Twelve Workers injured as Bus carrying Renualt Nissan employees rams into Truck

On 18th October, a chartered bus transporting Renault Nissan (RN) workers, met with an accident enroute from Walajahbad, around 6 Kms from the factory. 12 workers, travelling to there morning shift, were severely injured, one of them remains critical and is undergoing surgery for head injuries at a private hospital. Workers, who are surprised it did not make the news, claim that this is not a rare incident. Speaking anonymously a worker said “over 8 accidents have occurred in the span of 3 months. This is due to the severe strain on the drivers. The drivers are penalized with wage cuts for any delays so they rush during peak traffic hours, they also have very little leave and no place to rest between shifts. All this tires them out” he said.

Bus transporting RN Workers after accident

Bus transporting RN Workers after accident

Ramesh, vice president of United Labour Front, said that while the workers will be provided medical leave and insurance will cover the medical costs, if needed claims under Employee Compensation Act can be raised. He also said that the company is bearing the cost of medical expense for the critically injured worker.

Injured Renault Nissan Workers

Injured Renault Nissan Workers

Injured RN Workers

Injured RN Workers

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Report on Public Hearing on Impact of 2015 Floods on Slum & Pavement Dwellers in Chennai City

The report on public hearing on impact of 2015 floods on slum and pavement dwellers was released in Chennai. The report in English and Tamil are available below. Continue reading

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Honda 2f workers struggle continues

Product Boycott campaign picks up steam as the Struggle enters the Second Month

The remarkable and heroic struggle of Honda workers entered a new phase on the 20th day of their hunger strike. Due to failing health of workers (though 2 of the 5 workers had to be hospitalised in the first week of October, they chose to return to the hunger fast) and seeing absolutely no response to their demands from the Honda management or the blatantly pro-corporate central government, they decided to change the indefinite hunger strike into a relay hunger strike which has since continued. Inspite of the exhaustion due to the effort put in over last 20 days, the workers are determined to carry the campaign forward.

Workers at the Jantar Mantar 20th day of protest

There will also be a renewed campaigning in the entire DMIC region (Delhi Mumbai Industrial corridor)  which calls for the boycott of Honda 2 wheelers that are produced in the Tapukera factory (Honda Activa and Honda Shine). It does appear that the previous boycott call, which drew support from workers nationwide has drawn attention of the Honda management as they have filed defamation cases against striking workers for brand damage and product defamation.

So far there has been no official complaint  regarding the ongoing hunger strike which is proceedingin Jantar Mantar. Even the 20 days of hunger fast has not had any visible effect on the management or the government. It thus appears that  life  and health of workers and their grievances have no relevance and they see democratic protests done inside a confined space like Jantar Mantar as causing no obstacles to their production or sale. Product boycott, however is a tool which evokes a reaction from the management and it is something Honda workers are determined to use.



The 5 workers who fasted for 20 days have constantly supported the relay hunger strike in which different 4-5 workers are participating every day. There has been solidarity support pouring in from various quarters. Last week the postal service workers from Delhi attended the strike and gave their solidarity support as well as commitment to boycott of Honda 2 wheelers during the festive period.  Workers organizations, namely Worker Solidarity Center, Inquilab Mazdoor Kendra and Bigul have been constantly involved with the struggle and are campaigning on behalf of workers as well as helping them to continue the campaign in a variety of ways.

Different organizations, including most of MASA (Mazdoor Andolan Sangarsh Abhiyan) constituents from Punjab, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh have also visited the workers at Jantar Mantar in solidarity.

In this new phase of the struggle various initiatives are being planned by the workers.

1. A call for one day hunger strike and protest at respective DC office in different districts of Haryana and Rajasthan by workers and their family members on 20 Oct
4. A cultural protest day on 23 Oct

Various central trade unions have engaged with the striking workers over past few weeks and the Delhi Labour minister, Mr. Gopal Rai wrote a solidarity letter to the central government on the 20th day of the strike.



Honda workers have realised that this struggle is going to be a protracted one and going forward an essential component of the struggle will be involvement of the Honda workers who are working inside the factory now. In light of this, a justice rally was organized on October 16th in Jantar Mantar which involved the existing workers as well.  There was a solidarity rally in Patna today organized by a number of unions . Honda workers also did pamphleteering on Delhi gate regarding Boycott of Shine and Activa. Com. Naresh gave an impromptu speech explaining the struggle and reasons behind it to the public. After seeing a good response from the crowd, they have decided to continue to campaign there in the coming days.




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சாதியம், ஆணாதிக்கத்தை உடைக்க இளைஞர்கள் முன்வர வேண்டும் – சென்னை ஐஐடி கூட்டத்தில் பெசவாடா வில்சன் கோரிக்கை

தேசிய சேவை திட்டம்(என்எஸ்எஸ்) நிறுவிய தினம் செப்டம்பர் 26 அன்று சென்னை ஐஐடியில் நடைபெற்ற மாபெரும் கூட்டத்தில் மனித கழிவுகளை மனிதர்கள் அகற்றறும் வேலையை அழிக்கப் போராடி வரும் துப்புரவு தொழிலாளர்கள் இயக்கத்தின் (சஃபாய் கரம்சாரி அந்தோலன்) நிறுவனரும், 2016 மாக்சசே விருது பெற்றவரும் ஆன பெசவாடா வில்சன் பங்கேற்றார். மனிதக் கழிவுகளை அகற்றும் பணியில் காலங்காலமாக தீண்டத்தகாத தலித் மக்கள் ஈடுபடுத்தப்படுவதை முற்றுமாக ஒழித்து அவர்களை மாற்று வேலைகளில் ஈடுபடுத்துவதற்கான செயல்களை வலியுறுத்தி துப்புரவுத் தொழிலாளர்கள் இயக்கம் பாடுபட்டு வருகிறது. இந்திய மனப்பான்மை, சமூகக் கட்டமைப்புகள் மற்றும் அரசு இயந்திரங்கள் மூலம் எவ்வாறு சாதியம் நிலைநிறுத்தப்படுவதை விளக்கிய அவர், இக்கட்டமைப்புகளை ஒழிப்பதற்கு மாணவ இளைஞர் சமுதாயம் கேள்விகளை எழுப்ப வேண்டும் என்றும் தொடர்ந்து கூட்டாக உழைக்க வேண்டும் என்றும் அவர் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

அரசின் மெத்தனப் போக்கு
இந்திய ரயில் போக்குவரத்தில் மனிதக் கழிவுகளை அகற்ற தலித் தொழிலாளர்கள் ஈடுபடுத்தப்படுதல், அவர்களுக்கு மறுவாழ்வு கொடுப்பதில் அரசு தீவிர கவனம் செலுத்தாதது, தூய்மை இந்தியா(Swachha Bharat) திட்டத்தில் உள்ள சாதியம் ஆகியவைகளை பற்றி தோழர் பெசவாடா வில்சன் விரிவாக எடுத்துரைத்தார். இந்தியாவில் மொத்தம் 1,78,000 ரயில் பெட்டிகள் போக்குவரத்தில் ஈடுபடுத்தப்படுகின்றன. பல ரயில்கள் அதிகாலை நேரம் சென்னை போன்ற பெரிய நகரங்களுக்கு வந்து சேருமாறு இயக்கப்படுகின்றன. பயணிகள் அந்நேரமே தங்கள் காலைக் கடன்களை முடிக்க நேரிடும் பொழுது மனித மலங்கள் பெட்டிகள் உள்ள திறந்த வெளி கழிப்பிடங்களில் இருந்து நிலைய ரயில் தடங்களில் விழுகின்றன. இவற்றை அகற்றுவதற்கு தலித்துகள் வேலையில் அமர்த்தப்படுகின்றனர். தோழர் பெசவாடாவின் சகோதரர் 18 வருடங்களுக்கு இந்திய ரெயில்வேயில் இப்பணியில் வேலை செய்ய நேர்ந்தது. Continue reading

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Question the mindset, structures and state to abolish caste and manual scavenging: Bezawada Wilson’s talk in IIT Madras

Bezawada Wilson, co-founder of Safai Karamchari Andolan and magsaysay award winner delivered a lecture on occasion of National Service Scheme(NSS) Foundation Day on 26th September at IIT Madras. Safai Karamchari Andolan continues to work tirelessly to organise workers and abolish manual scavenging, under which the untouchable dalit castes are made to clean human excreta of others. In his address, he highlighted the reproduction of caste through mindset, social structures and state and asked the young students, who attended the lecture, to question and work together to destroy such oppressive structures.

States Apathy

Bezawada Wilson used the example of Indian Railways, Swachha Bharat and lack of rehabilitation measures to discuss States apathy to take steps to abolish manual scavenging. He said that there are 1,78,000 coaches in India, carrying people all over the country. Most of the trains are scheduled to arrive at big cities such as Chennai in early mornings and this means that the human excreta, from the toilets used by passengers, will be left in the train tracks at these stations. These are cleaned by manual scavengers, one of whom was Bezawadas own brother who worked in Indian Railways as manual scavenger for 18 years. Continue reading

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Thozhilalar Koodam Newsletter September 2016 Edition

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