Joining their working class brothers and sisters all over the world, the workers of India observed May Day 2013, with vigour, throughout the length and breadth of the country, from Srinagar to Trivandrum, from Mumbai to Imphal.
Militant rallies were held in Sher – e – Kashmir Park, Srinagar, and other places in Kashmir on the occasion of May Day in which thousands of workers, including horticultural workers, construction workers, workers from many hotels, agriculture and casual workers, security guards, J&K medical & sales representatives took part. The participants included many women; the workers gathered on this day voiced solidarity with their working class brothers and sisters in India and all over the world.
In Ludhiana, Punjab, a big rally was organised at the main bus stand in which road motor transport workers, municipal workers, electricity board and other government employees, bank workers, hospital workers and others took part. A rally was also held at Bahadarke Road by the hosiery workers union in which thousands of workers demanded implementation of labour laws, registration of unions, medical facility under the ESI to all workers, PF and pension scheme benefits. They further demanded regular revision of wages to help them cope with rising prices.
Militant rallies and meetings were held in Mumbai, Pune and other cities of Maharashtra on the occasion of May Day 2013. Workers also expressed solidarity with the workers killed in the recent horrific workplace accident in Bangladesh in which hundreds of garment workers lost their lives. In Goa, rallies culminating in mass meetings were held at Ponda and Bicholim to celebrate May Day. Processions were taken out and meetings organised in Bangalore, Mysore and many other towns of Karnataka too.
Massive meetings were organised in Hyderabad and other towns on the occasion of May Day in which tens of thousands of workers took part. Meetings and rallies were organised in Adilabad, Guntur, Cudappah and other towns of Andhra Pradesh. In Vishakapatnam, workers belonging to several steel plant unions took out a rally with more than a thousand bicycles, motorcycles and cars. They demanded a minimum wage of Rs 10,000 per month for steel contract workers and that the pension scheme for steel workers is implemented immediately.
In Chennai, automobile industry workers, construction workers and many others participated in rallies and meetings on the occasion of May Day 2013. Among other things, the workers demanded a minimum wage of at least Rs 10,000 per month, control of inflation, social security measures, protection of labour rights and immediate stop to privatisation of the public sector.
Reports of rallies and other May Day events have also come in from Surat, Kolkata, Imphal, Trivandrum, and many other towns and cities of India.