Condemn the onslaught on the rights of labour in the name of "encouraging start-ups"
The Central government has given virtual exemption to "start-up" companies from implementing nine labour laws. This has been done on the justification that government must "handhold and nurture" these companies, as announced by the Prime Minister recently.
About 1.5 lakh employees of the three municipal corporations of Delhi have been on strike from 27th January to 8th February in support of their demand for a permanent settlement of their issues of salary and arears due to them.
Over 30,000 junior doctors working in the British Government run National Health Service went on strike on February 10, 2016 in protest against the governments threat to impose a contract on them unilaterally. Earlier, the government has broken off negotiations with the doctor's union. The new contract aims to greatly increase the workload on junior doctors.
The joint action committee of the unions of central government workers organised a massive rally at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to protest against the anti-worker recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and against the changes proposed to be incorporated in labour laws.
The Jan Shakti Coolie Union organised a demonstration in support of their demands at Azad Maidan, Mumbai on 20th January 2016. Hundreds of porters (coolies) working in the various railway stations of Mumbai participated in this demonstration. All over India, hundreds of thousands of collies provide services to passengers at railway stations all over India.
The meeting of the Joint Action Committee of Workers’ Associations was held in Dadar, Mumbai on 28th January 2016. AITUC, CITU, INTUC, Kamgar Ekta Committee, HMS, Dharmrajya Kamgar Sangathan, AIUTUC, AICCTU, Kamgar Aghadi, All India Bank Employees Federation, Bharatiya Kamgar Sena and other associations participated in it.
The statement of the CC of the CGPI dated 23-1-2016 entitled `On the occasion of Republic Day 2016: Unite, organise and lead the struggle for the Navnirman of the Republic!' in the February 1-15, 2016 issue of MEL is an important piece of reading that has analyzed the key features of the political economy, based on the principles of dialectical materialism and class struggle.
I found the piece entitled `Economic Notes, January 2016: Global economy in trouble' carried in the February 1-15, 2016 issue of MEL to be extremely educative in the matter of the economy. It informs the reader so we are not misled by bourgeois economic propaganda. The important facts recounted in this article may be organized in the following bullet points:
The workers’ association and various unions of the Haryana Roadways organised vigorous protests and pickets (‘dhrana’) in the depots located at various depots in the state on 11th February 2016 against the new transport policy of the state government. Subsequently they presented a memorandum to the General Manager of Haryana Roadways and the state Chief Minister.
A statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was unveiled on 8th February 2016 in a packed public meeting at Bhagat Singh Chowk in Nohar, Rajasthan. The statue was installed on 26th October 2015 after a lot of struggle with the police and administration. The district administration refused to give permission inspite of a pending application.
2015-2016 has been the second consecutive year of drought. Following over 12% deficit in the South-west monsoon in 2014, the monsoon this year saw 14% deficit. These figures only give the average deficit in rainfall for the whole of the country.
On January 13th 2016, the Union Cabinet approved the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). This is the latest crop insurance scheme in the country. It replaces the existing schemes viz. the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and the Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS). The scheme will come into effect on 1st April 2016.
Workers of Greaves Cotton Petrol Engines unit, Gummidipoodi, near Chennai are waging struggle against the continuing attacks by the management of the company. There struggle has received the support of several trade unions and workers organizations, including the Workers Unity Movement.
On January 30, 2016, students of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ambedkar University were participating in a protest demonstration in Karolbagh in Delhi, organised by a Joint Action Committee (JAC) of student organizations.
Over 1500 contract nurses working in government run health centers of Tamilnadu went on an indefinite hunger strike at DMS complex, Thenampet, Chennai starting on 29th of January, 2016. They are demanding regularization of their work. Earlier, both in September 2015 and November 2015, nurses had launched agitations around this same demand.
The Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.
The first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.