Delhi Metro Kamgar Union:
“Efforts to buy industrial peace by covering up the real reasons for the incident
at the Maruti Suzuki will only lead to a greater unrest”
New Delhi, August 21. Various mass organisations, unions and social activists staged a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar today against the arbitrary expulsion of hundreds of workers Maruti Suzuki by the management and the continued persecution of the workers. The protestors also submitted a memorandum to the union labour minister to revoke the suspension of the workers.
It is to be noted that tha Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki has opened today itself after a month long lockout. However the management has announced the expulsion of the 500 permanent workers. Also the future of more than 1500 contract workers remains uncertain. The company has threatend to terminate more workers in future.
Despite heavy rainfall since morning, large number of workers and activists coming from Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon took part in the demonstration.
While strongly condemning the dictatorial decision of the Maruti Suzuki management, the speakers said that the anti-labour attitude of Haryana government and the Central government stands exposed through their support to this act of pushing the hundreds of workers and their families on the street.
The speakers mentioned that the incident of July 18 at Maruti Suzuki Manesar was not a planned act of violence but an explosion of workers’ anger against the company’s policies which had accumulated over a period of time. But the company has waged a campaign to brand the workers as a “murderous mob” and “criminals” and by puttting all the legal conventions on the back burner the police is on look out for the workers merely on the F.I.R. of one side. Nobody bothered to understand what caused the workers, who were increasing the company’s profit through their hard labour, to take the violent course.
Some speakers said that the manner in which Maruti Suzuki management has terminated the union and expelled the workers by picking and chosing only goes to strengthen the charge that it was part of a well thought out strategy by the management to incite violence on July 18.
While condemning the deployment of 600-700 personnel of Rapid Action Force inside and outside the factory premises and the recruitment of armed security guards by the company, the speakers stated that peace can not be secured by converting the factory into a Hitler-style labour camp. All the efforts to buy industrial peace by covering up the real reasons for the incident at the Maruti Suzuki will only lead to a greater unrest. This incident has exposed the nexus between the industrialists and the government, administrative machinery and police machinery along with bringing to the fore the simmering workers’ discontent against the suffocating environment of the factories in the country.
While expressing full solidarity with the workers of Maruti Suzuki, an appeal was made to the workers and employess of the entire national capital region to come forward in support of maruti Suzuki workers.
In the memo submitted to the union labour minister after the meeting, it was demanded to revoke the expulsion of the hundreds of workers, to order a high profile independent enquiry, not to lay off any worker till the report of the enquiry, to stop the witch hunt of the workers and to free the arrested workers, to file a case against the company officials responsible for inciting the violence and calling the goons and to cancel the deployment of armed company guards and Rapid Action Force within and outside the factory premises. It was also demanded to constitute a special enquiry committee to investigate serious violations of labour laws in the factories of Gurgaon-Manesar belt including Maruti-Suzuki. The committee should also include representatives of workers organisations, experts on labour issues and democratic rights activists
Among those who addressed the meeting included Ajay Swamy from Delhi Metro Kamgar Union, Navin from Karawal Nagar Mazdoor Union, Satyam from the Citizens Front in Support of Maruti Suzuki workers’ Struggle, Tapish Maindola and Anand from Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Shivani from Stree Mazdoor Sangthan, Sunny Singh from Disha Chhatra Sangathan, Yogesh Swami from Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Saurabh Banerjee from Jagrook Nagrik Manch and Rajkumar from Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Gurgaon.
The protest demonstration was attended by activists of Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Delhi Metro Kamgar Union, Karawal Nagar Mazdoor Union, Stree Mazdoor Sangthan, Disha Chhatra Sangthan, Citizens Front in Support of Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Struggle, several social activists and intellectuals and workers from various factories in and around Delhi.
— for, Convening Committee
Delhi Metro Kamgar Union
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