9th day of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU)’s Jan Jagaran Pad Yatra
Rohtak , Haryana ( Press Release): The foot-march against injustice Jan Jagaran Yatra through villages and towns across Haryana reached Rohtak and organized a protest demonstration starting from Rohtak Bus Stand in the morning today 23rd January 2014. We marched through the city and demonstrated before the District Administration Office in Rohtak, and joined the program of striking workers of electricity and water board, Roadways, primary teachers, computer instructors, Anganwadi and Asha workers and many others in Mansarover Park, before starting off again on our way towards Delhi. The sense of solidarity among workers enthused and strengthened us.
Rajpal of Provisional Committee, MSWU addressed the gathering of thousands of workers here and explained why Maruti workers are on the path of struggle for more than 2 years, and reiterated the demand of release of all arrested workers and end to goonda rule by the state government. Senior Advocate R.S. Hooda also came to speak in solidarity and exposed the pro-capitalist rulings of the judiciary of the country, saying that denying bail to 148 workers in jail for the last 18 months, and paying a lawyer Rs.11.25lakh on each appearance on public money to file cases against workers on behest of Mr. Suzuki’s empire while 2500 families are living jobless and under continuous harassment and in penury, the state government and judiciary show their true colours.
We submitted a memorandum to the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda through the DC Rohtak, demanding the release of arrested 148 workers who have still not got bail for the last 18 months, and reinstatement of 2300 terminated workers. Other than MSWU, organizers and people from various mass democratic organisations like Jan Sangharsh Manch, Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha- Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee, Samtamulak Mahila Sangathan, CITU Haryana, Khet Mazdoor Union, Sarva Karamchari Sangh, Electricity Board Employees Union, Haryana Roadways employees union, SFI, DYFI, Chatra Ekta Manch- Rohtak, Revolutionary Cultural Front-Delhi and many others came in support.
We started on 15th January from Kaithal and are entering Jhajjar having crossed Jind and Rohtak. We shall reach Digal in Jhajjar at night. We shall start from there tomorrow and walk through Chamanpur, Gudda and Dadri Toi from 24th to 26th and reach Gurgaon on 28th where workers and trade unions will join us. On 29th Jan, we shall go on to Delhi where student-youth organisations and JNUSU is organizing a program at JNU in solidarity with our Padayatra, and on 30th Jan, we shall march through Delhi. This will culminate on 31st Jan 2014 in a day-long protest demonstration in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. We appeal to all workers, trade unions, student-youth and women’s organisations, and mass and democratic organizations to join us, and spread the struggle.
(Ramniwas, Mahabir, Rajpal, Katar, Yogesh)
Provisional Working Committee
Maruti Suzuki Workers Union