Struggle and Resistnce of India's Maruit Suzuki Auto Workers

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Sts): A, C, E to 14 St. (south exits to 14th & 8th Av.; L to 8th Av. (at 14th); #1, 2, 3 to 14 St.(south exits to 12th St. & 7th Av.); PATH to Christopher St. (nr. Hudson St.); F, M to 14 St (at 6th Av.); B, D to W. 4 St. (north exits to Waverly & 6th Av.); maps below)

April 23rd, 2013 7:00 PM
UAW Global Organizing & Institute International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR).
Struggle and Resistance of India's Maruit Suzuki Auto Workers

Suzanne Adely, Biju Matthew, and Immanuel Ness; Moderator, Terri Nilliasca.

In the past two years, the young workers of India's largest automobile manufacturer in the Gurgaon, Haryana Industrial Belt, outside Delhi, have led a ground-breaking campaign against systemic exploitation of factory labor and have championed the rights of contract laborers in India.

Because of their effective struggle, Maruti Suzuki workers have become the target of a repressive anti-worker campaign waged by both the corporation and the State.

For over eight months,149 workers from the Manesar plant, including the entire leadership of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU), have been imprisoned on trumped up criminal charges arising from a company-provoked altercation on July 18 that led to the death of a senior manager. The jailed workers and members of their union have been beaten up and subjected to various forms of torture by police. Thousands of workers have been fired.

In the face of this enormous repression, the workers have maintained their resistance. Their struggle is of regional and global significance.

How can New York's labor, human rights and social justice communities support India's Maruti Suzuki Auto Workers?

Please join us, as we discuss the latest developments in this important struggle.

Biju Matthew is a Board member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance

Suzanne Adely is a lawyer & organizer with at the UAW Global Organizing Institute, and MENA Labor Solidarity Coordinator

Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College Political Science Professor, focusing on the political economy of labor and workers' movements.

Terri Nilliasca is a lawyer & organizer with the UAW GOI