Struggle for Rights

Successful strike by the workers of Delhi

ThumbnailOn 20th July, 2018 workers in Delhi carried out a successful strike for their demands, in response to the appeal by various trade unions. Thousands of workers came out on to streets. Work in many industries came to a standstill. A joint committee of AITUC, CITU, INTUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, TUCC, AICCTU, Seva, UTUC and LPF had together given the call for the protest. Many other trade unions also contributed to making the strike a great success.

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Farmers agitation in Ramgarh, Rajasthan: Farmers gherao bank when deprived of crop insurance benefit

thumbnailFarmers started an indefinite dharna in front of the State Bank in the Ramgarh sub-district on 27th July 2018 to press for their demand of payment of crop insurance benefits.

Earlier on 26th June 2018, hundreds of farmers had started the agitation with the same demand. On that occasion, agitating farmers assembled at the bank. They made a human chain to encircle had the bank and started a dharna.

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Minimum support prices announcement - a fraud and deception

thumbnailGovernment announced the minimum support prices (MSP) for 14 kharif crops on 4th July 2018. It claimed that it is fulfilling its election promise by offering 50% over the cost of production.

Within days of the announcement, hundreds of farmers' unions and organisations denounced this fraud by the government. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which is an unbrella organisation of some 200 farmers organisation, has termed the announcements as a "historic betrayal". It has announced that it will organise hundreds of meetings all over the country in the next four months to expose the fraud. It took out a black-flag demonstration to Parliament Street on 20th July 2018 in which thousands of farmers from all parts of India participated. While the debate on the no-confidence motion was going on in the Parliament against the government, the farmers outside the parliament had already expressed their no-confidence in the government.

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Second draft of National Register for Citizens to be released: Tense situation in Assam

thumbnailOn July 30, the second draft of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) for Assam is expected to be released by the Indian State. An extremely tense situation prevails in Assam as people wait anxiously to find out whether their names will be on the list or not. It is reported that the first draft of the NRC which was released on January 1, 2018 had the names of 1.9 crore people in it, of the 3.29 crore applicants. The fate of the remaining 1.39 crore people, or over 42% of the applicants, was kept hanging after the first list was declared. There is widespread fear amongst these people, that their names might be excluded in the second list as well.

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One more step towards privatisation of the Indian Railways

thumbnailModi led-government is planning to take one more step towards privatisation of the Indian Railways while continuing to claim that it would never be privatised. Corporatisation and Public-Private-Partnership have been the frequently used methods lately towards privatisation of the Indian Railways. Under corporatisation, an existing activity or asset is separated from the Indian Railways and handed over to a new public sector company. Later on the shares of the new public sector company are sold part by part to capitalists.

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Engine drivers hold 48 hour collective fasting throughout the country

thumbnailOn 17th and 18th of July 2018, tens of thousands of engine drivers belonging to the Indian Railways and led by the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), went on a 48 hour fast. Under the leadership of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), the engine drivers observed collective fasting and held dharnas in support of their demand in various divisions of the Indian Railways. There are about 85,000 engine drivers in the Indian Railways

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Thousands protest against NATO Summit

Anti-NATO protests in EuropeThe days leading up to the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, 2018 witnessed massive protests against war, demanding disarmament and peace and a solution to the urgent problems facing the masses of people.

Thousands of people participated in protest demonstrations in Brussels on July 7. The protests were organised by Belgian peace, environment, development and human rights organizations, as well as unions and activists from across Europe, under the banner of the international network “No to war – No to NATO.”

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State terrorism in Kashmir: Resolution of the problem demands a political solution

Andleeb killedDay in and day out, the people of Kashmir, men and women, girls and boys, have been coming out onto the streets, with death defying courage, asserting their right to decide their own affairs. No amount of brutality unleashed by the Indian state has lessened the resolve of the Kashmiri people to carry forward their struggle.

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Trade unions under attack: Unite and fight the attacks on the workers' movement

Mazdoor sangathan samitiThe Workers movement all over the country is faced with savage attacks by the capitalist class on their right to organise themselves into unions. The State machinery, including the governments at the Center and in the states, and the courts, are working at the behest of the capitalist class to crush workers trying to organise themselves in defence of their rights. Workers unions are being declared illegal, and trade union organisers are being jailed on false charges for years on end.

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Bridge collapse in monsoor rains in Mumbai: One more bridge collapse – One more callous response!

Mumbai bridge-collapsesOn 3rd July at around 7.30 in the morning a part of the pedestrian bridge collapsed on the railway track near Andheri suburban railway station in Mumbai. Just a few seconds earlier, a local train carrying thousands of passengers had passed below this bridge. The alert motorman of another packed local train which had just started from Andheri station stopped it with the help of emergency brakes, thus avoiding a very major calamity. It has been reported that 5 people have been injured due to this mishap.

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US sanctions on Iran: Condemn the US pressure on India to stop buying oil from Iran

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Hailey visited India at the end of June and held talks with PM Narendra Modi and other senior ministers. One of the main purposes of her visit was to ensure that India abandons its current close relations with Iran, and stops oil imports from that country.
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70 years of the National Health Service in Britain: Celebrate and Save

National Health Service in BritainLondon witnessed on 30 June 2018, thousands of people including health workers, their trade unions and staff associations, come out on the roads. The demonstration was to show people’s opposition to the wrecking of the British National Health Service (NHS). Many of those who took part have been fighting to save their local health services and hospitals and safeguard the future of NHS. The NHS was established in 1948 on the principle that good healthcare should be available to all, irrespective of their ability to pay.

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Pledge of Kisan-Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan in Rajasthan: Struggle is the only way forward

Rajasthan kisan Sabha - 150A Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan (convention) of peasants and workers was organized on 10th June 2018 in Netrana village of Bhadra block in Rajasthan’s Hanumangadh district, to demand a stop to theft of water from all 4 canals and to repair the outlet of Amar Singh Branch of the canal. This conference was held on the occasion of the 81st anniversary celebrations of former Sarpanch late Master Hanuman Prasad Varma.

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DUTA resumes agitation

Duta dharna 2 Jul 2018Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) organised a dharna at Parliament on July 2, 2018, resuming their agitation against retrogressive recruitment policy for teachers and against privatisation of higher education. Earlier, teachers of Delhi University and its affiliated colleges had struck work from May 9 to June 19, to oppose the changes in recruitment policy for teachers notified by the UGC on March 5 and the move to privatize higher education by giving autonomous status to specific colleges. As part of their agitation, the striking teachers boycotted the work of evaluation of the examinations.

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Farmers Continue to press for their demands

thumbnailFarmers all across the country have been agitating for their long-standing demands to ensure that they are able to make a sustainable living from agriculture. The two main demands of the farmers that have widespread support are remunerative prices for their produce and a one-time waiver of loans. Both these demands are just and are in the general interest of society. However, governments at the Centre and in states do not want to seriously address the farmers' concerns since it will reduce the profits of monopolies dominating the agricultural trading.

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Agitation of the families of policemen in Chhattisgarh

thumbnailSimmering anger amongst policemen of Chhattisgarh and their families at their oppressive working conditions and pitiable wages and allowances, has burst out in mass agitations. At the forefront of these agitations are women — the wives of serving policemen. Chhattisgarh has a police force of about 50,000. Wives of policemen have organized numerous protest actions in June in different district centers. On June 19, hundreds of women participated in a protest demonstration in Rajnandgaon. As part of the agitation police families from the districts near the capital Raipur announced a protest rally in Idgah Bhata Maidan in Raipur for June 24.

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Protest action by workers’ organisations at Delhi Secretariat: Workers in Delhi resolve to step up the struggle for their long-standing demands

thumbnailAs a part of the ongoing mobilization and preparation for the workers’ strike in Delhi on July 20, a protest action was organized on June 27. Hundreds of workers gathered at Shahidi Park to march to the seat of the Delhi government. Banners of the different workers’ unions and organisations as well as banners and placards highlighting the workers’ demands could be seen all over the park, from every tree, fence, pillar and pole.

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Delhi University teachers’ struggle: Against retrogressive changes in recruitment policy and against privatisation of higher education

thumbnailTeachers of Delhi University and its affiliated colleges, organized under the banner of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), struck work from May 9 to June 19. The strike was to oppose retrogressive changes in recruitment policy for teachers and the move to privatize higher education by giving autonomous status to specific colleges. Both these moves have been notified by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Other issues include assessment of past services of teachers in promotion decisions and denial of pension to retired teachers.

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Joint Conference of Trade Unions: Strike on 20th July in Delhi

thumbnailA joint conference of the trade unions of Delhi was held on 2nd June 2018 at the AITUC Bhavan located on Deendayal Upadhyay road. More than 140 representatives of different trade unions participated in the conference. Representatives from unions related to Transport, Health services and Municipal Corporation of Delhi and others were also present. The atmosphere of the conference was very enthusiastic.

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East Coast Railway: Joint protest of guards and loco pilots of Indian Railways

On the 31st of May 2018 from 10 AM onwards, Guards and Loco Pilots of Indian Railways belonging to AIGC and AILRSA, jointly demonstrated at Titlagarh, Sambalpur Division, East Coast Railway. They were protesting against a notice issued by the local railway authorities of Sambalpur dated 29/05/2018, asking the Guards and Loco Pilots to carry trolley bags which would include all the safety equipment currently being used by Guards and Loco Pilots of the Indian Railways.
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Renationalisation of a Major Rail Route in Britain

thumbnailSuccessive governments in India have slyly and stealthily been doing step by step privatisation of the Indian Railways. Privatisation of British Rail has often been cited to justify privatisation moves in our country. The Bibek Debroy Committee recommended that Indian Railways should follow the privatisation model of Britain. It said, "The key lesson from the UK is to retain the rail-track and infrastructure as a publicly-owned monopoly, while opening up rolling stock operations for passengers and freight to the private sector." This Committee conveniently did not state that privatisation of British Rail has not delivered the promised results to its users and that now due to their pressure and that of the workers, has been forced to partially renationalise certain routes.

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Bank workers' two-day strike

thumbnailOn 30th May 2018, thousands of bank workers militantly demonstrated in front of the Head Office of State Bank of India on Parliament street in Delhi. Similar was the sight in front bank head offices and branches all over India. More than a million bank workers and officers throughout the country have struck work on 30th and 31st May to press for their demand of hike in salaries.

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Jan Ekta, Jan Adhikar andolan: Thousands march against increasing attacks on livelihood and rights

thumbnailOn May 23, the streets of Central Delhi resounded with slogans “Stop the growing attacks on our livelihood and rights!”, “Long live unity of workers, peasants, women and youth!”, “Stop looting the working people!”, “Stop filling the pockets of the big capitalists!”, “Stop selling out our country and our natural resources!”, “We will not tolerate the growing attacks on women!”, “Government should fulfill its duty of providing security to women!”, “Down with communal violence and attacks on the basis of caste!”, “We want jobs, education, health!”, and many others.

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March for the Alternative: Tens of thousands take to London's streets demanding new direction of the economy

thumbnailOn Saturday 12th May, tens of thousands of working people descended on central London, calling for a new deal for workers and for public services. There were about 30,000 workers in their trade union contingents, representing branches and regions all over the UK, from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the North East, North West, Midlands, South West, South East, Eastern and London. They came to London from all walks of life - unions representing manufacturing workers, local authority staff, shop and retail employees, transport and education workers all marched together in an impressive display of unity and determination.

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Farmers protest regarding irrigation water supply

thumbnailOn 16th May, 2018, farmers in Sirsa district of Haryana protested outside the office of the Superintending Engineer demanding that water should be released into canals for irrigation. Farmers are rightly angry about the fact that water is not being released into canals. In their appeal to the CM, they have clearly written that if the government does not provide a just hearing to their demands then they will be forced to call for a massive protest of farmers in the region.

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Struggle of MGNREGA contract workers

thumbnailOn 10th May, diverse organisations held a rally from the Panchayat Committee office to the Sub Divisional Office (SDO) in Nohar city, Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. The rally demonstrated solidarity with MGNREGA contract workers who were protesting in front of the Panchayat Committee office. The rally was organized under the banner of the All Rajasthan State Joint Workers’ Federation (Akhil Rajasthan Sanyukt Karmachari Mahasangh). Similar rallies were held in front of Panchayat Committee offices in the entire region.

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Rail workers observed black days and stepped up their struggle

thumbnailBetween 14th to16th May 2018, rail drivers observed protest days in response to the call of the Central Committee of the All India Loco Running Staff Association. On these three days, train drivers worked while wearing black bands. Demonstrations and rallies were held in front of headquarters of numerous Railway Boards across the country. In many areas, members of railway Guards’ Councils also participated in the protests.

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All India Guards Council to hold its 37th Biennial General Body Meeting

The All India Guards Council (AIGC) will be holding its Biennial General Body Meeting (BEGM) at Puri, Orissa on 25th-26th May 2018. The AIGC is the representative union of 28,000 Guards of the Indian Railways. At the forthcoming BEGM nearly a thousand delegates from the 16 Railway Zones of the Indian Railways will be participating in the two day deliberations when they will also be electing the new office bearers. The problems of the guards of the Indian Railways are to be discussed, both the common problems as well as zone/ division/ branch specific problems.
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Thousands march in Bhivandi declaring: India UNITES Against Rape and Murder! The State CANNOT Divide Us on a Communal Basis!

Militant demonstration in Bhiwandi on women's safety issueThe bestial multiple rape and murder of 8-year old Asifa in Kathua, the rape and torture of the Unnao girl by the MLA, the untold miseries including rape suffered by the Surat girl before her murder – all these have shaken up the people of our country. The involvement of the police and MLA in these crimes, the shameless support given by ministers of the Jammu and Kashmir government to the perpetrators of the Kathua crime, the UP government’s role in trying to shield the MLA of its party as well as the prolonged silence of the PM before he reluctantly came out with a couple of sentences once again revealed the thoroughly anti-people nature of the state. People all over the country are raising their voice in protest. They realise that unless they unite and fight, these crimes will be pushed under the carpet and the criminals will go scot-free.

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A year of workers' struggles!

Terad union Satyagarh Various sections of the working class in India and across the world have been out on the streets time and again over the past year in defence of their rights. In India, the bourgeoisie has unleashed an offensive on the rights of the workers in the interest of “ease of doing business” of the monopoly capitalists. The working class resistance culminated in several joint actions of workers through the year. Workers from across sectors of the economy expressed their opposition to the privatisation programme of the bourgeoisie.

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Agitation to close down the polluting Sterlite Copper plant: Central and state governments do the bidding of monopolies against the will of the people

Sterlite Copper plant Tens of thousands of people of Thoothukudi district in Tamilnadu have come out on the streets demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper plant functioning in their region. They have been continuously agitating for over two months and the agitation is spreading to many other areas in Thoothukudi and to many cities of Tamilnadu. People from all walks of life including fishermen, auto rickshaw unions, mini bus drivers, salt pan workers, tea stall vendors, small manufacturer's association, joined the agitation showing that there is widespread concern.

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Working class continues to draw inspiration from May Day

thumbnailThe working class of India has been bravely resisting the massive attack of the ruling class on its rights to organise and to fight for better conditions of work. Workers belonging to the transport, construction, railway, IT and other sectors, anganwadi workers, teachers and doctors have come out in huge demonstrations. Coming May Day will be a great inspiration for them to forge their unity and take their struggles to greater heights.

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Militant protest action demands punishment for the guilty of the Kathua and Unnao rape crimes

thumbnailWomen’s groups and youth organisations participated in a militant protest action at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 12, 2018, demanding punishment for the perpetrators of the ghastly rape crimes in Kathua in Jammu and Unnao in UP. Hundreds of women, men, students and youth gathered at Jantar Mantar and marched to Parliament. Activists of AIDWA, NFIW, AIPWA, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, CSW, Swastika Mahila Samiti, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, AISA, SFI, KYS and other organisations participated in the protest action. A public rally was held at the Parliament, which was addressed by leaders of all the participating organisations.

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Martyrdom Day celebrated in Kanyakumari

thumbnailOn 23rd March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hung by British rulers. The visionary ideas of these martyrs have been such a source of inspiration for the people of India that public meetings and rallies are held all over the country, including South India, around this occasion. The message and deeds of these martyrs are so popular and well-known in Kanyakumari district, in the southern tip of Tamilnadu, that communist parties, trade unions, peasants and youth organisations recall their sacrifice with fervour by organising public meetings, rallies, discussions and debates and putting up posters all theouhg the district.

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Youth of Manipur denounce falsification of the history and identity of Manipur

Youth and students of Manipur have reacted angrily against a speech made on March 28 by the Manipur Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh, in Porbandar, Gujarat, in which he asserted that Manipur, Arunachal, Nagaland and other parts of the North East had been part of India “since the time of Bhagwan Sri Krishna”. He claimed that the age-old unity of the North East with the rest of India was disrupted thereafter, and then thanked PM Narendra Modi for having reestablished this unity.

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Doctors and medical students agitate against the NMC Bill

thumbnailYoung doctors and medical students all over the country observed a Halla Bol dharna in their respective medical colleges and hospitals on April 2, 2018. The dharna had been organized to oppose the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which the central government proposes to introduce. The dharna was organized under the banner of the Medicos Youth Nation Action Council (MYNAC).

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Demand to change passenger train schedule: Demonstration at Nohar Railway station

thumbnailA protest demonstration was organized on 4th April under the leadership of Lok Raj Sangathan at Nohar station in Hanumangadh district. The action was in support of a five-point demand in connection with the demand for change in timing of the Sadalpur-Hanumangadh passenger train 04778.

Several organisations and their leaders participated in this dharna along with Lok Raj Sangathan. A petition was submitted to the Zonal Manager of Western Railways, in the course of the dharna. Representatives of the various organisations addressed the dharna.

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Demand for halting trains in small stations and for better train timings: Rail roko agitation Ramgarh

Rail Roko in RJThe villagers of Ramgarh, a sub tehsil in Hanuman district of Rajasthan, blocked the passage of Sadulpur to Sriganganagar train in the afternoon of 26 March 2018 at the Ramgarh station. The villagers were angry at the sudden decision of the officials to remove Ramgarh halt for many passenger trains including the Hanumangarh–Sadulpur Passenger. The officials also changed the time table of passenger trains plying on this route so that the trains were no longer useful to the villagers.

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Teachers and students protest privatization of higher education

DUDA and JNUTAAt the call of DUTA-FEDCUTA (Delhi University Teachers Association-Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations), tens of thousands of students and teachers held a militant protest march in New Delhi, from Mandi House to Parliament, on March 28. Students and teachers from nearly all colleges and departments of Delhi University attended the protest march. Teachers and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Ambedkar University and Aligarh Muslim University were also present in large numbers. Several students and youth organisations participated with their banners, including AISF, SFI, AISA, CYSS, KYS, etc. The protestors raised slogans denouncing the so-called Graded Autonomy Scheme announced by the government as a step towards increasing privatisation of higher education. They held placards in their hands bearing slogans such as "Stop commercialisation of education!", "Higher education is our right!", "We ask for our rights, not for your favours!", "Stop playing with the future of our youth!", etc.

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Regional Convention of the AILRSA

ThumbnailThe 21st Bi-annual Regional Convention of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held on 18-19 March 2018 in Muradabad was a resounding success.

Representatives from the Delhi, Muradabad, Lucknow, Meerut, Jind, Firozpur, Pathankot, Ambala, Panipat, Dehradun and Bareilly branches and bodies of the AILRSA vigorously participated in the Convention.

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Railway apprentices stage rail roko in Mumbai

ThumbnailIn the early morning of Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7 a.m, thousands of apprentices who had completed their apprentice training in the Indian Railways occupied the railway tracks between Dadar and Matunga on the Central Railway lines in the heart of Mumbai city. They remained on the tracks till 11 a.m, completely paralysing the morning rush hour train movements on the Central Railways.

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Martyr day celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country: Intensify struggle for a society free from exploitation

23 march shahidi diwasOn 23rd March 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hung by British rulers. The visionary ideas of these martyrs have been a source of inspiration for the workers, peasants, women and youth of this country who have been constantly striving to establish a society free from all forms of exploitation.

Rallies, public meetings and consultations were organised on 23rd March 2018 by communists and other progressive people all over the country. They took inspiration from the revolutionary struggles of our people against colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. On this inspiring occasion, they pledged to organise workers, peasants, women, youth and students to build a new India free from exploitation. An India which will be completely free from capitalist exploitation, imperialist loot, feudal and casteist oppression, oppression of women and communal violence.

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We salute the determined farmers of Maharashtra!

Farmers marching from Nasik to Mumbai

Since 6th March attention of entire Maharashtra was focused on thousands of farmers who started their Long March to Mumbai from Nashik, under the leadership of the Maharashtra unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha. A 1.5 km long river of red seemed to flow along the highway as more than 30 thousand farmers, young and old, men and women, walked nearly 200 kms in scorching heat, many of them barefoot, waving red flags with hammer and sickle and reached Azad Maidan in Mumbai in the early hours of 12th March. It was indeed a magnificent scene. Braving all odds and various attempts by the government of Maharashtra to scare them and to split them, these farmers in one voice declared to the gathered media that “it is better to die fighting for our rights here, rather than dying hungry in our fields!” It is this single minded determination which forced the Maharashtra government to concede some of their demands.

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Communist parties condemn the attempts of the State to spread hatred and terror

Leaders and activists of thumbe Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Ghadar Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Revolutionary Socialist Party of India and All India Forward Bloc participated in a joint demonstration from Jantar Mantar to Parliament, on March 9. The demonstration was organized to protest against the systematic campaign organized by the state, to spread terror and hatred among people, following the electoral victory of the BJP in the Tripura state assembly elections.

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Condemn the continued repression of Bajaj Auto workers in Pune!

thumbBajaj Auto is one of the large auto firms based in Pune. The Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana union put up a militant fight in January-February of this year against the Bajaj Auto owners for the fulfilment of a number of demands. These demands have been pending since the past four years. For example, the issue of illegal and unjust termination of 8 workers has been pending since 2013. Further, the issue of uncalled-for transfer of 6 workers from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant to other plants (Bajaj Auto has plants in Aurangabad and Pantnagar) too has been pending since 2016.

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Anganwadi workers continue their militant struggle

AnganwariNearly 500 Anganwadi workers from all blocks of Gurgaon struck work for a week from 19th to 26th February. They demonstrated outside the residence of Rao Narbir Singh the Public Works Department minister in protest against low wages and oppressive work conditions. The workers demanded that their salaries be increased to Rs 18,000 per month and that they be given benefits such as health insurance and pension.

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TN state transport workers protest victimization

thumbOn 6th March, the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees associated with a number of trade unions staged a demonstration outside TNSTC Madurai’s headquarters demanding the reinstatement of 11 employees suspended during the TNSTC employees’ week-long strike across the State in January. The employees also demanded the withdrawal of cases filed against these 11 employees of TNSTC Madurai by the police.

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Growing protests of peasants across the country

All across the country, farmers are marching in defence of their demands for state procurement of their produce at remunerative prices and for cancellation of their debts. They are protesting in various ways to show their anger that their demands have remained unfulfilled. Time and again, various governments at the centre and in the states have criminally betrayed their promises. Farmers are determined to fight for their right to life and security of livelihood.
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Condemn the use of ESMA against the Nagpur Municipal Corporation transport workers

The indefinite strike launched by drivers and conductors of Nagpur city bus service followed a familiar pattern - a pattern which has become a norm across the country, irrespective of which party is in power in the state or in municipal corporation. The Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was invoked and the strike was declared illegal!
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Guards of Indian Railways demonstrate all over India

thumbAs reported in February 16-28, 2018 edition of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar, at the call of the All India Guards Council, Guards of Indian Railway all over India wore black badges on the 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018 to protest the anti-worker policies of the Railway Authorities and the Central Government and presented their charter of demands.

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Resident doctors oppose cut in salaries by the BMC

Around 2000 resident doctors attached to civic-run public hospitals of the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC), got a shock in receiving their monthly stipend on Friday 9th February 2018. They found that over half the sum had been, for the first time ever, deducted in taxes! Members of the central committee of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) at a press conference on Saturday 10th February 2018 explained that they all resident doctors are students who pay yearly fees to the respective colleges and are given a stipend in lieu of the back breaking work they do in hospitals. The Income Tax Act clearly mentions that tax must be deducted at source only from salary and other professional earnings etc. Hence it is only applicable to those who are employed.
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Struggle of the staff of Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences (SITS), Pune for the payment of pending salaries!

thumbThe Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences (SITS) is spread across seven major campuses sprawled over a large area in and around Pune, the educational centre of Maharashtra. The Institute received state support for acquiring the land for the campuses at concessional rates. It has received many other concessions as well. It has built colleges for engineering, medical and pharmacy. With close to 70,000 students enrolled, it charges hefty fees and collects donations. However it does not meet its obligations towards the teachers and staff that it has hired. The government is looking on while it hires teachers and staff on contract or on temporary status, notwithstanding that they do regular full-time work. Worse, they have not been paid their salaries for months.

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Tens of thousands march and demonstrate to demand a new direction for the NHS

thumbTens of thousands of people from all over England took part on Saturday 3rd February, in a day of action demanding a new direction for the National Health Service (NHS) and an end to its privatisation. In London, 60,000 marched in the cold and rain through the centre of town to a rally outside Downing Street (where the Prime Minister’s official residence is located).

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BEST workers oppose privatization drive : Privatization of transport undertakings is anti-people!

thumbBrihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is one of the world’s largest metro transport corporation. It is managed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and caters to the needs of more than 30 lakh commuters every day. On 12th February 2018, the BEST management committee announced its decision to hire 200 mini non-AC buses, 200 mini-AC buses and 50 midi-buses on wet lease from private contractors. Under this type of arrangement, buses are leased from private contractors along with driver and are also maintained by the contractor.

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Workers are demanding an end to contract system – Government is offering fixed-term contracts!

It has been reported in media that the Union Government has issued a draft notification on Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2018, dated 8th January, which will allow all businesses to offer fixed-term contracts to workers. This will enable industries to hire workers for short-term assignments and terminate their services once the projects are completed.
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Hail the 75th anniversary of the heroic victory over Nazi fascism at Stalingrad!

ThumbnailOn 2 February 1943, the armies of Hitler’s Germany suffered their greatest defeat in World War II at the hands of the heroic people of the Soviet Union led by the Bolshevik Party and Comrade Stalin, at the city of Stalingrad. The military and civilian casualties of this epic struggle that lasted more than 5 months amounted to nearly 2 million people – a mind-boggling figure. The Nazi forces had thrown lakhs of their most tested military forces into their campaign to conquer the socialist Soviet Union. But they were halted at Stalingrad, an industrial city of 500,000 people on the banks of the Volga river, which was the gateway to the rich oil resources of the Caspian region. The rallying cry for the defenders of Stalingrad was Not One Step Back!

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Forum for IT Employees registered in Maharashtra

It was victory for the IT professionals of Maharashtra that their union - Forum for I.T. Employees (FITE) has been registered in Maharashtra. The committee members of FITE, Maharashtra along with the representative of Lok Raj Sangathan and the President of the union of Bajaj Auto employees announced this at a press conference held on 13th January 2018.

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Indian Railways running staff agitate against proposal to reduce pay element in salaries

ThumbnailThe members of All India Guards Council (AIGC) and All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) representing the guards and engine drivers of the Indian Railways all over India demonstrated in front of their respective Divisional Railway Manager's (DRM) office on 4th February 2018. They were protesting against a proposal of the Running Allowance Committee to reduce the pay element in the calculation of the revised mileage rate. The Running Allowance Committee is constituted by the Railway Board, which is the top decision making body of the Indian Railways.

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Peasants to launch all-India agitation against the budget

Kisan rallyAt a press conference in Delhi on 6th Ferburary, the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) announced its plans to start coordinated week-long protests in 1000 locations across the country. Nearly 200 farmer associations have rejected the Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister on 1st February as “anti-farmer”.

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Protest action in Delhi against growing Indo-Israel ties!

protest against Israeli PMA militant march was organized at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi on January 15, to protest against the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India. The demonstration was organized jointly by the seven communist parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) – Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Communist Ghadar Party of India.

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“Restructuring” of Indian Railways is a program to wreck a valuable public asset so as to fulfil monopoly

‘Restructuring’ means is to convert Indian Railways into a set of profit-oriented businesses, run by private companies with no social responsibility. It means to wreck a public asset to fulfil the private interests of capitalist monopoly houses. ... The Railway Board Chairman a few days back while addressing monopoly capitalists, interested in participating in the privatization of railways. He announced, “We are running a purely commercial business in a sarkari way”, and assured them, “The Indian Railways is undertaking massive structural, cultural and process reforms to improve ease of doing business.”
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Electoral Bonds – a legal route for the big capitalists to fund their parties

On 4th January, 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitly announced details of a proposed scheme of issuing Electoral Bonds for financing political parties. Only those parties will be eligible for donations through electoral bonds which received at least 1% of the votes in the last general elections to the Lok Sabha or State assembly. ... what the Electoral Bonds Scheme will achieve is to make it possible for individual capitalists and companies to contribute large sums of money to their favoured political parties legally and without involving cash. As before, who gave how much to which party will remain hidden from public view.
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Parliamentary Committee opposes Air India privatization, yet the Government goes ahead on its privatization course

According to news reports, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has come out with a report strongly opposing privatization of Air India. The Committee estimates that given 5 more years, it is possible to revive Air India as a profit making company. In its final report, the Committee is expected to recommend that the government should write off the debt of Air India and stop its plans to privatize Air India.
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Transport workers in Tamilnadu achieve partial victory!

ThumbnailTransport workers belonging to 17 trade unions in Tamilnadu, had gone on an indefinite strike after rejecting the government's proposal to hike the wages of the transport workers by 2.44%. There are about 1.4 lakh workers in the state's transport department to handle a fleet of 22,500 buses. Over 2 crore passengers use the services with buses travelling a total of 88.64 lakh km daily.

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Anganwadi, ASHA and Mid-day meal workers rally in New Delhi

ThumbnailMore than 800 Anganwadi, ASHA and Mid-day meal workers took part in a militant protest demonstration from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi on January 17. The action was organized at the call of the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions, including Mazdoor Ekta Committee, CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC, HMS, LPF, SEWA and INTUC.

The demonstrators were prevented from advancing towards Parliament by the Delhi police. However, due to the militant resistance put up by the protesting workers and their leaders, especially the women workers, the police were forced to relent.

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160,000 industrial workers strike in Germany

ThumbnailAround 160,000 employees in the automotive, steel and electrical industries have engaged in token strikes, called by the IG Metall union, in the first week of January 2018. The union is currently negotiating a new wage contract for 3.9 million workers in Germany’s largest industrial sector. The actions include workers at Porsche, Daimler, Bosch and other auto, auto parts and electrical companies like Siemens and AEG.

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Guards of Indian Railways agitate for their just demands

Guards sit on hunger strike with loco pilots in DelhiAt the call of the All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), Guards of the Indian Railways wore black badges while performing their duty, on 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2018, all across India. The black badges highlighted four of their demands: a) Decide Justified Kilometre Allowance Rates at the earliest b) Cancel EOTT (End of Train Territory) Machines that are planned to be introduced in goods trains to replace guards c) Withdraw the New Pension Scheme (NPS) that was introduced in 2004 and restore the old Pension Scheme. d) Withdraw anti-labour policies.

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Indian Railway Guards on East Coast Railway unite to improve their conditions

From Nov 30th to Dec 8th 2018, a team of Central Office Bearers, the representative body of the Guards of the Indian Railways led by Com. A.K. Srivastava, All India Secretary of All India Guards’ Council (AIGC), toured the East Coast Railway, which covers the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, with the aim of uniting the Guards in this region to improve their working conditions. The tour covered various Railway junctions in this region - Sambalpur, Talcher, Paradeep, Khurda Road, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, etc. Mazdoor Ekta Lehar’s Mumbai Correspondent spoke to Com. A.K.Srivastava, in this context and we are presenting a Report of the information provided by him.
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Right to education on sale in Maharashtra!

ThumbnailIn December 2017, the Government of Maharashtra took two decisions regarding education which have far reaching consequences. In the first week it declared that it would close down 1314 schools in the state. The Education Minister of Maharashtra justified this decision by saying that since these schools have less than 10 students, as per the Right to Education Act (RTE) provisions, the state has the right to close down such schools! He further shamelessly stated that actually as per the RTE Act, schools with less than 20 students can be closed down, which will mean closure of more than 12000 schools as per the survey conducted in 2009, but since government is concerned about primary education it has decided to shut down only around 3000 schools!

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Jharkhand government bans trade union

On 22nd December, the Jharkhand government announced the ban of the Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a registered trade union that has been in existence for 30 years. The state government invoked Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA). Following the ban, 10 office bearers of the organization were charged under Section 17 of the CLAA and arrested the next day. The CLAA empowers the state government to declare an organization “unlawful” if the government in its “opinion” believes that the organization “interferes or has for its objective interference in administration of law and maintenance of law and order or constitutes danger to public peace”.
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Workers in ‘Essential Services’ sectors fight for their rights

ThumbnailOver 50,000 state transport workers in Tamil Nadu went on a flash strike starting on January 4 after the government refused to meet their demands for payment of their arrears and parity in wage increase with workers of other government departments and state enterprises. The strike began in Chennai and spread to other towns and districts in Tamilnadu. 4th and 5th January witnessed a near total strike with over 90% of buses not operating on their routes. Even after attempts by the government to force contract workers to act as substitutes, the strike remained successful.

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There is no justification for the privatisation of Air India

The recommendation of Niti Aayog to privatise Air India through “strategic disinvestment” is motivated by the private greed of the monopoly capitalists who control the Indian and global airline industry. Ministers and officials of the Government of India try to justify this decision by presenting various assertions, prejudices and so-called arguments, which are not convincing.

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Letters to Editor: Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections

The article, “Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections: Elections in this system serve to maintain the rule of capitalist monopoly houses”, in the December 16-31 issue of MEL, has correctly pointed out that both the Congress and BJP when in command have implemented the program of the big capitalist monopoly houses and have pushed the program of capitalist globalisation at the expense of the working people.
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US decides to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:

A grave provocation against the Palestinian and Arab peoples

ThumbnailUS president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and start preparations for the US to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv constitutes a grave provocation against the Palestinian people. It is a deliberate move designed to further inflame tensions across West Asia.

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Rajasthan government unleashes savage repression on doctors

ThumbnailOn the night of December 15 and the morning of December 16, the Rajasthan government launched a crackdown on doctors working in government run hospitals and health care centers in towns and villages across the state. At least 60 doctors were reported to have been picked up from their residences and workplaces by the police and arrested. Many other doctors have been forced to go into hiding to evade arrest.

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Release of Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project Report: A record of state terrorism in Punjab

A recently-released report ‘Identifying the Unidentified’ by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) states that over 8,000 extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances took place in the state between 1985 and 1995. The Report is the result of seven years of investigation.
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Long live the martyrs of Kakori!

ThumbnailA public meeting was organised on 19th December 2017, by the chapter of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, in sub-district Ramgarh, in memory of the martyrs of the Kakori Conspiracy and to inspire the youth with their story. The sacrifice of Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, Chadrashekhar Azad, Ashwak Ullah Khan, Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and other martyrs was remembered.

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Militant demonstration and rally in New Delhi to mark 25 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid

ThumbnailThousands of activists of different political parties and organisations participated in a massive demonstration in New Delhi on December 6, 2017, to commemorate 25 years of the ghastly crime committed by our rulers against our people – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and the state organized communal violence and massacres that followed. The demonstrators marched from Mandi House to Parliament, demanding punishment of the guilty and an end to state organized communal violence and genocide.

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Communist parties in India celebrate October Revolution

ThumbnailCommunist parties and organisations of workers, peasants, women and youth celebrated the 100 years of the Great October Revolution all across the country. The centenary was marked by hoisting the red flag, taking out colourful rallies and organising seminars and public meetings. Some of the parties held classes for their cadres in several districts.

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Oppose the ID Act Amendments proposed by Maharashtra government

The BJP government of Maharashtra had started pushing for amendment to ID Act in 2015, but they have been unsuccessful so far. The Maharashtra government has again proposed an amendment that would make it easier for factories with less than 300 workers to close down their factories or lay off workers without prior permission of the state government.
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Communist parties observe ‘Black Day’

ThumbnailSeven communist parties – Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) – observed ‘Black Day against communalism and fascism’ on 6th December 2017. A protest march was held from Mandi House to Parliament in New Delhi.

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2017 – Struggles for rights

ThumbnailWorkers across sectors, small and middle peasants, government employees, doctors, nurses and Aanganwadi workers were all out on the streets through the year in 2017. They protested against the rising attacks on their right to livelihood. They demanded that these attacks be halted and asserted their right to organise. Working people came out in large numbers against the demonetisation in November 2016 and against the GST introduced in July this year.

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What is the cause of the crisis of agriculture? What is the way out?

An unprecedented mass united protest of peasants from all over the country took place on 20th November, on the eve of the winter session of Parliament. It was organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of 184 peasant organisations. Their demands included a one-time waiver of bank loans to farmers and guaranteed public procurement of all crops at minimum support prices, of at least one and a half times the average cost of production, as recommended by the Swaminathan Committee.
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Recapitalisation of public sector banks: Making the people pay for the crisis caused by capitalist loan defaulters

On 24th October, Finance Minister Jaitley announced that the Government of India plans to spend Rs 2,11,000 crore over the next two years to “recapitalise” the public sector banks. Under the Indradhanush plan announced in 2015, the government had announced that it would infuse Rs 70,000 crore of capital into the government owned banks over four years. Two years later, the capital to be put into the banks has risen by nearly three times.
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Interviews with Leaders of the Working Class Participating in the November 9-11 Mahapadav

Correspondents of the Mazdoor Ekta Lehar interviewed many leaders of the working class who were participating in the Mahapadav. Below we publish excerpts of interviews with Comrade Prakash Rao of Communist Ghadar Party of India, Comrade Santosh Kumar, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Leader of Anganwadi workers Ms. M Chitralekha and .
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Government employees all over Rajasthan organise protest demonstrations: Full wages are our right, not a concession!

ThumbnailOn November 20, 2017, government employees all over Rajasthan organised protest demonstrations and dharnas at their respective district headquarters, under the banner of the All Rajasthan State Employees Joint Committee. They submitted their memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister through their tehsildaars. Earlier, on November 9, the state employees had organised protests and dharnas at their respective collectors' offices and submitted their demands.

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Massive rally of farmers in Delhi

ThumbnailTens of thousands of peasants came from all parts of India to participate in a massive protest action at the Parliament in New Delhi on 20th November 2017. The protest action was organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), consisting of over 180 organisations. Peasants came in large contingents from all corners of India.

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Massive 3-day workers rally in Delhi

ThumbnailFor three days, November 9, 10 and 11, wave upon wave of workers from every state of the Indian Union joined in the massive All India workers protest (mahapadav) outside parliament.It was a veritable sea of workers. Red flags, placards proclaiming the demands of workers and banners of the participating unions adorned the mahapadav. It was literally a workers festival. Leaders of the working class addressed the workers, cultural workers sang songs in different languages inspiring the workers to step up their struggle for a society free from all forms of exploitation and oppression.

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33 years after the state-organised genocide of Sikhs in 1984: Let us carry forward the struggle for justice and punishment of the guilty!

ThumbnailMembers and activists of communist parties and several organisations organized a joint action in New Delhi on 1st November 2017, to mark 33 years after the genocide of Sikhs and to reiterate their demand for punishment of the guilty.

The joint action was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Popular Front of India, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Sikh Forum, United Muslim Front, CPI (ML) - New Proletarian, Socialist Party (India), Social Democratic Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, South Asia Human Rights Defence Committee, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Welfare Party of India, Citizens for Democracy, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushavarat (Delhi state), Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Scientific Socialism Journal, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, NCHRO and the Student Islamic Organization.

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The citizenship question

From the time of the promulgation of the Constitution of the Indian Republic on January 26, 1950, the position adopted by the Indian state on the citizenship question reveals a thoroughly communal outlook. The Indian state has used the question of citizenship to systematically inflame communal and sectarian passions and attack the unity of the people. It has used the citizenship issue to divert and disrupt the struggle of the different nations and peoples constituting India for their national rights.

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Condemn the State repression of Rajasthan doctors!

ThumbnailTill the time of filing of this report on 12th November 2017, the strike of the government hospital doctors of Rajasthan was continuing. The state police has till now arrested more than hundred doctors. Some doctors have been dismissed. Doctors are being forced to break their strike. It may be noted that under the leadership of the All Rajasthan Employed Doctors Union, the doctors of the state government hospitals have continuously been agitating since August this year for their 33-point demands.

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Communist parties denounce demonetisation

ThumbnailA militant demonstration and rally was organized in New Delhi on November 8, 2017, exactly a year after demonetisation was brutally imposed on our people by the BJP led central government. The demonstration was organized by the seven communist parties – Communist Ghadar Party of India, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India – Communist, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

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Protests continue for health services

Protests continue for health servicesAs of going to the press, the relay dharna led by the Ramgarh Satarkta evam Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti (Ramgarh Vigilance and Joint Struggle Committee) that has been going on since 18 October 2017 is continuing for their demands of filling vacancies at the Community Health Centre (CHC) and to make equipment necessary for treatment of patients available in the health centre in Ramgarh village of Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan.

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Maharashtra transport workers’ strike for pay revisions

​ST workers strike MumbaiBus services were completely paralysed in Maharashtra due to a five-day strike by the state transport workers. Lakhs of passengers use the 17,000 buses that operate across the state every day.

The workers struck work on 16th October in support of their demands for better salaries. Maharashtra State ST Kamagar Sanghatana led the strike with the support of six other labour unions. The unions demanded revision to salaries based on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. They had been negotiating with the administration but were determined to stick to their protest till their demands were realized.

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Mahindra workers win demands through resolute struggle 

Mahindra workers demonstrationWorkers of two Mahindra plants in Uttarakhand (under the banner of Mahindra CIE workers organization) have won their demands after a resolute struggle that began on 18th May 2017 when their demands for an annual wage rise were not implemented. The struggle stretched over four months with workers using several forms of protest on the shop floor.

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“We shall unitedly work to eliminate railway accidents!” declare railway passengers and railway workers

ThumbnailOn 27th October 2017, for the first time, in a path-breaking meeting, various Railway worker unions and passenger associations came together in Mumbai and denounced the Railway administration’s and Railway Ministry’s apathy towards the safety of railway passengers and workers. The initiative taken by Lok Raj Sangathan and Kamgar Ekta Committee in association with the All India Guards’ Council got a very good response, as a result of which more than 25 organisations came together to organize a seminar on the subject “Increasing Railway Accidents – Causes and Solution”.

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Delhi sanitation workers strike for wages and arrears

Thumbnail16,000 sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) went on an indefinite strike on 11th October over non-payment of salaries and arrears. They also demanded cashless medical cards.

Mukesh Vaidya, President of the All Municipal Corporation Sanitation Supervisors' Union clarified that the workers are justifiably demanding three months' salary and pending arrears, besides regularisation of staffers. He added that "We are fed up with the excuses given by the EDMC officials every month. It has been three months and we have not received salary.

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Punjab Anganwadi workers are determined to continue their struggle until their demands are met!

ThumbnailAnganwadi workers’ union (Punjab), comprising of the workers and anganwadi helpers had called for a gherao of the chief minister’s residence in Patiala to press for their long pending demands. Despite Punjab police arresting many of their leaders on the eve of the gherao, and putting up all sorts of barricades, more than 25000 anganwadi workers managed to reach the railway station in Patiala by the morning of 23rd October. They were not allowed to get out of the railway station, so they continued their demonstration at the railway station.

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Protest at Department of Urban Development over hike in Metro fare

Hike in Metro fareOn 23 October, 2017, the trade unions of Delhi held a protest at the Department of Urban Development demanding a repeal of the increase in metro fares.

Workers, women and youth participated in great numbers along with trade union activists in the demonstration. The protesters shouted slogans like – ‘Take back the increased fare! Down with the anti-worker, anti-people policy of the government! The Central Government should come to its senses and reduce the metro fare! Long live the revolution!’

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The Code of Wages Bill 2017

The Code on Wages Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 10 August 2017 by the Modi government. The new bill is to replace the Payment of Wages Act -1936, the Minimum Wages Act – 1949, the Payment of Bonus Act - 1965 and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. The Wage Code Bill is a part of the so called labour law reforms that the government has undertaken by “rationalisation” of 38 Labour Acts.

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Judgment on Godhra train burning

Judgments on several aspects of the 2002 Godhra train burning case were delivered by the Gujarat high court on 9th October.

The Godhra train burning case refers to the train that was returning with passengers from the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya that had been demolished in 1992. As many as 59 pilgrims on board were charred to death when a coach of the train was set on fire. This incident was used to organize large scale massacres of Muslims across the state.

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Meeting in Ramgarh on the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

ThumbnailOn 28th September 2017 on the occasion of the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh a meeting was organized in Ramgarh, Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan. A large number of people gathered for this meeting. The meeting was chaired by the sarpanch of the gram Panchayat of Ramgarh, Banvarilaal Dev.

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Rousing programme in Kurukshetra on the occasion of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary

ThumbnailOn the 111th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the Jan Sangharsh Manch organized a revolutionary programme in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Thousands of workers, women and youth participated in the programme. In the morning, as a token of respect and in memory, flowers were placed on the statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Sansthan. After this, a massive people’s march was led through the streets and lanes of the city with rousing slogans inspired by the revolutionary message of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. This march reached the Ramlila ground in Kurukshetra after which a large mass meeting was organized by the Jan Sangharsh Manch, Haryana.

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“We want to be treated as human beings and at par with Government employees” demand the Anganwadi workers of Maharashtra

ThumbnailMore than 2 lakh Anganwadi workers working in more than 1.1 lakh Anganwadis in Maharashtra have started their strike struggle from 12th September’17. They are demanding that they be treated as human beings. They are demanding that they be treated on par with government workers and also demanding a salary hike as per their seniority. They are demanding that the minimum salary for a fresh recruit should be of Rs.7000/- per month going up to Rs.13,000/- per month for those who have been doing this work for the last 20 years.

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Hundreds participate in march against privatization of health services in Britain

ThumbnailHundreds of people participated in a protest march against the privatization of the National Health Service (NHS). The march began at Southhall and culminated in a rally at Ealing common.

The protest rally was organized in the wake of the concerted efforts of the British government to privatize the National Health Service, and close down various public hospitals.

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Mass opposition to the Privatisation of Government Schools in Rajasthan

ThumbnailRecently the government of Rajasthan declared that it will hand over 300 government schools to private entities to operate under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. Following this declaration students, teachers and parents, and people across the state came on to the street to oppose this blatantly anti-social decision of the government.

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Privatisation of school education: The Indian State’s shameful abdication of duty and responsibility

ThumbnailProviding good quality basic school education for children is widely recognized as a primary responsibility of the State in any modern society.

A recent announcement by the Rajasthan government states that it will hand over 300 ‘poorly performing’ government schools to private hands, to be run on the public-private partnership model, in the name of “improving the quality of education”. This brings into focus the state of government school education in India and the abysmal failure of the State to fulfill this primary responsibility towards our people.

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Hundreds of thousands of workers oppose “labour reforms” in France

France labour reformsSeptember 2017 witnessed several waves of strikes of workers in France against changes to the country’s labour laws. The changes, which are being fast-tracked via executive orders, are designed to give employers more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their workers while reducing the costs of firing staff. More specifically, the “reform” will make employee dismissal rules more flexible by reducing severance costs and loosening the country’s legal procedures around dismissal. The second area where businesses will be allowed more freedom is the regulation of hours of work.

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Unions in the Philippines oppose martial law

A coalition of human rights and labour organizations joined a protest rally on 21st September organized to denounce Thumbnaile Duterte government's human rights violations and demand an end to martial law in Mindanao. Over 12,000 people, mainly from poor urban communities, have been killed in extra-judicial killings sanctioned by President Duterte, with those involved granted impunity.

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The farce of loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh

Almost immediately after the elections, the state government had announced the crop loan waiver scheme with much fanfare. Under the scheme, crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh were to be waived off for small and marginal farmers. The whole scheme has been reduced to a farce.

Cabinet ministers are shown ceremoniously distributing loan waiver certificates to farmers across districts. However, it turns out that many of the beneficiary farmers have received waivers of amounts as petty as Re 1 or Rs 1.50!

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Job cuts and reduced recruitment result in growing unemployment

Job sites have recently witnessed a 20-25% increase of applications from workers in IT and e-commerce companies. Business and trade papers further report that the Indian technology services sector is facing its worst growth period in close to a decade as the demand for their services has shifted from traditional outsourcing work to newer areas such as digital and cloud. In addition, automation through applications of robots are fast replacing human being in routine maintenance work of customer applications or IT infrastructure. This is in area where new recruits are usually employed.

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Program in the service of Indian and foreign monopoly capitalists: Privatisation is anti-social and anti-national

The BJP-led government headed by Narendra Modi is stepping up the pace of the privatisation program. The target for sale of government shares in public companies has been raised from Rs.30,000 crores in 2015-16 to Rs.56,500 crores in 2016-17, and to Rs.72,500 crores in 2017-18. Many sectors which have so far been reserved for public ownership, including coal, defence production and railways, have been opened up to Indian and foreign private companies. Preparations are being made for outright sale of Air India and divestment of BSNL.

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Increasing number of derailments and loss of human lives

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express travelling between Hardwar and Puri went off the rails near Muzaffarnagar, UP, killing 23 people and seriously injuring hundreds. Within three days of this, the Kaifiyat Express travelling between Azamgarh, UP and Delhi collided with a dumper that was crossing the tracks, near Kanpur, leading to derailment and injuries to many. Over the last 5 years there have been 586 train accidents out of which 53% or the majority were due to derailments.

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Recurrent tragedies of infant and child deaths: Criminal neglect of the country’s health system

The recent tragedy in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and the earlier many such tragedies which occur with predictable frequency, some reported, some highlighted, and mostly ignored and forgotten are the hallmark of present public health system in India. It has once again exposed the criminal callousness of the state authorities and those who rule.

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Teachers court arrest

Several teachers from Central and State universities and colleges celebrated Teachers’ Day on 5th September, by courting arrest.

Protesting under the banners of the All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisations(AIFUCTO) and the Federation of Central University Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA), they were demonstrating against non-declaration of the Chauhan Pay Review Committee Report, that was submitted over six months ago.

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Rajasthan peasants escalate their struggle

ThumbnailAs Mazdoor Ekta Lehar goes to the press, on 13 September 2017, angry peasants had once again taken to the roads to press for their demand of waiver of loans and other demands. The mahapadav organised by the All India Kisan Sabha and other peasant organisations on 12 September had forced the Rajasthan government to take notice of the more than 10-day long agitation and invite the leaders of agitating peasants for a meeting in the evening in Jaipur. An eleven member delegation took part in the talks. Talks went on till late in the night, however, it did not result in an agreement. Soon after that the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti met and announced chakka jam throughout Rajasthan.

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Assam enacts an anti-labour legislation

The Assam government has enacted the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017, which authorises employers to retrench up to 300 employees without seeking approval of the government. As in Rajasthan, which was the first among states to pass anti-labour legislation, Assam has legislated this in the name of “labour reform”. The Assam assembly passed the bill by a voice vote on 7 Sept.

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GST – a recipe for further concentration of capital, centralisation of taxing power and extortion of the working class

ThumbnailThe Goods & Service Tax (GST), implemented in July 2017, is a single all-India tax which replaces a number of different indirect taxes that were levied so far on the sale of goods and services. It replaces the excise duty, special excise duty, special customs duty, central sales tax (CST), service tax, various surcharges and cesses levied by the central government. It also replaces most of the indirect taxes levied by state governments including the value added tax (VAT), luxury tax, entertainment tax, entry tax and purchase tax.

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Condemnation of US interference and threats against Venezuela

On August 11, 2017, US President Trump declared that the US had "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary". This follows the imposing of sanctions on Venezuela by the US.

The threat to use military force to overthrow the government of Venezuela and establish a pro-US regime in its place marks a new phase of escalation of brutal and systematic interference that it has carried on against the people of that country for many years. It is an open threat to the sovereignty of Venezuela and its people.

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Country-wide protests by peasants on 9th August

ThumbnailThousands of peasants protested in over 150 districts across the country on 9th August at the call of the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan a coalition of organisations working for land rights for the peasantry, agricultural workers, forest dwellers, dalits and adivasis. The Andolan had extended support to the yatra organized by by the All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) to carry the soil from the villages of the farmers killed in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to various parts of the country, concluding in Delhi on 18th July.

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Jharkhand Land Acquisition Bill passed: Advancing the interests of the big monopoly capitalists

ThumbnailJharkhand state government passed a new land acquisition law by voice vote, in the state Assembly on August 12, overriding objections of MLAs of opposition parties. The new law, known as the Jharkhand Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Act-2017, has amended certain provisions of the earlier land acquisition law, to facilitate land acquisition for the big monopoly capitalists to carry out their mining, power generation and other projects.

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Vivo India Pvt. Ltd. – A typical case of the “Make in India” initiative

Vivo India Pvt. Ltd hit the headlines as a case of “labour unrest” following clashes in the factory premises at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on July 25, 2017. As always, the monopoly capitalist controlled media distorted the events. The workers of Vivo were blamed for bringing a “bad name” for India and creating problems for the “Make in India” initiative of the ruling bourgeois class.

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Train drivers protest in multiple Indian Railway zones

AILRSA dharna-thumbnailOn 14th Aug, 2017, train drivers raised their demands and held demonstrations at the crew lobbies and divisions of various zones under the leadership of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA). The decision to hold these demonstrations was taken in a meeting held by the central executive committee in Nagpur between 3-4 Aug, 2017. 48 representatives from the 16 zones of Indian Railways participated in the meeting. In the meeting, workers decided to hold massive dharnas to fight for their demands in the crew lobbies and various zones of the railways on 24th Aug.

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All India Convention of workers resolves to step up the struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people assault of the ruling class

Talkatora convention of TUsAn all India Convention of Workers was held on 8 August 2017, at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The Convention was jointly organised by AITUC, CITU, INTUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF. More than 6000 delegates from different federations of workers and employees from the defence plants, steel plants, coal mines, railways, banks, insurance, and many other sectors of the economy participated in the Convention. A delegation of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee actively participated in the Convention.

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Banking should serve the needs of society, not the interests of corporate houses

JP Sharma thumbnailMazdor Ekta Lehar (MEL) spoke to Comrade JP Sharma, Vice President, All India Bank Employees Association and General Secretary, Delhi State Bank Employees Federation. Comrade JP Sharma (JPS) expressed his views on the current situation in the banking sector and the struggle being waged by the bank employees.

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Protests grow stronger in Narmada Valley

Narmada river protest thumbnailIn June 2017, the Gujarat government closed the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on its side, by consent of the central government. At the same time, it was decided to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam, on the Narmada River near Navagam by 17 metres to 138.72 metres. As a consequence, around 40,000 families in 192 villages of Madhya Pradesh are facing submergence.

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Farmers protests across Rajasthan

Rajasthan farmers thumbnailUnder the banner of Karza Mukti Andolan Sangharsh Samiti, farmers from across Rajasthan took out demonstration on July 17 and started a Traffic Jam Campaign. 39 farmers’ associations of Rajasthan are involved in this Sangharsh Samiti. As a result of the protest, on 22nd July the government invited the representatives of all 39 organizations from the Sangharsh Samiti, to discuss the problems being faced by the farmers.

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Peasants escalate their struggle

Farmers protest JM thumbnailAs the Parliament Monsoon Session began this year on 17 July 2017, thousants of peasants belonging to hundreds of organisations from all parts of India came to the Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House in New Delhi. The purpose of the rally was to draw Government's attention to the deep agricultural crisis which is leading to widespread economic ruin of peasants.

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October Revolution in Russia – 100 years: The July Days – Turning Point of the Revolution

Lenin address congress of peasants sovietsThe July demonstrations and their immediate aftermath represented a turning point in the revolution in Russia. The dual power came to an end. The whole power passed into the hands of the Provisional Government, while the Soviets, with their Socialist-Revolutionary and Menshevik leaders, had become an appendage of the Provisional Government. The peaceful period of the revolution had ended.

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Mass demonstration and rally in New Delhi:

United call for the empowerment of people

Lok Raj Sangathan, together with Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslims Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Welfare Party of India, Popular Front of India, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and others, organized an important initiative in building the united resistance of all sections of people to the growing attacks on our livelihood and rights, and in advancing the struggle for people’s empowerment.

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Workers protest attacks on their livelihood at Omax factories

Omax workers demonstrationOmax, Automax and Speedomax are three plants which supply auto parts and provide services to companies like Maruti Suzuki and Honda. They are under one ownership and have 6 units in the Gurgaon area and 10 units across the entire country. For the past six months, the Automax management had been shifting machines to the Omax plant in Bawal. The Automax plant has several divisions.

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Protests against ONGC continue to rage in Neduvasal

Residents of Neduvasal a village in Pudukottai district in southern Tamil Nadu have been protesting since mid-February against the ONGC awarding contracts for the execution of oil and gas extraction process. The pace of the protests against ONGC has not slowed down even a bit, with the protest hitting 100 days on 21st July. Meanwhile protests had also begun in Kathiramangalam near Kumbakonam, where it is on its 61st day.

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Resolute struggle of Aisin workers

Aisin Automotive Haryana Ltd. is located in Rohtak. It has been the scene of resolute protests by the workers. On May 31, 2017, approximately 600 workers were lathi charged outside the gates of Aisin Automotive Haryana Private Limited. Subsequently, 390 men and 35 women were arrested and sent to jail. This brutality was the response of the management to the formation by the workers of the Aisin Automotive Haryana Mazdoor Union.

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Terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims – who stands to gain?

On July 10, a bus carrying pilgrims, returning after visiting the Amarnath shrine in Kashmir, was fired upon by alleged terrorists. Seven passengers, six of them women, were reported killed while 32 were grievously injured.

People in Kashmir have united, across communities, religious beliefs and political affiliations, to condemn this dastardly crime. They have demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime be identified, arrested and punished.

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Massive protests against the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

Thumbnail of G20 protestAn estimated 120,000 people from across Germany and different parts of the Europe, gathered in militant protest actions at Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the G-20 Summit which began on July 7. Various protest actions had begun in Hamburg nearly two weeks before the Summit. These protest actions demonstrated the resentment of the world’s peoples against imperialism, the capitalist system, the plunder and devastation of nations, militarization and war.

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Peasants hold meeting in Tamilnadu's Thoothukudi district

In June 2017, Tamizhaga Vivasayeegal Sangam (Sangam) organized a meeting of peasants near Pasuvandanai in Thoothukudi district of Tamilnadu. Peasants belonging to the nearby villages took active part in this meeting. Besides Sangam leaders and activists, the leaders and activists of Communist Ghadar Party, Workers Unity Movement and Unorganized Workers Federation also took part in this meeting.

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Proposals of the Niti Aayog: Unveiling anti-social agenda of the capitalist monopoly houses

A three-year Draft Agenda was presented at the 3rd Governing Council meeting of the Niti Aayog on 23rd April. This contains a host of proposed legislation and policy changes, whose stated objective is of “accelerating growth and increasing employment opportunities”.

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Government accelerates privatization program, workers step up their opposition to it

thumbnail-BEML workersThe Union Government has announced its clear intention to accelerate on the privatization program. The aviation and defence sector public sector enterprises are high on the list of its privatization program. State governments are withdrawing from their responsibility to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport system, by privatizing road transport.

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Noteban has hurt large number of workers of small and medium enterprises

Thumbnail GDP growthModi-led government has continued to justify demonetisation and refute even bourgeois economists’ assertion that it has hurt the economic growth. It has refused to accept that crores of workers lost their livelihood for months and lakhs of small and medium sized enterprises were forced to shut-down in the absence of cash post-demonetisation.

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EPFO proposes cuts in provident fund of workers: One more attack on the workers planned

Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is considering a proposal to reduce provident fund contribution from 12 percent to 10 percent by both workers and employers. EPFO is claiming that the proposal is beneficial to workers as it will increase their take-home pay. It is hiding the real reason for the proposal which is to help the capitalists by reducing their contribution to workers’ provident fund.

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New policy satisfies capitalists' demand for big role in defence production

A new Strategic Partnership (SP) Policy has been finalized to boost the Indian private sector's role in production of cutting-edge weapon systems, in collaboration with global armament majors through joint ventures.

The SP policy will initially open up four major segments of fighter jets, helicopters, submarines and armoured vehicles (tanks and infantry combat vehicles) for private sectors players. The government claims that the SP policy will boost its “Make in India” efforts and create jobs.

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Countrywide strike by chemists

Nearly 9 lakh chemists all over India observed a day long strike on May 30 in support of their demands. The strike had been called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD). Retail chemist shops remained closed in almost all parts of the country, in support of the strike. A demonstration was also held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on the day of the strike.

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Workers, peasants, women and youth unite in struggle for political empowerment in Rajasthan

Thumbnail-HanumangarhIt is not usual to find organisers of teachers, farmers, government employees and of women and youth all participating actively in a joint political discussion. Such an event took place recently, at the initiative of the Rajasthan Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, a non-party political organization committed to the cause of bringing people to power.

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Growing joblessness in the country

Thumbnail-JobsThe India Exclusion Report 2016, released by the New Delhi-based Centre for Equity Studies (CES) on 12th May 2017, citing Labour Ministry Data, says that says that employment creation in 2015 plummeted to 135,000 jobs compared to 930,000 in 2011. Even worse, existing jobs, especially in the IT sector, are being lost as thousands of workers were laid off in 2016, and the trend is set to continue this year.

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Struggle of construction workers in Haryana

Thumbnail-Kurukshetra marchOn 9th May 2017 in Kurukshetra, hundreds of activists from the Construction Workers and Mechanics Union held a rousing demonstration in front of the District Collector’s office to protest the anti worker policies of the Haryana government and the Labour Welfare Board. These workers are primarily from the unorganised sector and have been completely excluded from the ambit of government labour laws.

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Constitutional status to Backward Classes Commission

On April 10, the Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill to pave the way for the creation of a new National Commission for Backward Classes as a constitutional body. To be passed, a Constitutional Amendment Bill requires two thirds majority in the Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha voted in favour of the amendment with 360 MP’s supporting it and two opposing it.

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Good times (Achche din)

Forbes magazine recently published its annual list of dollar billionaires in India, i.e., people with wealth of Rs. 6500 crores or more, in 2016. As per the Forbes list, the number of billionaires in India increased by 20 percent to 101 during the year. The country with the world’s largest number of poor now has the fourth largest number of billionaires. The wealth of these 101 biggest capitalists exceeds 300 billion dollars (around 20lakh crore rupees).

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Central government opposes Supreme Court verdict on AFSPA in Manipur

On April 12, the Central government filed a curative petition with the Supreme Court, seeking recall of two orders given by the Court on July 8, 2016 relating to impunity enjoyed by the Armed Forces for killing innocent people under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Supreme Court had ruled that AFSPA did not give impunity to the armed forces to carry out killings of innocent people. It had directed that all allegations of killings of innocent people in fake encounters in the state be probed.

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Youth used as "human shield" by army convoy in Kashmir: There is no military solution to the Kashmir problem!

The video of a youth tied to the front of an army jeep driving through villages during the by-elections in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 has provoked women and men of conscience throughout our country to raise their voice in protest. At one stroke, it has brought to the fore the utter brutality and inhuman treatment of the Kashmiri people by the Indian state.

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Babri Masjid demolition conspiracy case revived by Court

On 19th April, the Supreme Court announced that the case of Criminal Conspiracy for the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6th December, 1992, against BJP leaders Lal Kishan Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati and 11 others, was to be revived. It transferred the trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow, ordered daily hearings, and gave a time limit of two years for completion of the trial.

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Racist attacks in the National Capital Region on students from Africa

NOIDA protestAccording to media reports, on 27th March, a gang of persons forced their way into a residence of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, in the National Capital Region of Delhi. They demanded the right to search the students' refrigerator. They alleged that the Nigerians were cannibals and accused them of murdering a local youth.

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Army deliberately targets civilians in Kashmir: There is no military solution to the problem in Kashmir

Three youth were shot dead on 27th March, when Armed forces deliberately fired upon hundreds of people who had gathered at the site of an “encounter” near Darbugh village at Chadoora in Budgam district in central Kashmir.

It may be recalled that earlier in February, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a statement justifying such attacks on civilians. Rawat declared “mobs disrupting encounters” would be treated as “over ground workers of militants” and ruthlessly shot down. The then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar publicly justified this policy.

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Omax Autos, Dharuhera: Attack on workers fighting for their rights

The entire union body of Omax Autos, Dharuhera has been fired as a punishment for fighting with the 344 contract workers who had been retrenched on 1st Feb 2016. 16 workers were sacked recently, taking the total number of permanent workers sacked to 34. Permanent workers of Omax Autos, had joined the protesting contract workers after one of the contract workers had committed suicide due to loss of livelihood.

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Unions to organise against Cognizant layoffs

Three sectoral unions in the IT sector have announced a joint campaign against the proposed mass layoff of employees by Cognizant Technologies Solutions. NDLF (New Democratic Labour Front), FITE (Forum for IT Employees) and KPF (Knowledge Professionals Forum) have issued a common statement urging employees not to accept forced resignations while demanding that the company invest in re-skilling employees. Earlier in 2016, NDLF, through a court case, had won a favourable clarification by Tamil Nadu government, that declared that all industrial and labour laws applied to the IT Sector.

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Growing worldwide protests of the working class and people

We are approaching May Day at a time when the number and scale of protests of the working class are on the rise all over the world. Workers are fighting back with growing determination and waging more powerful, more united struggles against the capitalist offensive. There have been massive protests against the “austerity” measures being imposed on the working people, the cutbacks in social service and privatization of health services.

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Rail workers to go on hunger strike

The All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) have decided to go on a 36 hour hunger strike on 25 and 26 April 2017. Through this hunger strike, they plan to highlight the grievances of the running staff of trains on a number of issues including the recommendations of the Seventh pay Commission on wages and allowances for different grades of the running staff.

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Conference of the Haryana Jan Sangharsh Manch: Tribute on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad

Kurukshetra meetingOn 27 Feb 2017, the 6th regional conference of the Jan Sangharsh Manch was held in Kurukshetra to commemorate the 87th martyrdom day of Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad. The regional president of the Manch, Phool Singh presided over the meeting. The advisor to the Manch, Dr.

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Life sentence awarded to Prof GN Saibaba: Criminalisation of dissent

Professor G.N. Saibaba along with four other comrades was sentenced to life imprisonment by a session’s court in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra on 7th March 2017. Prof Saibaba, who is 90% disabled, was earlier arrested on May 9, 2014, when the police picked him up without any notice from his residence. He was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for 14 months following his arrest. Subsequently, in March 2016, he was granted bail on grounds of his deteriorating health.

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Communal conflicts being stoked up in Assam

On March 6, an organization named Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samannay Samitee (NIBBUSS), organised a day long rally and demonstration in Silpathar town in Assam, demanding that the names of Hindu Bengalis be removed from the list of D-voters (doubtful voters). It is reported that the demonstrators attacked and vandalized the office of the AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) and injured several AASU activists.

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Countrywide strike by Government Employees

More than 12 lakh government employees went on strike throughout the country on 16th March 2017. The strike saw participation of workers from various government services including postal services, income tax services, RMSCGWB, postal account, civil account, survey of India, census services. The strike took place in support of the 20 point charter of demands released under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The strike took place successfully throughout each part of the country.

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Protests against land acquisition in Jharkand continue

The Jharkhand Adivasi Sangharsh Morcha continues to spearhead the protests of the tribal peoples against amendments to the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Act that define land use in the state. On March 5th, the Morcha organized a rally at Jantar Mantar to register the continued opposition of the people to the acquisition of tribal lands for industry.

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Debates on political questions banned in name of nationalism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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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Workers’ unions oppose privatisation of insurance companies

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

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

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

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

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

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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Massive Joint Demonstration of Engine Drivers and Guards

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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Mint workers of RBI have opposed their over exploitation

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

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

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

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

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!

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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Guest Teachers’ Struggle

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Lessons from Pilbhit

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

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

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

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:

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

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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Martyrdom of Ghadaris Bhai Ranga Singh and Bhai Balwant Singh commemorated

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

“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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1946 Revolt of Royal Indian Navy

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

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

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

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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Greaves Cotton Struggle

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

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

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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Guest teachers in Delhi escalate their struggle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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MSEB Protests

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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Spiralling price of dals

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

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

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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Agitation by farmers of Punjab

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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Public discussion on Growing Communal and Fascist Terror

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”

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

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

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

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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Teachers from every village and panchayat march on Jaipur

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

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

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!

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

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

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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Condemn brutal police assault on protesting teachers in Bhatinda

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

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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Resident doctors on strike in Delhi

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

  • 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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Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Thousands of workers lose their jobs due to Supreme Court order

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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Massive escalation of state terrorism in Arunachal Pradesh

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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International Working Women’s Day celebrated in Worli, Mumbai

’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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Retrenchments in IT companies

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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Terrorist massacres in France

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

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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Coal sector workers’ strike

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

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

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

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

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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All India Convention of Central Trade Unions and All India Federations

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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Farmers struggle is advancing in Hanumangarh

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

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

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

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

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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Rajasthan State government employees’ struggle for their rights

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

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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Campaign of Mazdoor Ekta Committee:

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

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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Meeting at VHS Hospital, Chennai

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

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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Enthusiastic commemoration in England of Martyr’s day

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”

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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Protest by Loco Pilots

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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Kamgar Ekta Committee Convention held in Mumbai

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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Agitation by Southern Railway Loco Running Staff

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:

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?

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

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!

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

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!

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

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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Challenging the status quo

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

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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Thousands of prisoners go on hunger strike in California

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

“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

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

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

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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Mid day meal tragedy

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

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

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

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

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

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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Campaign to strengthen the political unity of the working class

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!

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)

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

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

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:

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!

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

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

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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Call of Purogami Mahila Sangathan

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

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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Western Railway motormen force the authorities to concede their demand!

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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DTC getting ready for strike

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

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

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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