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.
The rally started at 5:30 p.m at the BSES power station at phase 2. Holding aloft red flags and placards, the workers' rally wound its way through A-B-C blocks of Okhla phase 1, Tekhand, Indira Kalyan Vihar and F-block, past the garment units, printing presses, auto workshops, heavy duty machinery units. The rally called on the workers of these areas to join the strike. Youthful workers enthusiastically announced the strike as they pasted the strike posters on the walls of the factories and in the streets and lanes. Many women workers participated enthusiastically in the rally. The rally covered almost 4 km through the industrial estate. Thousands of workers returning home from their day's work were informed of the general strike.
The rally concluded at Okhla's ESI hospital, where a meeting was held. The meeting was presided over by Com. Pramod Rajput.
Addressing the meeting, Com Birju Nayak of MEC said that we workers want a dignified life and prosperity for the people. We are well aware that our forefathers worked very hard only to die in penury. Today, we too are working only to live in penury. Can we say that the future is bright for the coming generation? No! The rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. The capitalists who are ruling are talking about their progress. Every policy and law has been made to ensure their interests are secured. The present system ensures the interests of the capitalists and the exploitation of the workers, toilers and peasants.
In such a situation, why would the capitalist class want a bright future for workers and peasants?Workers and peasants who move the wheels of the economy, who actually produce the wealth of the country should be ruling the country. Our conditions will not improve till we take political power in our hands. All workers and toilers should unite with this vision to participate in and make the general strike a success.
CPI's Com. Aziz Pasha, former MP, called on the workers to participate in the general strike and join the struggle against the government's anti-worker, anti-national and anti-people policies. He explained about the anti-worker reforms that the government is bringing in the labour laws and asked the workers present at the rally to participate in the 2nd September general strike.
Uday Narayan of ICTU addressed the meeting and concluded it with the vote of thanks.