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. Workers across major industries and service sector, like mines, steel plants, railways, banks, insurance, small industries and service establishments participated enthusiastically.

MazdoorEkta Lehar is publishing reports of these celebrations, as received by it.

Delhi

Workers celebrated Mayday with great enthusiasm in Delhi. Workers from across the various sectors participated in the traditional march from Ramleela Maidan to Town Hall located in ChandniChowk. The working class unions gathered in Ram Leelamaidan with red flags and banners.

“Eliminate child labour!” “Acquisition of peasants’ land for capitalists is not acceptable” “Immediate halt to disinvestment of public sector units” “Ensure security of women workers” “Amend the Minimum Wages Act and bring all workers under its ambit” “Provide pension to all retired workers so that they can live a decent life” “Remove eligibility and payment restrictions on bonus and PF” “Replace the rule of capitalists with the rule of workers and peasants” “Hindustan demands the red flag on the red fort” “Long live Mayday” “Ensure decent and secure livelihood for all” “Register all workers across all categories” “Take back all tax relief provided to capitalist corporations and capitalists” “Provide all support services to working women during their pregnancy and for infant care” “Establish a modern universal public distribution system” “Bring all workers without exception under ambit of labour laws” “Water, electricity and safe transport are our inviolable rights” and such like slogans were written on placards carried by the workers in the march.

The rally marched through the gullies of Old Delhi from Ram Leela maidan to Town Hall in Chandni Chowk, where it transformed into a meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com.J.P.Sharma (All India Bank Employees Association, Com. R.P.Singh (All India Railway Federation), Com. B.K.Sharma (Bank Employees Federation of India) and Com. Ved Arora (North Zone Insurance Employees Association).

At the outset, Jan NatyaManch presented a street play on the martyrs of Chicago. On the occasion of International Workers Day, the Joint May Day Committee sent out revolutionary greetings to the working class of Delhi and the whole world.

Com. Santosh Rai (AICCTU), Com. Sachdeva (AITUC), Com.R.K.Sharma (AIUTUC), Com.Rajani Sandhu (CITU), Com. Harbhajan Singh (HMS), Com. Santhosh Kumar (MazdoorEkta Committee), Com. R.S.Duggar (UTUC) were among those who addressed the meeting.

In conclusion, a joint memorandum of the meeting was issued and all organisations resolved to unite to take the movement forward.

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Hundreds of workers participated in a militant rally at Azad Maiden in Mumbai on May 1st 2015 to celebrate May Day. Representatives of AITUC, CITU, Kamgar Ekta Committee, Sarva Shramik Sangh, BUCTU, AICCTU and other unions addressed the workers. 

Comrade Golandas, the Convenor of Trade Union Joint Action Committee, condemned the government for amending the labor laws and taking away all the hard won rights of workers. Com Sukumar Damle of AITUC said that Modi is telling all lies in his 'Mann ki baat' program. Under Land acquisition, the land that they have acquired is all fertile land. Now, most new jobs are on contract basis. Com Vivek Montero reminded the workers how more than a hundred years ago workers had fought for an 8 hour day. Because of the workers struggles certain rights were incorporated in laws such as Industrial Disputes Act, Factories Act, etc, but now all these are being taken away by the capitalists. Workers and peasants together have to oppose the Land Bill. He condemned the murder of Com Govind Pansare and the fact that the criminals have not been caught yet.

Com Thekedath of BUCTU said that the foreign capitalists are coming in India not for our benefit but for maximizing their profit. When we workers work for 10 hours a day, in one hour we pay for our wages, and the rest of the day we work to fill the pockets of the capitalists. He said there is contract labour in every sector including teaching. Com Tyagi of AICCTU said that capitalism is in crisis world over and the attacks on the working class are increasing. He said production is socialized but ownership is private. Capitalism has got no solution to people’s problems. So they are trying to divide the working class on the basis of religion, language, caste etc .The workers have to come into leadership to change the situation. Com Prashant Worlikar of Central Government Employees Union said that we must not remain silent on Govind Pansare's murder. He said that organised workers apart from struggling for their own benefits must support the struggles of the unorganised workers too.

Com Shekhar Kapure of Kamgar Ekta Committee said that Prime Minister Modi has openly called for removal of the 8 hour working day. He said capitalists are given lakhs of crores of rupees as loan and if they are not repaid, they are written off as NPA’s and given fresh loans; whereas, peasants’ loans are never excused and they are forced to commit suicide. He said that we do not want privatization but we want social control.   He said that changing the government will not do, we have to change the system.

Com Milind Ranade of Sarva Shramik Sangh condemned the changes in labour laws, and land act. K S Ahire from Kamgar Agadi said both Congress and BJP are working for the capitalists and are looting the people.

All the speakers also attacked the government’s anti-worker policies. The leaflet of CGPI brought out on the occasion of May Day was widely distributed at this meeting.

Kolkatta, West Bengal

Mayday was celebrated in Kolkatta under the banner of the Joint Trade Union Committee. More than 6000 workers participated in this rally held in Shaheed Minar maidan.

Addressing the rally, speakers condemned the anti-workers policies of the state government and central government. Com. Ashok Ghosh presided over the rally.

Comrade Shyamal Chakrovarty (CITU), Com. Shankar Shah (AIUTUC), Com. Sanjit Guha (AITUC), Com. Borun Chowdhry (UTUC), Com. Naren Chatterjee (TUCC), Com. Basudev Basu (AICCTU), Eastern Railwaymen’s Union, State Coordination Committee (Apex body of various unions of state employees), Barai July Committee, etc.  were among those who spoke at the rally.

Comrades of the Communist Ghadar Party of India participated in this rally and distributed the Party’s statement among the participants.

Sirsa, Rajasthan

Several employees’ and workers’ organisations came together under the initiative of the Karamchari Sangathan to jointly hold a Mayday meeting in Sirsa. A public meeting was held in Devilal Town Hall Park at 5 pm in the evening.

The President of the Karamchari Sangathan, J.P. Pande presided over the meeting. The Sangathan’s secretary and leader of the Insurance employees, Tejinder Lohiya, said that the working class faces many challenges today. He added that liberalization, privatization and globalization were anti-worker and must be firmly opposed by the working class.

Comrade Hanuman Prasad, Vice President of Lok Raj Sangathan was invited to the presidium of the meeting. He called for intensifying the united struggle for rights of workers and toilers.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the workers took out a torch-light (mashaal) rally holding the banners and flags of the various organisations, shouting slogans in memory of the martyrs, through Sadar Bazaar to Bhagat Singh Chowk.

Lok Raj Sangathan, All-Employees Union (Sirsa), UP Railway Workers Union, Electricity Employees Union, Bank Employees Union and Insurance Employees Union participated in the rally.

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