The members of the New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) took part in the May Day 2005 demonstrations in the ‘silicon city’ of India – Bangalore – with a two-page leaflet in the Kannada language. The theme was: “Enough of the horrors of Capitalism – We need Socialism now!”.
There are 5,500 UK call centres employing 400,000 workers, many of whom have no union representation and work in appalling conditions. These workers are now threatened with “off-shoring” or “out-sourcing”.
Dave Moody, from Taunton Socialist Party explains how this workforce can be organised to fight for job security and better pay and working conditions.
THE CITY of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka is facing a general strike on 28 September over the kidnapping of veteran film actor Rajkumar by the infamous bandit Veerappan. Rajkumar’s fans are infuriated at the authorities’ failure to secure the actor’s freedom. Jagdish Chandra of Dudiyora Hooryta (Workers’ Struggle) explains how the kidnapping on 30 July has inflamed the region’s nationalist politics.