Please find attached, the appeal from Maruti Suzuki Workers Union for observing 5 February as National Protest Day in different parts of the country.
As you already know, our struggle is going on for last one and a half years. There were three phases of strikes in 2011. After prolonged struggle our union got registered. But after 18 July 2012 we are in a continuous struggle against management-government-Haryana police. 546 regular workers with 1800 contract workers have been terminated. 145 workers are in jail and 66 more who have cases against their names are being chased by the police. legal struggle related to both labour and criminal matters are going on, both in Gurgaon labour and session court, and in Chandigarh high court, but still now no workers has got bail.
Haryana government and police are acting as the lackeys of Maruti management. But we are continuing our fight against all odds. Our struggle has taken various forms like rallies, demonstration, Delhi-NCR auto workers’ convention, mass hunger strike and we have recently taken out a ‘justice rally’ on cycles across Haryana from four routes all of which culminated in a demonstration in Rohtak on 27th January 2013. But the police crackdown seems to be intensified.
On 24th January, Com. Imaan khan, leading member of Provisional Working Committee, MSWU that is leading the struggle now, since the whole union body was arrested, was also arrested. When we were addressing a Press Conference in Civil Lines, Gurgaon. Police and intelligence officials came through deception as press people and forcefully abducted him. He’s now been sent to thrown into jail, have been arrested though he did not have any case against his name. The police has forcibly taken signature of jailed workers on blank pages and are adding names of workers according to their choice. Com. Imaan has been slapped all cases of 302, 307, 120(b) like other workers. Police repression has also been continuous on all active workers and our families.
In this critical situation we need support from other trade unions progressive organizations across the country.
With struggling regards
Provisional Working Committee