Struggle for Rights

Debates on political questions banned in name of nationalism

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 15:00

On February 2, 2017, the history department of the Jai Narayan Vyas University in Jodhpur organized a conference on ‘History Reconstructed through Literature: Nation, Identity, Culture’. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the ruling BJP, organized a shutdown of the university the following day declaring that a Professor who addressed the seminar had expressed "anti national views". The teacher who organized the conference has since been suspended by the Vice Chancellor of the University.

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Moves to accelerate the privatisation program

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 13:43

The Modi government has announced plans to open up commercial mining of coal during next financial year (Apr 17-Mar 18).In the first phase, four coal mines will be auctioned. The plan is to auction as many as 23 mines during the year. Commercial mine owners will be able to sell coal to any user. For this purpose the Coal Mines Special Provision Act of 2015 was enacted which allows government to open up commercial coal mining for private players.

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Meetings on notebandi

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 13:39

Lok Raj Sangathan organized a series of meetings on the anti-people step of banning 500 and 1000 rupee notes on 8 November 2016. The meetings were held to expose the real aims of the government. Between January and the first week of March 2017, meetings were held at Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Thane for workers, political activists, students and teachers.

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State terrorism in the name of fighting terrorism

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 13:20

When 67 people were killed in three bomb blasts in Delhi on 28th October, 2005, three young Kashmiris were immediately arrested. Newspapers and TV channels claimed that the terrorists responsible for the killings had been caught. Now, 11 years later, a Delhi court has acquitted the three youth. They have been declared to be innocent after they had suffered unspeakable torture and imprisonment for over a decade in the prime of their lives (See Box 1). One of them had been declared to be the "mastermind", but the prosecution could not prove his involvement in the blasts.

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Peasants in Acute Distress

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 19:05

The condition of peasants is growing from bad to worse in all parts of the country. Growing domination of capitalist monopolies, withdrawal of State support in the name of liberalisation, and the cash crunch created by the Note Ban have all added to the misery of the peasants. The following are some cases which have hit the news in recent weeks.

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Indian citizenship to depend on religion: Communal Nature of Indian State shows through its Secular Facade

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 19:02

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 is likely to be tabled in the Monsoon session of the Parliament this year. This Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to relax the eligibility requirements for Indian citizenship for migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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Titwala rail passengers' agitation

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 19:00

Titwala in Maharashtra is famous for tourism. However, travellers have to face many difficulties due to several problems at Titwala railway station. Because of these problems, several travellers and residents have placed their demands to the railway adminstration. Railway adminstration has however ignored the problems and the demands. Rail travellers, together with residents have come together to establishe the Railway Passenger Janhit Sangharsh Manch.

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Schemes Workers demand an end to their super-exploitation

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:57

Workers of various government schemes like Anganwadi, Asha, mid-day meals, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Ancilliary Nurse Midwife program (ANM), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Sakshar Bharath and Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) are organising to escalate their struggle for being recognised as workers. Government deploys them in for implementing its schemes (therefore the name scheme workers). For example, Anganwadi workers are deployed in pulse polio, ration card and census schemes of Central and State governments.

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Massive destruction of jobs in major sectors

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:53

Recent months have witnessed thousands of workers being thrown out of their jobs in a wide range of sectors, as a result of intense monopolistic competition leading to mergers among the biggest capitalist corporations.

The telecom sector is witnessing an unprecedented wave of mergers and acquisitions, which is expected to lead to massive destruction of jobs.

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Attacks on worker’s rights in Maharashtra to promote “start-ups”

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:47

The Central Ministry for Labour and Employment issued an Advisory in early 2016 on the subject of giving specific concessions to newly established companies, called “start-ups”, with respect to laws dealing with the labour rights. Since then, 10 States have agreed to take steps as per the Advisory. Government of Maharashtra is one of the states taking active steps to exempt start-ups from inspections relating to key labour laws, for a period of three years.

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Note Ban and Workers’ Woes

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:43

Following the Note Ban announced on 8th November last year, many factory and shop owners all over the country paid one month’s wages in advance to get rid of their old rupee notes.

On 21st December, Government of India issued an Ordinance to amend the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, to permit employers to pay wages by cheque or digital transfer without having to seek the workers’ consent.

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State terror against anti-land acquisition movement in West Bengal

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:34

As has been reported earlier in Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, the people of Bhangar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, have been waging a militant struggle against the forcible acquisition of their fertile agricultural land by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).

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Workers’ unions oppose privatisation of insurance companies

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:13

On 18th January, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Modi, gave “in principle” approval for listing of state-owned general insurance companies. Listing them in the stock exchange is the first step towards their privatisation. The companies concerned are: New India Assurance Company, United India Insurance, Oriental Insurance Company, National Insurance Company and the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC).

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Political Forum in Delhi: Note Ban is not in the National Interest

Submitted by bk on Sat, 04/03/2017 - 17:54

Participants in a Round Table Conference on the theme "Is Demonetisation in the National Interest?" were of the firm view that the Note Ban is thoroughly anti-worker, anti peasant, anti-social and anti-national.

The conference was organised by the Delhi Council of Lok Raj Sangathan on 15th February, 2017. Ms Sucharita conducted the proceedings of the Conference.

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Meeting on Noteban in Sirsa

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 02/03/2017 - 20:16

On 12 February 2017, the Haryana Council of the Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS) held a meeting on the "Ill-effects of the Noteban (demonetisation)". There was a grand exhibition of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Ghadaris of 1857 outside the meeting hall. The meeting was attended by teachers, students, workers, farmers and traders.

The meeting was presided over by the Vice President of the All India Council of LRS, Com. Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Com. Dhunichand and Purushottam Shastri. The meeting was conducted by Com. Kuldeep.

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Criminal callousness of Uranium PSU in Jharkhand

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:44

Turamdih, about five km from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is the site of a nuclear mine. One of five Uranium mines of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), it was commissioned in 2003. The UCIL is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), under the Department of Atomic Energy for uranium mining and processing. The centrally owned Corporation is responsible for the mining and milling of uranium ore in India. Uranium is the main fuel source for running the nuclear power plants that are installed in the country.

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A partial but significant victory for Pricol workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:43

A partial but an extremely significant victory was won when the High Court set aside the Lower Court verdict of life sentence for 6 out of 8 activists of Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam. Eight leading activists of the Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam had earlier been sentenced to ‘double life imprisonment’ in a shocking verdict of the Coimbatore Sessions Court. Following the HC judgement, the 6 activists who have been acquitted, will be released soon. Appeal against the sentence for the remaining two will be made in Supreme Court.

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Karnataka Shipping Workers’ Struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:40

One of the big shipping dock companies in Karnataka’s Mangalore port Delta Infralogistics (Worldwide) Ltd illegally retrenched workers from 16 December 2016. The workers under the leadership of AICCTU have launched an agitation against this retrenchment. The workers are lying down in front of truck wheels in order to stop vehicles from transporting dock goods. Workers from other shipping companies have also declared solidarity with these workers and have refused to take part in any activity against the Delta Company workers.

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National Convention of Railway Trade Unions

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:37

An important step forward in the struggle against privatization of Railways

On February 1, 2017, unions representing different sections of rail workers gathered under the banner of National Platform of Railway Trade Unions organized an important National Convention on the theme “Save Railways, Save the

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Massive Joint Demonstration of Engine Drivers and Guards

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:36

The Joint Action Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) organised a massive dharna at the Parliament to press for their demands.

Engine drivers and guards from different divisions of the Indian Railways took part in the dharna along with their families. Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Southern Railway Employees Union and the All India Station Masters Association supported and participated in the dharna.

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Opposition to the privatisation of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:31

The employees of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited are strongly opposing the announcement of privatisation of this public sector enterprise. Through a letter to the Prime Minister dated 5 February 2017, the All India Aviation Employees Union has expressed its opposition to the company being made a private company.

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Mint workers of RBI have opposed their over exploitation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:26

Mint workers refused to work beyond 9 hours on 29th December, at the Salboni Mint at Kolkatta. On 14th November, they had to work 12 hours at a stretch so that new notes could be made available, in the context of demonetisation.

According to the RBI Note Printing Private Employees Union, several employees fell sick. Since they had to work non-stop, the employees started falling sick and their families were adversely impacted.

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Struggle against forcible land acquisition in West Bengal

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:24

Villagers in Bhangor in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal have been waging a determined struggle against forcible land acquisition, since the last week of December 2016. Villages of Khamarait, Machhi Bhanga , Tona and Gazipur in the area have witnessed mass meetings and protest actions by thousands of villagers. People from neighbouring villages have been coming in to show their solidarity.

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Privatisation of four public sector drug companies

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:23

Oppose the sale and privatisation of public property!

On 28 December 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Central government decided to sell off four public sector drug companies. Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd. (HAL), Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (IDPL), Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (RDPL) and Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL) are among the companies that are being privatised. The government is justifying the sale of these companies by pretending that the money that will flow into its coffers will be used for the welfare of the people.

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State employees in Rajasthan in struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:18

Call to intensify struggle after the State government reneges on assurances

Vote for strike against privatisation and contract system

The process of voting on the call for an all Rajasthan strike given by the All Rajasthan State Government Employees Joint Federation started on 16th January 2017. This was kicked off in Hanumangarh district. The voting will go on until 25 January. Subsequently, it will be decided how the Federation will respond to the oppressive policies of the government.

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Peasants gherao Block office for full distribution of promised water Printer-friendly version

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:10

Thousands of peasants gheraoed (surrounded) the Nohar Block office in Hanumangadh district under the leadership of the Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangarsh Samiti and Lok Raj Sangathan on 16th January. The peasants were protesting the non fulfilment of their demand for the promised supply of water from the Sidhmukh feeder, Nohar feeder and Amarsingh branch; they were also demanding that the stealthy diversion of water from the canals be stopped. Communist Ghadar Party extends its wholehearted support for the just demand of the peasants.

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This is nothing but state terrorism!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 21:19

Numerous individuals accused of being terrorists are languishing in jails in various parts of the country. Many among them are released several years later when the courts rule that they are innocent. The “1st People’s Tribunal” was set up on 2nd October 2016 to allow such individuals to present a description of their condition. A report based on the victims’ narrative submitted by the jury was released in New Delhi on 10th December 2016. This report has been published by “The Innocents Network India”.

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Coal mine tragedy in Jharkhand

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 21:10

Brutal neglect of the safety of the colliery workers

Nearly 100 workers are believed to have been buried in a massive earth cave-in that occurred on December 29, 2016, at the Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) Lalmatia colliery in Godda district of Jharkhand, 400 km from the state capital Ranchi.

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Guest Teachers’ Struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 20:16

Government is making false promises since past 3 years

On 21 December the guest teachers who had gathered at Chatrasaal stadium to press for their demands were attacked with water cannon and police was used to break their strike demonstration. The occasion was the dialogue initiated by the Delhi state government, which had issues a circular calling 11,000 guest teachers.

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Give us our share of water

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 20:13

Representatives of peasants of Nohar division of Hanumangadh district of Rajasthan presented a petition in the name of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti to the Special District Magistrate. In the petition, the peasants have demanded that they be given the full quantity of water available in the Amar Singh Branch, Nohar Feeder and Sidhmuk Branch, so that they can save their wheat crop.

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Victory for the united struggle of Nohar residents

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 20:08

On 19th December 2016, the residents of Munshari, located on the Ganganagar mega highway between Nohar and Bhadara, surrounded the toll plaza established by a private company by the name of Ridcor. The residents were upset about the toll charged by the toll plaza for people residing in the neighbouring villages. To demonstrate their opposition, they blocked the mega highway near the toll plaza using their vehicles.

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Massive protest demonstration in Mumbai against demonetisation!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 20:03

On 28 November a massive protest demonstration was organised at Church Gate Station in Mumbai against the demonetisation announced by the Modi government. Over 400 activists of various communist parties participated in the protest demonstration including the CPI, CPM, CGPI, SUCI (Communist), Republican Party of India, Samata Vidhyarthi Aghadi, Lal Nishan Party, and Peasants Workers Party, and others. The activists protested against the great difficulty caused to people are large, and raised slogans with banner and placards.

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Views on Demonetisation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 19:25

MEL is carrying out a series of interviews with leaders of the working class to get their view on demonetisation and its consequences for the people.

Com. Suryakant Shinge, leader of Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh and activist Com. Vilas Kamble

MEL: What is the effect of Modi’s demonetisation on the lives of people in villages and towns?

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Mass rally on the Occasion of the 32nd Anniversary of the 1984 Sikh Genocide demands

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 22/12/2016 - 00:02

The guilty of the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 must be punished!

On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of genocide of Sikhs in November 1984, Lok Raj Sangathan and nearly 25 other organizations including Communist Ghadar Party jointly organised a Mmass rally in Delhi on 1 November 2016, from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.

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Struggle of teachers of Rajasthan against the privatisation of public education

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 21/12/2016 - 23:44

A two-day State Education Conference of the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Pragatisheel) {Rajasthan Teacher's Union (Progressive) was held on 20-21 October 2016 in Kudi Bhagatasani Housing Board Community Centre in Jodhpur. More than 900 delegates from villages and hamlets of various districts took part in this conference. It was attended by teachers, professors in charge of administration, educationists, guest teachers, new teachers, motivators, contract workers and others concerned about education, working in school education departments and projects of Rajasthan government.

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Public Meeting in Gohana, Haryana to oppose the war hysteria

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 21/12/2016 - 23:38

A public meeting was held on 23rd October 2016 in Shaheed Udham Singh Hall in Gohana on the issue of: Stop war hysteria, give us food, provide education, provide medical treatment. The meeting was organised by Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana and Samatamoolak Mahila Sangathan.

Dr.C.D. Sharma, Dr. Sunita Tyagi, lecturer Sateesh Bharadwaj, student leader of the Maharshi Dayanand University – Jaswinder Singh, teacher – Ritu, Dr. Bansiram Gaud, Ramesh Agarwal, Naresh Virodhia and several others addressed the meeting.

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Militant struggle of the workers of Daikin, Neemrana

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 21/12/2016 - 23:37

Workers of Daikin organized a protest demonstration and rally at Ambedkar Park in Neemrana in Rajasthan on 23rd October.

Daikin’s air conditioner manufacturing unit is in the industrial district of Neemrana. This is the only plant where an air conditioner is manufactured every 25 seconds. The workers at this plant have been trying to form a union since several years. The management has been continuously attacking the leadership of the workers.

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Meeting of Lok Raj Sangathan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 21/12/2016 - 23:33

Prosperity and security, livelihood and dignity for all!

A public meeting was organized in Shashi Garden neighbourhood of Patparganj in East Delhi on 16th October. Hundreds of residents of neighbouring colonies participated in this meeting. Local youth activists of Lok Raj Sangathan undertook the responsibility of dealing with all the issues relating to organizing the meeting.

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Public Meeting to Oppose Black Laws held in Mumbai

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 23:24

Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC), Lok Raj Sangathan, Communist Ghadar Party, CPIML (Liberation), and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) organized a meeting on 22 Sep in Mumbai to oppose the proposed black law, Maharashtra Protection of internal Security Act (MPISA) and other repressive measures of the Maharashtra government. The meeting was chaired by Justice Suresh, Honorary Chairperson of Lok Raj Sangathan and attended by a number representatives of various workers’ organizations and activists.

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109th Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 23:23

The thunder of revolution is reverberating

On the occasion of the 109th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, a colourful cultural programme was organised in Ramgarh village of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan. The event was organised jointly by Lok Raj Sangathan, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, Lok Jan Samiti and Ramgarh Seva Samiti. Thousands of school students, youth, women and elders participated in the event.

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The determined struggle of the workers of Honda continues!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 23:15

The struggle of the workers of Honda Motor Cycle and Scooters India (HMSI) for securing justice against the criminal and anti-labour acts of the management in cahoots with the state labour department, police, hired goons, and the government has been brought to the Capital Delhi. The Honda workers are in Delhi on hunger strike, to highlight their just demands and mobilise public support for their struggle.

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Vigorous demonstration at the Delhi Lt Governor’s office

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 23:11

Seven communist parties organised a joint demonstration on 26th September 2016 to protest against the continued failure of the Delhi Government and the Delhi Municipal Corporations in preventing the spread of serious diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria. This protest was organised outside the office of the Delhi Lt Governor Mr Najeeb Jung.

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109th Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 23:02

Enthusiastic celebrations in Delhi

At the initiative of Punjabi Academy and Bhagat Singh Association, the youth of Rohini in Delhi celebrated the 109th Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat with great enthusiasm by organizing “Punjabi Sabhyachar Mela”. Lok Raj Sangathan was invited to organise and participate in the programme. Hundreds of children, women and youth participated enthusiastically in the programme. Revolutionary and patriotic songs, bhangra dance, gidda, sword fights, made the programme very interesting.

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Honda workers continue with their hunger strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 23:01

The hunger strike of the workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) at Jantar Mantar has been continuing since 19th September 2016. HMSI is located at Tepukheda, Alwar on the border of Rajasthan and Haryana. The workers have been in struggle since February 2016 demanding their right to form a union of their choice, for implementation of labour laws in the company, against the Haryana and Rajasthan governments’ atrocities on the oppressed workers and for taking back the dismissed workers.

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Protests at Parliament against the growing attacks on people

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 22:56

Several organisations demonstrated at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest against the growing attacks and atrocities against Muslims, Christians, Dalits and tribal people across the country. Jamait-e-Islami Hind, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushavarat, Jamiyatul Ulema Hind, Jamiyat Ahele Hadis, Lok Raj Sangathan, Akhil Bharatiya Shia Council, All India Student Islamic Organisation, APCR and Lok Samiti organized the demonstration. Representatives of all the organisations addressed the meeting.

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Meeting on Communal Violence at Baroda Railway Colony

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 22:52

On September 18thLok Raj Sangathan(LRS) and Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) organised a presentation on Communal Violence: Roots and Solution, to a large group of railway workers at  Railway Colony, Baroda, Gujarat. The presentation and discussion lasted from 11AM to 2.15 PM.

Com Kulsheshta, All India Station Masters Association, welcomed everybody and invited the representatives of LRS and KEC to make the presentation. The railway workers, who had gathered despite the very heavy rain in the city, included several loco pilots and guards.

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Country wide protest of working class against the central and state governments

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 00:11

On 9 August 2016, joint action committees of the Trade Unions organised protest and demonstrations all across India against the anti-worker, anti-people, anti-social policies of central and state governments.

This is part of the preparation towards the All India General Strike on 2nd September. Various protest actions, public meetings and demonstrations were held at state capitals, industrial centers and cities, villages, and highlighting their demands.

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Terrible plight of Indian workers in Gulf countries

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 00:08

Tens of thousands of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia and various Gulf countries have been literally forced to starve, living in miserable camps without any basic amenities, for several weeks and months on end. Theseworkers, employed in construction and other companies, were retrenched from their jobs without any compensation, in the wake of the economic slowdown in these oil exporting countries triggered by the sharp fall in oil prices. Many of these workers have not been paid any salaries for the last 6-8 months. They have no money to buy their plane tickets to come back to India.

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BSNL employees are waging determined and successful struggle against privatization

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 00:04

Interview with Comrade Swapan Chakraborty, Deputy General Secretary, BNSL Employees Union, New Delhi.

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar (MEL): Dear Comrade thank you for agreeing for an interview despite your busy schedule on account of various struggle that the BNSL employees union is waging against the repeated efforts of the government to privatise BSNL through various means. Can you elaborate on your experience?

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Protest of guest teachers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 23:59

Guest teachers working for the Delhi Government staged a satyagrah in front of the state Education Minister Manish Sisodia's house on 31st July, under the banner of the Delhi Guest Teachers Union. The teachers banged empty plates to reflect their protest that their demands have not been fulfilled. The teachers had vowed that they would not budge from there till the minister met with them.

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Struggle of Rajasthan Farmers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 23:57

Gram Panchayats of non-irrigated villages express their opposition

The struggle of farmers of 55 villages in three blocks of Hanuman and Churu District of Rajasthan for irrigation water is continuing. On 10 August 2016 the Gram Panchayats in all the 55 villages burnt the effigy of the chief minister and took out a funeral procession in the squares of their respective villages.

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Full force in preparation for 2nd September General Strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 23:55

Militant demonstration of workers

"What will happen on 2nd September? Everything will grind to a halt!" "Who is going to do this? We are, we are!" "Inquilab Zindabad!" Okhla Industrial Estate phase 1 and 2 reverberated with these slogans. Hundreds of workers participated in the rally on 10th August under the leadership of Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC), AITUC, CITU, ICTU and several other unions.

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Still Fighting for Justice – 4 years on

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 23:44

On 18th July 2016, the fourth anniversary of violence in the Manesar plant Maruti Suzuki, several hundred workers and representatives of trade unions from factories in the Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal automobile region as well as local representatives of national level federations joined a massive protest demonstration in Gurgaon. The demonstration from Rajiv Chowk to the Mini Secretariat was organised and led by the Maruti Suzuki Mazdoor Sangh.

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Successful Convention of Trade Unions in South Delhi

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 23:42

A convention of various trade unions in the South Delhi area was organised on 17th July 2016 as part of the preparatory work towards making the 2nd September general strike a success. AITUC, CITU, INTUC, AIUTUC, General Mazdoor Trade Union, Delhi Plumbers Association, Allied Industrial Workers Union, Press Karmachari Mazdoor Union, Delhi Construction Workers Union, Indian Steel and Metal Workers Union, representatives of several other unions and workers participated with Mazdoor Ekta Committee in the Convention.

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Movement for irrigation water in Hanumangadh and Shri Ganganagar

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 23:28

Peasants are in continuous struggle, while the government is in deep slumber!

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar has been reporting continuously over the past several months that the peasants of Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar district are experiencing shortage of water for irrigation. Their crops are damaged.

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Trade Unions extend their support to the struggling students of JNU

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 21/06/2016 - 08:56

On 14 May Trade unions including AITUC, CITU, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, AITUC, AIUTUC, and AIFTU extended their support to the students of JNU in their struggle to annul the harsh punishment imposed on them.  They sat on Dharna at Jantar Mantar and went on a one day hunger strike.

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Lessons from Pilbhit

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 14/05/2016 - 20:34

On April 5, a special CBI court sentenced 47 policemen to life imprisonment for the massacre of 10 Sikh pilgrims in a fake encounter in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, 25 years ago. Ten of the 57 policemen charged with that crime have died before the trial ended. Some of the convicted policemen have retired from service, while others are still in service.

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JNU students and teachers wage struggle against injustice

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 14/05/2016 - 20:28

As we go to the press, the indefinite hunger strike by the students of JNU, against the unjust penalty meted out to them by the University’s High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) entered the fifteenth day. 20 students began the hunger strike on April 28 and many of them are continuing well into the 15th day. Some have had to withdraw on health grounds.

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Massive protest march in London for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 29/04/2016 - 20:22

On April 16, 2016, over 150,000 people marched to Trafalgar Square in London, UK to demand health, homes, jobs and education. Under the signboard of "peoples assembly against austerity", the working class and people of Britian raised their voice against the escalated attacks on their rights by the ruling British monopoly bourgeoisie.

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Delhi Convention of Lok Raj Sangathan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 29/04/2016 - 20:20

Building unity to counter the anti-people offensive

Lok Raj Sangathan has been actively organising the people of Delhi, at their places of work and in their residential areas, to counter the anti-people offensive of the state and to fight for their rights. To assess this work in the present political context as well to chalk out the plan of work for the future, a Convention of Lok Raj Sangathan was organised in Delhi on April 17, 2016.

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Armed Forces once again kill innocent protestors in the Kashmir Valley:

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 29/04/2016 - 20:18

Unite and fight for the repeal of AFSPA and an end to army rule

On April 12,Army units deployed in Handwara in Kashmir opened indiscriminate fireon men, women and children in Handwara who had come out onto the streets to vent their anger onhearing the news that an armyman had molested a school girl as she was returning home from school. Two youth were killed in this unprovoked firing.

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Bengaluru garment workers’ protest

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 29/04/2016 - 20:15

Massive Workers’ Protest against Loot of their Savings by Government of Big Bourgeoisie

On 18-19 April, about 1.25 lakh garment workers in Bengaluru, one-quarter of the total workforce of this industry in this city, poured out angrily onto the streets.  They were protesting the NDA government’s notification restricting the right of workers to withdraw the full amount of their Provident Fund before attaining the age of 58.

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Successful one month strike at the Sanand Nano Plant in Gujarat

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/04/2016 - 19:30

About 400 workers of Nano Plant in Sanand, Gujarat who had been on strike since the night 22nd Feburary till 22nd March 2016, emerged victorious. They had been protesting against the dismissal of 26 workers who had been carrying on the struggle to establish the right of the workers to form a union of their choice.

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Martyrdom of Ghadaris Bhai Ranga Singh and Bhai Balwant Singh commemorated

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 02/04/2016 - 00:30

March 16, 2016 marked the martydom day of Bhai Ranga Singh and Bhai Balwant Singh. On this day, a hundred years ago, Bhai Ranga Singh kissed the hangmans noose. Exactly a year later, Bhai Balwant Singh was hanged. These two patriots were hanged by the British colonialists for participating in the revolutionary uprising organised by the Hindustan Ghadar Party which was aimed at overthrowing British colonial rule over our beloved motherland.

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Public Meeting to Commemorate Shaheedi Diwas held at Sirsa

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 01/04/2016 - 23:30

“Festivals will be organised every year at the pyres of the martyrs; this will be the remembrance for those who give up everything for the country”. Putting this principle into practice, the Lok Raj Sangathan and the Gramin Aanchal Raksha Dal organised a program to pay homage to the martyrs in village Madhosinghana of Sirsa District of Haryana on 23rd March 2016.

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Ongoing struggle and repression at Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 01/04/2016 - 15:30

The Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) factory at Tapukara (Alwar, Rajasthan), on the Rajasthan-Haryana border has seen intense clashes between the workers of the plant and the management backed by police and hired goons since 16th February this year.

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Dena Bank employees carry out All India protest action

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 01/04/2016 - 14:30

At the joint call of the All India Dena Bank Employees Coordination Committee and the All India Dena Bank Officers Union, employees of Dena Bank all over the country organised  demonstrations at 29 Zonal Offices of the Dena Bank all over the country in the evening on 19th March 2016.

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1946 Revolt of Royal Indian Navy

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 20/03/2016 - 15:21

We can never forget the revolutionary struggle of the sailors

The revolt of the Royal Indian Navy in 1946 has a special place in the revolutionary history of Indian people. The sailors of the Royal Indian Navy started this mutiny which spread to all parts of India and intensified the revolutionary tide. It shook the very foundation of the British colonialism.

18 February 2016 marks 70 years of this uprising. However, very little is talked about this uprising in the history of the independence movement. There are many reasons. When the real history of this great uprising will be taught and read, it will also have to be told how the leaders of the Congress and Muslim League misled the courageous fighters of this movement and spread lies about it to defame their struggle.

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All-India Workers’ Protests

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 20/03/2016 - 14:59

Demonstration in Delhi

Hundreds of workers demonstrated on 10th March under the joint leadership of Delhi’s trade unions, demanding the implementation of their 12-point demands. They marched from Shahid Park near Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla Maidan to ITO. This protest was part of the country-wide protests called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions. Workers organisations united in response to this call and held demonstrations against the government and in support of their demands across various state capitals.

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Mumbai workers march against attacks on their rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 20/03/2016 - 14:55

Hundreds of workers marched into Azad Maidan, Mumbai from 2 PM on 10th of March 2016 in support of the 12 point charter of demands raised by the Trade Unions Coordination Committee. They belonged to Railways, Docks, Sailors, Municipal and Bank workers, Insurance and telecom workers, anganwadi and contract workers etc. The meeting was chaired by Dr.Vivek Monteiro of CITU and Mr.Vishwas Utagi of AIBEA. The unions participating were AITUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, BKS (Bharatiya Kamgar Sena), Kamgar Ekta Chalwal, as well as the unions representing the workers from the various sectors.

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Women march in unity to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 20/03/2016 - 14:50

Hundreds of women marched down the centre of Delhi on 8th March on the anniversary of International Women’s Day. They marched from Rajiv Chowk to Jantar Mantar. The city’s centre resounded with militant slogans that the women raised in unison. Several among them were veteran activists whose energy and enthusiasm matched those of the young women who were present in large numbers.

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International Women’s Day Celebrated in Bhivandi!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 20/03/2016 - 14:40

The Maharashtra Council of Lok Raj Sangathan decided to organize a series of programs in different places this year to celebrate International Women’s Day. The emancipation of women is possible only in a society where there is Lok Raj – i.e. where sovereign power is in the hands of the people, women as well as men.

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Protests against reccomendations of seventh Pay commission: Guards of the Indian Railways demand justice!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 20/02/2016 - 10:30

On February 23, the opening day of the budget session of parliament, hundreds of Guards of the Indian Railwaysparticipated in a militant rally in New Delhi, from Ambedkar Bhav

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Greaves Cotton Struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 05/02/2016 - 01:38

Workers of Greaves Cotton Petrol Engines unit, Gummidipoodi, near Chennai are waging struggle against the continuing attacks by the management of the company. There struggle has received the support of several trade unions and workers organizations, including the Workers Unity Movement.

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Tamilnadu: Nurses in government health centers fight for permanency

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 05/02/2016 - 01:29

Over 1500 contract nurses working in government run health centers of Tamilnadu went on an indefinite hunger strike at DMS complex, Thenampet, Chennai starting on 29th of January, 2016. They are demanding regularization of their work. Earlier, both in September 2015 and November 2015, nurses had launched agitations around this same demand.

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Meeting held in Patpadganj, Delhi against increasing communal and fascist terror

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 19/01/2016 - 06:55

On 10 January 2016, a meeting was organized in Patpadganj area in East Delhi against increasing communal and fascist terror. This was organized under the nation-wide campaign launched by Lok Raj Sangathan. In the meeting a presentation titled “Right to Conscience is our Birth Right! Fight the increasing Communal and Fascist Terror!” prepared by Lok Raj Sangathan was presented.

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Demonstration of workers against privatisation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 19/01/2016 - 06:46

On 16 December a massive rally and demonstration was organized in Nagpur (Maharashtra) under the banner of Mazdoor Union. As per the reports received by Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, the rally proceeded from Yashwant Stadium in Dhantoli to the Vidhan Sabha.Workers from different sectors of industry participated in the rally and the demonstration.

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Guest teachers in Delhi escalate their struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 17:05

Guest teachers of government school all over Delhi staged a protest demonstration at the Civil Lines residence of Delhi Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal, on December 24, 2015. They were protesting against the Delhi government’s policy for guest teachers and reminding the government of its promise to make the guest teachers permanent, a promise it has not yet fulfilled.

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Year 2015: Demand for peace and justice, against war and attacks on people's right to life and livelihood

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 16:52

Hundreds of thousands of people marched against the economic attacks on the working people in Spain, Ireland, Greece and the United Kingdom. Severe unemployment, rising prices, cuts in wages, cutbacks on health care and other social services aggravated the falling standards of living that the working people in these countries have been experiencing.

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Oppose the proposed amendments to the Delhi School Education Act

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 21/12/2015 - 08:08

The Delhi state government recently passed three blls in the state assembly, Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill, 2015, Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill, 2015, and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2015.

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Air India management gets the support of the Courts in attacking the rights of its employees

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 21/12/2015 - 07:52

A fierce struggle between the management of Air India and its employees has been going on in recent years.

The Union government and the management of Air India have been relentlessly pursuing the course of wrecking Air India, as a prelude to its complete privatization. On the other hand, the workers unions have been steadfastly opposing the wrecking activities and privatization drive.

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Indefinite strike of erstwhile trade apprentices

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 21/12/2015 - 07:48

Hundreds of trade apprentices are on an indefinite strike from Dec 2, 2015 at Jantar Mantar, under the leadership of the All India Defence Production Trade Apprentice Association, for their rights as per The Apprentices Amendment Bill, 2014. Apprentices have been denied jobs even after completing their stipulated training duration in ordnance factories and are struggling with unemployment.

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Contract Nurses demand regularisation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 02/12/2015 - 23:32

Nurses hired on contract basis in government hospitals and primary health centres all across Tamil Nadu, went on a day long fast on Nov 5th demanding regularisation. In addition, they were demanding increase in staff strength in accordance with the norms prescribed by the Medical Council of India. The protest was organized under the banner of the Tamil Nadu Contract Nurses Association.

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Struggle for the release of workers of Maruti-Suzuki

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 02/12/2015 - 23:30

On 27th November 2015, in the HUDA ground of Sector 5 of the Industrial District of Gurgaon, a 'Mazdoor Nyaya Adhikar' (Workers' Right to Justice) Convention was organised under the leadership of the Provisional Working Committee of the Maruti-Suzuki Workers' Union. The Convention attracted union activists from all over India in support of the struggle of the Maruti-Suzuki workers.

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Integral Coach Factory Apprentices demand jobs

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 02/12/2015 - 23:27

Apprentices of the Public Sector Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) , trained under National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), are on indefinite struggle demanding that railways and its allied institutions such as the ICF absorb them as permanent workers The apprentices and their families have been on indefinite relay hunger fast protest opposite the factory in Chennai.

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Workers' struggle in Diamond Engineering

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 02/12/2015 - 23:24

The workers of Diamond Engineering Company in Mambakkam, Tamilnadu began an indefinite hunger strike on November 12, 2015. The workers have been carrying on this form of protest in the conditions of torrential rains. Hearing news of the deterioration of conditions of some of the fasting workers, the family members of the workers carried out a road roko at Mambakkan.

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1st November rally in memory of the 1984 Sikh genocide

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 16:30

An attack on one is an attack on all!

The guilty must be punished!

A rally and mass meeting took place in Delhi on November 1, 2015, to mark the 31st anniversary of the Sikh genocide in November 1984. The rally was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan jointly with several other organisations.

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Demonstration in defence of rights of Maruti Workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 12:30

On 8 November 2015 Maruti workers union organised a demonstration, under the banner of Jan Sangharsh Manch, at the min-secretariat in Kaithal District in Haryana demanding justice for the Maruti workers. The demonstration was led by Comrade Phool Singh Gautam and Comrade Somnath convened the meeting.

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Bhagat Singh’s statue erected in Nohar

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 11:30

For past 25 years people of Nohar in Rajasthan have been demanding of the government that a statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh should be erected at the Bhagat Singh Chowk, but the administration has been ignoring their demand. Finally the people decided to erect the statue themselves. They procured a huge statue of Bhagat Singh, weighing over 250 kilogram from Punjab.

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Construction Workers hold demonstration at Labour Commissioner Office in Mumbai

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 11:30

On 5 November construction workers organised under the banner of “Construction Workers Coordination Committee” and “Construction and Toll Booth Workers Union” marched from Sion Railway Station to Bandra and held a demonstration at the Office of Labour Commissioner in Bandra.

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MSEB Protests

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 10:30

Electricity supply workers demonstrated on 27th October 2015, under the banner of the Mahasvargiya Vidyut Karmachari Sangathan. The protest was organised at Prakashgarh, the head office of the power distribution company in Mumbai. More than 5,000 workers from across 16 blocks and nine electrical installations participated in the protest action.

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Sanitation workers protest in Delhi

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 09:30

Sanitation workers of Delhi protested on 9th November 2015 in support of their demands for their salaries and arrears due to them. The protests were carried out in front of the houses of the mayors of all 3 areas - North Delhi’s mayor Ravindra Guota, South Delhi’s mayor Subash Arya and East Delhi mayor Harshdeep Malhotra.

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Spiralling price of dals

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 03/11/2015 - 23:24

The orientation of Agriculture is the root cause

Prime Minister Modi committed to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be achieved by 2030, adopted by the United Nations at the Sustainable Development Summit held this September. Of the 17 SDGs, the second one aims at ending hunger and achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.

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Meetings on Communalism and the Indian State

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 03/11/2015 - 23:22

Lok Raj Sangathan has been organising continuous meetings in different areas of Delhi as part of its All-India campaign on the issue of Communalism and the Indian State. Meetings were held in Sanjay Colony in South Delhi on 17th October, and in Patparganj in East Delhi and in Jasola in the Jamia area on 18th October, in Madanpur Khadar in South east Delhi on 24th October and in Sangam Vihar in South Delhi on 11th October. LRS members, youth, students and workers participated in large numbers in all these meetings.

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Joint demonstration by unions against privatisation of power supply

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 03/11/2015 - 23:17

The electricity workers of various sub-divisions of Haryana Power in all districts of the state held a joint demonstration on 23rd October 2015 against the government’s move to privatise power supply and to contract out the work of 23 sub-divisions. The workers also held meetings across the state.

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Prime Minister Modi greeted with powerful protests by Indians in the US

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 17/10/2015 - 03:40

Nearly 3000 people, organised under the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), Alliance of South Asians taking Action (ASATA), the Sikh Information Center and other groups, are reported to have held protest demonstrations and sit-ins in Silicon Valley, USA, during the visit of PM Narendra Modi at the end of September.

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Demonstration against murders in Dadri and Hamirpur

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/10/2015 - 23:30

A joint demonstration was organised by Lok Raj Sangathan, Jamaat-e-Islami and various political and human rights organisations  on 6th Ocotber at Juntar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the murders of Akhlaq Ahmed in Dadri, NOIDA and of an old Dalit man for entering a temple in District Hamirpur of Uttar Pradesh.

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Oppose the privatisation of ESIC Services!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/10/2015 - 21:30

The BJP led NDO government is continuously increasing the attacks on the right of the workers. Under the pretext of reforming the laws governing the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) it is encouraging privatisation of health insurance services, and ferociously attacking the rights of the workers to avail medical services.

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Agitation by farmers of Punjab

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/10/2015 - 20:30

As we go to the press, the farmers of Punjab have been carrying on a militant agitiation for over two weeks to highlight the grievances of cotton farmers of the state and  put forth their demands. Eight farmers’ organisations of Punjab have launched this agitation beginning September 28, 2015. In the course of this struggle, they have organised rail and rasto roko at different places.

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Struggle against the pathetic condition of government schools in Uttarakhand

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 02/10/2015 - 23:54

According to reports received by Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, activists of Communist Party of India, along with several other organisations in Uttarakhand, have been in struggle since a long time against the extremely poor condition of government schools and to halt privatisation of education.

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Public discussion on Growing Communal and Fascist Terror

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 28/09/2015 - 01:12

Lok Raj Sangathan organised a public discussion on growing communal and fascist terror and the necessity to defend the right to conscience on 20 September 2015 in New Delhi. The discussion attracted participants from all sections of the people, students, professors, workers and professionals.  Women and youth participated in large numbers in the meeting.

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Meetings in Mumbai on “Communal Violence - Its Roots and the Solution”

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 16/09/2015 - 12:00

On August 30, Lok Raj Sangathan organized a meeting in Mumbai for the Railway workers of Western Railway to discuss “Communal violence - Its Roots and the Solution”. The meeting was attended by a large number of railway men. The program included a one and half hour power point presentation using audio visual aids by the youth of Lok Raj Sangathan.

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Interview with worker leaders on the occasion of the country-wide strike on - 2nd September 2015

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 16/09/2015 - 11:56

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar’s reporters have interviewed a few leaders who had participated in the 2nd September strike. We are publishing a selection of the interviews here

Com. Birju Nayak (Secretary, Mazdoor Ekta Committee)

MEL: What was your experience of the 2nd September 2015 strike that has just been organised?

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Interview with Rajasthan Teachers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 19/08/2015 - 20:50

On 29 July 2015, over 32 teachers’ organisation from Rajasthan came together under the banner of “Rajasthan Shiksha evam Shikshak bachao morcha”, to organise a massive demonstration at Jaipur in Rajasthan. Over 80000 teachers participated in the demonstration. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar had published a detailed report in the last issue (Aug 1-15, 2015).

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Lok Raj Sangathan’s initiative in taking forward the struggle for rights in Rajasthan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 19/08/2015 - 20:46

Peasants, workers, teachers, students and government employees are on the path of struggle all across Rajasthan. They are firmly opposing the increasing attacks on their rights. In this context, the Rajasthan unit of Lok Raj Sangathan is carrying on the work of building unity among the people. Efforts are on to establish lok samitis in every village and hamlet.

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Meeting in Mumbai to prepare for strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 19/08/2015 - 20:45

The Samyukta Kriti Samiti of working class organisations held a meeting of activists in Mumbai on July 31st in opposition to the anti-worker and anti-peasant bourgeois government. The aim of the meeting was to discuss how to make the September 2nd General Strike successful enough to bring the bourgeoisie’s rule to a halt.

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Teachers from every village and panchayat march on Jaipur

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 01/08/2015 - 15:50

On 29 July 2-15, numerous organisations working in the interest of education and teachers in Rajasthan joined hands to demonstrate their solidarity and strength in favour of their various demands under the banner of “Save Education, Save Teacher Campaign”. More than a lakh teachers from villages and dhani across Rajasthan gathered in Jaipur to participate in a massive rally. Thousands of women teachers participated militantly in the rally and presented their views, alongside tens of thousands of young teachers who participated vigorously in the deliberations.

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Guest teachers in Haryana on relay hunger strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 01/08/2015 - 15:33

Guest teachers of Haryana have been on a relay hunger strike for past 16 days, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, protesting against dismissal of 3581 guest teachers. Teachers from various zones join the demonstration and sit on hunger strike taking their turn. So far teachers from Gurgaon, Hisar, Ambala, Rohtak, Kaithal, and other zones have participated in the relay hunger strike.

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Indefinite hunger strike of Anganwadi workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 01/08/2015 - 15:31

On 23rd July, hundreds of Anganwadi workers and their helpers gathered before the residence of the Chief Minister of Delhi under the banners of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union and Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, to begin their indefinite hunger strike in support of their demands.

Comrades of the Communist Ghadar Party of India participated in this demonstration and expressed their support for the demands of the Anganwadi workers and helpers. The Party’s speaker addressed the demonstration.

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Brashtachar Ka Ek hi Ilaj, Laye Mazdoor Kisan ka raj!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 01/08/2015 - 15:27

Brashtachar Ko Mithana hai, Punjivad ko dafnana hai!

Bright red banners carried the message that the capitalist system has to be rooted out, and the rule of the workers and peasants established in order to end the scourge of corruption. Shouting these slogans vigorously, activists of the Communist Ghadar Party of India participated militantly in a mass rally against corruption in New Delhi on July 20. 2015. The rally began from Mandi House to Parliament, where it transformed into a public meeting.

The call for the rally was given by 6 Left parties — CPI, CPIM, Forward Bloc, RSP, SUCI (Communist) and CPIML (Liberation). They had called for the rally to highlight the corruption of the present NDA government and demand the resignation of the foreign minister, and the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for their involvement in various scams.

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Successful campaign by Lok Raj Sangathan for basic rights of Delhi’s working population

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 18/07/2015 - 06:34

As reported in the June 1-15 issue of MEL, Lok Raj Sangathan has launched a campaign to highlight the utter lack of basic services such as water supply, sewage and sanitation, roads, health and hygiene, public transport, schools, etc., in the slum colonies and resettlement colonies across Delhi.

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Resident Doctors of Maharashtra government hospitals force government to give in to their demands

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 18/07/2015 - 06:28

On July 2nd from 8.00 AM, over three thousand resident doctors from all over Maharashtra , led by their association , Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), went on strike. Fed up with the continued failure of the health authorities to solve their genuine problems they were forced to take this step.

The main demands of the agitating doctors were

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Guest Teachers demand unconditional regularization

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 18/07/2015 - 06:21

An interview with the State Secretary of the Haryana Guest Teachers Union, Shri Satish Yadav

Thousands of guest teachers of of Mahendargarh district of Haryana are on dharna since 17th June 2015 for their demand of regularisation of their jobs. Subsequently, from 23rd June, guest teachers have gone on an indefinite fast.

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Condemn brutal police assault on protesting teachers in Bhatinda

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 18/07/2015 - 06:17

On July 5, the Bhatinda police savagely assaulted school teachers who had organized a protest rally in the town. The teachers, the majority of them women, were attacked by the police simply for demanding payment of their pending salaries, and regularization of their jobs. According to reports, the police lathi charged the teachers, physically dragged them by the hair, and abused them.

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Delhi Guest Teachers Organisation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 18/07/2015 - 06:15

Militant demonstration of guest teachers before Haryana Bhavan

Hundreds of guest teachers of Haryana demonstrated militantly on 11th July in front of Haryana Bhavan. Notwithstanding the rainfall, despite getting drenched, the men and women guest teachers continued their protests in support of their demand to be made permanent.

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A massive demonstration organised in London against austerity measures of the capitalist class

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:34

A sea of people engulfed the streets of London on Saturday 20th June to express their anger and disgust against the austerity measures implemented by the government of the monopoly capitalist class.

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Air India pilots resign over "breach of trust"

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:33

At least 10 pilots, out of the newly recruited batch of 38 hired by Air India, are reported to have resigned after the Air India management changed their employment terms from permanent to contractual. According to news sources, some more pilots of the same batch are learnt to have resigned and are currently serving their 6 month notice period.

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Resident doctors on strike in Delhi

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:30

Demand improvement in the conditions of doctors, health workers and the patients

Residents of the government hospital in Delhi have called for an indefinite strike from 22 June 2015 under the banner of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA). They are demanding improvement in basic health and medical care facilities and better health services for the patients.

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14th Anniversary of the Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:30

Proletarian revolution is the only path leading towards a bright future for the youth!

A very lively program was organised in Delhi on 14th June 2015 on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha (HNES). Members and supporters from all over Delhi and around participated in the meeting.

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Ealing hospital belongs to us and we must fight to save it from being closed

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 29/06/2015 - 07:14
  • On 24th June, the people of Southall and surrounding areas have occupied the maternity ward of Ealing hospital in order to keep it open.
  • Children’s ward and Accident and Emergency are next in the line to be closed
  • All the people, no matter which political party or organisation they belong to, should unite and force the government to keep it open.
  • We must
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Ban on a student study circle in IIT Madras

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 16/06/2015 - 00:03

Condemn the attack on the right to dissent!

On  June 6, following massive protests by student and youth organizations as well as other progressive individuals and organizations all over the country, the authorities of IIT Madras removed the ban they had earlier imposed on the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC).

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Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 15/06/2015 - 23:59

There can be no justice as long as the prosecutor and the criminal are the same

According to news reports, the Union Home Ministry has turned down a request of the CBI for granting prosecution sanction to four IB officials, including retired special director Rajendra Kumar, who were allegedly involved in conspiracy behind the cold blooded killing of a 19 year college student of Mumbai,

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Systematic and deliberate wrecking of Prasar Bharati — the country’s Public Service Broadcaster

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 15/06/2015 - 23:57

Prasar Bharati is the Public Service Broadcaster of India. It is a statutory autonomous body established in 1997 under the Prasar Bharati Act (1990). It directs and regulates the working of the national radio and television networks, All India Radio and Doordarshan respectively.

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Exploitation of employees at Doordarshan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 15/06/2015 - 23:54

“Theka”, “anubandh” and contract are very well known terms for workers! Contract (labour) is not merely a word, but is closely associated with fear of being unemployed, getting the lowest wages, social insecurity, and working without ESI (Employee State Insurance) and PF (Provident Fund), and being over exploited.

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Meeting and establishment of Committee of Jhansi Division of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA)

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 15/06/2015 - 23:53

The All India Loco Running Staff Association's (AILRSA) Jhansi Division Committee has been established. This has been done under the leadership of Com. R.C. Shrivastav. After the Committee was set up, the officials of the Committee submitted a petition to the General Manager, Central Railway protesting against the oppression of railway employees and demanded that this should cease.

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Interview with Allahabad Bank employees' leader Comrade Devender Mehta

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 31/05/2015 - 11:51

The present labour laws were formulated many decades ago. There has been big changes in technology since then. Today in the banking sector, there will be people with ties and suits, but in fact they are workers. Even though someone from outside would not think they are workers! The laws concerning labour need change, but they must be uniform and applicable to all those who sell their labour power for a living. All workers organizations need to get together to draft a new labour law which upholds the rights of all workers. All workers must have the right to organize themselves into unions.

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Mayday celebration marked by the determination of working class to carry on the struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 17/05/2015 - 15:22

Mayday was observed jointly by working class organisations in cities and industrial areas throughout the country. Workers across various industries and trades joined the rallies. The working class honoured its martyrs with the hoisting of the red flag in their factories and residential colonies. Rallies, marches and meetings were organized in various places.

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Oppose further attacks on rights of workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 17/05/2015 - 15:17

The Ministry of Labour has issued a Draft Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill, 2015. It convened a tripartite meeting on May 6, 2015 to discuss the Bill.  The trade unions have criticized the proposed Bill and have said that the consultations in this regard were a "farce". "As per the ILO convention 141, the interested parties should be consulted at time of drafting legislation.

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Transport workers strike total

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 17/05/2015 - 14:45

A country wide strike by crores of road transport workers against the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014 took place on April 30, 2015. Between 6 am and 6 pm, on that day, in all states of the Indian union, autos, buses — both private and public, and also goods transporters struck work in protest against the Bill which is totally against their interests.

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Discussion on Land Acquisition organized by the Lok Raj Sangathan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:42

Activists unitedly oppose the Land Acquisition programme of the Ruling Class!

On 19th April 2015 the Thane committee of Lok Raj Sangathan organized a meeting of activists to discuss the important issue of Land Acquisition. Activists of many organizations from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts participated vigorously.

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Condemn the fascist Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill 2015

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/04/2015 - 17:56

The Gujarat State Assembly passed the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill 2015 (GCTOC), on March 31, 2015. The bill retains the essential draconian provisions of an earlier bill, named the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill.

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Thousands of workers lose their jobs due to Supreme Court order

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/04/2015 - 17:47

Bourgeois propaganda makes out that the judiciary is the dispenser of justice to all sections of society. However, this is not true. The judiciary actually serves to legitmise the preservation of the existing system of exploitation, loot and plunder of the vast majority of toilers, for the super profits of a handful of monopoly capitalist houses.

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Rawatsar bandh for demand of a permanent solution to the problem of waterlogged and marshy lands

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 17/04/2015 - 17:38

In Rajasthan’s Hanumangadh district, peasants have gathered in protest since the last 178 days at the sub-drain of the swamp near the 13th SPD, under the leadership of the Sem Peedhit Kisan Sangathan.

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Massive escalation of state terrorism in Arunachal Pradesh

Submitted by bk on Thu, 16/04/2015 - 17:01

The Central government has decided to extend Army rule to almost the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. As per a new notification issued by the Home Ministry on March 27, 2015, all the 10 districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering the state of Assam have been declared as “Disturbed Area” under Section 3 of AFSPA, 1958, for the next one year.

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Workers, students and masses of people come out against fascism

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 15/04/2015 - 20:48

Across England, Wales and Scotland, tens of thousands of people protested racist attacks and fascism on March 21, UN Anti-Racism day. This day commemorates the victims of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, when 69 peaceful protestors against apartheid were killed by South African police.

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Loco pilots protest at the parliament

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 15/04/2015 - 20:46

The loco pilots belonging to the All India Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held a dharna to push the government to implement the recommendations of various committees on improving railway safety. Loco pilots came from Moradabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Ambala, Pathankot, Amritsar, Jallandhar, Faizabad, Bareilly, Dehradun and other divisions.

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Condemn the brutal police lathi charge on workers outside Delhi secretariat

Submitted by bk on Mon, 06/04/2015 - 22:19

On 25 March, 2015, the AAP government of Delhi carried out a massive unprovoked attack on peaceful workers, students and women, who had gathered at the Delhi Secretariat to demand that the new government fulfill the promises it made to the electorate in its election manifesto.

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Celebration of International Women's Day, 2015, Delhi

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/03/2015 - 00:47

On the morning of 8th March, 2015, the Central Park in Connaught Place, in the heart of New Delhi was the scene of a massive human chain -- women, men and youth from diverse walks of life -- raising spirited slogans, reaffirming their commitment to continue the struggle for a society that guarantees justice, equality and dignity for all.

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International Working Women’s Day celebrated in Worli, Mumbai

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/03/2015 - 00:43

’संगठित हो, हुक्मरान बनो और समाज को बदल ड़ालों!’ This was the banner exhorting the people who had gathered in Ambedkar Maidan, Worli, on March 8th to celebrate International Women’s Day: “Organise, become the rulers and transform society!” The meeting was jointly organised by Lok Raj Sangathan, Worli Committee, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Kamgar Ekta Committee and Ladaku Garm

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Struggle for Job Security of IT employees continues

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 11/03/2015 - 00:07

As part of the ongoing struggle of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) employees for their job security and justice, several activities are being taken up in various cities in India. A meeting was held in February by the Forum for Information Technology Employees (F.I.T.E) in Chennai to explain the current state of the struggle.

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Privatisation of banks is in the interest of the bourgeoisie

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 11/03/2015 - 00:01

Interview with Comrade Vishwas Utagi, Vice President of All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) regarding the two day meeting, “Gyan Sangam” in Pune officials of India's top banks

MEL: Comrade Utagi, Please tell us what transpired at the Gyan Sangam Meet on January 2nd and 3rd, 2015.

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Retrenchments in IT companies

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 04/02/2015 - 16:09

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest Information Technology (IT) consultancy company in India, which employed over 3 lakh workers in 2014, has recently announced retrenchment of a large number of its employees. It is reported that around 25,000 senior employees are being asked to leave.

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Coal workers strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 17/01/2015 - 16:41

The country wide strike by over 5 lakh coal miners which began on January 5 ended on January 7 following negotiations between the government and the trade unions representing the coal miners.

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Terrorist massacres in France

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 17/01/2015 - 16:39

The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the horrific events that took place in Paris at the office of the Charlie Hebdo media house, and at the Jewish Kosher deli that took place early January 2015.  The CGPI extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims at this senseless tragedy. Nothing can justify such blood letting, no matter what the provocation is.

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December 16 marked by militant protest actions in Delhi

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 05/01/2015 - 18:21

Hundreds of women and men across Delhi, from nearly 15 different organizations, came together in militant protest actions at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 16. The brutal gang rape and murder of a young women in Delhi on this day two years ago, had brought hundreds of people out on to the streets, demanding that the state ensure security for women.

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Privatisation of Coal Mining

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 05/01/2015 - 18:19

On 12 Dec 2014 the Lok Sabha passed the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 and the Bill is now in Rajya Sabha for consideration. This important Bill was approved by Lok Sabha by just a voice vote in a great hurry without referring to the relevant Standing Committee.

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Coal sector workers’ strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 01/12/2014 - 14:42

Three lakh coal workers work in Coal India (CIL). CIL’s workers union is under pressure from the workers that it must oppose the continuous course of privatization of CIL.

Successive governments have been ensuring the liquidation of this Pubic sector Company by handing over coal blocs to private monopolies in the power, cement and steel sectors.

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All-India Conference of Workers’ Council

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 01/12/2014 - 14:38

Call to oppose the anti-worker amendments to labour laws

The Third All-India Conference of the Workers’ Council was organized on 9th November 2014 in Arya Nagar in Lucknow.

It was decided that the resolutions passed at the Conference at the end of four days’ consultation would be taken among the people through a mass campaign. The resolutions are presented here:

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20th Biennial Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 01/12/2014 - 11:24

Call from the land of the warriors to intensify the struggle for Rights

Chittorgarh in Rajasthan reverberated with militant slogans of “Inquilab Zindabad”, “Long live workers’ unity”, “Long live the unity of loco pilots”, “Halt the privatization of the Railways” and call to struggle as the 20th Biennial Convention of the All Indian Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) got underway.

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Canada: State terrorism and imperialist war justified in name of countering individual terrorism

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 04/11/2014 - 14:34

Following the killing of a soldier at the War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, and the killing of the alleged terrorist, the Canadian government launched a massive attack on the people and their rights. The capital city of Ottawa was brought to a halt, and hysteria and a reign of terror was unleashed on the people in the city in the name of finding other “terrorists”.

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Bank workers plan All India strike

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 04/11/2014 - 14:24

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a joint forum of five workmen unions and four officers’ associations has given a call to observe a one-day All India strike on November 12, 2014. The main demand is increase in wages. These unions have been holding negotiations with the employers association called the Indian Banks Association (IBA) for the last 2 years.

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Discussion organised by Lok Raj Sangathan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 05/10/2014 - 23:07

What should people do in the face of the dangerous course of the economy?

Lok Raj Sangathan's meeting on 28th September on the subject, “The dangerous course of the Indian economy: what should people do?” drew a large number of workers, students, women and activists. More than 200 people, including a large number of youth, participated in the meeting.

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All India Convention of Central Trade Unions and All India Federations

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 05/10/2014 - 22:57

Call to build a mass movement to oppose the anti worker, anti national course of the bourgeoisie

Nearly 3000 trade union leaders and working class activists from different sectors of the economy from all regions of India participated in an All India Convention in New Delhi on September 15, 2014.  There were representatives of the AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, UTUC, HMS, INTUC, BM

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Protest action against closure of government school

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 05/10/2014 - 22:53

Lok Raj Sangathan and All India Save Education Committee have been agitating to oppose the closure of the only government-run primary and senior secondary school, the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, in Burari in North Delhi. Parents and guardians of the affected students are also participating in the protest actions in large numbers.

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BSNL workers fight against attacks on livelihood and rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 16/09/2014 - 20:30

BSNL workers staged a protest in front of Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, the corporate office of the state owned Telecom in New Delhi on August 21, 2014. The protests came in the wake of anti worker recommendations made by a private consultancy hired by the BSNL management to “revive” the company.

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Farmers struggle is advancing in Hanumangarh

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 16/09/2014 - 19:30

Preparations had been on in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan for a huge demonstration, led by Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti, on 10th September in front of the head office of the district administration. In the meantime, the administration called the leaders of the Kisan-Mazdoor-Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti and assured them that all the issues would be resolved soon.

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Chennai: Public meeting against anti worker, anti peasant policies of government

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 01/09/2014 - 22:30

The rights of the people, of workers and peasants are under fierce attack by the new NDA government. Peasants do not get any respite for their problems from the current regime. More and more workers and peasants are being pauperized by the government in its drive to intensify their exploitation and ensure good times for the capitalists.

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Four years of struggle of farmers against land acquisition in Navalgarh

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 01/09/2014 - 21:30

The farmers of Navalgarh Tehsil of Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan have been continuously sitting on a dharna, for the last four years, under the leadership of Kishan Sangharsh Samiti. They are demanding that their fertile land which provides them livelihood, must not be acquired for use by cement companies.

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Medical students working in government hospitals in Tamilnadu fight strike work

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/08/2014 - 19:30

In the last week of July 2014, over 3000 house-surgeons and Post graduate medical students under the banner of Interns and Postgraduate Association of Tamilnadu went on strike. In Chennai, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Theni, Kanyakumari and other districts of the state, these medical students boycotted work in the government hospitals.

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Tamil Nadu Highways maintenance workers oppose privatization

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/08/2014 - 18:30

Workers of Tamil Nadu Highways department road maintenance workers held 72 hours non-stop agitation opposing the privatization of the road maintenance work in the last week of July. Highways department of Tamil Nadu maintain about 11,594 K.m. of state highways, 11,289 K.m. of district main roads, 34,160 km of districts other roads and 2,250 Kms of National Highways.

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Intensified protests against privatisation of electricity

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 01/08/2014 - 19:30

On 15th July, workers of electricity distribution companies (discoms) protested in front of the Superintendent Engineer’s office at the junction in opposition to the proposal of the Rajasthan government to privatise the Electricity Boards in Hanumangarh. Later, the workers submitted their demands to the Collector at his office.

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Garment workers in Chennai protest demanding higher wages

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 01/08/2014 - 17:30

Hundreds of garment workers in Chennai, under the leadership of the Garment and Fashion Workers Union, organized a day long protest action on July 22, demanding that the wage increase announced in February – around Rs 3,000 more than the average garment industry wages announced in 2004 – be actually implemented.

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Rajasthan State government employees’ struggle for their rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 16/07/2014 - 19:30

On 3rd July, the Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Mahasangh organised a meeting concluding protest actions all over the state including in Jaipur. This organization represents seven lakh government employees. These include, besides the state government employees, workers of boards, corporations, autonomous bodies, Panchayati Raj and those on contract, etc.

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Contract Labour: The future of youthful labour power of the country on contract

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 02/07/2014 - 00:30

In February 2014 the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), an organisation of the capitalists, issues a press release, according to which between 2008-09 and 2012-13, the number of contract workers increased by 39% over the entire country. The use of contract labour has increased in all such sectors where work is of a permanent nature.

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Punish those guilty of not securing the safety of workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 21:30

Workers killed in “accidents in Bhilai” and Vizag steel plants

At least six workers of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) were killed and over 30 injured due to leaking of poisonous gas on the night of June 12, 2014. Soon after this, two engineers were killed on the steel melting shop 2 of Vizag steel plant on June 16, 2014.

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Opposition of bank workers to the P J Nayak Report

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/06/2014 - 22:30

According to news reports published on 19th May, a RBI Working Committee to Review Governance of Boards of Banks in India, headed by former Axis Bank chairman P J Nayak has submitted its Report with the recommendation that the government cut its holding in public sector banks to below 50 per cent.

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Campaign of Mazdoor Ekta Committee:

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/06/2014 - 21:30

We must ensure the Rule of Workers to secure the rights of labour!

“Survey of the rights of workers” is the campaign that is under process in Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Estate 1 & 2. Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC) has plans to run this campaign all over Delhi. It was begun in Okhla. The campaign took off on 13th May 2014 and was continuing even as this report was filed.

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Comrade KL Bajaj

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/06/2014 - 23:30

A packed memorial meeting was held in Vanamali Hall, in Dadar, Mumbai on 6th May 2014 to pay respects to Comrade KL Bajaj who passed away on April 18th 2014 at the age of 79 years. The meeting was attended by members of different trade unions, mass organizations and political parties.

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Comrade Mukul Sinha

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/06/2014 - 22:30

Mukul Sinha, militant trade unionist, lawyer and tireless fighter for the cause of the workers and oppressed, passed away at the age of 63, on May 12, 2014. He had been diagnosed with cancer.

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Growing confrontation between capital and labour in the Indian auto sector

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/05/2014 - 20:30

The Indian automobile industry is seething with confrontations between the capitalists and workers. The contradictions are intense as the workers in the sector, numbering about 2 crores, across the country, face insecurity of job, layoffs and early retirement as automakers prune their workforce.

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Meeting at VHS Hospital, Chennai

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/05/2014 - 19:30

Various Mayday meetings and programs were held all over Chennai by various trade unions. On the morning of Mayday, a gate meeting was held by the VHS Workers Union at their hospital gate. Nurses and hospital workers attended the meeting. The red flag was hoisted by a senior nurse. Com.S.Manidasan spoke of the deteriorating condition of the workers and staff in VHS Hospital.

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Trade unions adopt a common draft program

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 01/05/2014 - 22:30

A common program was adopted at a meeting of the Kaamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) held on March 28th 2014 in which the following unions and organisations were present: Kamgar Ekta Committee, Airport Authority of India Employees Union, Air India Service Engineers Association, All India Loco Running Staff Association, All India Guards Council, All India Station Masters Association, All India Voltas E

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Martyrdom day in Madhosinghana village

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 23/04/2014 - 07:47

Martyrdom day was commemorated in Madhosinghana village in Sirsa district of Haryana on 30th March 2014. On this occasion, a public meeting was organised by Lok Raj Sangathan. Apart from the people of the village, the meeting was attended by activists of organisations from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

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Enthusiastic commemoration in England of Martyr’s day

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 23/04/2014 - 07:45

The Indian Workers Association organized a very grand meeting on 16th March in honour of the martyrs – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, on the 83rd anniversary of their martyrdom. The memorial meeting hailed the efforts of Bhagat Singh and his comrades to establish socialism in India and also presented a militant cultural programme.

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Seminar in Lucknow on “Present political situation: Intensifying Crisis and the Politics for Real Change”

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 23/04/2014 - 07:40

A successful seminar was held on the issue of “Present political situation: intensifying crisis and the politics for real change” was held on 6th April in Lucknow, in the context of the Lok Sabha elections. Several activists and leaders of communist and progressive organisations participated in this seminar and actively contributed to the discussion.

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International Womens Day Celebrated in Byculla Railway Quarters

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 23/04/2014 - 07:38

On March 30th 2014, under a bright banner reading “An Attack on one is an attack on all”,  residents of the Byculla Railway Quarters, gathered to commemorate International Womens Day. The majority were women. The meeting was called by Kamgar Ekta Committee.

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Protest by Loco Pilots

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 03/04/2014 - 16:00

Engine drivers belonging to the Northern Division of the Indian Railway organised a ‘dharna’ (protest sit-in) outside Parliament on 27th March 2014, under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association. They submitted a memorandum of demands to the General Manager of the Northern Railway, which included the following:

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Western Railway Motormen Agitate for Assistant Motorman

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 03/04/2014 - 15:57

Motormen of Western Railway have been continuously agitating against the action taken against motormen by the management under the SPAD rules. SPAD (signal passing at Danger) rule means that if a motorman takes the train beyond a red signal, even by mistake, he is immediately suspended from service.

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International Women’s Day Celebrated in Worli, Mumbai

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 13/03/2014 - 13:50

On March 9th, 2014, the International Women’s Day was celebrated in Ambedkar Maidan, Worli BDD chawls. Working women and their families participated enthusiastically in the celebrations. The program started with a cultural program of songs and powada by youth of Ulhas Nagar and a textile worker respectively.

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Kamgar Ekta Committee Convention held in Mumbai

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 13/03/2014 - 13:46

A Convention of Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) was held on Sunday, March 2nd 2014, at Mumbai. Activists of the working class movement, and womens and youth movement, participated enthusiastically in the Convention.

On behalf of KEC, Comrade Mathew elaborated on a program to arm the working class to challenge the parties of the bourgeoisie in the coming elections.

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Guest teachers on indefinite hunger strike

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 19/02/2014 - 02:38

Guest teachers on indefinite hunger strike since 9th February 2014 at Jantan Mantar in New Delhi under the leadership of the Haryana Guest Teachers Union. The hunger strike is for demanding regularization of guest teachers. Hundreds of teachers are participating in the strike to press for this demand at various district headquarters.

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Election of the Lok Raj Samiti

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 19/02/2014 - 02:34

An instrument of struggle for the solution of local problems

On 9th February 2014, several competitions for youth and a public meeting were organised in the resettlement colony of Madanpur Khadar, located in East Delhi. These were organised jointly by Lok Raj Sangathan and Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha.

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Agitation by Southern Railway Loco Running Staff

Submitted by sampu on Sat, 01/02/2014 - 19:30

The Loco Running Staff of the Southern Railways organized a protest demonstration on 22nd of Jan, 2014, in Chennai to highlight their key demands. A dharna was held in front of the Moore market near the Central Station. it was addressed by various union leaders and activists including Comrades V.R. Prakash, President of AILRSA, R. Murali, Zonal secretary of AILRSA, R.

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Steep hike in LPG prices:

Submitted by sampu on Fri, 17/01/2014 - 00:30

Another attack on the working people

On January 1, 2014 the price of non-subsidized cooking gas (LPG) was raised by Rs. 220, one of the steepest hikes so far. Following the increase, a 14.2 kg non-subsidized cooking gas cylinder will now cost Rs. 1,241, while it earlier cost Rs. 1,021.

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Who benefits from the rise in vegetable prices?

Submitted by sampu on Thu, 16/01/2014 - 23:30

In the year that has gone by, one of the biggest burdens on the masses of working people has been the sharp and continuous rise in prices of vegetables. This added to the burden the people were already facing because of the rise in the prices of a whole host of other essential commodities. The rise in prices was particularly severe in the case of onions, and also potatoes and tomatoes.

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Interviews with leaders of Western Railway Motormen Association, All-India Bank Emloyees Association, All-India Guards Council, National Federation of Postal Employees Union

Submitted by sampu on Thu, 16/01/2014 - 21:30

With the approaching Parliamentary Elections in 2014, the major political formations of the ruling capitalist class, the Congress and BJP along with their fronts have gone into election mode. Each of them is using and will use their time tested methods of muscle and money power and divisive politics based on caste, language and religion to try to come to power.

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We cannot accept cessation of recruitment in railways that will endanger passenger safety!

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 20:30

Kamgar Ekta Committee, Mumbai Suburban Railway Passenger Mahasangh, Airport Authority of India Employees Union, Air India Service Engineers Association, All India Loco Running Staff Association, All India Guards Council, All India Station Masters Association, All India Voltas Employees Federation, BEST Workers Union, Bombay University College Teachers Union, Ladaku Garment Mazdoor Sangh, Lo

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Massive Rally of the Working Class before Parliament

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 22/12/2013 - 04:02

Lakhs of workers from across the country marched in a massive rally on to Parliament under the leadership of the Central Trade Unions, expressing their anger against liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, and demanding control on the price rise, an end to contract system, a minimum wage of Rs.10,000 with dearness allowance, permanent status for contract workers and right to pension, a

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Blame the State for the daily harassment and violence against women!

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 22/12/2013 - 04:00

Organise collective self-defence! Join the struggle for reconstituting the State!

Statement of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, 13th December, 2013

Sexual harassment of women at their workplace is a problem being debated much these days. Sexual harassment at the place of work is one of the prevalent forms of oppression against women.

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29th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas tragedy

Submitted by vivek on Sat, 21/12/2013 - 16:01

Condemn the Indian state's callous negligence towards the victims and shameful collaboration with the criminal perpetrators

The people of our country can never forget the Bhopal gas tragedy that occurred 29 years ago, nor forgive the Indian state and its agencies for their shameful collaboration with the perpetrators and their callous indifference towards the plight of the victims.

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4 Railway gangmen killed due to anti worker policies being pursued by the Railways

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 19/11/2013 - 20:01

On November 3rd 2013, there was a terrible accident on the Railway tracks near Kalyan Station on the Central Railway and on the outskirts of Mumbai . While repairing a fault on the tracks, 4 gangmen were run over by a train and killed on the spot.

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Factory workers in Kota will use NOTA option in next election

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 19/11/2013 - 19:57

Selection of candidates by the people is the key to democratic representation

It has been reported that workers of the Samtel Glass Unit and Samtel Colour Unit in Kota, Rajasthan, and their families have decided to use the “None of the Above” (NOTA) option during the next assembly elections on December 1.

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Challenging the status quo

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 19/11/2013 - 11:30

Worker candidates for the Delhi Assembly Election launch their campaigns

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar is proud to report that the campaign of the worker candidates, supported by Lok Raj Sangathan, Communist Ghadar Party, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), All India Workers' Council, Delhi Shramik Sangathan, Committee for Peace and Democracy – Manipur, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Mazdoor

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Demonstration of Delhi’s primary school teachers

Submitted by vivek on Sat, 09/11/2013 - 09:34

Halt privatisation of education for ensuring quality education

Primary school teachers of Delhi demonstrated at Rajghat on October 21, under the banner of the All Delhi Primary Teachers’ Union. Young teachers of the union participated in the demonstration. Teachers of the N.D.M.C and Delhi Cantonment Board also participated in the demonstration alongside teachers of 3 Corporations.

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MEC supports the just struggle of AAI workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 05/11/2013 - 13:45

Leaders and activists of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee have been vigorously participating in the struggle of the workers of the Airports Authority of India against privatization of the airports of Chennai, Kolkota and four other cities.

At Chennai airport, Comrade Baskar addressed the gathering of workers.  

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Demonstration in preparation of a gherao of the Parliament

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 30/09/2013 - 13:00

There was a big demonstration at ITO on 25th September 2013 under the leadership of the Trade Unions Joint Committee of Delhi to protest against the anti-worker, anti-national and anti-people policies of the government. Hundreds of activists of all the trade unions militantly took part in this demonstration.

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Voltas Workers’ Action

Submitted by bk on Sun, 15/09/2013 - 15:00

The Annual General Body Meeting of Voltas’ shareholders was held in Mumbai on August 19th. Normally, in such a meeting, the management presents the report of the previous year’s performance of the company and the outlook for the coming year.

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Out Sourcing in Railways on the Increase!

Submitted by bk on Sun, 15/09/2013 - 13:00

Interview with Comrade Y.G. Joshi (YGJ), President of National Railway Mazdoor Union(NRMU) of Central Railway

MEL Correspondent: Comrade Joshi, pl tell our readers how railways is going about privatizing its operations.

YGJ: The Railways have systematically planned to outsource a large number of its activities.

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Thousands of prisoners go on hunger strike in California

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/09/2013 - 17:11

Several thousand prison inmates participated in hunger strikes in jails in California, USA, from July 8 to protest against being kept in solitary confinement and being made to undergo cruel and inhuman punishment. The hunger strike had gone on for over 6 weeks when the jail officials won a court order allowing them to force feed inmates.

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Farmers raise their voice against the Gujarat government

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/09/2013 - 16:35

“Maruti, Go Back” - Battle cry of the Gujarat farmers

More than 5000 farmers and their family members from Hansalpur near Dalod village in Gujarat celebrated the Independence Day on 15th August with slogans of “Maruti, go back!” along with the hoisting of the flag. Maruti Suzuki company has announced a plan to invest Rs. 4000 crore for a big factory in the Bechraji-Hansalpur area.

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AILRSA Central Executive meeting held

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/09/2013 - 16:31

The Central Executive of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) was held in Jain Dharamshala in Delhi on 8th August 2013 in an enthusiastic atmosphere. More than 50 members of the North-Western and South-East Railways attended the meeting.

The meeting was led by Prabhunath Singh and N B Dutta.

The following decisions were taken in the meeting:

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Workers of Global Hospital - Chennai fight for their rights

Submitted by vivek on Sat, 17/08/2013 - 10:44

Workers and hospital staff of Global Hospitals work day and night to provide medical services to thousands of patients. However, their management refuses to recognize their rights. Hundreds of staff, nurses, and other workers are employed as temporary staff and contract workers. They are treated like slaves, without any kind of permanency of work.

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Demonstration of Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 04/08/2013 - 07:17

The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union demonstrated at Gurgaon’s Leisure Park on July 18 to mark “one year after the state repression of the workers”. They reiterated their main demands for the release of their 147 colleagues, for all workers to be taken back to work and for an independent judicial enquiry into the death of the Human Resources Manager Avnish Kumar.

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8th anniversary of the brutal state oppression of Honda workers:

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 04/08/2013 - 07:11

The struggle for rights continues relentlessly

The workers unions and mass organisations of Gurgaon organised a public meeting at the Mini Secretariat, Gurgaon at 4 pm on 25th July 2013. This was in commemoration of the brutal attack on the workers by the Hooda government at the same venue on 25th July, 2005. The meeting was termed as a “workers unity rally”.

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Mid day meal tragedy

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 04/08/2013 - 00:32

Condemn the callous and inhuman nature of the Indian state

On July 16, 2013 media reports shocked people all over the country with the news of the death of 23 children, between the ages of 5 to 12 years, after consuming the mid day meal served to them at their school in Gandaman village near Chhapra in Bihar. Many of their schoolmates are still hanging between life and death.

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8th anniversary of the brutal state oppression of Honda workers

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 04/08/2013 - 00:29

The struggle for rights continues relentlessly

The workers unions and mass organisations of Gurgaon organised a public meeting at the Mini Secretariat, Gurgaon at 4 pm on 25th July 2013. This was in commemoration of the brutal attack on the workers by the Hooda government at the same venue on 25th July, 2005. The meeting was termed as a “workers unity rally”.

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Bajaj Auto Workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 20/07/2013 - 00:13

Workers of Bajaj Auto’s Chakan Plant which produces Pulsar Motorcycles have been on indefinite strike from June 25, 2013. This followed the refusal of the management to have discussions with the union on negotiating a new wage agreement, which was due.

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Delhi Metro workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 20/07/2013 - 00:03

Contract workers employed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) organized under the banner of the Delhi Metro Rail Kamgar Union (DMRKU) have protested their termination from June 1 as a result of their contract being ended.

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Sanitation workers, Delhi

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 20/07/2013 - 00:01

Sanitation workers employed by the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) are agitating for their just demands. They have threatened to go on strike if the Corporations do not accede to these demands.

According to the workers, the unified MCD had promised to make them permanent employees and give them their arrears. However these promises had not been fulfilled. 

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Southern railways workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 19/07/2013 - 23:56

The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union has opposed the Railway Ministry’s move to provide the drawings and designs of coaches of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, to five private coach manufacturing factories to come up in the country.  “This move is nothing but plundering of the national wealth for the benefit of private companies,” said Mr.Sridhar, zonal president of the union.

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National Rural Health Mission workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 19/07/2013 - 23:50

Following the decision of the Maharastra government to outsource some of the functions of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to private contractors, the NRHM workers of Maharastra went on a state wide strike from July 1, 2013. The workers are organized under the banner of the NRHM Adhikariva Karamchari Mahasangh.

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Airports Authority of India workers oppose privatisation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 02/07/2013 - 21:20

Workers of the Airport Authority of India are on the war path against the move of the government to privatise the Chennai and Kolkata Airports. This follows the decision of the Civil Aviation Ministry to hand over the running of Chennai and Kolkata Airports to private parties.

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Nokia Siemens’ workers strike for right to form union

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 02/07/2013 - 21:09

Nearly 210 workers of the Nokia Siemens’ Chennai plant are on strike since June 6, 2013. Their demand — recognition of the Union they have formed.

The company manufactures the entire range of telecom equipment for 2G, 3G and Long Term Evolution (4G technology). Around 800 workers work in the factory.

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Campaign to strengthen the political unity of the working class

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 19/06/2013 - 00:28

Mazdoor Ekta Committee (MEC) is running a campaign in Delhi to strengthen the political unity of the working class. This campaign is to oppose the attacks on working class rights, to unite the class, to organise the class as a political force, and with the lofty aim of making it capable of staking its claim to political power.

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Railway authorities' anti worker attitude exposed!

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 05/06/2013 - 23:06

Mazdoor Ekta Lehar has been continuously reporting on the struggles of the running staff of Indian Railways, the Engine Drivers and Guards, led by their Associations, the AILRSA (All India Loco Running staff Association) and AIGC (All India Guards Council). Due to these struggles the Union Labour Ministry appointed a National Tribunal in March 2012 to look into the grievances of this section.

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Interview with Comrade Y.G Joshi, President, NRMU (National Railway Mazdoor Union)

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 05/06/2013 - 23:01

MEL: Congratulations on your victory in the union elections in Central Zone as well as at All India level.

Thank You. As per the rules of the elections, Unions getting more than 35% of the votes polled in a particular zone get recognition by the General Manager as the representative Union of workmen in that particular zone.

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Massive protests in UK against privatisation of health services

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 05/06/2013 - 16:30

Thousands of protesters came out onto the streets of London on 18th May 2013 to protest against the government’s proposed changes to the National Health Services (NHS). This protest was supported by a number of trade unions, doctors and medical staff, anti-privatisation groups and some members of parliament.

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May Day 2013: Workers vow to continue the struggle to hold the Red Flag aloft!

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 17/05/2013 - 00:41

Across the entire country - in cities, towns and industrial areas, workers united on May 1st, International Workers' day, to pledge to intensify their struggle in defence of their rights and to keep the red flag aloft in memory of the Chicago martyrs. Huge rallies and meetings were organized on this occasion, throughout the country.

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Bangladesh fire tragedy

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 17/05/2013 - 00:38

The inhuman face of imperialist globalization revealed starkly

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building complex on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed. Four days later, the wreckage of the building caught fire, even when rescue workers were trying to recover the remaining workers trapped under the building.

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20th anniversary of the founding of the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment:

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 17/05/2013 - 00:24

Onward with the struggle for a modern democracy that empowers people to set the agenda!

Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS) organized a "Lok Raj Utsav" on 28th April in Thane, Maharashtra, to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of its precursor, the Preparatory Committee for People’s Empowerment (CPE).

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Punish the guilty!

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 17/05/2013 - 00:17

Narpreet Kaur, whose father was one of the victims of the 1984 genocide of Sikhs, sat on a hunger-strike and protest at Jantar Mantar between May 3-8 with her demand for punishment of those guilty of this crime.

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May day celebrated enthusiastically in Tamilnadu

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 17/05/2013 - 00:08

The Kanyakumari District Committee of the CGPI organized a public meeting at Puthan Sandhai junction to celebrate May Day.

The workers who had gathered for the meeting were addressed by a number of comrades of the Party and the Workers Unity Movement. They explained how the governments at the center and in the state were in the service of the biggest capitalists.

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Joint convention and rally of loco staff and guards

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 17/04/2013 - 23:44

Call for united struggle!

The All India Loco Running Staff Association and All India Guards Council jointly organised a convention and rally on April 7-8, 2013 under the leadership of the Joint Action Committee, to press for their long pending demands. The aim of the joint Convention was to take the struggle forward on the problems faced by the loco drivers and the rail guards.

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Convention of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 17/04/2013 - 23:38

Call for the youth to get organised for social change

The main slogan of the convention of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha that was held on 7th April 2013 in New Delhi was – ‘Get organised, become the rulers and change the society!’ The slogan was adopted at the time of its founding and remains relevant even today.

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Call of Purogami Mahila Sangathan

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 02/04/2013 - 00:28

Women must organize and unite with the working class to take political power and transform society!

“Shasan Satta Aapne Haath, Jhulm Anyayi Kare in Samapth! (We will take political power in our hands to end this injustice and exploitation)! This was the spirit that reverberated in the hall, filled to capacity, right through the daylong meeting on March 17th at Delhi.

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Militant action at Churchgate Station, on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 02/04/2013 - 00:12

On the occasion of International Womens Day, on March 8th,2013, activists of Kamgar Ekta Committee and Western Railway Motormens Association jointly distributed thousands of leaflets which had been brought out for the occasion. The leaflet was issued jointly by ten workers’ unions under the banner of Kamgar Ekta Committee.

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Militant struggle of Maharashtra Teachers

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 02/04/2013 - 00:00

Over forty thousand university and college teachers from the eight universities of Maharashtra have taken the path of struggle to force the government to concede their just and long standing demands. The Maharashtra government has been trying to whip up anti-teacher sentiment by making out that the teachers are callous to the concerns of the students.

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Western Railway motormen force the authorities to concede their demand!

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 01/04/2013 - 23:50

The Railway administration has followed a deliberate policy of dividing railway workers, setting one section against another and thus demoralizing workers and smashing their struggles. As part of the game plan, the Western Railways recently announced that it was extending suburban services from Virar to Dahanu, but that these suburban trains would be run by goods drivers.

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Rally in Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 15/03/2013 - 17:57

We will take political power in our hands to end oppression and injustice!

Thousands of women marched in a joint rally from Mandi House to Parliament Street in Delhi where they organized a meeting on March 8. Participants in the rally included women, men, youth and students from all sections.

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Country-wide protest demonstrations in support of Maruti-Suzuki workers

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 17/02/2013 - 03:05

Responding to the appeal by the Maruti-Suzuki Workers’ Union, on 5th February 2013, trade unions in different parts of the country, including Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Haryana held joint protest actions to oppose the state organised oppression of the struggling workers.

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DTC getting ready for strike

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 17/02/2013 - 03:03

On 5th February 2013, the DTC Bachao Sanyukt Morcha (Save DTC Joint Front) organised an open convention at the Indraprastha Depot of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), to call upon the workers to make the two day All India Strike a resounding success.This convention was attended by hundreds of union activists from various DTC depots.

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Kamgar Ekta Committee meeting successfully held in Mumbai

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 17/02/2013 - 02:55

On January 31, 2013, a very important meeting was organized by the Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) in Mumbai on the theme, “What should be the response of the working class to the capitalist class’s program of globalisation through privatisation and liberalisation?” This conference was held in the backdrop of preparations of the working class for the All India Two Day General Strike of February 20t

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Aviation industry workers face massive insecurity

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 17/02/2013 - 02:53

The crisis that hit the aviation industry over the past five years has had its inevitable consequence. The workers in this sector face massive insecurity. From pilots to trainee pilots, cabin crew to trainee cabin crew, as well as the technical workers on ground and other ground workers, the livelihood of workers is under severe attack.

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Public Meeting in Sangam Vihar

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 17/02/2013 - 02:50

Sangam Vihar in South Delhi is one of Asia’s largest kutchi colony. The working class constitutes a majority of the residents. Residents face serious problems; they are not provided with basic services such as drinking water and sanitation (toilets and drainage). Electricity was provided only post-privatisation.

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Working people of Dhule city in Maharashtra demand justice

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 17/02/2013 - 02:44

Rioting police caught on camera!

On 6th January six people of theMuslim faith were killed in the course of state repression unleashed by police in Dhule a city of Maharashtra.Many people suffered huge economic damage during that incident.The affected citizens have pointed out that even after 4 weeks of that incident the Maharashtra state government has not given any compensation to the

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Convention held to make the strike a success

Submitted by sampu on Tue, 05/02/2013 - 10:58

A convention of activists was held on 30 January 2013 in the Mavlankar auditorium by the United Workers Organisations of Delhi. The convention was organised in the context of the call given by the central trade unions to make the all India strike on 20-21 February a success. More than a thousand activists took part in this convention.

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Workers Unity Movement meeting held in Chennai

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 17/01/2013 - 04:30

New Year was ushered in by a highly informative and energizing WUM meeting held in Chennai on 5th of Jan, 2013. Workers and working class leaders from automobile engineering, manufacturing, aviation industry, hospitals, railways and municipal and panchayats, garment industry, construction and unorganized sectors attended the meeting.

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December 20 DELHI RALLY: Interviews with workers

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 16/01/2013 - 23:30

Reporters from Mazdoor Ekta Lehar spoke to leaders of the tens of thousands of workers who had come to the rally on December 20. Along with discussing their demands and struggles, we raised the question of the permission of FDI in retail business despite widespread protests in Parliament and asked them what must be done to bring the working people, who form 90% of society, into power.

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Working class protest rally in front of Parliament

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 19:30

Various trade unions and workers’ organisations across the country organized a rally and demonstration in front of the Parliament on December 20th against the capitalist policies of the UPA government. This was an important programme in the context of the government’s economic policies and attacks on the working class.

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19th Bi-Annual Zonal Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held successfully

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 17/12/2012 - 23:46

The 19th Bi-annual Zonal Convention of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) was held in Ghaziabad on 3rd December 2012 in an atmosphere full of enthusiasm. Hundreds of loco pilots from different parts of India including Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Delhi areas participated in the convention. Lok Raj Sangathan was also invited to the convention.

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Demonstration to demand that the guilty be punished, 20 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 17/12/2012 - 22:24

On the occasion of 20 years since the demolition of the Babri Masjid, around one dozen organisations held a protest demonstration on 6 December 2012 in Delhi. The protesters marched from Mandi House chowk to Jantar Mantar where the procession transformed into a public meeting. A street play, which exposed the way the State organises communal violence, was staged by a group of youth.

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Demonstration to protest State terror against Muslim youth

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:30

A joint rally was organized under the leadership of Jamait-e-Islami Hind at Parliament on November 22 to protest the illegal arrests of Muslim youth countrywide in the name of “war against terror” by the Indian State. The future of these youth is being destroyed through this act of persecution.

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Hunger Strike by Maruti-Suzuki workers

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 16/11/2012 - 23:30

The workers of Maruti-Suzuki plant located in Manesar in Gurgaon, under the leadership of Maruti-Suzuki Workers Union went on a two-day hunger strike on 8th and 9th November 2012 in front of the office of the Labour Commissioner to demand reinstatement of retrenched workers and immediate release of imprisoned workers.

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Denounce the draconian Odisha Industrial Security Force Bill 2012

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 01/11/2012 - 22:30

A coalition of many Human Rights organizations,trade Unions, lawyers, journalists, activists belonging to various political parties of Odisha are fighting for the repeal of a draconian bill passed by the Odisha government. They are pressurizing the Governor to refuse to sign on the Bill.

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Celebration of 105th Birth Anniversary of Bhagat Singh

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 17/10/2012 - 02:30

A powerful manifestation of revolutionary spirit among women and youth in Delhi

A colourful and inspiring cultural program was organised jointly by Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha and Purogami Mahila Sangathan at the Shah Auditorium in Delhi on 7th October, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of our beloved martyr Bhagat Singh.

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Growing opposition to the capitalist-imperialist reform agenda

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 17/10/2012 - 01:30

The latest two packages of economic policy reforms announced by the UPA Government have been met with widespread opposition among the working class and people. These are measures to expand the space for the biggest capitalist monopolies, Indian and international, to collaborate in intensifying the exploitation and plunder of our land and labour.

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Mass protests in Greece and Spain against fresh austerity measures

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 16/10/2012 - 23:30

The last week of September witnessed mass protests on the streets of Athens and Madrid, against the new round of austerity measures proposed to be imposed on Greece and Spain, two of the euro zone's economies which are currently in the grips of an acute financial crisis.

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Protests against Voltas Limited (Tata Group)

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 16/10/2012 - 17:30

The All-India Voltas India Employees Federation protested at Jantar Mantar on September 29, 2012 to oppose the anti-worker policies of Voltas Limited (Tata Group). This Tata company manufactures air conditioners and air cooling systems for large plants. Voltas Limited has entered into several agreements with the workers union, but the management says it will not accept any bipartite agreement.

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The Naroda Patia verdict

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 14/09/2012 - 20:58

The struggle for justice must continue, despite all odds

The people’s organisations that have been fighting to put an end to state organized communal and sectarian violence have repeatedly raised the need for invoking the principle of command responsibility.  This could then be applied to hold the Chief Minister of a state or a commander/ chief officer of army/security forces to be held guilty for violating his/her duty and responsibility of ensuring security of citizens.

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Trade unions resolve to step up struggle

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 06/09/2012 - 21:44

All India Worker's Convention 4 Sep 2012An All India Convention of Trade Unions was held on September 4, 2012, at the Talakatora stadium in New Delhi. Thousands of worker delegates from different states of India and from different sectors of the economy came together to participate in the Convention.

The Convention took place in the immediate backdrop of the savage fascist onslaught on trade union rights, as reflected in the developments in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt and the passing of ESMA by the Maharashtra government. All the delegates that the correspondents of MEL spoke to were unanimous that the situation demanded a united stepped up struggle in defence of the rights of workers.

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Bank officers and workers step up struggle against banking sector reforms - Interview

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 01/09/2012 - 19:20

Employees in the banking sector organised a successful two day strike on August 22-23, 2012. The strike was called against the reforms in the banking sector either proposed or already being implemented, in the interests of the capitalist monopolies.

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 16/08/2012 - 18:30

As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago. Whether the working class and people have benefitted from these reforms or have suffered?

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Working class and people’s organisations in Mumbai unite against the fascistic MESMA

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 02/08/2012 - 03:20

More than 18 organisations of workers, women and people at large have united to oppose the implementation of the fascistic law called Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA), 2011.  They have come together in an Organising Committee, which convened a public meeting on 21st July in Mumbai, and pledged to fight for the withdrawal of MESMA. 

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Gorakhpur: The struggle of peasants against forcible land acquisition is entirely just!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 23:20

Since 18th July, hundreds of peasant families in Gorakhpur, Haryana have pitched their tents under the hot sun on their fields in the villages. Women, men and children are sitting in protest on the land which the government wants to acquire for setting up a nuclear power plant.

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Condemn repression on peasants of Rewari for opposing forcible land acquisition

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 22:20

On July 22, police opened fire on peasants in Rewari who have been protesting against forcible acquisition of their lands by the Haryana government. Over thirty peasants are reported injured in these firings. The Haryana government has launched a campaign of intimidation including foisting of false cases on peasants, in an effort to divide them and crush their struggle.

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Women health workers demand their rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 21:20

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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Mumbai’s Western Railway Motormen win their just demands!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 20:20

On July 20, 2012 over 450 motormen of the Western Railway in Mumbai under the leadership of their Union, Western Railway Motormen’s Association (WRMA) struck work by going on mass sick leave at 3.30 pm. Due to the protest action by the motormen the entire rail transport in this section was completely shut down and brought half of Mumbai to a standstill.

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Demonstrations against the Rajasthan government in 33 districts

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 19:20

Lakhs of employees in Rajasthan held militant demonstrations in front of 33 district headquarters on 25th July 2012 to protest against the policy of privatisation, liberalisation and globalisation and in support of their 11-point charter of demands, under the leadership of the All Rajasthan State Employees Coordination Committee. A petition was submitted to the Chief Minister.

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Transport Corporation employees on dharna

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 18:20

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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Opposition to handing over the distribution of electricity to private hands

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/08/2012 - 17:20

On 22nd July 2012, the main organisation of the electricity employees in Chandigarh, All Haryana Power Corporation Union has opposed the attempts by the government and Corporation management of Panipat Circle and other towns and villages feeders to privatise the distribution system of electricity. In this direction, the organisation has declared that it will start a state wide agitation.

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Water privatization faces increasing opposition

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/07/2012 - 23:20

Water is a gift of Nature and an essential requirement of human life; it is the responsibility of society and the State to manage the flow of water and ensure its availability for various essential needs (agricultural, domestic, industrial etc.). Workers, peasants and all responsible citizens should oppose the policy of converting water into a commodity to be sold at monopoly capitalist prices.

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Condemn the decision to export wheat instead of organising for public distribution

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/07/2012 - 23:20

On July 2nd, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a proposal put forward by the Ministry of Food to export two million tons of wheat from its buffer stock. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar condemns this most blatant anti-people decision of the government of India.

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Himachal people oppose plunder and degradation of natural resources

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/07/2012 - 22:20

The main natural resources of Himachal Pradesh are its rivers and forests. As with the other hill state, Uttarakhand, the bourgeoisie of our country has looked at the rivers of Himachal as the potential source for massive profits through generation of electricity as well as for other uses.

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Branch of Railway Loco Pilots Association established

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/07/2012 - 21:20

The Tughlakabad branch of the All India Local Running Staff Association was inaugurated on July 11, 2012 with great enthusiasm at the Diesel Training College located at the Railway Colony.

The veteran members of the Association expressed their happiness at the presence of a larger than expected number of loco pilots on the occasion.

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Increasing work load and decrease in number of workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/07/2012 - 20:20

According to a report published in the daily tribune on 6th July, 2012 the Employees Federation Circle of the Power Corporation released a united statement on July 5 that pointed out that there is an increase in employee accidents in the Power Corporation, due to increase in the work load and pressure by the management.

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ChakRajasar Murder: Relentless struggle for justice

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/07/2012 - 19:20

The people of Nohar city of Hanumangarh District of Rajasthan have been in struggle to have the guilty of ChakRajasar murder case punished for the past three years. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar correspondent spoke to Guruji Hanuman Prasad Sharma, former President of the Rajasthan Teacher’s Union and Vice President of the All India Council of Lok Raj Sangathan.

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Workers of Delhi Jal Board oppose privatisation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/07/2012 - 22:30

Water is social property, not a source of profits for capitalists

The crisis of water in Delhi is becoming increasingly acute. The Delhi government and the Central government blame the governments of neighboring states for this crisis. They claim that the governments of neighboring states are cutting the supply of water, and not providing the full quota to Delhi.

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Water is our right – it is the duty of the government to provide it!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/07/2012 - 21:30

All over the national capital region, people are reeling under an acute shortage of water as they endure the searingsummer heat. The water shortage is not restricted to one or two areas, but is in fact widespread across the city, and is getting worse.

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Founding of the Delhi Branch of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA)

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/07/2012 - 19:30

The Delhi Branch of the AILRSA was inaugurated on June 17th 2012; at the same time, the Ghaziabad Branch wasre-instated at the Ghaziabad Association’s main office in Ghaziabad.

A large number of loco pilots from the various loco sheds – Tughlakabad, Shakarpur, Kashmiri Gate and Ghaziabad, participated in the meeting on this occasion.

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Hunger Strike of Pilots

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/07/2012 - 18:30

On June 24, 2012, nearly a hundred pilots —Captains and First officers — of Air India belonging to the IndianPilot's Guild (IPG) began an indefinite hunger strike in front of parliament. From June 25, 2012, over three hundred and fifty pilots began an indefinite hunger strike in Azad Maidan in Mumbai.

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Condemn the Maharashtra government's draconian, anti-worker law

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 17/06/2012 - 02:30

The fascist, anti-worker, Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) has been passed by the Maharashtra legislature in April 2012, despite opposition from trade unions and other workers organizations cutting across party and trade union lines. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar condemns the Congress – NCP government of Maharashtra for this savage attack on workers right to strike work.

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Privatisation of Delhi Jal Board

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/06/2012 - 22:30

Government “reforms” mean privatisation of public services

The employees of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) are also protesting the privatisation of water supply alongside the residents of Delhi. The Delhi government has announced an annual increase of 10% in water tariff so as to enable the private companies to increase their profit.

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Graziano Trasmissioni workers

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/06/2012 - 21:30

Condemn the persecution of workers by the state! The struggle for justice shall continue!

Graziano Trasmissioni is a multinational company producing gears for automobiles. It has 35 plants the world over. This former Italian multinational company has now been taken over by a US multinational.

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Resolute struggle of the Vijaya Hospital Nurses

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/06/2012 - 20:30

Close to 400 nurses of three hospitals run by the Vijaya group in Chennai have gone on strike in support of their demand for better salaries. The nurses are demanding an increase in basic pay from Rs. 6320 to Rs. 15000 per month, an annual increment of 15% of basic pay and hike in night time allowance.

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Meeting of Loco Drivers of the Delhi Branch

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sat, 16/06/2012 - 19:30

The Delhi Branch of the All India Loco Pilots’ Association (AILRSA) held their meeting on 10th June 2012 in the loco workshop of the Purani Delhi Railway station. Many young loco pilots participated enthusiastically in this meeting. A majority of the loco pilots had participated in the Second All-India General Body Meeting of the AILRSA, held successfully over two days in Bengaluru.

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Women's organisations oppose changes in Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill 2010 that are harmful to women's interests

Submitted by vivek on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 22:30

For the vast majority of Indian women, seeking divorce is not an easy option if they want an escapefrom being victims of cruelty and torture, insult and abuse, adultery, persistent demands for dowry and various other forms of harassment in marital life,.

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May Day Celebrated vigorously by workers all over the country

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 17/05/2012 - 03:30

May Day 2012 was marked by militant demonstrations, rallies and meetings in all the cities and towns of our vast country. The Communist Ghadar Party of India gave a stirring call to the workers on the eve of May Day to fight for the universal rights of all workers.

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May Day celebrated enthusiastically all over the world

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 17/05/2012 - 02:30

Workers all over the world participated in public rallies and demonstrations on May 1, 2012, voicing their resistance to the all-sided attacks on their rights. They reaffirmed their resolve to put an end to the capitalist system and establish in its place a system free from all forms of exploitation.

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Work without a job and wages: Exploitation of women health workers

Submitted by vivek on Wed, 16/05/2012 - 20:30

The Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHAs as they are popularly known and Anganwadi Workers (AWW) are women who are selected from the village community to work in the health and nutrition (of mother and child) programmes of the government of India.  The ASHA is the women health worker under the National Rural Health Mission.

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2 years after the Right to Education Act: Right to education remains a dream

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 02/05/2012 - 00:30

The Right to Education Act which came into effect on April 1, 2010, has received much publicity as one of the biggest achievements of the UPA government, which allegedly shows its commitment towards ensuring elementary education for the children of our country.

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Oppose the proposal to cut the salaries of the Railway employees!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 01/05/2012 - 22:30

It has come to light through newspaper reports that at a Railway General Managers Conference (there are 17 Railway Zones, each headed by a General Manager) on January 11, 12 in New Delhi, these “learned” gentlemen proposed to the Railway Ministry that in order to cut running costs of the Railways, the salaries including dearness allowance (DA) of the railway employees should be r

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 01/05/2012 - 21:30

As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago. Whether the working class and people have benefitted from these reforms or have suffered?

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Women's day celebrated in the Madanpur Khadar resettlement colony

Submitted by vivek on Tue, 17/04/2012 - 02:30

International Women's Day was celebrated in the resettlement colony of Madanpur Khadar located in the eastern part of Delhi on 31st March 2012. The meeting was jointly organised by the Purogami Mahila Sangathan (PMS) and the Lok Raj Sangathan (LRS). The participants included housewives, boy and girl students of schools and colleges, young men and women and political activists.

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Human trafficking: A barbaric feature of the exploitative capitalist system

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 16/04/2012 - 22:30

Recently the media has been reporting several shocking cases of the barbaric exploitation and abuse of young women and girls brought to Delhi and other cities from various parts of the country by certain agencies and forced into prostitution or domestic slavery.

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Support the just struggle of Kingfisher Airlines

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 16/04/2012 - 21:30

Pilots, Cabin crew and ground staff of Kingfisher airlines have been waging many struggles for several months inthe wake of the deliberate plan of the owner of Kingfisher Airlines to make the workers of this loss-making airlines bear the brunt of the losses through wage cuts as well as layoffs and retrenchment.

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Aplab workers on strike

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 16/04/2012 - 20:30

On 24th March, more than 150 workers of Aplab went on strike. They had fulfilled the legal requirement of 15 days’ notice to the management. For the last two years this internal union has been repeatedly trying to hold discussions with the management, however, the management has been ignoring their request.

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Support the continuing struggle of Air India workers! Condemn the anti-worker policy of Air India!

Submitted by vivek on Mon, 16/04/2012 - 19:30

The workers of Air India — pilots, engineers, ground staff and cabin crew have been waging a protracted struggle against the anti worker policies of the Air India management and Civil Aviation Ministry. One of the biggest attacks on these workers has been the nonpayment of wages for months on end.

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/04/2012 - 21:30

Excerpts of interview with Comrade Elangovan, Working President of Dakshin Railway Employee’s union (DREU)

As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago.

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/04/2012 - 20:30

Interview of Virendra Singh Sirohi, the Regional Secretary of Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)

As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago.

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Exploitation of the workers of Orient Craft Ltd.

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/04/2012 - 19:30

On 19th March 2012 the workers of the Orient Craft located in the Gurgaon district of Haryana in Sector 37 got together and registered their vociferous protest against an attack by a henchman of the labour contractor. The worker had asked for the wages to be raised when the henchman attacked him with a pair of scissors.

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Pointsmen of Indian Railways are crucial but neglected

Submitted by vivek on Sun, 01/04/2012 - 18:30

The Operations Department of Indian Railways executes a crucial task in the railways.  They have to discharge very many responsibilities like, taking the empty rakes of passenger or goods trains at terminal stations out of the station, send it for repairs to the workshop, flag signaling of trains at stations where they don’t have scheduled stops, performing minor repairs of the tr

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International Women’s Day 2012

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/03/2012 - 23:30

Change not just the government, but the system!

Several organizations of women jointly organized a public meeting on Parliament Street on March 5, 2012 on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Working women from various areas of Delhi, students and women from all walks of life participated enthusiastically in the meeting

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Nurses in Chennai fight for better wages and working conditions

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/03/2012 - 19:30

Over 2000 nurses working in Apollo Hospital, MMM Hospital and Fortis Malar hospitals in Chennai went on strike in the first week of March, demanding better wages and working conditions. Their persistent demands since November 2011 have been ignored by the managements of these hospitals.

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Annual meeting of Sanjay Colony’s Lok Raj Samiti

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 01/03/2012 - 22:30

Develop the Lok Raj Samitis as organs of people’s power

The annual public meeting of the Lok Raj Samiti of Sanjay Colony, located in the Okhla Industrial Area of South Delhi, was held on February 19, 2012. Apart from the resident members, the members of the Lok Raj Samitis from the neighbouring areas were invited as observers.

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Centre appoints Tribunal to look into demands of engine drivers

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 01/03/2012 - 18:30

The Center has appointed a one man Tribunal consisting of Justice Gauri Shankar Saraf to look into the four main demands of the agitating engine drivers. This has been a long standing demand of the All India Loco Running Staff Association, which has carried out many agitations for their demands.

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Rally in Fatehbad, Haryana against forcible land acquisition

Submitted by vivek on Thu, 16/02/2012 - 21:30

A rally was taken out on 10th February, from Fatehbad city’s Lal Batti Chowk to the district headquarters, to protest against the forcible land acquisition for the proposed nuclear plant in Fatehbad district of Haryana. Hundreds of peasants from 15-20 villages in and around Gorakhpur village were present at this protest rally.

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Air India: The anti-worker and anti-national policy of privatisation must be exposed and resolutely opposed

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 00:30

Recent facts reveal that the Central Government has not given up its aim of liquidating and privatising the largest state-owned airline company in the country, to satisfy monopoly capitalist greed for maximum private profits.  They show that the opposite claims made at the end of the pilots’ strike last year were blatant lies.

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Rail engine drivers meet in Mumbai to chalk out united struggle plan

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/02/2012 - 21:30

On January 12th 2012, the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), called for a joint consultative meeting of all associations representing the Rail Engine Drivers, in Mumbai. The hall was packed with militant engine drivers who had come from the different associations representing them.

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Air India casual workers plan to intensify their agitation

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/02/2012 - 20:30

Air India Casual Workers Union (AICWU) held a consultative meeting to intensify their agitation at the gate of Air India Cargo office at Meenambakkam Airport, Chennai on 21st of January, 2012. Union leaders and activists spoke with anger about their conditions in the work place and the indifferent attitude of the management to these conditions.

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Wed, 01/02/2012 - 13:30

Interview with Comrade Ravi  Nambiar, President,  All India Voltas Employees Federation

As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago.

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A year of growing opposition of the working masses of the world to imperialism, fascism and war

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Tue, 17/01/2012 - 00:30

Contradictions have become increasingly visible between countries, nations and peoples fighting for their sovereignty and the dominant imperialist powers that are imposing their vision on every country. US imperialism has shown its readiness to wage wars to defend its dominant position and those of American multinational corporations. It has unleashed death and destruction in West Asia and North Africa already.

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Views of the working class on the program of economic reforms

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Mon, 16/01/2012 - 23:30

As a newspaper and organisation that is partisan to the workers and toilers, we have been asking the leaders of the working people as to how the toilers of India view the reforms that were started 20 years ago. Whether the working class and people have benefitted from these reforms or have suffered?

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Motormen of Western Railways fight for their rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 21:30

Between 23-25 November 2011, Motormen of the Western Railways, organized under the banner of the Western Railway Motormen’s Association, went on a work to rule agitation. This resulted in disruption of the normal running of trains. They were protesting against the suspension of a motorman for crossing a signal at a platform.

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We do not sell our mother earth!

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 18:30

People’s opposition to nuclear projects is growing across the country. Thousands of peasants in Gorakhpur village and surrounding areas of Fatehabad district of Haryana are also militantly opposing a nuclear electricity project being planned in this village. The government shamelessly declared that the land in the area is infertile.

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Padagha people rally for rights

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/12/2011 - 20:30

Hundreds of workers, peasants and tribals in the villages around Padagha participated in a mass rally on November 27, 2011. The theme of the rally was "We are the producers – We are the real Maliks". The rally was organised by the Lok Raj Sangathan. A correspondent of MEL covered the rally and filed this report.

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Struggle against Jaitapur Nuclear Power plant

Submitted by cgpiadmin on Fri, 16/12/2011 - 16:30

Nuclear establishment officials shy away from answering the genuine questions!

More than 1000 people had jam packed the Veer Sawarkar Sabhagruh in Dadar, Mumbai, on 29th November’11 even before the scheduled start of the meeting. Almost a hundred people had travelled from far off Madban (near Jaitapur, where the government is trying to build the nuclear plant).

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