JOIN THE STRUGGLING CONTRACT WORKERS OF CHHATTISGARH TO OBSERVE 1ST JULY SHAHEED DIVAS, SHAPATH DIVAS AT BHILAI

JOIN THE STRUGGLING CONTRACT WORKERS OF CHHATTISGARH TO OBSERVE 1ST JULY SHAHEED DIVAS, SHAPATH DIVAS AT BHILAI

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Sudha Bharadwaj

JOIN THE STRUGGLING CONTRACT WORKERS OF CHHATTISGARH TO OBSERVE
1ST JULY SHAHEED DIVAS, SHAPATH DIVAS AT BHILAI

Friends and Comrades,
This 1st July brings tougher struggles and enormous challenges –
       Our struggle against gigantic cement multinational Holcim-Lafarge
has reached a crucial point with the old ACC Jamul plant employing
hundreds of contract workers to be closed and a huge new expansion
plant to be commissioned. Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh is
fighting hard against retrenchment, victimization and bias against
local workers, and to unite cement workers across unions to protect
the gains of the Cement Wage Board agreement for contract workers.
       CMM (Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee) is a part of the struggles of the
peasantry of Bhilai-Durg and Rajnandgaon against the pro-corporate
plans of industrial corridor and smart city. It is actively
participating in the struggles of the larger anti-displacement
platform Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan fighting for rights of tribals
under PESA and FRA and against polluting and ecologically devastating
mining in Raigarh and Sarguja, diversion of land and water from
agriculture, and unnecessary and unsustainable mushrooming of power
plants in Janjgir and Korba, and neglect of adivasi interests in the
loot of minerals in Bastar.
       The Mahila Mukti Morcha continues the struggle for a strong working
class women’s  movement, fighting patriarchy within the bastis and the
union, and sexual violence and repression in  the society at large.
Women’s solidarity could resist several incidents in Bhilai, Raipur
and Raigarh.
       The Mehanatkash Awas Adhikar Manch is solidly standing with slum
dwellers in Mazdoor Nagar, Amlidih, Hospital Sector, Ghasidas
Nagar….and many more, resisting eviction, fighting for basic
amenities. The Shaheed School, with its young women teachers from the
basti is trying to evolve teaching methods that are scientific, fun
and liberating for working class children.
       CMM is deeply aware of the growing attacks on dalits and minorities
in Chhattisgarh in the present political scenario, and participates
actively in all efforts to protest such attacks and act in solidarity.
We are making conscious efforts to educate our union members regarding
these issues.
       Participating in the “Sanyukt Trade Union Manch”, CMM is a part of
militant collective efforts to oppose the changes in labour laws
designed to dilute rights and weaken unions. Particularly in
Chhattisgarh, the industrial working class is a significant force, and
can lead a struggle for just use of rich resources for the people of
Chhattisgarh as Comrade Niyogi envisaged.
       Even as numerous large and small movements arise in Bastar to oppose
mega steel plants, Bailadila expansion, Polavaram dam and iron ore
mining in Rowghat;  the increase in security forces being deployed,
setting up of an Army command area in Chakarbhata  Bilaspur and air
base for UAVs in Nandini Bhilai point to an upscaling of the “war”
against  Bastar. While the Indian Govt refuses to accept the conflict
in Bastar as an “internal armed conflict” in the international arena,
as that would mean accepting international monitoring, it continues to
treat it as the “greatest internal security threat”. This is indicated
by the ratio of security forces per lakh of population – more than
1770 in Bastar as compared to 139 in India, 169 in Chhattisgarh and
about 800 in Kashmir. The recent statement of DG CRPF Prakash Mishra
made in Koraput that “drones may be used to target Maoist camps deep
inside jungles” belies the official theory that India, the largest
purchaser of both surveillance and fighter drones in the world this
year, is only going to use these for intelligence.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” CMM has been
opposing the long incarcerations of ordinary adivasis, fake encounters
and surrenders, and targeting of human right defenders in the name of
combatting Naxals in Bastar. It will stoutly continue to do so, in the
even more difficult days to come.
Friends, on this 1st July we also mourn the death of Comrade Phaguram
Yadav of Dalli Rajhara – an iron ore miner, talented folk singer and
the voice of the working class struggle, close comrade of Shankar Guha
Niyogi, who passed away in the month of June 2015.
CMM could not have withstood the repression it has faced in terms of
criminal cases and arrests of its leaders, and the tough class battle
that is on with a multinational of the size of Holcim-Lafarge; or been
able to chart out new organizational ground among working class women;
or been able to persist with its programmes of “Nirman” like the
Shaheed School without the solidarity, support and critical engagement
with all of you. That is our most precious resource.
Please join us on 1st July Shaheed Divas at Bhilai. The rally will
begin at Comrade Niyogi’s statue in Bhilai Industrial Area at 12 noon
and the mass meeting will be at Bachat Stambh, near Powerhouse Railway
station (where 17 comrades were martyred on 1st July 1992) at about 3
pm. Lal Johar!
Ham banabo navaa pehchaan, Raj karhi mazdoor kisaan!
Looteron ki jageer nahi, Chhattisgarh hamara hai!
Inquilab Zindabad!   Samrajyavaad Murdabad!

Bansi Sahu, Lakhan Sahu, Kaladas Dehariya, Saraswati, Ramakant
Banjare, Rajkumar Sahu, Mahesh, Kaushal, Kalyan Patel, Neera, Shreya,
Rinchin, Shalini, Sudha Bharadwaj

Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh,  Jan Aadharit Engineering Mazdoor Union,
Mahila Mukti Morcha, Mehanatkash Awaas Adhikaar Sangh,  Udyog
Prabhavit Kisaan Sangh
Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee)

Contact – Lakhan Sahu 09827057549, Kaladas Dehariya 08435549641,
(Bhilai) Kalyan Patel 09826689317 (Raipur), Ramakant Banjare
09926943917 (Rajnandgaon), Rinchin 09425377349 (Raigarh), Sudha
Bharadwaj 09926603877 (Bilaspur).

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