Manesar unit after the violence. PHOTO: AP

The Haryana government paid Rs 1.44 crore as fees to Special public prosecutor K.T.S. Tulsi in the past six months for fighting the case against workers involved in the violence at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar unit last year.

In reply to a Right to Information application, Rajendra Pathak of All India Lawyers’ Union has said Tulsi was appointed by the Haryana government to fight the case against 147 workers prosecuted by the police for their involvement in the violence at the passenger car maker’s plant on July 18 last year. “He has been paid Rs 1,43,96,750″.

SPECIAL: Aroon Purie and Chaitanya Kalbag speak to Osamu Suzuki after Manesar violence

Tulsi was appointed by the state government in August last year. The violence at the Maruti Suzuki unit had claimed the life of a senior company official while about hundred others were left injured.

 

Maruti Suzuki won’t take back sacked workers


 , TNN | Dec 25, 2012
NEW DELHIMaruti Suzuki has said it has no intention of taking back any of the 500-odd workers sacked for the July 18 carnage at its Manesar plant even as the Haryana Police has charged only around 150 workers.

Maruti chairman R C Bhargava has said that the company will not take them back as it has eyewitness accounts that all of them were involved in the July 18 rampage at Manesar, which left one senior manager dead and nearly 100 injured. “If people took part in violent activities, how do I take them back? They were part of the mob.”

The company went in for the mass layoffs after accumulating evidence against the workers. “It was done after a careful scrutiny. We have eyewitness accounts of our managers and supervisors who were attacked,” the company chairman said.

Maruti’s refusal to take back any of the fired staff is, however, objected to by the company’s labour union, which has been demanding the re-instatement of a majority , especially after they were not even named in the chargesheet filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the matter.

“While the fate of those named by the police in its chargesheet will be decided by the court, there is no logic of not taking back the others. We see them as innocent and demand that the company take them back immediately,” said Kuldeep Jhangu, the general secretary of the company’s Gurgaon plant union Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU).

MUKU had also raised the matter with Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki when he had visited India in the aftermath of the incident. However, the company had not given any assurance on the matter.

Maruti Suzuki has also raised doubts over the findings of the SIT probe, which had said the violent events at the plant were not instigated from outside, but were due to internal issues between the management and workers.

 

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)

 

An Appeal-Maruti Suzuki Workers Union


 

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

 

Inquilab Zindabad! Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad!

 

 

Support our Struggle

November 2, 2012

 

 

Friends and Comrades,

 

We, the workers of Maruti Suzuki, Manesar are facing one of the toughest times in our struggle, with 160 of our fellow workers languishing in jail for the last three months (including all the MSWU representatives), while 546 permanent and another 2000 contract and apprentice workers have been terminated from their jobs. We are waging a relentless struggle against the anti-labour Maruti management, and we are fighting it out in the court, as well as in the streets, with our legitimate demands for reinstatement of terminated workers, release of arrested workers and investigation into the incident of 18th july 2012 by an impartial authority.

As the struggle continues, we appeal to all to stand in support by contributing to the struggle fund.
You can send your contributions directly to:

Account no. 912010057524329

AXIS Bank
Branch: SCO-29, SECTOR-14, Near HUDA Office, Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, Haryana, India.

IFSC Code : UTIB0000056 
Branch Code : 000056
MICR Code : 110211008

Joint account holders name:
Imaan Khan, Ram Niwas, Omprakash Jaat

 

Please inform us by email at: marutiworkerstruggle@gmail.com so that we could confirm that we received your contribution to the struggle fund.

Struggling greetings,
Provisional Working Committee, MSWU

 

Press release of protest by families and relatives of Maruti Suzuki workers


Press Release 

On 2nd September 2012, over 400 relatives and families of workers of Maruti Suzuki protested against the arrests, torture and termination of workers, and demanded immediate release and work for all workers. The families and relatives who came from all across Harayana- Hisar, Rohtak, Jind, Kaithal, Narwana, Gurgaon, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, as well as from U.P., Punjab, Himachal, Rajasthan wanted to meet Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, but were dissapointed when the Police Commissioner and a huge contingent of Haryana Police blocked and disallowed us our right to do so. It became clear to all that the government and police is continuing to act against the interests of common people and workers and their families, and acting in complete favour of the Suzuki management. The families gave a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the D.C. Rohtak after demonstrating in front of his office.

In the meeting, workers relatives put across their view. Suresh’s brother said that police torture was meted out to the workers on direction of the management, and asked why the government is acting in the management’s favour. Ramvilas’s uncle Ramesh said even the family members were not spared. Sushma said proper investigation should be done about the management’s role in the incident. Jagbir said how his son was awarded ‘best worker’ twice by the company itself, and now has put him in jail and all workers are being called criminals even when investigation has not taken place. That the government is not giving any respect to workers or their families came out of all the protestors.

In the demonstration, banners of ‘Maruti Suzuki workers Union’’s families and solidarity committee were there. Posters and slogans like ‘All workers are innocent, immediately release all workers’, ‘Company-Government-police stop harassment of workers’, ‘Hooda government answer us, respect workers families’, ‘punish the guilty managament of maruti suzuki’ were made.

The demands put forward are-
1. Immediately release all workers arrested from the night of 18th July on.
2. Register cases of conspiracy and death on the management of Maruti Suzuki.
3. Take back to work all 546 terminated workers.
4. Punish the police officials who are harassing and torturing workers and their families.
5. Take action against factory management who are fluting labour laws.

Signed/- Avtar Singh, Kurukshetra and Pramod kr, Sonepat, Haryana

1. Press Release from relatives of Maruti workers (in Hindi)
2. Memorandum submitted by relatives of workers (in Hindi)

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE- LATHI CHARGE ON PEOPLE PROTESTING AGAINST STATE REPRESSION ON MARUTI WORKERS


 

 

Press Release

 

 

 

Joint Protest Demonstration Against the State Repression on Workers of Maruti Suzuki at Shram shakti bhawan

 

 

 

Police Brutally beate the Protesting People and Detained

 

9th August 2012

 

On the recent development in manesar plant of maruti Suzuki in which 114 workers including 12 union body members has been arrested and against repression on maruti workers, a joint protest demonstration has been organized by 20 organization and pro people intellectual on 9th august 2012. Protester gathered at UNI building and started their rally towards Shram Bhavan with raising slogan in solidarity with struggling workers and against severe repression on workers. Meanwhile police forces stopped the protester to reach shram bhavan. When the protesters did not succumb to police barricading, the police started abusing and dragging people away. And finally resorted to brutal beating up of the people, even women comrades were not spared. Then police forcibly detailed all those who were protesting and taken to Parliament Street Police Station. We condemn the police atrocity on the peacefully protesting people. We stand by the struggle for Maruti Workers and condemn the role of the State machinery.

 

The incident of 18th july shows total apathy from the state government, its labor department, civil as well as police administration towards worker’s cause. Workers are facing tough time due to highhanded approach of maruti management, who is in clear connivance with state government and its labor department and they are entirely responsible for the prevailing industrial relations in the manesar unit of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. The incident of 18th July is one stark example of management manipulation to push the worker in corner. In the afternoon of 18th July, a supervisor in the shop floor abused and made castist comments against a dalit worker of the permanent category, which was protested by the worker. Instead of taking action against the said supervisor, the management immediately suspended the worker concerned without any investigation as was demanded by the workers. When the workers along with Union representatives went to meet the HR to demand against the supervisor and revoke the unjust suspension of the worker, the HR officials flatly refused to hear worker’s concern. The management’s attitude was quite clear: they were in no mood to resolve the issue amicably. They had another nefarious design in their mind. More than 150 bouncers (private goons on the roll of management) were called from outside the plant to attack the workers. They blocked the ingress and out-gress of the plant with clear motive to attack the unarmed workers. This is criminal act on part of the management which must be condemned and immediate cognizance of the issue must be taken by those who are responsible for bringing out industrial peace. The move of the management caused fear in the mind of workers and chaos prevailed over efforts of worker’s union to arrive on an amicable settlement.

 

Meeting was addressed by representatives of All India Federation of Trade Unions (New),  Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, ICTU, Correspondence, Krantikari Lokadhikar Sangathan, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Mazdoor Patrika, Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Shramik Sangram Committee, s, People’s Union for Democratic Rights, People’s Front, Peoples’ Democratic Front of India, Pragatisheel Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra,  Radical Notes,  Students For Resistance,  Sanhati-Delhi, Jati Unmulan Andolan, Shramik Duniya, Vidyarthi Yuvjan Sabha, Workers Unity Trade Union.

 

Organizations feel that the management of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. is entirely responsible for18thJuly incident. Speakers demand that repression against workers should be stop immediately and labor law should be implement properly in all factories and violator should be severely punished as well as only permanent recruitment should be happen for the permanent nature of work. They also demand that:-

 

  • An independent inquiry by reputed agency of India is constituted immediately to inquire into the whole incident including the role of management in 18thJuly incident.
  • Immediately Release all workers and take back to work who have been falsely implicated in this case and witch hunt of workers be stopped immediately.
  •   Security in-charge of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. be interrogated to get the whereabouts of bouncers involved in the incident of 18th July 2012 and they must be arrested immediately.
  • Managerial staff responsible for employing bouncers must be arrested immediately.
  • Restore labor laws in Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd as well as in other industries in Haryana.
  • F.I.R. under S.C./S.T. prevention of atrocity act be registered against supervisor who have made castist abuse against worker.

 

 

 

 

Clash At Maruti Suzuki Car Factory Reflects Failures Of India, Inc.


 

by Freny Manecksha, CorpWatch Blog
July 30th, 2012

Worker rally at Maruti factory. Photo: Radical Notes. Inset photo: Maruti model at Auto Expo 2012. Photo: vm2827. Used under Creative Commons license.

 

Hundreds of workers at a factory for India‘s biggest carmaker – Maruti Suzuki -are being rounded up by police after a violent clash at the plant on July 18. Company offices in the state of Haryana were set on fire resulting in a manager meeting a gruesome death.

In 1983, Maruti, which is an Indian subsidiary of Japanese multinational Suzuki, became the first major foreign manufacturer to enter the Indian marketplace after three decades of independence from Britain. Maruti now controls just under half of car sales in the country – this year it sold its 10 millionth vehicle- making it a showcase for India’s booming new manufacturing economy.

However the company also has a history of troubled industrial relations, not unlike many other auto manufacturers in India. Indeed some commentators say that the incident is just a symbol of the broader labor troubles at Indian factories that have been brewing for years because of unequal development.

“(A)fter twenty years of enormous liberalization, India is on the threshold of a gigantic working class unrest,” writes Amaresh Misra, an independent historian, author and novelist, in the online edition of Times of India. “Indian people regard economic reform and the English speaking managerial elite with disdain. They have tasted wealth-but they also know that, foreigners and their lackeys have amassed riches a thousand times over.”

The Manesar Incident

The Maruti factory where the incident took place is in Manesar in the Gurgaon district of Haryana, about 30 miles from Delhi. There contract workers were paid just Rs 7,000 a month ($155) while salaried workers were paid Rs 17,000 a month ($376) notes Misra.

Salaries at the factory increased by just 5.5 percent between 2007 and 2011 at a time when the consumer price index for the region went up over 50 percent. Meanwhile profits for the Maruti Suzuki company have increased by 2,200 percent over the last decade.

Unrest at the factory began surfacing in December 2010 when workers expressed their unhappiness with the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union which had not held elections for years and which was seen as management controlled. In June 2011 workers attempted to create a new union for both contract and permanent workers.

On August 28, 2011, a large police force entered the factory and 21 workers were suspended on charges of sabotage. A lockout was declared and workers were told they would have to sign a “Good Conduct” bond that would give management the right to fire anyone that took part in a “go slow” or intermittent stoppage of work.

In April 2012, the new Maruti Suzuki Workers Union was set up, according to a press release from Ram Meher Singh, the union president. A charter of demands was presented to management and negotiations were under way.

The exact sequence of what happened on July 18 continues to be shrouded in controversy. This much is clear – a floor supervisor made derogatory remarks about Jiyalal, a worker from a lower caste. When Jiyalal protested (the police say he slapped the supervisor), he was suspended and a confrontation began. Hundreds of hired security officials poured into the factory and blocked the exit.

In the ensuing melee, Awanish Kumar Dev, a company human resources manager who had been involved in negotiating with the union, was beaten up. (Dev did not make the original remarks) Many others – including workers – were also injured. A fire then broke out, although it is not clear who started it. An autopsy report says that Dev was unable to move to safety, because both of his legs were fractured, so he died in the fire.

Haryana police have started to comb the villagers around the factory to hunt down workers that they believe were involved in the incident. So far, over 90 workers have been rounded up and taken to Bhondsi jail without being charged before a magistrate as in the normal custom. Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code has also been invoked for a two kilometer radius around the plant, making any assembly of more than five persons unlawful.

Battlelines have hardened. Village panchayats (local governing bodies) around the factory have refused to support the Maruti workers, but other workers in nearby factories – such as at Hero Motocop and Suzuki Powertrain – have declared solidarity with them.

In recent days, government officials have also announced that they intend to investigate the possibility that the violence was pre-meditated and part of a larger plot by Maoists to infiltrate trade unions in the industrial belts of central India.

Gurudas Dasgupta, a member of parliament from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) says this is not true. “What’s happened in Gurgaon is the continuous anger of workers against the suppressive actions of the management,” he says.

Violence in the Workplace

It is certainly true that the situation at the Maruti factory is not unique. Factory managers across India have been replacing the permanent workforce with contract and casual labor. India’s traditional unions have floundered in recent years, unable to keep their grip on this new work force that is young, local, ambitious and impatient. New factories are exploiting this and attempting to negotiate with individual workers  instead.

The absence of a collective bargaining system is cited by some as the cause of a number of deadly incidents of July 18 in recent years. For example

* On July 25, 2005, police beat up thousands of workers at the Honda Motors and Scooters factory, which is also in Gurgaon. (The clash happened after a supervisor reportedly kicked a worker)

* On September 22, 2008, Lalit Kishore Chowdhary, the CEO of the CEO of Graziano Trasmissioni, an Italian multinational gear factory, died after a clash with workers on the factory premises in Greater Noida, also just outside Delhi. (Some reports say he wasbludgeoned to death, others that he jumped to his death.)

* In September 2009, Roy George, the human resources head of Pricol, an auto-instrument panel manufacturer in Tamil Nadu, died in a clash with workers after he froze their salaries.

* Ajit Yadav, a worker at Rico, a gear and brake parts manufacturer, also based in Gurgaon, was beaten to death in October 2009 during a protest against management, reportedly by company security.

* On March 1, 2011, RS Roy of Graphite India Ltd, a senior manager at an Indian steel factory, died from injuries sustained in a fire after a clash with workers in the eastern state of Orissa.

To see these incidents as merely an issue of ‘crime and militancy’ would be “a gross dereliction on one’s responsibilities and blatant criminalisation of labour,” writes Rakhi Sehgal, vice president of Hero Honda’s workers’ union, in the Economic and Political Weekly.

“There are many voices commenting on the lack of maturity among these workers, the expression of their demands and their discontentment, their youth, their lack of experience as many are first-generation industrial workers, their supposed hotheadeness and impatience, their aspiration to be upwardly mobile and to have the capacity to indulge in consumerism, and their demands for better wages (why not?),” she adds.

The Decline and Fall of Indian Workers

Indeed Indian workers are actually much worse off in the today’s economy, than their unionized predecessors, note labor observors. “Today, Indian workers are paid less in real terms than they were fifteen years ago, have less job security, and yet are less likely to strike,” writes Aman Sethi in the Hindu. “The incident at Maruti Manesar signals the end of the all-powerful union capable of controlling the factory floor, rather than its return. Instead, industry’s reliance on casual workers has created informal leaderless networks that operate outside the framework of strikes and settlements that undergird union activity.”

Sethi illustrates his comments with the following numbers:

* Almost 300,000 strikes were called between 1973-74. In 2010, just 429 strikes were called, according to data from the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute

* Real, inflation-adjusted wages for workers increased by nearly 40 percent in the 15 years from 1981-82 to 1994-95, and then fell 15 percent in the next 15 years, according to numbers from the Annual Survey of Industries

* Wage payments, as a percentage of the net value created by companies, have dropped from 30.3 percent to 11.6 percent over the last 30 years

* Meanwhile, profits have increased from 23.4 per cent of net value to 56.2 percent over the last 30 years

* In 2000, casual workers accounted for 38 per cent of employment in the organized sectors, such as manufacturing and construction, according to National Sample Survey data; but by 2010, they accounted for 58 percent.

* Manufacturing has shed 5 million casual jobs in the last five years

* In 2011-12, “India Inc.” owed its workers at least Rs. 711 crore ($128 million) in unpaid wages, according to parliamentary data, not including casual workers or instances wherein the matter never reached a labour court.

* Last year, labor courts had a backlog of 13,527 cases, which rose to 13,642 this year.

In order to confront the slow loss of workers rights and to prevent violent clashes in the future, Rakhi Seghal concludes that the labor movement itself has to evolve. To that end, a Facebook page for a “Citizens Front in Support of Maruti Suzuki Workers” has been set up, where Seghal, among others, have gathered to organize online.

Her first demand is simple: “We agree that rule of law should be enforced. Start with the companies first – prosecute them for violation of our laws.”