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Nearly 200-300 police was deployed to deal with around 500 Demonstrators
As announced by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union in Convention of 13th July, a Rally was organized in Gurgaon on 18th July in Leisure Vally Park, and then 400-500 demonstrators including workers, activists of various social, cultural, political organizations and trade unions along with a number of students started their March to Manesar where the Maruti Suzuki plant is located. However, 200-300 police deployed in the park stopped the march on the ground that section 144 of CrPC law was imposed on national highway and at the park in Manesar where the workers wanted to start an indefinite sit-in-protest. Later a delegation of representatives of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union and Some other unions of the region was invited for discussions on the issues with the higher authorities. In the mean time rally continued at the leisure vally park.
The rally was addressed by representatives of various trade unions from Gurgaon-Manesar region, NCR Delhi region and also some representatives from other parts of the country. Trade union leaders told that the Voice of Maruti Suzuki Workers is now reaching all over India, and the Solidarity demonstrations are being organized at various place including Chennai, Bombay and Kolkatta. Maruti-Suzuki Workers Union and the social political activists supporting the struggle told that along with workers of the region rural people of various parts of Haryana state are also actively supporting the struggle.
Leaders of the Maruti-Suzuki Workers Union told that the management and the state machinery is not ready to hear the voice of workers. 147 workers are in jail for one year, but their applications are rejected. 2300 Maruti-Suzuki workers including 546 regular workers still stand terminated. But, neither the management, not the state machinery is coming forward for negotiations on workers demands. On the other hand, repression on workers is continuing. Brutal repression was unleashed on 19th May demonstration of workers in Kaithal, and 10 demonstrators including some activists and 3 women were sent to jail.
Some cultural groups also presented revolutionary songs in the rally.
Trade union delegation that met the higher authorizes came back to the rally and reported that higher authorizes are not ready to allow the sit-in-protest at the Tau Devilal Park as demanded by workers. But authorities promised to allow at some other place in Manesar. Authorities also promised to intervene in the matter and see that negotiation process between management and workers starts soon.
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union and representatives of other trade unions of the region declared that they will start indefinite sit-in-protest soon in Manesar, and that the struggle will continue till the following demands are not fulfilled:
Lastly a candle march was organized on the anniversary of 18th July incident to pay tribute to the manager who died in the incident. The workers said that the said manager was pro-workers, and demanded a judicial enquiry on the incident.
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Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures,”
Social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity - of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.
In the new global politico-economic regime with new international division of labour, informalization of labour, free mobility of capital, alarming expansion of reserve army of labour and creation of global reserve army of labour for capital, and a system of regulating at international level and deregulating at national level, the pre-globalization strategies of organizing and collective bargaining have largely become ineffective and irrelevant. Therefore the labour movements and the social, political movements in general need to develop and implement new strategies of organizing and collective bargaining effective in new global politico-economic regime.
Divide, isolate and rule is the most important aspect of the capitalism to control the labour by not letting the working class emerge as a unified force. Dividing the working class in different sectional interests, and intensifying social conflicts (caste, gender, religion, regionality and nationality conflicts etc) are important strategies of capitalism. On the other hand, by its various institutions and propaganda machinery, the capitalism blurs the link between various sectional problems and their linkage with the capitalist system and therefore the movements appear detached from each other and focused on their sectional issues rather than challenging the capitalist system that produces and reproduces these problems.
The fate of social, political movements in India depends on their attitude towards learning and building unity in diversity at various levels to defeat the capital’s attempts to divide, isolate and rule. The revival of the working class movement also depends on this factor.