Manesar, Haryana: ASTI Workers Strike Updates

December 6, 2014

ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti

UPDATE: 9th December 2014

OCCUPATION STRIKE at ASTI factory this morning by permanent workers Union inside and contract workers at the gate. Huge deployment of police force in the factory premises and at the gate continues to increase. Workers Unions from Maruti Suzuki Manesar, Suzuki Powertrain, Suzuki Motorcycle, Omax Auto, Satyam Auto, Endurance have already come to the factory gate in solidarity, while other workers and Unions are fast joining us.

In the morning, one of the contractors Sandeep, slapped and harassed Pratap, the ASTI Employees Union President, in an argument over why the permanent workers Union have done black-badging yesterday and done lunch-boycott day before in support of the contract workers on dharna at the factory gate. All permanent workers inside the plant struck work in a sit-in inside the factory now.

Yesterday, while the Gurgaon Labour Inspector Ishwar Singh Hooda came to coax and force us to call off the fast-unto-death, but all the workers unitedly refused and resolved to continue with 15thday of fast-unto-death today and 39th day of dharna at the factory gate. One woman worker on hunger strike, Bhavna has been hospitalized today, while the administration continues with their adamanant anti-worker attitude.

In the meeting with the ALC (Additional Labour Commissioner) Gurgaon yesterday, Workers Unions members from ASTI Electronics, Munjal Kiriu (who are themselves on strike since 24th September 2014), Maruti Suzuki Manesar, Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon, Suzuki Powertrain, Suzuki Motorcycles, Autofit Dharuhera, Endurance Manesar, Baxter Manesar, Hero Honda Manesar went with us in solidarity. Representatives from civil society from Delhi like PUDR also came in soldarity. But under pressure from and acting as the management’s hands who asked for three more days, the Labour deparetment gave no concrete assurance.

Today’s solidarity strike action by the permanent workers have enthused us that our struggle is not in vain and that it is part of the common struggle of all workers across divisions and factories in the industrial belt!

Theka Pratha Murabad!
Inqlab Zindabad!

ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti

Contact: Shivani and Raghuvender (9555671885)

For a recent report in The Hindu, please see: Contract Workers Refuse to Take Pink Slip and Move Away

For earlier updates and to contribute to the struggle, please see: here and here.

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5 Female and 2 Male workers in ASTI Electronics in India are on hunger strike for last 14 days
Act to save their life and support their struggle to end the contract labour system

The 310 terminated contract workers including about 250 women workers of the ASTI electronics are protesting at the factory gate since 1st November 2014 for reinstatement. They were terminated after contract and permanent workers successfully united themselves and went on a strike and during the strike they successfully registered their trade union. The termination of contract workers was targeted to break the unity between contract and permanent workers and tame the union by effectively weakening it. The struggling contract workers have not received any wages since October 2014 and facing various kinds of threats, harassment and repression, but they are continuing their struggle and not ready to compromise. Sit-in-protest at the factory gate is continuing since 3rd November 2014. The workers and the unions from various factories in the region are extending their support to ASTI workers struggle and regularly participating in demonstrations and gate meetings. The hostile attitude of the management compelled the workers to start an indefinite hunger strike. Seven workers started fast-unto-death since 25thNovember 2014. Only after the conditions of workers at hunger strike started deteriorating, the labour department came in to action and tripartite negotiations started. First they offered a retrenchment compensation for two months but workers rejected and demanded reinstatement. Recently it was vaguely and verbally offered that the workers of PCB department may be reinstated, but workers demanded to make an agreement in writing and take back all workers and not of only one department. It also seems that the offers are part of a game to divide and rule. By threat of termination, the management had successfully compelled the permanent workers to not come in support of contract workers. Now the recent offer is targeted to create a divide between contract workers. The workers are successfully fighting against such attempts of divide and rule. Lastly, the permanent workers dared to take the risk of losing job and openly came in support of the struggles of contract workers. However, with lengthening of the struggle the problems are increasing and the conditions of workers on hunger strike are getting serious. Out of seven on hunger strike, one male and one female worker- Sanju and Rashika were hospitalized after their conditions became serious. The conditions of other five workers on hunger strike including four female and one male workers- Swagatika, Bhavna, Rinku, Honey and Krishna -are also getting serious day by day. Therefore, it is urgently needed to mobilize the support for ASTI electronics workers struggle and compel the labour department and the management to take quick action and reinstate all contract workers as regular workers.

It is also worth highlighting that the ASTI workers struggle is not only important for ASTI workers, it is relevant for the whole labour movement in India. Following aspects of the movement reveal its general significance:

  1. a) Right from 2005 there is a wave of workers’ struggles against repression of workers when they attempted to form trade union and demanded right to collective bargaining. In all these struggles, in varying degrees the permanent and contract workers were united and in general and particularly in Maruti Suzuki workers struggle the demand for end of contract labour system was raised strongly. ASTI workers struggle is taking this struggle to culmination by demanding regularization of all contract workers. It is in this regards the victory of ASTI workers will be a victory of labour movement in India in its struggle to end the contract labour system
  2. b) Nowadays the conditions in factories are such that it is very difficult for the contract workers to organize themselves. ASTI workers struggle is one of such brave and successful attempts of organizing and leading a prolonged struggle for regularization of contract workers. The success of their struggle will be an inspiration for contract workers all over India
  3. c) In factory sector the number of women workers is increasing, but women are least represented in the leadership of the labour movement. Generally it is considered that the women workers do not easily come forward for struggles for rights. Women workers in ASTI dared to break this myth. ASTI workers struggle is one of struggles where women are taking the leadership of the movement. This has a larger relevance for the labour movement of India in general

The above relevance of the movement makes us duty bound to support and help the ASI workers struggle by all possible means.

The demands of the workers are simple and justified under the law of the land: a) Termination of workers is illegal and therefore reinstate all workers, and b) In perennial nature of works contract workers cannot be engaged, therefore regularize all contract workers.

 

An appeal by ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, Manesar, Gurgaon

3rd December 2014

We the contract workers of ASTI Electronics factory at IMT Manesar, Gurgaon are on Dharna from 3rd November and 7 of us continue fast-unto-death from 25th November with our just demands against contractualisation, illegal lay off, and exploitation.

We had a tripartite meeting with the management and labour department day before and yesterday 2nd December. The management of ASTI continued with their adamant anti-worker attitude, and spoke through the contractors in the meeting. The DLC (Deputy Labour Commissioner) of Gurgaon, J.C. Mann also spoke in the management’s language, and told us off that there is no work so we have been laid off. We did not buy their false arguments and said that most of us have been working in the factory for the last 4-5 years in perennial nature of work in the assembly line. We should rather be made permanent by law and the contract itself is a sham contract. There was no resolution in the tripartite meetings, and the DLC rather than giving us any concrete promise has now passed on the case to the ALC (Asst. Labour Commissioner) Gurgaon.

Anti-social elements instigated by the management have been continuing to harass us, to inform which, a team of workers also met the Police Commissioner Gurgaon yesterday, but no concrete steps have been taken by the police other than forming barricades from the management’s side in front of the factory.

The health of 5 women and 2 male workers on fast-unto-death from 25th November is deteriorating, and ketone body has been found in the blood samples. But the Gurgaon administration has not even sent a single doctor or any medical assistance to the dharna site till date. A team of workers from ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti also met the DC (Deputy Commissioner) Gurgaon to tell the administration to remind them of their responsibility but to no heed. We shall go to meet the DC Gurgaon again tomorrow 4th December at 11am and we appeal to pro-worker individuals and forces to come in solidarity in the meeting with the DC Gurgaon.

We are enthused to have received solidarity from workers in industrial belt. But at present, we are continuing with our struggle in the face of severe odds of anti-worker management-administration-police nexus. We are faced with a severe financial crisis which is becoming a hurdle in sustaining our struggle. We appeal to all pro-worker forces and individuals to come to our dharna site and also to contribute financially to our struggle.

Please send in your contributions to:

Raghuvendra Pratap
State Bank of India,
Sector 10A, Gurgaon Branch,
Account No. 34189662682
CIF No. 87673860011

Contact for further details: Shivani and Raghuvendra (ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti): 09555671885; 9654553194, 9971735073

 

The Background of the struggle

ASTI Electronics India Ltd is a subsidiary of Asti Corp, Japan which produces wiring harness, switches, controllers, and other automotive and electronics parts. It supplies to auto companies like Suzuki Motorcycles, Maruti Suzuki, Yamaha Motors, Omron Automotive etc. It has branches in Japan, China, Vietnam and India. There are 150 permanent workers and 310 contract workers in its harnessing unit at Manesar, Gurgaon. There are two modes of production; one is manual and the other is automatic. Production takes place in three shifts. The manual section produces three thousand units per shift with 50 employees, of which only 17 are permanent. The Automatic section produces 12000 units per shift employing 25 workers, of which only 3 are permanent. There are two layers of production process used in this company; sub assembly line where each table is occupied by one worker and later the processed material goes on the conveyor belt assembly line. Most of the workers work as operators. Contract workers earn between 5000 and 7000 per month.

Wire harnessing process (assembling wires on a board) involves different stages that are completed in 3 shifts. Firstly wires are cut using a machine. Huge chances of accidents are involved in this process where there is a risk of cutting one’s finger. The wire is crimped i.e. the wires are squeezed from their ends manually using a crimping machine to obstruct air pockets, these air pockets cause corrosion of copper wire leading to damage of machinery. Terminals are later attached to the ends. All this takes place in the machine shop. The most tedious part of this process involves assembling of wires on a board. This process takes place on a conveyor belt. The workers work in lines and must produce harnesses according to designs provided to them. Interestingly here in Asti-Manesar, more women workers are employed for this tedious process. Numbers of women workers exceed the number of male workers in this final process. Both mentally and physically challenging, this final process takes place only during the daytime shift A from 7 to 3:20. Many of them are made to work overtime. The pressure of meeting targets has been increasing. Reducing toilet and tea breaks and increasing the speed of conveyor belt gradually on an hourly basis are some of the ways of increasing work pressure on the workers by the management. During the summertime, cases of workers fainting have been reported often. A pregnant woman had a miscarriage while working on the conveyor belt. (Anshita and Arya (2014). One Night in Manesar..; http://sanhati.com/articles/11947/)

On 18th February 2014, contract and permanent workers formed their unity and went on one day strike for their demands. They successfully registered their trade union during the strike. They demanded for wage settlement and regularization of contract workers. The management had been on an offensive since then. While constantly plotting to further the division between the permanent and the contract workers. To harass the workers the speed of the assembling belt kept increasing after the union formation. On 1st November 2014, without any prior notice the management terminated all contract workers.

On 3rd November, all 310 terminated contract workers including 250 female workers started sit-in-protest at factory gate. On 13th November, workers from various factories held a rally in Manesar from Munjal Kiriu to ASTI factory gate against suspension of workers in Munjal Kiriu, and termination of contract workers in ASTI. On 17th Nov, workers of ASTI were joined by workers from other factories in a spirited rally in the Manesar industrial area. On 19th November a Joint demonstration of Munjal Kiriu workers (struggling for last two months) and ASTI Electronics workers was organized at ASTI factory gate. Workers and Union members from Maruti Suzuki, Hi-Lex, Endurance, Autofit and some other organizations like Workers Solidarity Centre Gurgaon & Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra also participated.

On 25th of November, Seven ASTI workers including 5 women workers launched into an indefinite hunger strike, after two rounds of negotiations failed, where the company just offered them two months’ salary.

 

Most of the women workers are migrants from Nepal, Arunachal, Assam, Jharkhand, who live alone here in rented accommodations in nearby Aliar Gaon or Gurgaon or Dharuhera, on a meagre salary of around 6-7 thousand per month. At this point, they haven’t received their salary from October onwards and are bearing the expenses of travel, food, rent etc., without compromising their commitment to this struggle! Raj Kumari had tears in her eyes when we ate dinner last night. She said she can’t be eating, when her friends had been going without food for 4 days now. On asking her why she was doing this, she said that in a couple of years, say in one or two, she would be married off, and she really wants to remember that she had done something radical like this. Well, maybe she didn’t remember then that there are others amidst her, who have left behind their kids and husbands and are participating in the strike. (Anshita and Arya (2014). One Night in Manesar..;http://sanhati.com/articles/11947/)

November 29 a demonstration was organized at ASTI gate. District administration deployed over 1000 policemen to stop the demonstration, however, huge participation of workers made the demonstration successful. Workers and unions from various factories including Maruti Suzuki, Endurance, Satyam Auto, Munjal Kiriu, Autofit, Rico auto, Baxter, and other organizations like CITU Gurgaon, Workers Solidarity Centre Gurgaon (WSC), Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra (IMK), and Krantikari Naujawan Sabha (KNS) etc participated in the demonstration.

The solidarity is pouring in from workers and other unions in the industrial belt. Various independent unions from nearby factories have been coming in solidarity, contributing financially, carrying out collections at the factory gates to support the Asti workers. The gate of Endurance is being used as the charging station for the microphone and mobiles, the common kitchen is being run from contributions of this sort and a system of night vigil has been established, to ensure each other’s safety and well being. (Anshita and Arya (2014). One Night in Manesar..; http://sanhati.com/articles/11947/)

In the first week of December the workers won another victory in terms that defying all threats of losing jobs, the permanent workers openly came forward in support of contract workers struggle. Rather than going on strike, they continued working but did not eat for one day in solidarity of workers on hunger strike, and now they are working in the factory with black bands around their foreheads as a form of protest against the management

The conditions of workers on hunger strike is getting serious day by day and out of fear that the anger of workers in the whole region may burst any day, finally the labour department compelled the management for tripartite negotiation. A tripartite meeting was called today and was still going on at the time of writing of this draft.

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Centre for Workers Education, NewDelhi
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Update on Struggle of ASTI factory workers in IMT Manesar
ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti

5th December 2014

11th day into the fast-unto-death and 35 days into the dharna at the factory gate in ASTI company in IMT Manesar today 5th December, two women workers on hunger-strike, Sanju and Rashika, have been hospitalized. Other five workers on fast-unto-death, Swagatika, Bhavna, Rinku, Honey, Krishn continue despite attempts by Gurgaon administration and a Central Trade Union in the area trying to tell to call off the struggle with a feeble compromise.

The struggle however continues with resilience, and especially the militancy and leadership of the women contract workers. While in the past month, the negative anti-worker attitude of the management and contractors and administration in the meetings was evident, in the past two days, the situation has changed. In the meeting with the DLC two days back, and with the ALC (Asst. Labour Commissioner) Gurgaon today, a space for dialogue has opened where they have said that workers in the PCB department will be taken back. ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti has however said that the principal employer, the ASTI management must give this in writing and take back all workers in all the departments.

It is the resolute unity of contract workers who refuse to ‘take hisaab quietly and leave’, that the struggle continues despite all odds.

Contact for further details:
Shivani and Raghuvendra
[ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti]

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Update on the Struggle and Appeal for Financial Contribution

[ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, Manesar, Gurgaon]

3rd December 2014

We the contract workers of ASTI Electronics factory at IMT Manesar, Gurgaon are on Dharna from 3rd November and 7 of us continue fast-unto-death from 25th November with our just demands against contractualisation, illegal lay off, and exploitation.

We had a tripartite meeting with the management and labour department day before and yesterday 2nd December. The management of ASTI continued with their adamant anti-worker attitude, and spoke through the contractors in the meeting. The DLC (Deputy Labour Commissioner) of Gurgaon, J.C. Mann also spoke in the management’s language, and told us off that there is no work so we have been laid off. We did not buy their false arguments and said that most of us have been working in the factory for the last 4-5 years in perennial nature of work in the assembly line. We should rather be made permanent by law and the contract itself is a sham contract. There was no resolution in the tripartite meetings, and the DLC rather than giving us any concrete promise has now passed on the case to the ALC (Asst. Labour Commissioner) Gurgaon.

Anti-social elements instigated by the management have been continuing to harass us, to inform which, a team of workers also met the Police Commissioner Gurgaon yesterday, but no concrete steps have been taken by the police other than forming barricades from the management’s side in front of the factory.

The health of 5 women and 2 male workers on fast-unto-death from 25th November is deteriorating, and ketone body has been found in the blood samples. But the Gurgaon administration has not even sent a single doctor or any medical assistance to the dharna site till date. A team of workers from ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti also met the DC (Deputy Commissioner) Gurgaon to tell the administration to remind them of their responsibility but to no heed. We shall go to meet the DC Gurgaon again tomorrow 4th December at 11am and we appeal to pro-worker individuals and forces to come in solidarity in the meeting with the DC Gurgaon.

We are enthused to have received solidarity from workers in industrial belt. But at present, we are continuing with our struggle in the face of severe odds of anti-worker management-administration-police nexus. We are faced with a severe financial crisis which is becoming a hurdle in sustaining our struggle. We appeal to all pro-worker forces and individuals to come to our dharna site and also to contribute financially to our struggle.

Please send in your contributions to:

Raghuvendra Pratap
State Bank of India,
Sector 10A, Gurgaon Branch,
Account No. 34189662682
CIF No. 87673860011

Contact for further details: Shivani and Raghuvendra (ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti): 09555671885; 9654553194, 9971735073

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One Night in Manesar..

by Anshita, Arya (Activists of Krantikari Naujawan Sabha)

Raju was quite angry and irritated the entire day, as we gathered from others sitting on strike. On the previous night, he stayed up the whole night, during his turn for night vigil and heated water for all his fellow strikers to take a shower. However, despite him working, the others didn’t want to take a shower, really, especially because winter had set in, as most them rationalised.

By yesterday night, Raju had calmed down, after all the others apologised, though jokingly! They kept pulling his leg, calling him the nagging child!

Well, he is a kid, a young lad, just twenty years old, like most of the workers sitting on a strike in front of the Asti factory in Manesar. 20, 22, 24, 26, 30- majority of the workers are from this age group. While most of them are unmarried, others have the pressure of kids and families to worry about too.

The five women and two men who have been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike since the 25th of this month are tired now, their bodily strength is deteriorating, and the pressure from the families are weakening them mentally. While some of the parents, husbands and siblings are coming in solidarity, there are others, whose parents are asking them to come back, or discouraging the women to stay the nights out with others on the streets.
But they are resilient, often against the will of their families, to continue this struggle..

The contract workers of Asti have been sitting on a dharna since November 3rd, after the management issued them notices of ‘7 days off’ citing less work, a ploy often deployed to terminate workers in this belt. On 25th of November, they launched into an indefinite hunger strike, after two rounds of negotiations failed, where the company just offered them two months salary. They find it unbelievable that the permanent workers in their company aren’t coming out in their support, this, especially when it is on their strength and striking capacity that the Right to form a union was established during the beginning of the year.

The management had been on an offensive since then. While constantly plotting to further the division between the permanent and the contract workers, the workers say that the speed of the assembling belt would keep increasing once in a while after the union formation.

Asti factory located in India, China, Japan and Vietnam supplies products like wire harness, air conditioner panels etc to various companies. A subsidiary company to Asti Japan, Asti electronic India private Ltd., IMT, Manesar, India regularly supplies wiring harnesses to Maruti Suzuki. Wire harnessing involves the process of assembling wires on a board. These harnesses are further supplied to automobile factories. Wire harnessing process involves different stages that are completed in 3 shifts. Firstly wires are cut using a machine. Huge chances of accidents are involved in this process where there is a risk of cutting one’s finger. The wire is crimped i.e. the wires are squeezed from their ends manually using a crimping machine to obstruct air pockets, these air pockets cause corrosion of copper wire leading to damage of machinery. Terminals are later attached to the ends. All this takes place in the machine shop. The most tedious part of this process involves assembling of wires on a board. This process takes place on a conveyor belt. The workers work in lines and must produce harnesses according to designs provided to them. Interestingly here in Asti-Manesar, more women workers are employed for this tedious process. Number of women workers exceed the number of male workers in this final process. Both mentally and physically challenging, this final process takes place only during the daytime shift A from 7 to 3:20. Many of them are made to work overtime. The pressure of meeting targets has been increasing. Reducing toilet and tea breaks and increasing the speed of conveyor belt gradually on an hourly basis are some of the ways of increasing work pressure on the workers by the management. During the summertime, cases of workers fainting have been reported often. A pregnant woman had a miscarriage while working on the conveyor belt.

HMS leader Rana came to the dharna site only on the 28th of November, almost a month after the strikes have been on, after being threatened by the workers. One of the female leaders of the strike, Pushpa threatened him by calling him up and said, “We will all suicide here, and put your name on the note, as the person answerable for our deaths” and it is only after such a conversation did he even turn up, again for once.

However, there is solidarity pouring in from workers and other unions in the industrial belt. Various independent unions from nearby factories have been coming in solidarity, contributing financially, carrying out collections at the factory gates to support the Asti workers. The gate of Endurance is being used as the charging station for the microphone and mobiles, the common kitchen is being run from contributions of this sort and a system of night vigil has been established, to ensure each other’s safety and well being.

During gate meetings, one only sees the ‘formal’ aspects of things, workers, agitated and protesting and a sea of other union leaders and representatives from nearby companies addressing the gathering. In the evenings, there is a different sense of solidarity, of collective sharing of joy and pain, jokes and songs. The other workers had to be repeatedly reassured, to not feel sad for eating, as energies needed to be mobilised for other tasks to carry on the struggle. Apart from cleaning and cooking, they also have to be on their feet, either trying to arrange a meeting with the labour department, other unions or even the Chief Minister and still some of them don’t eat, in solidarity with their fellow comrades on an indefinite hunger strike.

Raj Kumari had tears in her eyes when we ate dinner last night. She said she can’t be eating, when her friends had been going without food for 4 days now. On asking her why she was doing this, she said that in a couple of years, say in one or two, she would be married off, and she really wants to remember that she had done something radical like this. Well, maybe she didn’t remember then that there are others amidst her, who have left behind their kids and husbands and are participating in the strike.

Most of these young women are also migrant workers, 20 something olds hailing from Nepal, Arunachal, Assam, Jharkhand, who live alone here in rented accommodations in nearby Aliar Gaon or Gurgaon or Dharuhera, on a meagre salary of around 6-7 thousand per month. At this point, they haven’t received their salary from October onwards and are bearing the expenses of travel, food, rent etc., without compromising their commitment to this struggle!

It is this spirit of struggle that has been most inspiring; irrespective of the bleak future that even they see for themselves, sometimes.

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Update :: November 29

Dharna for 29th day and Indefinite fast-unto-death goes on for the 5th day today at ASTI factory gate in Manesar. The health of the 5 women and 2 male workers are deteriorating, and forget any hearing to the workers’ demands, not even the minimum medical assistance has come from the administration till now. Meanwhile anti-social elements and contractors have been trying to instigate problems at night during the dharna which goes on for a month today. The administration-labour department are hand in glove with the ASTI management, and refuse to acede to the demands of the over 300 contract workers of ASTI.

There was instead a huge deployment of over a 1000 policemen which led to an altercation with the workers yesterday. In the gate meeting on 28th November yesterday, called by the ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, there was spirited participation from factory unions like MAruti Suzuki Workers Union Manesar, Endurance Employees Union, Satyam Auto Workers Union, Munjal Kiriu Workers Union, Autofit Workers Union Dharuhera, Rico Employees Union Dharuhera, Baxter Workers Union Manesar. Workers and mass organisations like CITU Gurgaon, Workers Solidarity Centre Gurgaon (WSC), Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra (IMK), and Krantikari Naujawan Sabha (KNS) were also present in solidarity.

There is another tripartite meeting at the Labour Department on 1st December. Workers have declared that if there is no respectful negotiation, then they will only increase the tempo of the movement.

The militancy of the women contract workers-led struggle has been exemplary in this industrial belt.

We stand in solidarity with this militant struggle of workers against the contract workers system and regime of exploitation-repression!

Contact: Raghavender (ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti) for further details: 9555671885

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Update :: November 28

ASTI Mazdoor Struggle 28.11.2014_Nisha

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Updates on 27th November

मानेसर स्थित आस्ति फैक्ट्री में कल दिन में 2.30 बजे गेट मीटिंग में शामिल हों !

यह आन्दोलन जुझारू महिला मजदूरों के नेतृत्व में कंपनी के सभी 310 ठेका मजदूरद्वारा किया जा रहा है|

1 नवम्बर से शुरू हुए इस आन्दोलन के धरने का कल 28वां दिन है| साथ ही कल 7 मज़दूरों के आमरण अनशन का चौथा दिन है, जिसमे 5 महिला मजदूर और 2 पुरुष मजदूर शामिल हैं|

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Updates from 26th November

All contract workers at ASTI in Manesar continue dharna for 26th day and fast-unto-death for 2nd day today. .

The offer of a two-month additional wage settlement offered by management n DLC was rejected by workers who assert “it’s not about the money only” but about dignity at work, right to be made permanent and so on.

The ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti has called for another gate meeting on Friday and appeals to all to come on solidarity.

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अस्ती इलेक्ट्रॉनिक्स के मज़दूरों का संघर्ष 24 वें दिन भी जारी है। अपनी मांगो को पूरा करने के लिए अस्ती मज़दूरों की अनिश्चितकालीन भूख हड़ताल की शुरुआत। आज भूख हड़ताल के पहले दिन इंडयोरेंस मज़दूर यूनियन, मुंजाल किरिउ मज़दूर यूनियन और ऑटो मज़दूर संघर्ष समिति ने भी अपना समर्थन दिया। अस्ति के बहादुर अनशनकारी मज़दूर रिंकू, संजू, कृष्णा, स्वागतिका, रसिका और भावना आज से अनिश्चितकालीन भूख हड़ताल पर बैठ रहे हैं।

अस्ती के मज़दूरों की हड़ताल के समर्थन में ऑटो मज़दूर संघर्ष समिति द्वारा निकला गया पर्चा।
अस्ती के मज़दूरों की भूख हड़ताल ज़िंदाबाद!

गुड़गांव के मज़दूरों साथ दो!
अस्ती प्रबंधन होश में आओ! काम से निकाले गए मज़दूरों को वापस लो!

साथियो!

अस्ती कम्पनी की मनमानी का मुँह तोड़ जवाब देने के लिए अस्ती के बहादुर मज़दूर अपने संघर्ष को और आगे बढ़ाते हुए भूख हड़ताल पर बैठ रहे हैं! ज्ञात हो कि अस्ती के 310 मज़दूरों को पिछली 1 नवम्बर को काम से निकाल दिया गया। 3-4 साल से काम कर रहे मज़दूरों को बिना कारण बताये ही फैक्टरी से निकाल दिया गया। इनमें से 250 महिलायें थी जिनमें 9 महिलायें गर्भवती हैं! पुलिस प्रशासन, सरकार और श्रम विभाग इसपर चुप्पी मारकर बैठा हुआ है और अस्ती की कारिस्तानी को समर्थन ही दे रहा है। साफ़ है कि मज़दूरों की लड़ाई में मज़दूर ही साथ आयेंगे! और अब इस लड़ाई में गुड़गांव के मज़दूरों को समर्थन देना होगा! जब तक कंपनी या श्रम विभाग अस्ती के 310 को मज़दूरों काम पर वापस नहीं रखता है यह संघर्ष जारी रहेगा !

आज अस्ती ही नहीं गुड़गांव-मानेसर से लेकर धारूहेड़ा-भिवाड़ी तक पूरी औद्योगिक पट्टी में ठेका मज़दूरों, अप्रेंटिस व केजुअल मज़दूरों का जबरदस्त शोषण होता है। ऑटोमोबाईल फैक्टरियों से लेकर गारमेन्ट या अन्य उद्योगों में नरक का अँधेरा पसरा रहता है। सबसे बुरी हालत ठेका मज़दूरों की है जो हाड़तोड़ मेहनत के बावजूद भी मुश्किल से 7-8 हज़ार रूपये कमाकर मालिकों की तिजोरी भरते हैं और बदले में पाते हैं छंटनी। ऊपर से इस देश की सरकार अब इस लूट को कानूनी बनाने के लिए मज़दूरों के बचे खुचे श्रम कानूनो को भी खत्म कर रही है। यानी अब तक हम जो हक़ लड़कर मालिकों से ले लेते थे सरकार उनसे भी हमें महरूम कर देगी। साथियो हमें इसके खिलाफ आज से ही आवाज़ उठानी होगी। आज जो अस्ती में हो रहा है वह आगे हमारे साथ भी हो सकता है! यह हम सब पर हमला है! इसलिए हमें आज अस्ती के संघर्षरत मज़दूरों के साथ कन्धा से कन्धा मिलाकर लड़ना होगा! अपनी फैक्टरी से बाहर निकलो और अस्ती के मज़दूरों के संघर्ष को समर्थन दो। अस्ती के मज़दूर आखिरी दम तक इस लड़ाई को लड़ रहे हैं। ऑटो मज़दूर संघर्ष समिति गुड़गाँव-बावल-धारूहेड़ा के मज़दूरों का आह्वान करता है कि भारी संख्या में भूख हड़ताल पर बैठे अस्ती के मज़दूरों के समर्थन में हड़ताल स्थल पर आयें।
भूख हड़ताल पर बैठे मज़दूरों का समर्थन करो! भारी संख्या में हड़ताल स्थल पर पहुँचो!

हड़ताल स्थल : अस्ती फैक्ट्री गेट, प्लाट नंबर 399
सेक्टर 8, आई एम टी मानेसर
सम्पर्क – ऑटो मज़दूर संघर्ष समिति 9540436262, 9711736435

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Update

All 310 contract(over 250 women) workers of ASTI fac in Manesar on dharna at the factory gate since 1st Nov have resolved to step up their struggle after tripartite talks with management and labour officer today failed.

5 workers are on indefinite hunger strike from 11am on 25th Nov morning.

In the face of testing circumstances of precarious life-work conditions,
Stand in solidarity with the militant struggle of ASTI workers !

ASTI_Letter

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Statement By Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra

अस्ती के मजदूरों का जोरदार प्रदर्शन

गुड़गांव, 19 नवंबर, आई.एम.टी. मानेसर स्थित ए.एस.टी.आई. (अस्ती) के मजदूरों ने प्रबंधन व श्रम विभाग के साथ लगातार तीन त्रिपक्षीय वार्ताओं के बेनतीजा रहने से अक्रोशित होकर कंपनी गेट पर गेट मीटिंग व जोरदार प्रदर्शन किया।

इससे पूर्व अस्ती के मजदूरों ने ‘‘अस्ती से निकाले गये 310 मजदूरों के संघर्ष में साथ दो’’ शीर्षक से एक पर्चा निकाला तथा उसे पूरे मानेसर औद्योगिक क्षेत्र में कंपनी गेटों पर वितरित किया तथा व्यापक मजदूरों से 19 नवंबर की गेट मीटिंग व प्रदर्शन में शामिल होने की अपील की।

अस्ती कंपनी के गेट पर तय समय से अन्य कंपनी के मजदूरों का आना शुरु हो गया। मुंजाल कीरू के संघर्षरत मजदूर जुलूस की शक्ल में अस्ती कंपनी के गेट पर पहंचे। मारुति सुजुकी मानेसर के यूनियन प्रतिनिधि, हाई लेक्स कंपनी के मजदूर साथियों व इण्डोरेन्स कंपनी के यूनियन पदाधिकारियों, इंकलाबी मजदूर केन्द्र व मजदूर सहयोग केन्द्र सहित अन्य सामाजिक संगठनों के लोग इस प्रदर्शन में शामिल थे।

मीटिंग में वक्ताओं ने कहा कि एक सोची समझी साजिश के तहत कंपनी ने मजदूरों को निकाला है जो कि पूरी तरह अवैध है। कंपनी ने एक पूर्वयोजना के तहत 21 अक्टूबर को ही स्टे आॅर्डर ले लिया। कम तनख्वाह पर प्रशिक्षुओं को रखकर अधिक मुनाफा निचोड़ने की नियत से ही कंपनी ने मजदूरों कोे काम से निकाला है। वक्ताओं ने कंपनी के स्थायी मजदूरों से ठेका मजदूरों के साथ संघर्ष में साथ देने की अपील की। संघर्षरत अस्ती के मजदूरों ने घोषणा की कि अगर 20 नवंबर को होने वाली त्रिपक्षीय वार्ता में कोई समझौता नहीं होता है तो संघर्ष को और तेज किया जायेगा।

आई.एम.टी. कंपनी प्रबंधन द्वारा अघोषित छटनी के विरोध में ए.एस.टी.आई. (अस्ती) का संघर्ष जारी है।
4 नवंबर को काफी संघर्ष के बाद मजदूरों ने कंपनी के बाहर अपना टैंट लगाकर धरना शुरु कर दिया। धरना स्थल पर सभा का माहौल बना रहता है तथा जमकर नारेबाजी होती है।

9 नवंबर को श्रम विभाग की मध्यस्थ्ता में प्रबंधन व मजदूरों के नेतृत्व के बीच वार्ता हुयी। वार्ता में मजदूरों का पक्ष हावी रहा। परन्तु श्रम विभाग ने अपनी पक्षधरता दिखाते हुए प्रबंधन को आड़े हाथों लेने के बजाय मामले की सुनवाई की अगली तारीख 14 नवंबर तक बढ़ा दी।

मजदूर समझने लगे हैं कि महज कानूनी संघर्ष से उन्हें कुछ हासिल नहीं होगा इसलिए वे संघर्ष को तेज करने व आंदोलन के अन्य रूपों को अपनाने की तरफ बढ़ रहे हैं।

इसी क्रम में 12 नवंबर को मजदूरों ने पूरी तैयारी के साथ आई.एम.टी. मानेसर में एक जुलूस निकाला। यह जुलूस दोपहर 1:30 बजे से शुरु हुआ, जब यह जुलूस मुंजाल कीरू कंपनी के गेट के पास पहुंचा तो वहां लंबे समय से संघर्षरत व धरने पर बैठे मुंजाल कीरू कंपनी के मजदूर भी अपने बैनर सहित जोशो खरोश के साथ इसमें शामिल हो गये। जुलूस के दौरान पूरे आई.एम.टी. क्षेत्र में मजदूरों ने जबर्दस्त नारेबाजी की। मजदूरों नेे इंकलाब जिंदाबाद, पूंजीवाद मुर्दाबाद, हरियाणा सरकार पूंजीपतियों के तलवे चाटना बंद करो, सरकार-पूंजीपतियों का नापाक गठजोड़ मुर्दाबाद आदि नारे लगाये।

जुलूस के अंत में धरनास्थल पर एक सभा हुयी जिसमें आंदोलन के समर्थन में आये मजदूरों ने अस्ती के मजदूरों के साथ अपनी एकजुटता प्रदर्शित करते हुए उनके संघर्ष में साथ देने का वायदा किया।

इंकलाबी मजदूर केन्द्र जो कि इस आंदोलन में शुरु से ही मजदूरों का साथ दे रहा है, ने आंदोलन को तेज करने के आहवान के साथ अस्ती के मजदूरों को अपना पूर्व सहयोग व समर्थन देने का वादा किया। सभा में अस्ती के मजदूरों ने यह एलान किया कि अगर 14 नवंबर की वार्ता में प्रबंधन अघोषित छटनी वापस नहीं लेता तो आंदोलन को और तेज किया जायेगा।

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Update on November 21

Occupation strike at 3 plants of Omax Auto in Dharuhera, IMT Manesar and Bhiwadi since this morning first shift. Occupation strike also at Automax Binola, Haryana around the same time.

All four strikes are factory occupations since this morning first shift by workers- contract, casual, apprentice and permanent together.

For last many months, discontent was brewing inside the Omax Auto factory, while the settlement process with the Union was on. The contract workers’ discontent is particularly noticeable here, in conversation with but also not completely subsumed within this ‘settlement processes’.

Meanwhile yesterday, 19th November, the striking workers at IMT Manesar, 2km apart, at Munjal Kiriu (Munjal Kiriu Employees Union) for last two months, and in ASTI Electronics led by ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, came together in a joint demonstration at the gate of the ASTI factory, where the Haryana police and the management’s agents tried to stop them.

Workers and Union members from Maruti Manesar, Hi-Lex Manesar, Endurance Manesar, Autofit Dharuhera and so on participated in the spirited gate meeting. Workers organisations like Workers Solidarity Centre Gurgaon & Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra were also present.

We stand uncompromisingly in solidarity with these working class struggles.

Nayanjyoti
Krantikari Naujawan Sabha

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November 18, 2014

As the attack on labour rights intensifies across the country, workers of ASTI factory, Manesar, in Haryana are fighting back with their courageous struggle. All 310 contract workers of this auto parts factory were illegally terminated and they are on strike since 1st November. These workers are raising important question on contractualization in the organized sector which even central Trade Unions have constantly avoided. Over 250 of them are women workers whose militancy is redefining the overall struggle and changing the gender relations within the workers movement. On 17th Nov, workers of ASTI were joined by workers from other factories in a spirited rally in the Manesar industrial area.

ASTI Electronics India Ltd is a subsidiary of Asti Corp, Japan which produces wiring harness, switches, controllers, and other automotive and electronics parts. It supplies to auto companies like Suzuki Motorcycles, Maruti Suzuki, Yamaha Motors, Omron Automotive etc. It has branches in Japan, China, Vietnam and India. In harnessing unit production at Manesar, there are two modes of production; one is manual and the other is automatic. Production takes place in three shifts. The manual section produces three thousand units per shift with 50 employees, of which only 17 are permanent. The Automatic section produces 12000 units per shift employing 25 workers, of which only 3 are permanent. There are two layers of production process used in this company; sub assembly line where each table is occupied by one worker and later the processed material goes on the conveyor belt assembly line. Most of the workers work as operators. Contract workers earn between 5000 and 7000 per month.

On 1st November 2014, Company officials, without any prior notice, announced that all contract workers are terminated with immediate effect. The decision is not actually as abrupt as it looks and has its root to workers’ demand of forming union, earlier this year. On 18th February 2014, workers demanded to form union which was followed by one day strike in the factory.  February strike resulted in registration of the union affiliated with HMS. Contract and permanent workers contributed 1500 to 5000 rupees respectively for this cause. The union successfully negotiated with factory management for wage settlement and permanent job for the contract workers. However the management had other ideas and they sacked contract workers as a ploy to deny them permanent positions.

Since 3rd November, all 310 terminated contract workers including 250 female workers are sitting outside the factory premises against the termination. Two meetings with labour inspectors have already taken place without any effect. Workers held a rally in Manesar on 13th November from Munjal Kiriu to ASTI in solidarity with the workers of protesting against the suspension in Munjal Kiriu. Workers from several factories like Maruti, Baxter, Munjal Kiriu, Auto fit took part. This rally ended in front of ASTI gate.

Terminated ASTI workers, mainly lead by women comrades, are going to hold another gate meeting on 19th November at 2:30 PM. They have given call to all progressive alliances to participate in this meeting. Kindly join in solidarity with their just demand against termination.

Labour Solidarity Forum
[For more details, contact Santosh (8860322089) and Amit (9873057637)]