(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 13, 2011
Jail Bharo Call Evokes Huge Response
was a huge response to jail bharo campaign in
In Kolkata, the meeting and jail bharo took place in Esplanade. More than 20,000 workers joined in the programme, with streams of processions overflowing the downtown of the city. CITU, INTUC, AITUC, UTUC, TUCC, HMS, BMS along with BEFI, 12th July Committee and Mercantile Federation participated. Initially, it was planned that limited number of volunteers will court arrest. However, thousands of workers in a militant mood forced the police to re-arrange everything. The requisitioned buses to take the protesters were so limited that the police stopped regular buses and took the arrested workers to jail. More than 5000 workers were arrested, others were persuaded by the leaders to remain at the venue. It took almost an hour to arrest the workers. Among those who courted arrest were Kali Ghosh (state secretary, CITU), Shyamal Chakraborty (state president, CITU), Dipak Dasgupta (vice president, CITU), Ramen Pandey (INTUC), Ranjit Guha (AITUC), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC), Naren Chatterjee (TUCC).
In the meeting before courting arrest, Shyamal Chakraborty said, the reason behind the overwhelming response of the workers today was that for last six months the workers in the state were feeling as if they were in jail already. The workers’ rights are being attacked, trade unions are under serious threat. Ramen Pandey of INTUC retorted that attacks on workers have become widespread in the last six months. State transport employees are not getting their salaries. These will not be tolerated, he said.
were seen in the
cities of industrial areas. In
The jail bharo call
given by the
central trade unions was a big success in many places of
particularly in industrial centres in
The trade union leaders lambasted the neo-liberal, anti-working class policies of the central and state governments and vowed to intensify the agitations to pressurise these governments to reverse the policies. The unprecedented price rise and disinvestment in public sector companies were strongly criticised.
picketers, CITU state
THE Jail Bharo call
given by the
central trade union organisations scored a big success in
TamilNadu where about
1.25 lakh workers organised picketing and courted arrest at
hundreds of centres
In Chennai, the state capital, thousands of agitators gathered at two centres. In front of the memorial hall in North Chennai, the CITU’s state general secretary A Soundrarajan (MLA), S Kuppusamy (president of the pro-DMK LPF), S S Thiyagarajan (state secretary of the AITUC) and leaders of the BMS, HMS and other trade union organisations led the massive picketing and courted arrest.
In South Chennai,
The protestors also demanded a national corpus fund for the benefit of unorganised sector workers and a guaranteed pension for all. Among their demands was an amendment for ensuring a Rs 10,000 minimum wage for all.
State CITU president R Singaravelu led the protest in which important functionaries of the INTUC, AITUC, BMS, HMS etc, also participated. Hundreds of protestors were arrested when they tried to proceed to the railway station.
In Tiruchi, near the junction station, hundred of workers staged an agitation, for which permission was not granted by the city police. The trade union members were taken into custody after they defied the police directive and attempted to go ahead with their plan. The agitators squatted for some time on the approach road leading to the junction, demanding that the centre must withdraw the hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, also control the prices of essential commodities, and desist from the sale of shares of public sector and government undertakings.
The CITU’s state
in agitations in various other cities as well, including
Industrial towns witnessed a good response. At Hosur a huge rally was taken out in Kanyakumari district, thousands of horticulture workers staged a picketing.
Across the state, middle class organisations held massive demonstrations in support the workers’ movement.
The participating trade union leaders lambasted the neo-liberal, anti-working class policies of the central and state governments, and vowed to intensify the agitation so as to pressurise these governments to reverse their policies. The unprecedented price rise and disinvestment in the public sector companies were strongly criticised.
S P Rajendran
JAMMU & KASHMIR
A massive protest/ jail bharo programme was organized by J&K CITU on the call of the central trade unions and national federations, to oppose the new recruitment policy of J&K government which is anti-youth, against high price rise, for enforcement of labour laws, fixation of statutory minimum wages at not less than Rs 10,000 per month.
The workers of
various unions ie,
J&K ASHA Workers Union, Railway Loading & Unloading
Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, Teachers
& other Construction workers unions, J&K Kisan
Hydro Power Project’s workers union, Bhartiya Coal Khan
Mazdoor Union, Kalakot,
Medical Representatives Union etc assembled at Bikram Chowk,
MY Tarigami, state president, CITU and MLA while addressing the rally organized the frequent hike in the petro-products which lead to overall inflationary trends especially of the food items, thus, affecting adversely the poor sections of the society. He demanded that government should refrain from affecting intermittent hikes in petroleum products and LPG that have direct implications on the consumers and demanded an affective Lok Pal bill to check the corruption prevailing at all levels of the government. Rampant corruption prevalent in the state, if not checked with punitive measures is bound to play havoc in the state. Strongly organized the anti youth new recruitment policy of the J&K state government, he demanded its immediate withdrawal.
general secretary, CITU
demanded amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal
of the schedule and fixation of statutory minimum wages at not
Rs10,000 per month with index price and removal of all ceiling
on payment and eligibility
of bonus, provident fund and increase
quantum of gratuity. The CITU supports the strike of workers
Coal Khan Mazdoor Union,
Sham Prasad Kesar, regional secretary, CPI(M), Jammu stressed for assured pension for all workers and compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Conventions 87 and 98. Kesar further demanded the organization of services of ReT teachers, ASHA and anganwadi workers and helpers.
Pawan Gupta and Ramesh Chand divisional secretary and joint secretary of LIC Northern Zone organized the disinvestment of profit making PSUs. Sunita Bhagat, Anita and Anu, leaders of ASHA Workers Union, Kishore Kumar, Sohan Lal and Banarasi Dass, kisan leaders, also addressed the gathering.
Mumbai witnessed one
of the biggest
anti government protest demonstrations of the recent period on
November 8. The dharna and demonstration was at Azad Maidan in
south Mumbai. It
was as per the call given by the Delhi convention of central
trade union organized
ion against rising prices, growing joblessness, for
establishment of national
fund for the welfare of organized workers, against
organizetion of public
sector industries, for enforcement of labour legislations,
curb on outsourcing
of regular jobs and for protection of contract workers. The
demonstration in Mumbai was organized by Trade Unions Joint
Action Committee in
which the participation of INTUC and BMS workers was in
Central government and state government employees and Railway
National Railway Mazdoor Union was significant. The dharna and
at Azad Maidan was presided over by K L Bajaj, CITU leader.
The speakers who
addressed the gathering amongst others were R P Bhatnagar and Jayprakash Chajad
(INTUC), Jayantilal and
Anna Desai (BMS), Sukumar Damle and A D Golandaz (AITUC), P R
Suryakant Bagal (BMS), R P Shingh(Central Government
Employees), Sunil Joshi
(State Government Employees), M A Patil (NTUI), Bhushan Samant
Professor K K Theckedath,(BUCTU),
Udagi (AIBIA), and Abraham Mathew (Kamgar Ekata). Similar
demonstrations were also organized in all the districts head
P R Krishnan