GUADELOUPE Appeal launched by the UGTG


Pointe-à-Pître, 20 March 2017 To: All Working Class and Democratic Organisations Dear Comrades, Last October, Eli Domota, General Secretary of the UGTG, was summoned to the Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe) gendarmerie (National Police headquarters) where he was notified that charges of “participating in a group assault” had been filed against him by a managing officer of BMW, a firm owned by the president of the Guadeloupe MEDEF (Employers’ Association). The trial is to take place on May 31 2017 in Pointe-à-Pître. Once again, our union is being attacked in order to try to silence us. Despite the fierce repression orchestrated in reprisal of the valiant 2009 44-day general strike, they have failed to cower us. Once again, this move shows a clear determination to criminalise trade union action and demonize the UGTG. These attacks have been launched right at the same time when the UGTG: • Has denounced the firing by BMW of practically all the members of our union branch and of our local delegate for using his mobile phone, for addressing his superior in Creole language and for taking too long to fulfil his professional duties – and this after 13 years of seniority in the firm, and furthermore without [...]

Maruti-Suzuki : NTUI’s Statement (New Trade Union Initiative)


13 Maruti-Suzuki Workers Convicted of Murder for Forming a Trade Union The New Trade Union Initiative condemns the judgment of the Additional District and Sessions Court, Gurgaon, in the 18 July 2012 incident at Maruti-Suzuki Limited’s Manesar plant, in which a manager unfortunately lost his life, convicting 13 workers with murder. 18 other have been variously convicted for trespass, unlawful assembly, mischief and rioting and possession of deadly weapons. 117 workers who were kept under arrest for at least 31 months and more have been acquitted of all charges. The sentences of the 31 convicted workers will be announced by the court on 17 March. The ruling of the District court after a four-and-a-half year trial is based on flimsy and weak evidence. In the course of the hearings the prosecution failed to establish even circumstantial evidence to show that any of those convicted in any way caused the violence that took place, leave alone the death. The ruling also goes against the forensic evidence and post-mortem report that was placed before the court. Critically, officers of the company, including the one who lodged the First Information Report, who were produced before the Court as prosecution witnesses denied they were [...]

News from Maruti Suzuki Workers Union


Is there any Justice possible for Workers in this Country? We have been handed an anti-worker political verdict in the Maruti Suzuki workers case going on since July 2012. This Judgment is ‘class justice’, clearly on the side of the multinational companies. It is not only against the workers directly involved in struggle for Trade Union Rights and the 2500 working class families of Maruti Suzuki facing exploitation-repression all these years, but the entire working class in India, particularly in Gurgaon-Manesar to Neemrana industrial belts. This is despite the fact that no evidence was found against any worker to either the unfortunate death of the HR official or fire in the factory on 18th July 2012. 31 of 148 workers in Jail for last over 4 years have been convicted even against clear evidences to the contrary. 117 workers among the 148 – who spent over 4 years in Jail – have been acquitted of all charges. With convictions and charges declared, the arguments for quantum of punishment will be held on 17 March in the Gurgaon Sessions Court. Of the convicted 31 workers, 13 – which includes the entire Maruti Suzuki Workers Union body – have been charged under [...]

There is not a minute to lose ! Let’s amplified the protest and unity to save the thirteen ! Thousands of protests around the world


There is not a minute to lose. Let’s amplified the protest and unity to save the thirteen! SAVE THE LIVES OF THE MARUTI 13 ! FREEDOM FOR ALL THE IMPRISONED WORKERS ! DROP ALL THE CHARGES ! Solidarity campaign with Maruti workers We have been informed: That the District Court will deliver its decision on sentences tomorrow march 18th at 4 pm Indian time. The prosecution and the Maruti Suzuki management demand the death penalty for the 13 workers convicted of murder. Eleven them are the office bearers of the Trade-union. Today about 100 thousand workers mostly in auto industry near Maruti factory boycotted factory lunch in protest. There is not a minute to lose. Let’s amplified the protest and unity to save the thirteen! On behalf of the International Workers’ Committee (IWC), Daniel Gluckstein Nambiath Vasudevan (See below the list of support [...]