Tag Archives: trade unions

India | India: A first step toward the release of all the Maruti workers and trade unionists

Nambiath VASUDEVAN, Daniel GLUCKSTEIN, on behalf of the The International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation inform about the struggle for liberation of the Indian trade union activists.

Haryana High Court has granted bail to four imprisoned Maruti workers who had been punished by the Sessions Court with 5-year jail sentences.

India | Indian trade unionists fight for liberation of 13 Maruti workers

Trade unions join forces in a rally in Calcutta for the release of the “Maruti 13” International Workers committee reports from India.

A rally was held on the 5th of June in Calcutta (in the state of West Bengal) – a working-class rally called by nineteen trade unions, practically five years to the day after the workers at Manesar Maruti Suzuki (State of Haryana) factory formed their union and engaged a strike so their collective agreement could benefit the 80% workers who were excluded from it. During that strike, a member of the management staff accidentally died. This was used as a pretext for the firing of 2,500 workers and the imprisoning of hundreds of them for nearly four years.

China | Right to communicate violated: Labour Activist has been detained and isolated for 16 months

Chinese labour activist Meng Han was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months by Panyu District Court of Guangzhou City on 3 November 2016, for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order” as he helped organize workers to defend their rights. He was then sent to serve his sentence in Shaoguan Prison of Guangdong Province and is expected to be released in September 2017. Together with the detention prior the sentence, Meng has been detained for over 16 months. Since his detention on 3 December 2015, his family has attempted to visit him over a dozen times but in vain. No matter it was the No.1 Detention Centre of Guangzhou or Shaoguan Prison, the authorities denied his family’s rights to see him. In late March 2017, Meng’s parents visited Shaoguan Prison again and were told that Meng had been going through education and therefore could not be visited. Frustrated, his family made various complaints at the Bureau of Public Security and never received any feedback. Now, they start to feel extremely worried about Meng’s conditions.

Turkish trade unions say “no” to referendum

The confederation of progressive trade unions of Turkey (DISK) continue to say “no” to constitutional amendments after recent referendum the Statement of Executive Board of DISK proclaims.

The declared but unconfirmed result of the constitutional referendum, which aims establish a presidential regime instead of the current parliamentary democracy, points to new problems, tensions and deepening divisions for Turkey.

Wave of repression against workers leaders’ in Kazakhstan

The government of Kazakhstan launched a campaign of repression against trade unionists in recent months.

At the beginning of January the government and bosses of the OCC oil company attempted to quash an oil workers’ protest.

The chair of the workers’ union Amin Yeleusinov and labour inspector Nurbek Kushakbayev were arrested on 20 January.