Karnataka

There is a limit to being and getting oppressed!

The anger and violence that broke out in the morning hours of 12th December at the Wistron Corp, a Taiwanese owned factory, at Narasapur 60 km Bangalore, where 10,000 workers were working mainly on a contract basis, is a result of the continued exploitation of the workers from the nearby rural areas whose land had been acquired with a promise of well-paid jobs.

It is reported that the company which is manufacturing the high-end Apple brand ‘i Phones’ and other electronic white goods, was paying very low wages to the workers at the factory, and had not raised the wages commensurate even with the woefully inadequate Minimum Wages “fixed” by the state and central governments. read more

New Socialist Alternative, Pune intervening during the General Strike.
General Strike

26th November- India’s working class flexes its muscles

India’s Working Class resolutely flexes its Strength

Despite the widespread repression under this blatantly right-wing BJP-Modi regime, the all India General Strike on 26 November by working people involving more than 250 million workers (Joint Committee of Trade Unions- JCTU have claimed the number as 300 million-plus) seems to have set the tone for the battles ahead. read more

Analysis

Draconian changes to India’s labour laws!

Labour “reforms” – India goes back in time

Given the COVID-19 situation, though not with the same enthusiasm, nevertheless the entire world celebrated workers May Day recently. Ironically, here in India in the same month of May, antithetical to the ideal of May Day the major states of India moved to destroy the hard-won gains of the working class. The states ruled by BJP have amended the labour laws heavily favouring the capitalist class. The other state governments in India are also planning to implement these draconian changes in labour laws. read more

Health

Joint statement in support of the Public Health Service Campaign.


Image Courtesy: Economic Times

Corona is certainly a dangerous Virus but the reason it has turned into a pandemic is certainly the making of capitalism. Decades of reckless policies of neo-liberalism led to constant neglect of public health care services to facilitate entry and expansion of private capital. It has turned even the basic health facilities into a profiteering business.
The fundamental antagonism between the interests of the capital and that of people has been most glaringly brought to the fore by the Supreme Court judgement last week (8th April) mandating testing of Corona cases to be carried out free of charge. Now even this decision has been reversed at the behest of central government paving the way for private labs to charge hefty money for Corona testing. This could have grave consequences considering acute lack of testing facilities on the one side and intense economic misery faced by the majority of India’s population. It is on this backdrop that many organizations and trade unions in Maharashtra came together to protest such a scandalous move by the central government demanding the immediate take over of private Hospitals and Laboratories.
This protest campaign initiated by New Socialist Alternative has produced a joint statement endorsed by participating Trade Unions and Peoples’ Organisations. We appeal to all Trade Unions, Left forces and progressive organisations across the country to endorse this joint appeal and help build a struggle against the bosses system that is out to profit out of peoples misery. read more

Maharashtra

सार्वत्रिक कामगार संप

भविष्य आपलेच आहे!

पुन्हा एकदा भारतातील कष्टकरी वर्गाने, सार्वत्रिक संपाच्या माध्यमातून  देशी-विदेशी भांडवलदारांच्या हितासाठी राबविल्या जाणार्‍या तथाकथित ’सुधारणांच्या’ विरोधात आपला एल्गार पुकारला आहे. भांडवलशाहीच्या आजवरच्या इतिहासात आणि आजही जगभर कामगार सार्वत्रिक संपांच्या माध्यातून या भांडवली व्यवस्थेविरुद्धचा आपला असंतोष व्यक्त करतात. सुरुवातीला हे संप कामगारांच्या आर्थिक मागण्यांशी संबंधित असले तरी ते एक प्रकारे ही अर्थव्यवस्था कामगारांच्या कष्टावरच चालते व ते ती थांबवूही शकतात या त्यांच्या ताकदीची जाणीवही करुन देतात.  ते वर्ग संघर्षाचे गतिशील आयाम दाखवितात जे मुलभूत परिवर्तनासाठीच्या सातत्यपुर्ण संघर्षांच्या संचित प्रक्रियेतून सामाजिक आणि आर्थिक परिवर्तनाची क्रांती घडवू शकतात. read more