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Winning against Odds

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) hails the victory of panels put up by the terminated and jailed workers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) in the elections of the workers’ unions held at Gurgaon and Manesar plants on 26 April and 4 May, respectively. These victories are an extraordinary assertion by workers of their right to elect their own represent­atives and their ability to remain united in the face of insurmountable obstacles and repression. The right to form a trade union, of their choice, is a necessary guarantee against violation of the workers’ right to a life of dignity and livelihood.

The victory of 11 out of 12 members in the Manesar unit (where the MSWU is the registered union), and five out of six of the top posts, in the Gurgaon unit (where the registered union is the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union), from the panels put up by the MSWU in union elections, is particularly important because all the earlier elected leaders and active members of the MSWU have been in jail since July-August 2012. Implicated by the management and arbitrarily charged for the violent incident of 18 July 2012, bail has been consistently denied to the 147 workers while another 546 permanent and 1,800 contract workers, who were terminated after the incident, remain so, as the legal cases continue.  

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