More Reports from Scheme Workers’ Strike on 17 January

A countrywide Scheme Workers strike was held on 17 January 2018 during which about 60 lakh Scheme Workers organized dharnas, protest marches and meetings at various District HQs across the country and submitted memorandums to the Finance Minister through the District Collector. The main demands were: implementation of the 45th ...

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Chhhattisgarh Workers Demand Bonus and PF

On 18 January Chhattisgarh Hamaal Mazdoor Sangh (AICCTU) organized a rally in Kawardha in Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh. The rally was organized to demand that the bonus due to the workers be immediately paid and that the PF of the workers be deposited in their names. More than 500 workers ...

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All India Kisan Mahasabha Convention at Vizhupuram

As per the call given during the Peasant Parliament held in New Delhi on 20 November, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), the state unit of AIKM, Tamil Nadu, held a convention at Vizhupuram on 24 January, 2018. The main demands included profitable price for agricultural produce. During ...

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Big Victory for AISA in the #OccupyViswhavidyalaya protest

Big Victory for AISA in the #OccupyViswhavidyalaya protest

On 18 January, AISA had called for ‘Occupy Vishwavidyalaya’ protest demanding- (i) Immediately roll back the metro fare hike; (ii) Provision of metro concessional passes to all students of DU; and (iii) Increase the frequency of DTC buses and connectivity to all colleges. The protest had received a tremendous response ...

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A Candlelit March by South Asians in UK on India’s Republic Day

The progressive section of South Asians in UK came together on the evening of India’s Republic Day, in a moving candlelit protest in remembrance of victims of Hindu supremacist forces in mob lynchings, murders and assassinations, with protesters holding large photographs including those of Junaid Khan, Pehlu Khan, Pastor Sultan ...

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Brief Report on Bawana Fire by AICCTU fact finding team

Brief Report on Bawana Fire by AICCTU fact finding team

AICCTU comrades visited the factory in F-83, Bawana Industrial Area on 22 January 2018 and met family members of many workers. Many issues came to light in the conversations with workers working near the factory: 1. Most of the workers said that more than 17 workers were present in the ...

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Mangaluru Port Workers on Indefinite Strike

Mangaluru Port Workers on Indefinite Strike

AICCTU and All India Port Workers Federation (AICWF) led shipping company workers began their indefinite strike on 29 January. Port operations suffered hugely and came almost to a grinding halt. Workers had assembled in front of Port Main Gate and marched towards the NMPT Chairman office seeking his intervention to ...

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Workers’ Road Blockade in Puducherry

The state units of AICCTU, AITUC, INTUC, CITU in Puducherry took out a massive joint rally on 25th January. This was in continuation of nationwide protests on the workers’ 12-point charter of demands which was adopted by central trade unions in November 2017. Hundreds of workers participated in support of ...

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Memorial Meeting to Pay Tributes to Comrade Sayyad Jainul Abedin

A memorial meeting to pay tributes to and remember Comrade Sayyad Jainul Abedin, who passed away 14 December 2017, was organized in the CPI(ML) office in Bilaspur. The meeting was addressed by CPI(ML)’s Chhattisgarh state secretary Brijendra Tiwari, Raipur district secretary Narottam Sharma, Bilaspur secretary Com. Pawan Sharma and others. ...

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The Resolve of Republic Day 2018

26 January 2018 marks the fourth Republic Day since Modi occupied the PM office in 2014. Every Republic Day during this Modi era has made us keenly aware of the growing fascist offensive on the very constitutional basis of our secular democratic republic. As the regime now enters the final ...

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Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs Smacks of Political Bias

The President of India has disqualified 20 MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, implementing a recommendation of the Election Commission (EC). This action smacks of political bias, and adds to the already mounting questions about the credibility and impartiality of institutions like the Election Commission. The MLAs were ...

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Com. Mahendra Singh’s Martyrdom Anniversary :  Sankalp Diwas in Jharkhand

Com. Mahendra Singh’s Martyrdom Anniversary : Sankalp Diwas in Jharkhand

The 14th martyrdom anniversary of beloved people’s leader Com. Mahendra Singh was observed across Jharkhand as Sankalp (Pledge) Diwas to save democracy and save Jharkhand. A Sankalp Sabha was organized at the Bus Stand grounds in Bagodar, Giridih district which was attended by more than 20,000 people. Earlier, Com Mahendra Singh’s ...

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Paddy Purchase Day Observed by Kisan Mahasabha

Paddy Purchase Day Observed by Kisan Mahasabha

The martyrdom anniversary of Com. Mahendra Singh on 16 January 2018 was observed in Bihar by the All India Kisan Mahaabha as ‘Dhan Kharido Diwas’ (Paddy Purchase Day) and dharna protests, marches and meetings by farmers were held at various Block Headquarters across the State. The Bihar government has announced ...

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Countrywide Strike by Scheme Workers

Countrywide Strike by Scheme Workers

A strike by all scheme workers including- ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, mid-day meal workers and others was called by 10 Central Trade Unions – AICCTU, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTU, TUCC, SEWA, LPF and UTUC. On 17 January, nearly sixty lakh scheme workers came out on streets in demonstrations, rallies ...

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AISA’s OCCUPY DU Metro Station Protest

AISA’s OCCUPY DU Metro Station Protest

Demand Immediate Roll Back of Metro Fare Hike and Students’ Concessional Metro Pass On 18 January, AISA called for ‘Occupy Vishwavidyalaya’ protest demanding- (i) Immediately roll back the metro fare hike; (ii) Provision of metro concessional passes to all students of DU; and (iii) Increase the frequency of DTC buses and ...

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AICCTU Conference in Sitarganj

The first conference of AICCTU Sitarganj unit in Uttarakhand was held on 21 January 2018 at Ambedkar Foundation. The conference started with a juloos in which several participants walked through the city holding bright red flags with images of hammer and sickle. The juloos was led by district AICCTU President ...

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AICCTU-AIPWF protest in Mangalore

Successful protest by AICCTU – AIPWF (All India Port Workers Federation) organized a protest on 17 January 2018. The protest was held defying police and Port authorities, who refused permission for the protest. Protesters shouted slogans in front of gates of New Mangalore Port Trust and held a public meeting ...

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Protests for Land, Employment and Livelihood Issues in Jharkhand

A people’s demonstration on issues faced by the rural poor was held under the leadership of the CPI(ML) Ranchi district committee at Chanho Block on 22 December 2017. Despite proper notice being given to the officials, the BDO declared the protest demonstration illegal and ordered the venue to be vacated, ...

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Trade Unions Protest Anti-labour Legislation in Puducherry

The union territory government of Puducherry recently enacted a draconian Act “Loading and Unloading (Regulation of employment and Welfare) Act 2017” which criminalises loading and unloading workers. A huge protest demonstration, march and mass meeting was organised jointly by AICCTU, AITUC, INTUC, CITU, BMS, STU in front of the legislative ...

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Is the Government Influencing the Judiciary? Constitution and Democracy in Danger

The unprecedented Press Conference by four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court has exposed a grave constitutional crisis. The four judges felt compelled to alert the citizens of the country that the key constitutional principle of the judiciary’s independence from the executive might be compromised. In other words, they suggested ...

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