Monday, March 21, 2016

Enough is enough! Honda India Workers stand up

2,000 workers of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) have been in dispute at its Tapukara Plant, Rajasthan since February 16, 2016.  When contract workers of the painting section finished their morning shift, they declined their manager’s order to work overtime as they had to work overtime for three consecutive days and did not feel well. Then, they were hit by their manager. Many workers at the plant who witnessed the violence got angry, sat in at the plant, and stopped the production. At the same time, they demanded through their union a negotiation with the management for the reinstatement of nine union activists and 400 contract workers who were fired or suspended, as well as an apology for the violence. The management evicted leaders of the workers and sent the police force and the unlawful mafia to the plant, rather than accepting the negotiation. The workers were tear-gassed and hit by sticks and stones, leaving 60 to 70 injured. (TONO Haruhi)



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