Saturday, January 18, 2014
India - workers' struggle is important part of indian revolution !
AHMEDABAD, JAN 18 : Two days after Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s claim about ‘no labour problem in Gujarat’, a workers’ unrest has surfaced at General Motor’s Halol plant near Vadodara where around 450 contractual workers began staging dharna (sit-in) outside the factory premises since Friday, opposing auto major’s move of giving fresh appointment letters to only a few selected workers.
Out of the nearly 700 contractual workers at GM’s Halol unit, around 450 workers have stopped work since Friday and are sitting outside the factory premises staging protest, a worker union leader said. GM makes Tavera SUV at its Halol plant. Unrest at L&T’s Hazira unit What’s more, a labour unrest has been brewing at L&T’s Hazira unit for several months. And finally nearly 1,000 regular workers have called strike from December 16 for wage revision.
Demanding equal pay hike as that of workers in the company’s Powai unit near Mumbai, the workers of L&T’s Hazira unit have approached the Gujarat High Court for justice. “A court order is pending. Workers are not going for work and the company too can’t take action against the workers. The strike has completely stalled key operations at the unit, where skilled job is required.” claimed Ashok Dhomse, a workers’ union member in Surat. Interestingly, Modi had, at a FICCI meet in Gandhinagar on January 15, claimed industrial peace, saying there were no labour problems in Gujarat.