(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 13, 2011
Lakhs of Workers Court Arrest
Against Govt Policies
THE working class in the country has once again demonstrated its determination to fight against the anti worker, anti people policies of the UPA-2 government by courting arrest throughout the country on November 8, 2011. Lakhs of workers from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, from Tripura to Gujarat held demonstrations, dharnas, picketing, rasta roko and different forms of actions to protest the apathy of the government of India towards their demands that have been repeatedly raised by the joint trade union movement since the last more than two years. The call for ‘Jail Bharo’ was given jointly by all the eleven central trade unions including CITU, BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, AICCTU, AIUTUC, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA.
The anger of the workers against the incessant price rise, unemployment, attacks on labour rights, lack of social security benefits for the unorganised workers, disinvestment, the institutionalised corruption etc were evident in their massive response to the call for countrywide courting arrest. Workers from the organised and unorganised sector, men and women, in more than 500 out of the 640 districts in the country, in the state capitals and industrial centres, marched together with their colourful banners and flags. Industrial workers of the modern automobile, power generation, oil and other sectors, transport workers, mine workers etc joined the construction workers, beedi workers, street vendors, anganwadi employees and NREGA workers and others in the unorganised sector in courting arrest. Teachers, state and central government employees, bank and insurance employees, telecom employees etc marched with them in large numbers in the protest actions in all the states. In some states, the fishers, agricultural workers and peasants too joined the struggle.
In several states,
including in the ‘Hindi speaking
states’, almost all the districts and industrial centres
participation of workers in the ‘Jail Bharo’ programme.
Workers courted arrest
in all the districts in Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu,
West Bengal, and
Kerala and in almost all the districts in
Around Three lakh
workers courted arrest in 23
centres in all the subdivisions in Tripura. 1.25 lakh workers
joined the action
In some places in
In the national
In a press statement, the CITU congratulated the working class for their magnificent response to the call of countrywide Jail Bharo/Satyagraha and called upon all its state committees and industrial federations and the workers in general to start preparing for countrywide general strike in the coming months against the anti-people policies perpetrating a regime of loot and plunder on the people at the behest of corporates, speculators and black-marketers.