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.

According to the plan, each location would be covered over 3 days for the survey and mass contact during the campaign. This is being organised in such locations where a large number of workers would be passing through. The location is decorated with banners of MEC, banners relating to the survey, and placards with slogans that inspire the workers. “Unite in struggle against the contract system”, “Intensify the struggle for the fulfillment of the demand for  minimum wages of Rs.15000 per month,” “Let us build Unity Committees in the factories for the implementation of workers’ rights”, “Parliament is the instrument of the monopoly capitalists’ to consolidate their rule,” “An attack on one is an attack on all,” “Fight for a universal public distribution system in which all essential items of consumption will be made available at reasonable prices, in sufficient quantity and of good quality,” “Reorient the economy to fulfill the needs of the toiling population, and not to feed the increasing greed of a handful of capitalists” are the banners that attracted the workers.

The campaign aims to raise the political and social awareness of the workers. The workers have to unite in one organisation and under one banner to forge their unity and not get divided politically. They have to become aware of the necessity to organise as a class so that the entire working class will become conscious and fight unitedly, and not just limit their struggles to a demand for higher wages, as is happening now.

Hundreds of workers filled have the survey form and narrated the story of their exploitation in their workplaces – “we have to work much longer than the stipulated number of hours under the contract system; we work two shifts back-to-back without rest. We get paid far less than minimum wages. We are forced to work for upto 12 hours without overtime, for a mere Rs.5000-6000, because of the collusion of the owner, contractor and the Labour department.”

The workers narrate how sometimes, after working for 2-4 days, their contracts abruptly terminated on the excuse that the work is completed. They have not been paid for it either. If they demand the money, then the goondas of the contractor threaten them. Some of the workers talk of the threats issued by the owners of their dismissal because they are trying to organise. The workers say, “we can expect no help from the police in fighting our exploitation either because the latter are paid off by the owners. Not only are we not paid the minimum wages declared by the government, we are not even paid the agreed upon contract wage by the contractor.

Some of the workers revealed that they had been working for over 30 years and yet they are not receiving even the minimum wages. Very few companies in the entire industial area pay bonuses to the employees; double wages for overtime is never paid. Many of the workers have not received appointment letters; very few are covered by Provident Fund and Employee State Insurance.

The Survey has revealed that it is common in the Okhla Industrial Area for factories to employ contract labour for regular jobs. The contractors get the workers to sign on plain paper. These workers get no social security benefits from the contractors. They are dismissed the moment they approach the courts in defence of their rights.They have no documentation to show evidence of working in the company.

Very many instances of such exploitation were narrated by the workers to the MEC activists. They are convinced that they have to organise themselves and intensify their struggle to win their rights.

The owners of the factories have called in the police on several occasions to interrupt the survey, so that the workers do not fill the forms. Several management representatives have come to the survey location to try and find out what MEC was surveying. Despite all these constraints, the MEC activists are militantly carrying on with the survey.

Workers have expressed their desire to form organisations of struggle so that they can earn wages according to the work performed. Several among them have said that they want to become a part of the organisation, whereupon they have been invited to join MEC.

Workers have enthusiastically purchased copies of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar in the course of the Survey. Large number of workers pick up copies of the Communist Ghadar party of India’s Manifesto, and the interview of Com. Lal Singh, entitled, “Corruption, Capitalism and the Indian State.”

MEC calls on the workers to join the organisation, and to step up the struggle and strengthen it by enjoining more and more people in it.

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