May Day Rally 2023

On 1st May, the construction workers of Shramik Hakk Andolan (A Trade Union) took out 2 rallies to celebrate international workers day. For past 2.5 years we (New Socialist Alternative) have been working among construction workers and last year unionised them registering a trade union named ‘Shramik Hakk Andolan‘.
Along with addressing the major issues faced by these workers (like difficulties in registering with Board of Construction Workers) we have been constantly discussing various social, ecobmical and political topics with them emphasising the need to organise working class struggle against the rotten system.
The largr participation of workers in May Day rallies was a testimony to our efforts. We organised 2 different rallies in 2 different parts of the city, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Both of them were attended by 100 odd workers each. Carrying scores of red flags and dozens of placards, workers enthusiastically participated jn the rally shouting slogans. Through our placards and leaflets (around 400) we appealed that May Day is the day of all laborers comemorating the struggle of working class. placards put forward grievences of not just construction workers but also sanitation workers, vendors and other sections of unorganjzed working class. We also made a point to reach out to fresh layers of youth workers like Gig workers, teachers on contract. The rally passed through working class areas and we appealed others to join. It was a vibrant march where at few spots workers performed lezim (A Traditional Group Dance). read more

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1 May Day March

Earlier this year we formed Shramik Hakka Andolan (Movement for Workers’ Rights), our trade union. This was the culmination of the process of mobilizing construction workers that began more than a year ago. These were daily wage laborers who would assemble each morning at a particular place called Majur Naka (Labor checkpoint). read more


All India Bandh – Pune Branch Intervention

On 27th sept. 2021 there was a nationwide call for the bandh by the peasant organizations who have been protesting for 10 months now. The protest against 3 farm laws has been one of the longest and sustained struggles in recent history. New Socialist Alternative has been supporting and actively participating in the struggle through various forms. Through our material, we have been pushing forward ideas to spread take this struggle to other sections of peasantry and also connect it to the working-class struggle. read more


Construction Workers Report 2021

In India 93% of workforce is in an unorganized sector. They play a significant role in country’s economy. Of this, 48.92% workers i.e. as many as half are employed in building and construction sector. Nonetheless, their working conditions are miserable and there is an acute lack of any social security provisions. This huge unorganized sector has been excluded even from the basic necessities of life. Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. It meant these workers had to face repetitive lockdowns and subsequent loss of livelihood.  read more