On 31st January 2014, Maruti Suzuki Workers, their family members, students and social activists organised a huge demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
This demonstration was an end of Padyatra (foot journey), which had started on 15 January 2014 from Kaithal district in Haryana, under the banner of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The demonstration at Jantar-Mantar was well attended by over 2000 participants, who demanded the following actions.
• Immediate release of 147 workers, detained in jail since July 2012
• Reinstating of 2300 suspended workers
• Set up a judicial inquiry to investigate the incident that happened on 18 July 2012, causing the death of Mr. Avinish Kumar, HR Director, Maruti Suzuki,
Manesar Plant, India.
After the demonstration, a memorandum mentioning the above demands was handed over to the President of India.
The protest bought together like-minded organisations and people towards achieving a common cause of overall welfare and well-being of the worker community.
Other than Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, National Trade Union such as AITUC, HMS, CITU, NTUI and AIUTUC and other mass democratic organisations like, Sarva Karamchari Sangh- Jal Board workers, Samtamulak Mahila Sangathan, Janrang-Delhi and many others came in support.
Bro. Tapan Kumar Sen, Member of Parliament and an eminent Trade Union Leader, congratulated the Maruti Suzuki Workers for their continuous struggle against the nexus of national and international capitalism. Well known Social Activists Sister Arundhati Roy and Brother Yogendra Yadav criticised the anti- labour policies of Federal and Central Government of India.
Bro. Akbar, President, Student Union Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said ‘the current situation of Maruti Suzuki workers are the consequences of Corporate Fascism and only trade unions can confront with it.’ From IndustriALL, South Asia Office, Bro. SM F Pasha expressed the solidarity message for Maruti Suzuki Workers and their family.
The event ended on a high note with a pledge to support the workers till the demands put forth are met by the concerned authorities.