(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 07, 2011
Road Transport Workers
At present, even where there are no followers of the INTTUC, which is the trade union wing of the TMC, trade union offices are being forcibly occupied by TMC activists, evicting the legal occupants who had set up those offices for smooth functioning of their trade unions. Goons are illegally taking in their possession valuable documents relating to trade union activities, overpowering the office bearers of these unions. They are also compelling the workers who were hitherto members of the trade unions opposed to the INTTUC, to switch their loyalties over to the latter. Coercion, including physical attacks, against members of these non-INTTUC unions is frequently being resorted to in order to create an atmosphere of terror. On the other hand, there are many cases in which the attacked and injured persons went to the police station of the concerned area to lodge an FIR, but the local police refused to accept the FIR about these attacks by TMC goons. In most of the cases, victims required hospitalisation and first aid treatment, while in some cases they succumbed to injuries.
There are also cases in which the goons failed to forcibly occupy an office because of resistance, and then they damaged the office itself. Though in the main the Left-wing trade unions are being subjected to such atrocities, even the pro-Congress INTUC offices and their members are not being spared.
May 29, 2011,
the INTUC president Sanjeeva Reddy addressed a letter to the chief
Quite a huge number of bona fide workmen are being prevented from going on duty to their workplace, only because of their union affiliations.
In this regard, the All India Road Transport Workers Federation (AIRTWF) has released the following facts and figures to draw attention to the situation and to underline its gravity ---
Private buses, minibuses and autos routes forcibly occupied by TMC supporters through the state --- 73.
Number of trade union activists murdered --- 4.
Number of trade union activists injured due to physical attacks --- 21.
Number of workers driven out from their places of residence --- 190.
Number of workers arrested on false charges --- 04.
Number of workers who have been prevented from joining duty --- 57.
Number of union offices ransacked or captured by TMC --- 196. (These include 34 transport union offices and one office of the STU.)
It was in
such a scenario
that the All India Road Transport Workers Federation observed a day of
with the West Bengal Left Front leaders and workers on July 25 across
country, and is collecting relief for those who are attacked and killed
by the TMC-Maoist
combine. After Lok Sabha election in 2009, 388 Left Front leaders and
were killed in
A stop to atrocities against the Left Front leaders and workers by TMC goons with support from the TMC led West Bengal government; a stop to the spree of murder of trade union activists, a stop to the TMC patronised drive of capturing union offices, and punishment to the guilty of these crimes were the main demands the federation raised while observing the West Bengal Solidarity Day on July 25.