(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 10, 2013
Strike A Big Success Despite Betrayal
P R Krishnan
of the transport sector, the all-India general strike of February 20 and 21
elicited massive response
from the working class and other toiling sections in
workers joined the strike and all sections of workers,
agricultural labourers came out into the roads in huge
numbers all over the
state. An indefinite strike of over 40,000 powerloom workers
of Ichalkaranji in
All central trade unions (with one glaring exception that we will see later) and the various unions and federations of public sector employees, banks, insurance etc, worked hard for the success of the strike. The Shiv Sena led unions also participated in the strike in Mumbai and its environs.
The largest action of this strike took place at Solapur on February 21, when over 75,000 workers held a massive rally. The lion’s share of the participating workers belonged to the CITU, and the rally was addressed by CITU state president Narsayya Adam, CITU state secretary M H Shaikh, CITU state council member Venkatesh Kongari, AITUC leader Tanaji Thombre and state government employees’ leader Ashok Indapure.
Trade Unions Joint Action Committee (TUJAC) organised a huge
involving 25,000-strong workers, from Byculla in Central
Mumbai to Azad Maidan
In Nashik, a 20,000-strong joint rally was held and it was addressed by CITU state general secretary Dr D L Karad, Sudhir Sonarikar (state government employees), Rambhau Jagtap (JAC), Raju Desale (AITUC), Pravin Patil and others. In the rural areas of Nashik district, over 22,000 peasants belonging to the All India Kisan Sabha, led by its state president J P Gavit and state general secretary Kisan Gujar, blocked highways and main roads in eight tehsils for hours together, bringing all traffic to a halt.
In Thane district, over 30,000 people owing allegiance to the AIKS, CITU, AIDWA and DYFI blocked all highways in seven tehsils for hours, bringing the rural areas of the district to a halt. At Talasari, under the leadership of Rajaram Ozare, MLA, Lahanu Kom, ex-MP, Mariam Dhawale and Barkya Mangat, over 10,000 people blocked the Mumbai-Delhi national highway for over three hours.
In Ahmednagar district, where the AIKS and CITU have developed speedily and well in recent years, a 10,000-strong rally of workers and peasants from all the 14 tehsils of the district was held, and it was addressed by AIKS CKC member Dr Ashok Dhawale and AIKS state joint secretary Dr Ajit Nawale.
Other districts where large rallies and road blockades were held were Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Mumbai, Raigad, Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nanded, Parbhani, Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Hingoli, Latur, Usmanabad, Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Buldana, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Yavatmal.
it must be
placed on record that Sharad Rao, the national president of
the Hind Mazdoor
Sabha (HMS) and now an NCP leader, played the notorious role
strike-breaker in this massive countrywide action. After
having been in the
presidium of the September 4 all-India trade union
It must also be stated that the Shiv Sena-led unions had agreed, along with all other unions, to convert the February 20 into a Maharashtra Bandh and to continue the strike on February 21. However, it is significant to note that the Shiv Sena made no efforts for a Maharashtra Bandh on the first day.