We mourn the passing away of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar expresses profound grief at the passing away of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal on July 22, 2012 at the age of 97.

The life and work of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal have been a source of example and inspiration to all those who have fought under the banner of freedom and independence, from colonialism, imperialism and all forms of exploitation and oppression.

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Workers in the auto industry — victims of ever increasing exploitation

In 2000-01, an auto worker spent 2 hours 12 minutes of an 8-hour shift working for his own subsistence and that of his family. He spent the remaining 5 hours and 48 minutes generating surplus for the capitalist. By 2009-10, the ratio had deteriorated: The auto worker now spent just 1 hour 12 minutes working for his own subsistence and that of his family, and the remaining 6 hours 48 minutes ensuring profits for the capitalist.

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Women health workers demand their rights

Women health workers (ASHAs) and mid-day meal workers of Haryana held a protest in Rohtak on June 22. The members of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) Workers’ Union and the Mid-Day Meal Workers’ Union were demanding their right to minimum wages, appointment letters, identity cards, social security and other benefits.

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Transport Corporation employees on dharna

The Transport Corporation employees sat on a dharna in capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla on 17th July 2012 under the leadership of the Himachal Road Transport Employees United Coordination Committee. Almost 1500 Transport Corporation employees from throughout the state took part in this dharna. There were employees of all 23 depots.

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