Report on Maruti Mazdoor Nyay Adhikar Convention – Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

This article appeared earlier in Sanhati.

Dear Comrade,

As you know, since 18th July 2012 in the Maruti factory in Manesar-Haryana-India, as per the nexus of management-police-administration-government, we have had to face the heavy hand of injustice and repression, which continues to this day. 215 of our fellow workers have baseless fabricated cases on them, 147 workers have been jailed, 2300 workers have had their jobs terminated including 546 permanent workers. Today, more than three years later, 36 workers continue to languish in jail without bail. The trial is almost over and the final argument on the matter is approaching. Now it is taking some time as the Maruti management is not providing many evidences to the workers’ counsel. Though there are no substantial evidence of murder and attempt to murder against the accused workers, the company management and state are in full preparation to set an example by handing the harshest sentence on workers, so that workers fear to raise their voices in struggle.

In this context, demanding justice for the Maruti workers in jail for last three and half years, the provisional committee, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union successfully organized a “Mazdoor Nyay Adhikar Convention” on 27 November 2015 from10 am to 6 pm at the HUDA ground, Sector 5, Gurgaon, Haryana. The convention was attended by large number of workers, unions, organizations and individuals who joined the convention from different parts of the country in solidarity with the struggle. Representatives from many workers unions and progressive organizations took part in the convention in a spirited way. In spite of their duty, many Maruti workers from Gurgaon and Manesar plant participated in the program. Unions and workers organizations like Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, Gurgaon, Haryana, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, IMT Manesar, Haryana, Maruti Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union, Suzuki Motorcycle India Employees Union, Hero MotoCorp Employees Union, Bajaj Motors Workers Union, Bellsonica Workers Union, Sunbeam Workers Union, Endurance Workers Union, Baxter Employees Union, Munjal Showa Workers Union, FCC Rico Employees Union, Bridgestone Employees Union, Ford India Employees Union (Chennai), Hyundai Motors India Employees Union (Chennai), Tata Marcopolo Krantikari Kamgar Union (Karnataka), Hindustan Motors SSKU (West Bengal), Venus Industrial Corporation Workers Union (Faridabad), Auto Line Employees Union (Uttarakhand), Mahindra CIE workers Union (Uttarakhand), Voltas Workers Union (Uttarakhand), LGB Workers Union (Uttarakhand), Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana, Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, Workers Solidarity Centre (Gurgaon-Bawal), Shramik Sangram Committee, Chhattisgarh Mukti, Morcha, Mazdoor Kranti Parishad, Inqlabi Kendra Punjab, Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, Mazdoor Patrika, Mazdoor Ekta Kendra, NTUI, TUCI, DTUC, WUTU, CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, AICCTU, HMS, IndustryALL, etc and different progressive organizations like PUDR, PADS, KNS, Sanhati, Nowruz, Mehnatkash Mahila Sangathan, DSF, RiB etc took part in the day long convention.

The Convention unanimously passed a resolution demanding release of jailed Maruti workers, reinstatement of terminated workers, withdrawal of all false cases against the Maruti workers, and resolved to intensify the struggle for justice for all those workers who are dismissed or are in jail as a consequence of workers movement. The Convention also resolved to strengthen the struggle to defeat the conspiracy of the company-government-judiciary to scuttle the workers movement by punishing the Maruti workers and run a comprehensive campaign for the justice for Maruti workers.

Campaigns and solidarity programs demanding justice for the jailed Maruti workers were organized in different parts of the country before this convention. Maruti Suzuki Solidarity Committee, Chennai, organized a trade union solidarity meeting on 14 November at MRF Union office in Chennai. Sanhati, Chennai also organized a solidarity meeting on 13 November in Chennai. Concern in IISC Bangalore organized a discussion on 16 November. A solidarity meeting was organized in Delhi on 21 November and at OccupyUGC protest site on 25 November. IMK organized a program in Faridabad on 22nd November. Jan Sangharsh Manch Hariyana organized rallies and mass meetings in Kaithal on 8 November, in Jind on 15 November, in Gohana on 22 November. Different unions like Bajaj Auto union in Pune and Toyota in Bangalore and the workers organizations like TUSC, MKP, IMK, DTUC, NTUI, TUCI, CMM, SSC etc organized campaigns and meetings in Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Rudrapur, Chhattishgarh Ghaziabad etc. This campaign will go on in the coming days too.

Comrade, it is the need of the hour that we stand united in our struggle to defeat all attempts by the ruling class and their stooges to weaken the workers movement by punishing Maruti workers. We should also raise our voice for all workers who are dismissed or are in jail because of their struggle in different parts of the country. We urge you to support the struggle in all possible manner.

Long live the unity and struggle of working class!

Inquilab Zindabaad!

With revolutionary greetings,
Provisional Working Committee,
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union
Manesar, Gurgaon

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