As suddently as it erupted, the 14 day strike at Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar plant in Gurgaon has once again ended abruptly. After a 42 hour marathon negotiations involving the management, the Haryana government and the workers representatives, it was resolved on 21st October that the management would take back all 1200 contract workers, 64 suspended workers will also be taken back but 30 others continue to remain suspended, all transport services will be resumed, a ‘Grevience Redressal Committee’ and a ‘Labour Welfare Committee’ will be set up.
The recent local body election in Tamil Nadu held on 17th and 19th has once again resulted in a huge victory for the ruling party – All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kalakam (AIADMK) led by Jayalalitha. The main opposition party DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kalzhakam) run by the Karunanadhi’s extended family continues to be punished for its role in the corruption scandals, illegal land grabbing and complete failure to improve the conditions of the ordinary people during its rule from 2006 to 2011.
The following report is by a member of the Seattle branch of our sister organization in the US, Socialist Alternative (CWI – USA). The report follows on the movement based in Seattle – Occupy Seattle (OS), that has drawn inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement which is drawing support and the spread of similar movements in many places throughout the world.
The state cabinet of the BJP government in Karnataka will soon will have ignominy of effectively having its meeting in the Central Jail. With five of its ministers plus the former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa already under judicial custody, it is not a far fetched prognosis said the activists demanding the resignation of R. Ashok who is currently the state’s Home minister. He is currently under investigation for the land denotification scam.