On October 30 and 31, 2009, steel workers and contractors’ workers in the steel industry went on strike. The strike call came from the Steel Workers Federation of India (SWFI).Continue reading
2.5 lakh Jute workers of West Bengal went on indefinite strike on 14th December, 2009 demanding implementation of previous tripartitite agreements with the owners and the government, as well as payment of Dearness Allowance in context of rising prices.Continue reading
The National Fishworkers’ Forum along with all the constituent state Trade Unions held a day long sit in protest rally (dharna) in front of parliament in Delhi, on January 11, 2010.Continue reading
More than 7 lakh construction workers struck work as part of an All-India strike on December 8, 2009. The strike was observed in175 districts of 19 states and in more than 50 big construction projects. The strike was called by the Construction Workers Federation of India(CWFI).Continue reading
I would like to convey my best wishes to you for the New Year, 2010. It is the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. It is the 30th year in the life of our party. It promises to be a very significant year in the history of Indian society.
The brutal rape and murder of two young women in Shopian, Kashmir in May 2009 in an area teeming with military and paramilitary forces had led to widespread strikes and demonstrations which continued for over two weeks, in which people demanded that the crime be properly investigated and the guilty servicemen be brought to book for their dastardly acts. (See MEL, June 2009)Continue reading
Severe police repression has been unleashed on the tribals in Narayanpatna block of Koraput district of Orissa.Continue reading
Over 45,000 people from all over the globe – many from countries where livelihoods and life itself are severely threatened by climate change – went to Copenhagen in December 2009 in the hope that a new global agreement on climate change would be reached there. However what emerged from the conference in which 192 countries participated was only an acknowledgement that the US and five other countries had struck a deal!Continue reading