Workers go on Strike at Daikin AC in Neemrana (Alwar, Rajasthan)

October 22, 2016

A report received from Nayan Jyoti

Workers at ‘World’s no.1 AC makers’ Daikin AC in Neemrana (Alwar, Rajasthan) are on strike inside the factory since the afternoon of Oct 21.

Over a 1000 workers of both A and B shift are inside the factory right now. The management has called the Police. A tense atmosphere prevails as the management is refusing to negotiate. Workers are protesting against the suspension of a worker who is one of applicants for the new independent Union in the factory. He was suspended for posting a message on Whatsapp exposing the continued management coercion to withdraw his support to the Union process.

Workers here produce an AC every 25 seconds for 8 hours on at a stretch with a half an hour break, producing millions in dollars of profit for the Company. As a reward, the management for the last 3 years used heavy hand of contractualization, illegal suspensions, terminations, coercion on the shop-floor (a worker, for instance, was suspended last year for going to the bathroom to take a piss during work), attacks through bouncers-Police-administration, and stalling the Union registration process through Court injunctions.

The struggle against this regime of exploitation-repression for the last 3 years has seen collective class power uniting the contract, casual, temp, apprentice, and permanent workers to fight it out in the factory and in the industrial area. They formed the ‘Neemrana Mazdoor Manch’ along with workers from many other factories in the area, and also recently marched in power inside the ‘Japanese zone’ in Neemrana enforcing the 2nd September 2016 all-India strike.

They came together against continuous victimization of workers for participating in this on 9th September again (a suspended worker Vijender was reinstated after a similar work-halt that day), raising their voices for the terminated workers continuing their dharna in Jaipur for all these years. Also, in a remarkable show of solidarity, Daikin workers have repeatedly stood firmly, in numbers and with financial supports, with the ongoing Honda Tapukara workers struggle. The commonality of struggle have drawn these two protracted struggles in Alwar district of Rajasthan closer. Today Honda workers have expressed solidarity with striking Daikin workers.

Reinstate suspended worker immediately!
Long live the relentless struggle of Daikin workers for last 3 years!
Down with the regime of exploitation-repression by the Company Raj !
Stand in solidarity with the Daikin workers. .

डाईकिन AC फैक्ट्री नीमराणा (अलवर, राजस्थान) के सभी मज़दूर फैक्ट्री के अन्दर हड़ताल पर हैं| A और B शिफ्ट के सभी 1000 से अधिक मजदूर – ठेका, रेगुलर – कंपनी के अन्दर हैं| प्रबंधन समझौते करने की जगह भारी संख्या में पुलिस बुला रखी हैं| सुबह एक मजदूर को कंपनी प्रबंधन ने ससपेंड कर दिया: उसका गुनाह? प्रबंधन की तानाशाही के खिलाफ एक whatsapp मेसेज किया, की यूनियन प्रक्रिया और मजदूरों की बढ़ती एकजुटता उसको शामिल होने से जबरदस्ती रोका जा रहा है|

डाईकिन के मजदूर पिछले 3 साल से संघर्षरत हैं| यह अपने ही दम पर ठेका-कैसुअल-रेगुलर के विभाजन को चुनौती देते आये हैं| इन्होने अपनी हक़ के लिए आवाज़ केवल कंपनी के अन्दर ही नहीं, पुरे नीमराणा औद्योगिक इलाके में ‘नीमराणा मजदूर मंच’ का गठन करके निरंतर अपनी वर्ग-शक्ति की पहचान दी है| यह साफ़ हैं की प्रबंधन-पुलिस-सरकार यह एकता हज़म नहीं कर पा रही हैं| डाईकिन के मजदूर हौंडा मजदूरों के आन्दोलन में सक्रिय भूमिका निभा रहे हैं, और आज हौंडा के मजदूरों ने भी उनका समर्थन किया हैं| संघर्षो के बीच ही सही मायने में एकता कायम हो सकती हैं| तमाम धन, दौलत, गोला-बारूद, पुलिस-फौज़, के बावजूद वे डरते हैं, की मजदूर-एकता उनसे डरना बंद कर रही हैं. .

डाईकिन से ससपेंड मजदूर को वापस लों!
संघर्शील मजदूरों की वर्ग-एकता जिंदाबाद !
सरकार-पूंजीपति का शोषण-दमन का तंत्र हो बर्बाद !