NOTE: As the tripartite meeting is still going on between the MSEU, labour department and the Maruti management, the rally for today has been postponed. Further action shall be intimated as the situation develops.- Nayan
The struggle in Maruti Suzuki is at a crucial juncture, as around 4500-5000 workers in three of Suzuki’s plants continued their solidarity with the over 3000 workers of MSIL.
This is on the initiative of the plant-level young workers’ spontaneity and solidarity, whose independent but united might, is holding forth.
Yesterday 15th September, the corporate media, singing the company’s tune, splashed across newspapers that “violence erupted as workers attack supervisors.” It even figured out some arbitrary number, and quoted Maruti Suzuki management saying: “the striking workers have polluted the environment in Manesar. Such actions are damaging for the industrial climate in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt. They will destroy jobs and prosperity in the region.” Behind him, the company logo beams “Count on us”.
But yesterday’s confrontation happened while the company was trying to force three buses with some contract workers inside the plant, under police and management muscle protection. Workers sitting at the factoy gate asked the new contract workers to join in the agitation in solidarity and tried to stop the buses. This led to a confrontation when the management and police attacked workers, 4 of whom were injured, and arrested, one of whom had not been let off till late last night.
Meanwhile the workers in Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd. stopped the finished stock truck to get out of the factory.
There is a call for a rally today 16th September from Kamala Nehru Park in Gurgaon by all trade unions. We appeal to all to strengthen it by participating in it in large numbers.
on behalf of
Krantikari Naujawan Sabha