First conference of Workers Solidarity Centre (Gurgaon): Press Release

June 17, 2014

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WSC Organizes its First Conference and Takes Oath to Advance the Struggle and Unity of Workers from Gurgaon to Bawal

16th June 2014, Gurgaon:

On 15th June 2014, Workers Solidarity Centre Gurgaon (WSC) successfully organized its First Conference at at Parshuram Bhavan, Shakti Nagar, Gurgaon. The WSC has been formed after prolonged interactions and coordination as a need of the hour among workers from Gurgaon to Bawal who have been in the forefront of struggles in our own factories in the past few years. In the first session of the Conference, the members discussed and finalized their Manifesto and Constitution. They thoroughly discussed the tasks ahead and elected the executive committee till the next conference. In the open session, a number of workers Unions and organisations spoke in solidarity and wished it success. It included workers from many factories in the region, and Union representatives from Maruti Suzuki Workers Union Manesar, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union Gurgaon, Baxter Workers Union, Satyam Auto Workers Union, Autofit Workers Union and others. Delegations from different fraternal workers organisations also came and spoke in solidarity.

The elected Executive Committee is as follows:

President: Ramniwas (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

Working President: Rajesh Kumar (President, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union Gurgaon)

Dharmendra (Vice President, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

Chief Patron: Satpal (President, Kansai Nerolac Paints Karmchari Union, Bawal)

Vice President: Mahabir (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

General Secretary: Khusiram (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

Secretary: Nandan Bhandari (General Secretary, Autofit Workers Union, Dharuhera); Rakesh (President, IJL Employees Union, Bawal)

Organisation Sec: Amit (Gurgaon)

Cashier: Rajpal (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

Office Secretary: Jitender Kumar (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

Executive Members: Gaurav (Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon); Varun Kumar (Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon); Praveen (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon); Chandrapal (Autofit, Dharuhera); Sunil (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Manesar); Satish (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Manesar); Yogesh (terminated worker, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, Manesar)

The WORKERS SOLIDARITY CENTRE GURGAON (WSC) is being formed at a time when we have been witnessing a continuous spate of attacks on workers struggle and rights in the Gurgaon-Bawal industrial belt in the past few years. Anyone concerned with workers rights knows how capitalists are trying to set up a regime of exploitation and repression in the search for profit in this region. From Honda (2005) to Rico (2009) to Maruti Suzuki (2011 on), we have time and again seen how company managements are colluding with the police and administrative machinery to effect anti-labour policies. After the incident of 18th July 2012 in Maruti Suzuki Manesar, this anti-labour atmosphere of terror was sought to be imposed in the entire industrial belt of Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera-Bawal.

But in the last two years especially, militant struggles in various factories in the region have challenged this reign of exploitation and repression. They have fought for the Right to Union formation, against the Contract Workers System, against exploitative working conditions and for a life of dignity. In the last few months itself, other than the long resilient movement of workers at Maruti Suzuki Manesar, workers at Autofit Dharuhera, Munjal Kiriu Manesar, Nerolac Bawal, Daikin Neemarana, Shriram Piston Bhiwadi, Napino Auto Manesar, Ahresti Bawal, Minda Furukawa Bawal, Bajaj Motors Gurgaon and a number of other factories have raised their voices in anger and struck work for their rights. At present, workers in Baxter Manesar, Autoliv Manesar and Posco Bawal continue to be on strike with their legitimate demands.

But vis-à-vis the attack of capitalists and state machinery, these factory-level struggles face a hurdle in furthering the workers movement unless a struggling unity of workers in the entire region is advanced. In this context, we the workers who have learnt from our own struggles in our factories and in the region, have decided to get organized and formed WORKERS SOLIDARITY CENTRE GURGAON (WSC). As a need of advancing the workers movement in the region, to stand in solidarity and support struggling workers in the ground without prejudice to their affiliation to any Central Trade Union, this centre has been formed. It seeks to build itself up as an alternative struggling workers center in the region, which will seek to create and strengthen unity among the struggling workers in the area from Gurgaon to Bawal. It will defend and advance the economic, social and political interests of the working class in this industrial belt.

With revolutionary greetings,

Ramniwas

(President, WSC)

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