We cannot afford to stop our resistance against capital and its lackeys
PROCESSION AND GHERAO OF ECL HEADQUARTER BY KHAN MAZDOOR KARMCHARI UNION (IFTU-Sarwahara) HELD SUCCESSFULLY ON 21-10-2014.
Let us continue our struggle!
MAIN POINTS OF 13-POINT “CHARTER OF DEMANDS”
1. UNITE AND RESIST NEW LABOR REFORMS LAUNCHED BY MODI GOVT.
2. OPPOSE BIOMETRIC ATTENDANCE SYSTEM. IT IS YET ANOTHER WEAPON OF LIBERALISATION.
3. DEMAND INSTITUTION OF A HIGH LEVEL INQUIRY IN THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT OF FIRE BREAK-OUT IN MIC (JHANJRA)
4. ENSURE UNINTERRUPTED POWER SUPPLY (OF ADEQUATE VOLTAGE) IN WORKERS’ COLONIES
5. BUILD NEW FRESH QUARTERS SO THAT WORKERS CAN USE LPG CYLINDER IMMEDIATELY
A not very large but very-very strong procession (more than half km long and fully compact procession) of hundreds of male and female workers amidst the most ever busy schedule of Deepawali (it was Dhanteras on 21st Oct) took all by surprise. The local workers and employees were also positively surprised and happy that at least IFTU came forward to take the cudgel against this highly anti-worker and anti-employee clique at the top of the ECL management. Although the local people of Sanctoria were busy cleaning their homes and preparing for Dhanteras buying, they came out of their houses and themselves came foreward to take hand bill/ leaflets and extended support. The comparitively narrow road was jammed.
Workers’ procession, when it reached ECL headquarter, had already entered the first entry gate before the ECL administration and local state administration could do anything. Hence, the gate was virtually under the control of the workers. The ECL management hurried to close the last gate and we allowed it as we ourselves had decided not to enter the internal premises of ECL. So we decided to keep the main gate captured. Hard slogan shouting was going on always, in the meantime. ECL and local state administration were both requesting and arguing with us not to get provoked by the ECL top management’s attitude i.e if the CMD doesn’t meet us, as the CMD and DP both were reportedly not present at the headquarter at that time. We, too, were late by more than an hour. On this pretext, as also on the pretext that no formal notice of your our program reached the Personnel department, they kept us requesting us not to mount tension if CMD and DP aren’t available. The administration itself took the responsibility of assuaging the workers and arranging the meeting of our delegates with the other top officer of ECL management.
Lastly, a meeting was arranged with a senior officer of ECL on behalf of CMD and DP with the assurance that the top most ECL management will take proper action on our “charter of demands” which was duly accepted and received with signature. In the meantime, they were constantly requesting us not to disturb and obstruct the main gate as the general employees will have to leave and rush for home quickly for puja kharidari etc.and also for other puja preparations. After the meeting with the senior officer ended and seeing that there is no use keeping the gate disturbed and also keeping in mind the difficulties being faced by the general employees, we cleared a part of the gate and road through which the general employees got out of the campus.
A long Speech of one of the main leaders com. Ajay (member of the central committee of KMKU) took place after that, explaining what happened in the talk and calling upon the workers and employees, including the ECL headquarter employees, to unite and resist the onslaught being launched on the workers and employees of the ECL in particular and those of the whole country in general in the form of new labor reforms and other dictatorial steps of the management at different level. He explained in detail why the workers and employees must resist biometric attendance system, what is the main motive of the Govt. and management behind all these and how it is being resisted and rejected in Europe and America. He also explained in short how it invades the privacy of an individual and how it is grievously dangerous as biometric data can be stolen and misused by any miscreants and even by the management.
He also explained why we all must unite and come forward to resist the New labor reforms which will take heavy toll on workers freedom and right to form unions and other facilities that they have been enjoying till now. The new labor reforms are purely meant to help the capitalist class in general and the big corporate houses in particular. He also dealt in short how the central government acted in favor of private capitalists and corporates in handing over a sizable part of 214 coal blocks (earlier whose arbitrary auction to the capitalists was made null and void by the supreme court) through e-auction and by giving permission for commercial mining of a part of these coal blocks. He also said that time is not far off when the Coal India will itself be privatized and given to private corporate houses of India and abroad. But before finally doing this, the central govt. is trying to trample every right of workers to protest and organize under its feet.
He also demanded a high level inquiry in the sudden fire break-out in MIC, Jhanjra. He said it simply smacks of top level conspiracy as the fire broke out in four month itself where as incubation period before R-VI coal of jhanjra MIC can catch fire due to spontaneous heating only after 9 months. He demanded to bring the culprits to book and duly punished as such for the heavy toll on public exchequer by way of destroying a huge public property that Jhanjra MIC is.
He also castigated the management for heavy and rampant power cut being unleashed in workers colony, though workers pay for it from their basic pay. He demanded that 24 hour uninterrupted supply of 220 volt be supplied regularly. He also explained how the ECL management acts foolishly and with cruel apathy towards workers when it orders to stop free coal for fuel to them in the name of LPG being provided whereas the quarters are in such a mesh that LPG can not be used at all. In the last, he called upon the workers to unleash insurmountable struggles at the very place where they work. He called upon the workers to immediately unite under one banner and resist the dictatorial attitude of the management as once the workers lose their right to free expression and protest, they will lose everything. AZADI is most precious for workers, more precious than anything else He called upon the workers to also remember this that the management will resort, rather has already resorted to, methods of intimidation such as suspension and charge sheet to suppress the voice of IFTU and KMKU and ever increasing love and sympathy of workers towards IFTU. Workers will have to say it clearly to the management that they aren’t afraid of it.
After this, gherao was postponed for further date.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014