The occupation of factory gates begins under the leadership of Garam Rolla Mazdoor Ekta Samiti
Hot Rolling Steel workers' movement reached a new turning point
The workers prepare for a huge Mazdoor Satyagrah despite the suspicion of police repression
June 29, As is known, after the strike of hot rolling steel workers at Wazirpur which lasted from 6 June to 27 June, the owners were forced to compromise when they agreed on all the conditions. But they turned their face from the agreement the very next day after which the workers jammed the factory gates. Subsequently after a 8-hour long negotiation the owners once again agreed on all conditions yesterday (28 June) and assured to start the factories and follow all the labour laws. But on 29 June, the owners are once again dilly-dallying.
Consequently, the workers under the leadership of 'Garam Rolla Mazdoor Ekta Samiti' have begun to close the factory gates and put their locks on them. Even the women and children of the workers' family are assembling in thousands at the factory gates and are preparing for 'Mazdoor Satyagrah'. The Samiti had warned yesterday itself that in case the owners refuse to run the factory in compliance with the agreement they would not have any right to have occupancy over the factory. At the same time, due to this mistake of the owners even the labour department does not have any right to seal because the workers should not be punished for the fault of owners. Under this circumstance, the workers do not have any other way out except for occupying the factories. As of now the workers are not occupying the factories but are occupying the factory-gates instead. But if the owners still fail to comply, the workers will run the factories by occupying it. Sunny from 'Garam Rolla Mazdoor Ekta Samiti' said that the Factory Law 1948 only terms the owners and their representatives as merely occupier and it is obligatory for the occupier to follow the labour laws and factory laws. Under such a circumstance if the occupier fails to follow these laws and if the government also does not run it by taking it over, it becomes the constitutional and moral right of the workers that they run the factories. Insofar as the ownership rights are concerned the workers will give the owners the dividend as per the law. But the workers cannot be punished by the government and labour department for the fault of owners.
Raghuraj from 'Garam Rolla Mazdoor Ekta Samiti' told that the owners must make a note that they can no longer intimidate the workers with the threat of lockout. The workers of Wazirpur have arisen and if the owners fail to wake up the relevance of their parasite class will be wiped out from this industrial region. Shivani, the legal consultant of the Samiti told that the owners are playing the game of letting the workers wait and owing to the rumours being spread by the brokers of 'Inqalabi Mazdoor Kendra' they hope that workers will break because of wait. But the workers are taking their movement to greater heights with even greater enthusiasm. Shivani told that so long as the owners do not run the factories and so long as the government is not prepared for a takeover, the factories must be handed over to the committee of workers under their management. Shutting down the factories is no alternative and the workers will not allow it to happen.
With Revolutionary Greetings,
Waiting for your cooperation,
Raghuraj, Sunny Singh (Members, Leading Committee, Garam Rolla Mazdoor Ekta Samiti)
Shivani (Legal Consultant, Garam Rolla Mazdoor Ekta Samiti)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Raghuraj - 9211532753, Sunny - 9873358124