(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 17, 2010
now it is Foxconn
A Militant Struggle in
S P Rajendran
IGNORING the threats of
party goons, continuous repression and attacks of the police and all
anti worker measures of the management, the workers of Foxconn India, a
multinational company, organised a huge rally in Sriperumpudur
carrying red flags on October 10.
Sriperumpudur is a small
Kanchipuram district near Chennai, having a big special economic zone
where the MNCs like Hyundai, Nokia and Foxconn etc are present. The
are enjoying all facilities including uninterrupted power supply, are
to consider the demands of workers like regularisation of work, hike in
and providing basic amenities at the workplace.
As usual, the Labour
Front (LPF), a trade union wing of the ruling DMK had established its
in these companies with the help of the managements in order to prevent
other union; but the workers did not accept the collaborative attitude
of the LPF
with the managements and rejected the union which is misusing the
The workers considered the
Indian Trade Unions (CITU) as their own union and raised the red flag.
years ago, the employees and workers of Hyundai Motors India formed a
under the banner of CITU and organised powerful struggles against the
repressive measures and these struggles inspired the workers of other
like Nokia, Foxconn
After the fraudulent
attitude of the
ruling party’s labour union, more than 6000 workers formed a union
red flag of CITU.
The CITU led union has
recognition of the union and discussion on increasing the wages.
enmasse had organised a demonstration in front of the factory on
and had gone on strike on September 22. After an assurance of
the union on their demands by the management, they had gone back to
23rd. But the management on September 23 announced that an agreement has been reached
with the LPF union which has got no following among the workers and
will be announced later. They also suspended 23 leading workers and
declared a wage cut of eight days’ wages for the strike on September
22. The workers
have been forced to go on a strike again
from September 24.
It was evident that the
Foxconn had wrote to the labour department a month back on August 24 to
ascertain the majority union in the factory so that the issues can be
with them, but the labour department and the DMK government were not
to accept a democratic process. The management had also fallen in line
wanted to foist a union led by the ruling party on the workers, but
were not prepared to accept that.
With this background, the
government instead of addressing the issues properly through the labour
department is unleashing repressive measures using the police and the
the ruling party.
While continuing the
militantly, the workers and the CITU Kanchipuram district committee
open an office at the town for the union. For this, a small building
was taken on
rent. The preparations were also made to open the office on October 10.
ruling party goons met the building owner and publicly warned him not
the building to the CITU for rent and threatened him with further
In the meanwhile, the
police entered the premises of Foxconn
October 9 where the workers were on a sit-in-protest and arrested A
CITU state general secretary and
Despite the arrest of
workers and the threats of the ruling party goons, on
October 10, more than 3000 workers, mostly
youth, rallied on the roads of Sriperumpudur with red flags and shouted
The CITU office was opened
conclusion of the rally. V Meenakshi Sundaram, senior leader of CPI (M)
editor of the Marxist, Tamil
ideological monthly inaugurated the CITU office. State and district
attended the meeting.
The struggle of Foxconn
exposed the ruling DMK’s totally anti-worker attitude, intolerance
class struggles and its unleashing of attacks on the right to form
democratic rights of working class.
Condemning this repressive
of the government and demanding immediate release of the arrested
Foxconn workers, CITU state president R Sigaravelu gave a call for a
agitation. CPI (M) state secretary G Ramakrishnan also gave a call for
protest to condemn the DMK government’s anti-worker policies.