Statement on the unjust verdict against Maruti Suzuki workers

1st April 2017

The Gurgaon District Court has delivered a life sentence on thirteen workers of the Maruti Suzuki motor industry founded on Japan-India big capitalist investment; a five year sentence on four more workers and a three year sentence on yet another fourteen workers.

Since 4th March, workers across the whole of India have been persisting in a massive campaign protesting the above verdict
delivered under the fascist Hindutva regime of Narendra Modi and demanding the retraction of the verdict.The workers of Sri Lanka unite with them to express their support for the demands of the campaign.The New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party and other left parties of Sri Lanka are together in voicing support for freeing the Maruti Suzuki workers and denouncing the anti-worker stand of the Narendra Modi regime.

It also notes that the ICOR organization with 50 member organizations worldwide, of which the NDMLP is a member, has already offered its fullest support and cooperation the Maruti Suzuki workers.

The Party draws the attention of the public to the fact that workers of a factory in Gurgaon belonging to the Maruti Suzuki motor industry founded on Japan-India big capital have been struggling for trade union rights for the past seven years. Over 6500 workers have persisted in struggle demanding permanency for temporary employees, guaranteed minimum wage and protesting refusal for starting a trade union and brutal repression by the administration backed by the Haryana State government.

The pretext that a member of the supervisory staff was killed in an unfortunate incident was used to intimidate the workers and  further deny trade union rights, by arresting workers in large numbers based on false charges and taking them to court. The plea by the State Prosecutor that the workers should be sentenced to death goes to expose the cruel anti-worker face of the fascist Modi regime.

Hence the New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party expresses in a spirit of working class solidarity its militant support for the series of campaigns launched by the Maruti Suzuki workers for the release of the workers sentenced to life imprisonment and to shorter terms of incarceration and struggles by the workers of India who have joined hands in the campaign.

SK Senthivel
General Secretary, New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party

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