Posts Tagged ‘Inde’

Free the Maruti Workers !

20 mars 2017

Le tribunal de Gurgaon (Inde) a condamné samedi dernier 13 syndicalistes à la prison à perpétuité suite à la mort d’un cadre de Maruti Suzuki lors d’émeutes en 2012.

Free the Maruti Workers! 13 Maruti Union members given ‘Life Sentence’ for Struggling for Union Formation &Abolition of the Contract Worker System

13 of our brothers have been given ‘life sentences’ – including 12 Maruti Suzuki Workers Union body members – on the baseless charge of ‘murder’ on 18 March afternoon by the Gurgaon Additional Sessions Court. 4 workers given 5 year sentences. 14 workers given 3 years, but have already spent 4 years in prison, so released. Of the earlier acquitted 117 workers who spent over 4 years in Jail, we do not yet know as to who will return the lost years. 148 already spent 4 years in Jail without bail since 2012 without bail and 2500 workers were earlier illegally terminated and then faced continual State repression.

We reject the falsehood that this is an ‘objective judgement’. The Prosecution Case and Judicial Sentence is based on no evidences, false-witnesses and pure class hatred. See here for details of the arguments. Workers had no involvement in the unfortunate death of the pro-worker manager who helped in registering the Union, Mr Avanish Kumar Dev – this is conclusively proved in the legal case from the Defence. The conflict on the day of 18 July 2012 started with a supervisor attacking a Dalit worker Jiyalal – who was later made into ‘prime accused’ in the case – with caste-based abuse, and the worker’s suspension. The entire case is part of management conspiracy to finish off the Union, an attack on the Right to Union Formation itself, and the demands–particularly of abolition of Contract Worker System–it was raising and symbol it became for workers struggle.

The nature of the legal case was informed from the outset by the vitriolic repressive manner in which thousands of workers were continually hounded after 18 July 2012 by the nexus of the management and government, including the Police, administration and labour departments. This Judgement – made in between turning Gurgaon and Manesar into Police camps – is directly anti-worker and heavily influenced by the interests of the Company management, to ‘set an example’, to sow fear and terror among all industrial workers in the country, particularly the belt of Gurgaon to Neemrana in Haryana and Rajasthan. The Prosecution in its final arguments – much similar to the Chandigarh HC order of May 2013 rejecting bail for workers – arguing for ‘death penalty’ for workers, talked of the need of restoring ‘confidence’ of capital, and the Prime Minister’s initiative of inviting global investors for ‘Make in India’. The confidence of these foreign and national capitalists depend on one thing: a cheap and compliant labour force, so no Unions or any raising of demands.

By specifically targeting the entire Union body, this Company Raj wants to tell us that the workers movement, the Right to Union Formation and other Trade Union rights as well as Human Rights of workers in the country will be simply (with illegal and legal means) crushed by capitalists and the State. The attack on our Union body members is been simply because they have been the leadership of the struggle against the management practices of exploitation of labour in the factory and waged a legitimate long struggle for trade union rights and dignity since 2011 with the unity of permanent and contract workers, demanding the abolition of the contract worker system, dignity in the workplace, and an end to exploitative practices by the management. And finally registered our Union on 1 March 2012. This workers assertion was not acceptable to the management and they wanted to crush our Union, especially after submission of the Charter of Demands in April 2012 which argued for abolition of contract worker system. So they conspired and escalated the conflict on 18 July 2012.

The struggle full of vitality and hope gave positive energies for other workers to fight similar exploitation in the industrial region and beyond from Honda to Rico to Asti to Shriram Pistons to Daikin AC to Bellsonica name a few. This collective workers assertion needed to be crushed and ‘taught a lesson’ in the interests of the company managements. Similar conflicts and cases of repression on workers movements have happened from Graziano Transmissions Noida, Regent Ceramics Puducherry, Pricol in Chennai and so on. This Judgement comes in the trail of these repression, increasing its tempo. And so, the industrial areas are being turned into Police Camps.

Maruti Suzuki CEO RC Bhargava has said this is a ‘class war’. And what the government dutifully is doing is to turn workers disputes with management into a ‘Law & Order problem’, to criminalize workers fighting for their Rights of Union formation and against the Contract System. We condemn this criminalization of workers.

We are not afraid, nor tired with so much continuous repression. IT is only by increasing the tempo of the unity of workers beyond the divisions of permanent and contract, and independent class assertion against the continuous attacks of the current Company-State regime of exploitation-repression, that we can take the struggle forward. Lakhs of workers in industrial areas are already doing solidarity actions since 9 March, and on 16 March, over a lakh workers in Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Tamil Nadu did hunger strikes. On 18th immediately after the Judgement, 30000 workers in 5 Maruti Suzuki factories did an hour of ‘tool down’ solidarity strike even though the management tried to crush it as always by pressure to work and notice of 8 days pay cut. Since 16th March, there have been protests by various workers, students, human rights and other democratic organizations in over 20 cities, and deputations and solidarity positions and actions in 21 countries.

On 23rd March – the day of martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh – the Maruti Suzuki Mazdoor Sangh (MSMS), the joint platform of all 6 Maruti Suzuki factories have given the call of ‘Chalo Manesar’, for thousands of workers to gather and do a Protest rally in Manesar. We call upon all pro-worker forces to participate in this Protest. We also feel the need for a National Day of Protest, tentatively on 4th April. In this decisive and crucial hour, we appeal to all workers and pro-worker forces to stand with the demand to free the convicted workers, and wage a protracted struggle to ensure justice and workers rights, and show solidarity in whatever ways possible.

23 March ko Chalo Manesar!

Free the Maruti Workers!

End the Regime of Exploitation-Repression in the Industrial belts.

Provisional Working Committee,

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

18 March 2017

Contact: 7011865350 (Ramniwas), 9911258717 (Khusiram) on behalf of the PWC, MSWU.


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Solidarité avec les 7 000 ouvriers en grève chez Suzuki en Inde

19 octobre 2011

En Inde, après un mois de lutte, sept mille travailleurs chez Suzuki ont finalement conclu un accord avec l’employeur à la fin du mois de septembre. Mais lorsqu’ils ont repris le travail, Suzuki a changé d’avis et n’a pas voulu respecter l’accord signé. Le résultat a été une reprise de la grève, avec une violente réaction de la direction : des coups de feu ont été tirés sur les grévistes. Le gouvernement s’est rangé de son côté, déclarant la grève « illégale ». Comme souvent, notre site relaie la campagne Labourstart invitant à envoyer des messages:

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En Inde, 7000 ouvriers travaillant à Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), Suzuki Powertrain et Suzuki Motos India Ltd se sentent écrasés par le poids de l’État, la société faisant appel à la police et au ministère du Travail pour soutenir ses pratiques antisyndicales et anti-travailleurs.

Après un mois de lutte intense et violente, les travailleurs de MSIL à Manesar, Gurgaon ont conclu une entente avec la direction Suzuki, le 30 Septembre 2011. Conformément à l’accord, le 3 Octobre les travailleurs se sont présentés au travail, mais les travailleurs contractuels se sont vu refuser l’accès. La société a également arrêté les services de transport et les travailleurs à contrat, restés à l’extérieur des portes des usines ont été attaqués par des nervis engagés pour l’occasion. Pour exiger la réintégration des travailleurs contractuels, les travailleurs de trois usines ont lancé une grève avec sit-in à partir du 7 octobre. L’escalade de la violence s’est déclenchée le 9 octobre lorsqu’un sous-contractant a ouvert le feu sur un groupe de travailleurs de Suzuki Motos. Malgré ces attaques, Suzuki a obtenu la pleine coopération du gouvernement indien. Le 10 octobre, le Département du travail de Haryana a collé un avis de « violation du règlement » et décrété la grève illégale. En revanche, la Haute Cour de Haryana a demandé aux travailleurs de quitter le site de l’entreprise mais n’a pas déclaré la grève illégale.

Un total de 120 travailleurs ont été licenciés ou suspendus en raison de leur participation à la grève dans trois usines. Les travailleurs rejettent l’intimidation concertée de la compagnie, de la police et du gouvernement et exigent que Suzuki Corporation respecte les droits du travail et mène des négociations de bonne foi.

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Inde: 500 ouvriers jetés en prison au cours d’un conflit avec Foxconn

17 octobre 2010

Plus de 500 travailleurs employés par Foxconn ont été arrêtés et emprisonnés dans l’État indien de Tamil Nadu. Leur incarcération fait suite à un différend avec la société, qui a signé un accord avec un syndicat crée par le parti au pouvoir dans l’État – et qui n’avait pas le soutien de tous les travailleurs.
Pendant ce temps, la grève se poursuit. Le syndicat organise des manifestations de soutien et des rassemblements dans tout l’État. Il appelle à la solidarité internationale.

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22 mai 2010

Gurgaon, dans l’Haryana, en Inde, est montré comme un symbole de réussite capitaliste. Derrière une façade de grandes tours et de centres commerciaux se trouvent des travailleurs et leurs luttes, notamment dans la fabrication de voitures et de scooters pour la nouvelle classe moyenne indienne.

Depuis plusieurs années, un collectif anime un site et une lettre électronique en anglais: GurgaonWorkersNews. Le dernier numéro de la newsletter vient de sortir. On y trouve notamment un entretien avec trois militants communistes locaux, appartenant à des orgas différentes, et un point sur les luttes salariales face à l’inflation. GurgaonWorkersNews déclare être indépendant de tout parti et syndicat, mais chercher à informer sur les luttes ouvrières de la région. (Contact:

GurgaonWorkersNews – Newsletter 26 (May 2010)

Workers’ Lines in Kapashera, Gurgaon

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