For immediate release - 19 October 2011
the request of the Maruti workers’ union and the International
Metalworkers Federation a global mobilization of solidarity for the
striking workers is taking place online.
around the world are being organized to send protest e-mails to
Maruti-Suziki’s Managing Director demanding that the company immediately
cease violating basic labour rights at its factory in Haryana. This
effort is only the second such involving an Indian dispute. In just a
few days the campaign has already generated thousands of messages from
supporters in 105 countries.
The campaign is being mounted using the services of LabourStart, the global labour movement’s online news and campaigns website.
Lee, LabourStart’s Founding Editor and Webmaster, noted that “This is
one of the fastest-growing campaigns we have mounted in our 13-year
history. The struggle these workers face, the duplicity of their
employer, and the collusion of the Haryana government was already
well-known when the violence began. Even before our campaign started
these workers had captured the imagination of trade unionists around the
and the Haryana Labour Department are dragging India’s name through the
mud. Our country’s reputation is being damaged around the world as the
violations of basic labour rights become widely-known.” Says Mahesh
Upadhyaya, LabourStart’s senior correspondent in India “And Suzuki is
doing serious damage to its brand by being associated with the thuggery
taking place at the MSIL factory.”
Join the campaign HERE.
LabourStart is a global network of almost 1000 trade unionists around the world. Founded in 1998 in London UK and centred on www.labourstart.org,
LabourStart collects and makes available labour news from around the
world in 27 languages. It also provides a variety of internet-related
services to trade unions, including an online campaigning service using
e-mail and social media platforms.
Contacts: Eric Lee, Editor, LabourStart:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahesh Upadhyaya, LabourStart Indiamahesh.email@example.com