Workers stand firm as IBM strike enters ninth day :nono giorno di sciopero “IBM ridammi la mia giovinezza indietro!”: Cina

 

Workers stand firm as IBM strike enters ninth day

“There is nothing to be afraid of. We shall see who wins in the end,” said a 25-year old striker at the gates of IBM ISTC in Shenzhen. “The company keeps bluffing about us violating company rules, but the staff at the local labour authority told us that a collective ‘work stoppage’ is in no way against the law in China.”

The strike by more than 1,000 workers at the IBM factory entered its ninth day Tuesday as staff continued in their now familiar 8:30am to 9:30pm routine – gathering in an organized formation and marching through the company compound, playing gongs and drums and chanting: “IBM is sweatshop, IBM show respect, IBM give me my youth back!”

“The government officials are mediating with IBM now and all we need to do is continue the parade,” added the worker. “We don’t have to worry about being arrested, the police officers told us that they will leave us alone as long as we stay inside the company and don’t smash things.”

There was just one golf-cart-sized police patrol vehicle parked outside IBM yesterday and the police officers inside it were taking a nap.

During a break in the parade, IBM managers continued to urge the striking workers to go back to work, insisting that all wages and benefits would remain the same after the planned Lenovo takeover.

Lenovo, which announced on 23 January that it would acquire IBM’s industry-standard x86 server business in an agreement valued at US$2.3bn in cash and stock, issued a press release on 10 March which was then handed to the workers by IBM.

“IBM gave us this but no one gives a damn, we are employed by IBM now and we need an outright compensation plan from them,” another worker said.

“We heard about IBM’s ’Apollo Project’ and its global job cuts plan, and we know that by slashing 13,000 jobs, IBM will save US$ one billion,” said a 30-year-old striker who had  stepped out for a smoke.

“We have been sold, along with the whole deal, for US$2.3 billion. Someone is definitely making a ton of money, we need our share too!” he added.

Duan Yi, the veteran labour rights lawyer and head of the Laowei law firm in Shenzhen explained that:

Usually, three parties benefit financially from such a deal: the selling company, the buying company, and the middleman. In the West, it is commonplace for workers to ask for their share of the cake. It is now happening in China. What the workers demand is not guaranteed by law but neither is it prohibited by the law.

Workers are demanding that IBM to pay their average monthly salary during the past 12 month times their number of years of service, times two, plus one month’s salary, as well as extra compensation for pregnant women workers and nursing mothers.

“Now you can hear the company saying that ten workers have been sacked for not coming to work and staging strikes,” said a skilled employee.  “The company will definitely lose in court, we will continue the strike and we will get our share.”

Less than a mile away from the IBM factory are rows and rows of brand new housing, specifically built for low-income families. “After all this settles down, I will probably buy a house just like that,” said the skilled worker. “Everything I do is for a decent living for my family.”

http://www.clb.org.hk/en/content/workers-stand-firm-ibm-strike-enters-ninth-day

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Vladimir Vysotsky

Vladimir Vysotsky – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Fossa comune

Sulle fosse comuni non alzano croci
Non ci sono vedove che singhiozzano
Qualcuno depone bouquet di fiori
E arde la Fiamma perpetua

Qui prima si alzava la terra in cumuli
Ed ora lastre di granito
Qui non c’è un destino individuale
Tutto i destini sono fusi in un solo

E nella Fiamma perpetua vedi un carro armato che esplode,
Una casa di campagna russa che brucia
Smolensk che brucia, il Reichstag che brucia
Il cuore di un soldato che brucia

Sulle fosse comuni non ci sono vedove piangenti
Qui si muovono uomini un po’ più forti
Sulle fosse comuni non alzano croci
Ma forse è meglio per questo?


Taken from http://lyricstranslate.com/it/bratskie-magili-bratskie-mogily-fossa-comune.html#ixzz2vfNbSfES

 

BOL’ŠOJ KARETNYJ [*]
Dedicato a Lev Kocherjan

    Dove sono i tuoi diciassette anni?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dove sono le tue diciassette sventure?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dov’è la tua pistola nera?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dov’è che non sei più oggi?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

Ti ricordi di questa casa, Compagno?

No, di certo non te la sei scordata.

Chi non è mai stato sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj

S’è perso metà della sua vita.

                     Lo credo bene!

    Dove sono i tuoi diciassette anni?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dove sono le tue diciassette sventure?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dov’è la tua pistola nera?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dov’è che non sei più oggi?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

Oggi hanno cambiato il suo nome

E tutto ha un volto nuovo, che tu ci creda o no.

Eppure, ovunque tu sia, ovunque tu vada

Passerai per il Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

                        Lo credo bene!

    Dove sono i tuoi diciassette anni?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dove sono le tue diciassette sventure?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dov’è la tua pistola nera?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

    Dov’è che non sei più oggi?

      – Sul Bol’šoj Karetnyj.

Versione di Riccardo Venturi e Oksana Bondareva

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Nessuna memoria condivisa:Bologna video


 

Omicidio Francesco Lorusso 11 marzo 1977 | controappuntoblog.org

Omicidio Francesco Lorusso 11 marzo 1977 | controappuntoblog.org

Roma 17 agosto 2010 e’ morto Francesco Cossiga detto Kossiga …

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Clara Zetkin : Texte in Deutsch : GUERRA ALLA GUERRA

 

Marxists’ Internet Archive

Deutschsprachiger Teil

Clara Zetkin

Clara Zetkin

1857 - 1933

 

Zur Zeit sind folgende Texte in Deutsch verfügbar – entweder hier im Archiv oder über Links zu anderen Webseiten:

19. Jul 1889 Für die Befreiung der Frau!
1. Nov 1893 Frauenarbeit und gewerkschaftliche Organisation
21. Aug 1895 Friedrich Engels
3./4. Okt 1898 Wider die Kompensationspolitik
12. Apr 1899 Wider die sozialdemokratische Theorie und Taktik
1899 Der Student und das Weib
19. Sept 1907 Bürgerlicher und proletarischer Patriotismus
5. Aug 1914 Proletarische Frauen, seid bereit!
29. Jun 1917 Abschied von der Gleichheit
2. März 1922 Der Kampf der kommunistischen Parteien gegen Kriegsgefahr und Krieg
12. Nov 1922 Über die internationale Bedeutung der russischen Revolution
20. Jun 1923 Der Kampf gegen den Faschismus
24. Jan 1924 Der genialste revolutionäre Realpolitiker
26. Jan 1924 Rede zu Ehren Lenins auf dem Sowjetkongreß der UdSSR in Moskau
7. Feb 1924 Lenin – Schwert und Flamme des Weltproletariats
Jan 1925 Erinnerungen an Lenin
30. März 1925 Über die Bolschewisierung der kommunistischen Parteien
23. Juli 1926 Zum Tode Felix Dzierzynskis
26. Nov 1926 Die geistige Krise der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft und der ideologische Kampf der Kommunistischen Partei
11. Sept 1927 Brief an Nikolai Bucharin
26. Okt 1927 Brief an das ZK der KPD
10./11. Nov 1927 Schützt den einzigen Friedensstaat
19. Jan 1928 Lenins Werk
19. Juni 1929 Brief an Jossif Pjatnitzki
8. März 1932 Für den Sozialismus, gegen Krieg und Intervention!
12. Juli 1932 Brief an den antifaschistischen Einheitskongreß in Berlin
30. Aug 1932 Rede als Alterspräsidentin bei der Eröffnung des Reichstags

http://www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/zetkin/

Clara Zetkin

 

Friedrich Engels

Nachruf zu seinem Tode

(August 1895)


Die Gleichheit, Zeitschrift für die Interessen der Arbeiterinnen, Stuttgart, 21. August 1895.
Clara Zetkin, Ausgewählte Reden und Schriften, Bd.1, Berlin 1957, S.80-83.

Transkription und HTML-Markierung: Einde O’Callaghan für das Marxists’ Internet Archive.


Das in einem Ziele geeinte Proletariat aller Länder betrauert gemeinsam einen der Besten und Größten aller Zeiten. Am 5. August, abends 10½ Uhr, starb in London der zweite der Geistesriesen, welche die kämpfende Arbeiterklasse als die größten ihrer Pfadfinder und Führer, als die Begründer des wissenschaftlichen Sozialismus ehrt. Friedrich Engels, der allzeit gewappnete, unbezwungene Streiter für die Befreiung des Proletariats, wurde im 75. Lebensjahre von dem Allbezwinger Tod dahingerafft. Nicht als müder Mann ging er von hinnen, sondern als einer, den der Sensemann von fruchtbarer Arbeit ruft. Wohl ist Engels im Greisenalter gestorben, und doch nicht als Greis, an geistiger Frische, an Energie des Willens, leidenschaftlicher Begeisterung und froher Tatkraft einer der Jüngsten, die mit uns strebten und kämpften. Seit Marx’ Tode (14. März 1883) hat das Proletariat keinen herberen Verlust erlitten.

Was Engels für den Befreiungskampf der Ausgebeuteten geleistet, es ist untrennbar mit den Leistungen Marx’ verbunden, und es verpflichtet zu ewiger Dankbarkeit. In der Geschichte des revolutionären Werdegangs der neuen Zeit steht es unverwischbar verzeichnet, und in den Annalen der Wissenschaft ist es mit flammenden Zügen eingegraben.

Als Theoretiker hat Engels mit Marx zusammen die unerschütterlich feste wissenschaftliche Grundlage für den Befreiungskampf der Enterbten aufgebaut. Mit ihm zusammen schmiedete er den klassenbewußten Arbeitern das schneidige, wuchtige geistige Rüstzeug, das den Gegner unfehlbar fällt. Und als der Freund von ihm genommen ward, ohne das Werk seines Lebens vollendet zu haben, da fiel Engels als geistigem Erben und Testamentsvollstrecker die unvergleichlich hohe und schwierige Aufgabe zu, das Unvollendete zum Abschluß zu bringen. Er hat es getan, wie kein zweiter außer ihm es zu tun vermocht.

Das Dioskurenpaar Marx-Engels – sie waren die ersten, welche die geschichtliche Aufgabe und die geschichtliche Macht des Proletariats klar erkannten. Nicht bloß mit dem warmen Herzen des Menschenfreundes fühlten sie mit der leidenden Arbeiterklasse, sondern als tiefe Forscher und kühne Denker erblickten sie in dem kämpfenden Proletariat den Hauptträger der modernen geschichtlichen Entwicklung. Sie wiesen die geschichtlich treibende Kraft der Klassenkämpfe nach. Gründlich räumten sie auf mit dem Wahnglauben an die befreiende Kraft der Attentate auf die Tränendrüsen und den Gerechtigkeitssinn der Besitzenden. Sie lehrten die Enterbten, ihre Befreiung einzig und allein zu erwarten und zu erringen durch den bewußten Kampf von Klasse gegen Klasse. Die Befreiung der Arbeiterklasse muß das Werk der Arbeiterklasse selbst sein. [1]

„Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt euch!“ riefen sie bereits 1848 in dem unsterblichen Kommunistischen Manifest der Welt der Arbeit zu. Und wieder und wieder verwiesen sie das Proletariat auf die Eroberung der politischen Macht, der Staatsgewalt, als den einzigen Weg, der in die sonnige Zukunftsgesellschaft hinüberführt.

Von Etappe zu Etappe hat Engels den Eroberungsmarsch der zielbewußten Arbeiterklasse allerwärts begleitet, stets anregend, befruchtend, ratend, helfend mit Wort und Tat; niemals den Überblick über die allgemeine Situation verlierend, die kühle Wertung der Verhältnisse; als Taktiker und Stratege unvergleichlich wie als Theoretiker.

Was das Proletariat und insbesondere die deutsche Arbeiterklasse Engels verdankt und mit ihm verliert, ist unermeßlich. Wohl hat er selbst uns gelehrt, daß die sozialistische Bewegung aus den Verhältnissen emporwächst und nicht mit Personen steht und fällt. Aber seine Persönlichkeit ragte so hoch, sein Wirken war so umfassend und tief, daß sein Verschwinden eine klaffende Lücke läßt, die niemand auszufüllen vermag.

Die Proletarierinnen aber schulden ihm besonders dankbares Erinnern. Nicht nur für ihren Befreiungskampf als Ausgebeutete hat er die wissenschaftliche Grundlage geschaffen, auch für ihr Emanzipationsringen als Frauen.

Das Streben des weiblichen Geschlechts nach voller Gleichberechtigung ward von dem Philistertum vor allem mit dem Hinweis bekämpft auf die Unvereinbarkeit des vollen Menschseins der Frau mit dem Wesen der Familie und den Pflichten ihr gegenüber. Und die auf der Sklaverei der Frau beruhende vaterrechtliche Familie galt dem Philistertum als die Familie an und für sich, als die einzig mögliche sittliche, wirtschaftliche, soziale Norm des Zusammenlebens der Geschlechter bis in alle Ewigkeit. Wohl hatten die Utopisten [2], vor allem Fourier, wohl hatten Marx und Engels im Kommunistischen Manifest mit glänzender Schärfe gezeigt, daß der Kapitalismus „dem Familienverhältnis seinen rührend-sentimentalen Schleier abgerissen und es auf ein reines Geldverhältnis zurückgeführt“ [3] hat. Engels aber war es vorbehalten, Spießbürgers Köhlerglauben an den ewigen Bestand der vaterrechtlichen Familie für immer zu zertrümmern. Im Anschluß an die Arbeiten Morgans und Bachofens, die er erweiterte, vertiefte, als Bausteine eines wunderbar logischen und klaren Gefüges ordnete, wies er wissenschaftlich unanfechtbar nach, daß die Familie wie jedes andere soziale Gebilde unter der treibenden Kraft der Wirtschafts- und Eigentumsverhältnisse wächst und sich verändert, daß ihre Formen ein stetes Werden und Vergehen erfahren. Seine meisterhafte Studie Der Ursprung der Familie, des Privateigentums und des Staats ist von grundlegender Bedeutung für den Befreiungskampf des gesamten weiblichen Geschlechts.

Mit Engels ist ein universaler Gelehrter, ist eine jener allseitig harmonisch entwickelten, kraftstrotzenden Persönlichkeiten gestorben, wie sie uns in den Zeiten der Renaissance und der Großen Französischen Revolution entgegentreten und entzücken. Eine Persönlichkeit von unsagbarem Zauber des Wesens, ein Lebenskünstler in der edelsten und umfassendsten Bedeutung des Wortes. Vom wärmsten Empfinden beseelt und opferfreudig ohne schwächliche Rührseligkeit, kraftvoll und selbstbewußt ohne Eigendünkel, tapfer und kühn ohne Ruhmredigkeit, ritterlich und dabei natürlich, einfach, schlicht und liebenswürdig nicht aus Konvention, sondern aus wahrer Herzensgüte.

Wohl ziemt uns an seinem Grabe der aufrichtige, tiefe Schmerz um das, was wir mit ihm verloren. Ebenso aber die stolze, freudige Erhebung an dem, was wir an ihm besessen und was er uns als reiches, köstliches Erbe hinterläßt. Keinen würdigeren Dank, keinen passenderen Scheidegruß für Friedrich Engels als den Ruf:

Vorwärts in den Kampf! Vorwärts zum Sieg!

 

Klara Zetkin, La questione femminile e la lotta al riformismo …

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GurgaonWorkersNews no.62 – March 2014 – video operai della Bajaj Motors (Gurgaon) in lotta

munjalkiriu
Munjal Kiriu Workers…

GurgaonWorkersNews no.62 – March 2014

Gurgaon in Haryana is presented as the shining India, a symbol of capitalist success promising a better life for everyone behind the gateway of development. At first glance the office towers and shopping malls reflect this chimera and even the facades of the garment factories look like three star hotels. Behind the facade, behind the factory walls and in the side streets of the industrial areas thousands of workers keep the rat-race going, producing cars and scooters for the middle-classes which end up in the traffic jam on the new highway between Delhi and Gurgaon. Thousands of young proletarianised middle class people lose time, energy and academic aspirations on night-shifts in call centres, selling loan schemes to working-class people in the US or pre-paid electricity schemes to the poor in the UK. Next door, thousands of rural-migrant workers up-rooted by the rural crisis stitch and sew for export, competing with their angry brothers and sisters in Bangladesh or Vietnam. And the rat-race will not stop; on the outskirts of Gurgaon, new industrial zones turn soil into over-capacities. The following newsletter documents some of the developments in and around this miserable boom region. It aims at an exchange of workers’ collectives to forge trajectories beyond state and capital. If you want to know more about working and struggling in Gurgaon, if you want more info about or even contribute to this project, please do so via:

gurgaon_workers_news@yahoo.co.uk

In the March 2014 issue you can find:

*** India: Crisis and Political Attack on the Wage Pressure from Below

Against the background of persistent inflation the ruling class in India has to actively curb the wage pressure from below. We document short examples of current struggles in the Gurgaon area and have translated one report about a riotous spill-over of workers’ discontent in Faridabad in January 2014.

*** Faridabad, Delhi, Gurgaon: Short Workers’ Reports

These eight workers’ reports from different companies were published and circulated in the local area in early 2013: Orient Fan, Agro Engineering, Globe Capacitor, Ratna Offset, Harsoria Healthcare, Dhiman Engineering, Bright Brothers, Delhi Metro.

*** Suggested Readings: A Few Texts for the International Revolutionary Debate

The global and historical character of the current crisis forces us to coordinate both debate and practice ‘for workers self-emancipation’ on an international scale. The following texts are selective, but we think that they can stand as examples for ‘general theses’, ‘concrete analysis’ and ‘historical debate’ of class struggle and revolutionary movement. They have been written by comrades and groups we have a practical relationship with.

/// “For all and everyone – The Knock of Communism in the Electronic Age”
(Faridabad Majdoor Samachar)
This article looks at how the development of the capitalist mode of production changed the basis for workers’ organisation since the time of the I.International. It provides an overview of how restructuring changed the framework for workers’ struggles in Faridabad since the 1980s.

http://faridabadmajdoorsamachar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/for-all-and-everyone.html

/// Out now! First issue of Delhi based ‘The University Worker”
First issue of a university workers’ paper which applies the organisational concept of workers’ inquiry on university grounds. Reports from lecturers, students, manual workers and detailed account of a ‘ad hoc teacher’.

http://universitymajdoor.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/22/

/// Uprising in Ukraine
(Mouvement Communiste and Gabriel Levy)
Short statement of the limits of the uprising and elaboration of a working class position towards the old and new regime by MC. Longer background analysis by comrade from the ‘People and Nature’ blog.

http://mouvement-communiste.com/documents/MC/Leaflets/BLT1403ENvF.pdf

http://peopleandnature.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/ukraine-1-yanukovichs-end-is-a-beginning/

/// Uprising in Bosnia
(Insurgent Notes)
Letter from a comrade about the protest movements in Bosnia.

http://insurgentnotes.com/2014/02/whats-up-with-bosnia/

/// Counter-revolution in Egypt
(Wildcat)
Comprehensive analysis of the different stages of uprising and counter-revolution in Egypt with special focus on the role of the migrant workforce in the region.

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/wildcat/95/e_w95_egypt.html

/// Crisis in Greece
(Wildcat)
Comrades assess the ‘fascist threat’ against the background of collaboration between deep state, organised crime exploiting mainly migrant labour and the organised fascist forces.

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/wildcat/95/e_w95_greece.html

/// Strike support
(Wildcat and Mouvement Communiste)
Two short articles concerning the question of ‘how to struggle and how to support struggle’ based on recent examples from Germany and France.

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/wildcat/95/e_w95_neupack.html

http://mouvement-communiste.com/documents/MC/Leaflets/TRBrittany131129EN_vF.pdf

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*** India: Crisis and Political Attack on the Wage Pressure from Below

* Crisis

In late 2008 the ruling elite in India was still able to talk about ‘de-coupling’. claiming that the Indian economy was sufficiently ‘autark’ enough not to be too affected by the global crisis. This claim was refuted by the ‘currency war’ in late 2010, when currencies in most ‘emerging markets’ bubbled up in competition for short-term investment. Industrial growth in India has since then been stifled by high interest rates, from 2.9 per cent in 2012 to a historic low of under 1 per cent in 2013.

The credit market in India has expanded significantly during recent years. Between 2000 and 2010 the ratio between consumer credits dished out by private banks and GDP increased from 20 per cent to 50 per cent. Outstanding foreign loans grew from 40 billion USD (5.7 per cent of GDP) in 2005 to 300 billion USD (16.2 per cent of GDP) at the end of March 2013. Since January 2012 the value of the Rupee declined by 35 per cent, which makes it more expensive to pay back these loans and to pay for imported goods, mainly gas and oil. At the end of 2013 the Iranian government refused a request by the Indian government to pay the gas bill in Rupees, instead they demanded a 55 per cent payment in USD and Euro, which is a sign of the international doubt concerning the stability of the Rupee.

In early 2014 the stock-market in India reacted in perfect synchrony with the other ‘emerging markets’ Brazil, South Africa, Turkey and Argentina and nose- dived after the announcement of the US government to curb their quantitative easing (economic stimulus program).

* Wage Pressure

Under these conditions the ruling class in India has to make sure that the wage pressure from below is further suppressed. End of 2013 the chief minister of Haryana announced a substantial increase of the local minimum wage from around 5,500 Rs to over 8,000 Rs, but the central government interfered. In Business Standard the new boss of the Reserve Bank of India announced:

“More than pressuring corporate profits, these rapid blue-collar wage increases threaten efforts to quell inflation by new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chief, Raghuram Rajan, the former International Monetary Fund economist who took over as governor at the RBI in September. Rajan has made price stability a policy priority, calling it a prerequisite for reviving economic growth that has slipped to 5 per cent a year, the lowest in a decade.”

On the parliamentary level it became clear fairly quickly, that although the Aam Admi Party is able to incorporate the ‘social movement’ sector of the left into their general election theatre, e.g. through the standing of Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) as AAP candidate, once in power the AAP will, like any other party, make sure that proletarian living standards remain as low as they are: during their short ‘time in power’ in the NCR government the AAP threatened striking contract workers of the public transport corporation with mass redundancies and in media interviews an AAP spokesperson announced that ‘agricultural subsidies’ are the first thing to go after a possible AAP election success.

On a regional level the representatives of capital have made a deal to actively go against any struggle of workers’ which demands more than a 7,000 Rs wage increase over a three years period. The Maruti Suzuki and Hero managements must have given permission to management of their suppliers to enforce a ‘lock out policy’ in case workers’ exceed this threshold, even if the lock-out might put production in the assembly plants at risk. We find many such local examples of ‘lock-outs’ at major suppliers during the last six months: Munjal Kiriu, Autofit, [1] Asti Electronics [2] and most recently Bajaj Motors. [3]

While management knows how to orchestrate wage disputes as long as these stay within the framework of the (company) trade union and labour law, this is less the case once workers go beyond this limit. A recent example from Faridabad demonstrates the wide-spread simmering discontent, which only waits for ignition.

* Workers’ collectivity reaches out from one factory to the other
(translated from: Faridabad Majdoor Samachar no.308, February 2014)

It has been three months since the chief minister announced that the monthly minimum wage in Haryana will be increased by around 2,500 Rs to 8,100 Rs on 1st of January 2014. In the early morning of the 23rd of January our company bus crossed the JCB Square when traffic on both directions started to build up. In the end the traffic jam was thirteen to fourteen miles long. A side-street was free of traffic, so the bus driver took that route. We reached the 49 mile stone near Prathala on the National Highway no.2 by 8:30 am and there we saw about 500 workers standing on the side of the road shouting slogans for “8,100 Rs” and against the government and the companies. The reason behind the long traffic jam was workers’ unrest in the industrial area of Prathala-Baghaula.

The strike of public workers on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of January had encouraged these workers, but on the 21st and 22nd of January the roads had remained unblocked. On the 22nd of January groups of workers had started walking from one factory to the other. A mix of garment, auto and pharmaceutical companies like Vishani Lux, Boya Medical, Haryana Wire, Mahindra, Varmani Overseas, SKH, Mahrani Paints and Auto Ignition were shut down. Workers had also entered the offices of the factory bosses and told them to leave. Permanent and temporary workers, middle-management and management all stood in front of the Auto Ignition factory when at about 10:30 am a police jeep arrived and the police men told the crowd to go back in and that they would see to it. After that 850 people went back inside. After the police jeep had left at about 11:15 am a group of 250 workers turned up again in the factory and told everyone to come out again. A local trade union leader also turned up. Management told the workers that a union rep had arrived and that they should listen to him. All people gathered on a grassy area on the factory premises. The leader said that everyone should remain peaceful and that he would talk to the management. After a meeting between management and leader the company announced the 23rd of January to be a day off. In the whole area factories remained shut down on the 23rd. On the 23rd no workers was arrested during the protests. There was talk of keeping the factories closed for four days. On the 24th from early morning onwards there was a huge police force present in the area. When the factory bus arrived at the factory on the 24th there were four jeeps and one police bus waiting. During the meal-breaks there were also a lot of police around. The Senior Superintendent of the Police (SSP) from Palwal arrived at the factories in order to reassure management that things are under control. The factories were running.

The Faridabad Industries Association complained to the state government. They said that unruly elements had entered the factories and caused trouble and mayhem. If the police could, they would turn up, but facing the rebel crowd they would silently withdraw. Armed with sticks these people had entered and said that the factory was not suppose to run until Monday. This group of workers had not previously contacted the trade unions or organisations. None of the trade unions had ordered that the factories should be shut down. Under these circumstances it is difficult to keep production running. According to announcements of the joint secretary of the Industries Association the police had filed a case against 10 unknown youth and arrested 18 workers.

At Indo Autotech, Plot 332 in Faridabad Sector 24, management changes with each shift. Management announced that the new shifts would be from 8 am till 8 pm. On 31st of January workers wanted to leave at the usual time of 5 pm, but management shut the gates and called the police. The police arrived in jeeps and in a bus. At every exit police were stationed. At this point workers said that they don’t care whether management let them go or not, that in any case they would not work. For three hours workers strolled around in the factory, but the machines did not run.

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[1]

http://gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com/gurgaonworkersnews-no-961/#fn6

[2]

http://gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com/gurgaonworkersnews-no-951/#fn19

http://sanhati.com/articles/9242/

[3]
From a Gurgaon Workers Solidarity Centre report:
On the NH-8 stretch from Gurgaon to Manesar, the largest concentration of two-wheeler production in the world, the workers of Bajaj Motors are on a sit-down protest at the factory gate since the morning of 24th February. On Monday 24th Feb when A-shift workers came to work, they found a list of suspension orders against 15 workers, while others were asked to sign a humiliating ‘Good Conduct Bond’ to go inside. On Sunday, in preparation, 150-200 DT (Diploma Trainee or another name for contract) workers had been called by the company on overtime, and were being forced to work in conditions of near-bondage, abused and even threatened to be physically assaulted, and arrangements made with a tent on the rooftop so they could stay overnight within the factory premises itself. On the morning of Tuesday 25th February, one worker from among the DT workers inside, fractured his leg while attempting to jump from over the wall of the factory premises running away from this forced labour. Production is practically at a halt with less than 10% taking place by the 150-odd workers as all the other around 1500 workers have been on a sit-down protest at the gate ever since. Workers here send parts for 15,000 bikes everyday, producing 22 engine parts like shafts and planks to Hero Motorcorp (Gurgaon, Haridwar, Dharuhera), Suzuki Motorcycles, Mahindra two-wheelers, New Holland Tractors, and so on. During the struggle at present, workers seek to turn this production chain into a chain of resistance appealing to the workers in 3 other Bajaj Motors plants (of its 11 total plants) in nearby Manesar, Binola and Bawal to come in support of a larger struggle. The plant in Gurgaon has around 1500 workers of which 283 are permanent with wages around Rs.10-12000 while the rest are contract workers of various categories who are given the Haryana minimum wage for unskilled workers of Rs.5342. Whereas the work required is of a highly skilled nature, the bulk of the work is foisted on contract workers whose skewed ratio compared to permanent workers is even admitted by the management. The contract workers also find themselves terminated from their jobs after every 6-7 months; there’s another category of around 300 contract workers called DT (diploma trainee) who are never made permanent, working for 1-2 years.

*** Faridabad, Delhi, Gurgaon: Short Workers’ Reports

These eight workers’ reports from different companies have been published and circulated in the local area in early 2013: Orient Fan, Agro Engineering, Globe Capacitor, Ratna Offset, Harsoria Healthcare, Dhiman Engineering, Bright Brothers, Delhi Metro.

Orient Fan Worker
(Plot 11, Sector 6, Faridabad)
In the CFL department there are 25 permanent workers and 400 workers hired through contractors on two 12-hour shifts. Overtime is paid at single rate. The workplace is hot. The glass arrives from Thailand. There are two assembly lines, the speed is high. On one line you would need 42 workers, but they run the line with 33 or 35 workers. Instead of the official capacity of 24,000 parts in a 12 hours shift, they produce 30,000. There is no time to sit down for tea, you have to drink standing up, while working. During the lunch break the lines keep on running, you have to take turns for eating. It is difficult to get drinking water. The engineer screams a lot, the supervisor grabs people and shakes them. The workers hired through contractors aren’t paid the annual bonus.

http://www.orientpaperindia.com/contact.html

custcare@orientfans.com

Agro Engineering Works Worker
(Plot 22, Sector 7, IMT Manesar – a second plant is situated in Faridabad)
Workers work from 8 am till 2 or 3 am. Sometimes workers sleep inside the factory. Overtime is paid single rate. The supervisors stand on our heads, they follow us to the toilets, they swear at us. On 11th of July one worker lost his hand in a power-press accident. The parts we produce go directly to Maruti Suzuki.

Globe Capacitor Worker
(30/8 Industrial Area, Faridabad)
Around 700 workers work on two 12-hour shifts in the three-floor factory. The shift times change weekly, we work 10 hours on Sunday. Overtime is paid single rate. The 250 permanent workers are paid 5,212 Rs to 6,800 Rs, they are paid the basic wage into their accounts and overtime is paid in cash, it does not appear in any records. The 450 casual workers and workers hired through contractors don’t get ESI or PF and are paid less than the minimum wage. For 30 working days they are paid 7,200 Rs. In April 2012 permanent and casual workers took collective steps and the company had to give concessions. In order to weaken the workers they started to hire workers through contractors. The status of the female workers has changed from casual to hired through contractor and their number has been reduced from 40 to around 20. The male casual workers have been kicked out under this or that pretext, their numbers came down from 250 to 300 to now around 50. The number of workers hired through contractors has increased from zero to 350. The company does not offer a single cup of tea during 12 hours shifts. There are only six toilets, two of them for women, and they are on the third floor. During day-shift workers have to queue up…

http://www.globecapacitors.com/

info@globecapacitors.com

Ratna Offset Worker
The company runs factories in Okhla Phase 1, Plot C-99 and Plot C101, and 52 DDA Sheds and Phase 2, Plot F-29. In the printing press on C 101 around 50 workers work on two 12-hour shifts. When the shifts change at the weekends workers have to work from Saturday 9 pm till Sunday 5 pm. The helpers are paid 5,000 Rs, no ESI, no PF. Wages are always paid delayed. When wages were not paid on 18th of February five young workers said that we should stop working. Some older workers then said: We have wives and children, let’s work today and see what happens tomorrow – if they won’t pay, we all stop work. Wages were not paid on the 19th either. The night-shift workers then stopped work. When the day-shift also did not start work on the 20th, the manager fled at around 11 am. The night-shift continued the work stoppage. The son of the chairman/director arrived the next day and asked: why do you stop working. We said that the February wages had not been paid. He replied: you stop work over such a small issue? The workers answered that for them this is rather a big issue. The director’s son then threatened: Go, sit outside then, we will lock the factory. The workers all went outside and sat down together. After a short while the director said: Go and get your money then. Once workers received their payment work started again.

Harsoria Healthcare Worker
(110 Udyog Vihar, Phase IV, Gurgaon)
All casual workers have been dismissed and together with the 180 permanent workers – who are now termed ‘staff’ – there are 250 workers hired through 10 to 12 different contractors. Those workers who had their wages increased to 6,200 Rs in March were paid 5,700 Rs in May and 4,846 Rs in August. The July DA inflation compensation of 120 Rs was not paid. There are two twelve hour shifts, for overtime they pay 22 Rs an hour. When the production target was increased they stopped overtime. There is much higher work pressure. Workers injure their hands with needles or when working at machines. There is no first-aid stuff in the factory. Management swears at workers. Money for ESI and PF is cut from the wages, but workers don’t receive either. When you leave the job you don’t get your PF money and no money for the last six working days. Wages are delayed.

http://www.harsoria.com/

info@harsoria.com

Dhiman Engineering Corporation Worker
(Plot 107, HSIDC, Sector 59, Faridabad)
The factory runs on two 12-hour shifts. The shift times change weekly, then workers have to work 24 hours from Sunday 8 pm till Monday 8 pm. During 12 or 24 hours shifts the company does not give even one cup of tea. If you want to get drinking water or go to the toilet, they also trouble you. The director swears a lot. We manufacture plastic parts for Eicher Tractors, Whirlpool, LG and BPL, using injection moulds. The company’s other factory is nearby in Sector 22 and the situation there is the same. Amongst the helpers the female workers are paid 3,800 to 4,000 Rs and the male workers 4,000 to 4,200 Rs, no ESI or PF. The operators are paid between 4,800 and 7,000 Rs. If you take two days off you are kicked out and the wages of the last 15 to 30 working days are not paid – they say: ‘do whatever you like, we won’t pay you’. I was sleeping after the night-shift on 28th of December 2012 when they informed me about an accident in which my wife’s sister was injured. I left immediately to go to Benares to see her in the hospital and informed the company by phone. My wife’s sister died, I returned after her death ceremonies on 15th of January. When I went to the company they told me to return the next day. The next day they told me that I would not get my job back and that I can collect my final pay on 25th of January. On the 25th of January the managers in the HR department only swore at me and said that they won’t pay, so I went to the room of the managing director. He said I would be paid on the 28th. When I heard nothing on the 28th, I called him at around 1:30 pm. He also swore at me and fearing being beaten up by company managers I filed a complaint at the local police station. The police said they would come on the 29th, but they didn’t. The HR people came a day later and said that I would be paid on the 31st. On 1st of February they said that they are busy…

http://www.dhimangroup.in/contactus.html

hpdhiman@dhimangroup.in

Bright Brothers Worker
(Plot 16, Sector 24, Faridabad)
There are 60 to 70 permanent workers and 300 workers hired through three different contractors producing plastic parts for Whirlpool fridges (Whirlpool sold their plastic division to the Bright group in 2001 and since then uses them as a supplier). Around 200 workers work on two 12-hour shifts. Demanding higher wages the workers hired through contractors refused to enter the factory on 11th of October 2012 before the morning shift. Till 9 am no worker went inside. The company called a dozen goons, but they just stood around. With the promise to hike the pay the manager took the workers inside. Showing their revolvers six, seven goons walked around in the factory. By ten o’clock they had kicked a dozen workers out of the factory. For three days the goons stayed inside the factory, management said that they were policemen.

Delhi Metro Worker
Between Delhi-Gurgaon-NOIDA there are 149 stations. The contractor Ikkis employs 4,900 workers who work at these stations. The security guards are hired through G4 and Bedi and Bedi. They work continuously without a weekly day off. There are 3,200 cleaning workers. They are paid 5,000 Rs a month – the Delhi minimum wage for unskilled workers is 7,254 Rs. After a complaint nothing has been done about it, instead on 26th of November 2012 the Delhi government assistant labour commissioner ordered that the labour department officials should first undertake a one month inquiry.

http://www.delhimetrorail.com/

http://gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com/author/antoniamautempo/

gli operai della Bajaj Motors (Gurgaon, India) continuano la loro protesta ai cancelli della fabbrica dal 24 febbraio 2014, contro le sospensioni arbitrarie e la nuova legislazione del lavoro. La società ha forzato un blocco e sta usando minacce e coercizione attraverso la polizia e mercenari locali per attaccare gli operai e spezzare la loro unità.

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