: Workers Rally in Kundli Industrial Area on Bhagat Singhs Death Anniversary #IndiaNEWSAll #Labour Sonepat, Haryana: On Sunday, over seventy workers participated in a rally in Kundli Industrial area
Workers Rally in Kundli Industrial Area on Bhagat Singhs Death Anniversary #IndiaNEWSAll #Labour
Sonepat, Haryana: On Sunday, over seventy workers participated in a rally in Kundli Industrial area on the occasion of Bhagat Singhs death anniversary. The rally, organised by Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, saw participation from workers across companies in the Kundli industrial belt that predominantly engage in the production of clothes, fans, electric boards, indicators, and other goods that primarily get shipped abroad. The march began at 12 PM from Dadabai Mandir and ended outside the government school in the Kundli Market. The rally was taken out in remembrance of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who were hanged by the British on 23 March 1931, as well as revolutionary poet Avtar Singh Pash who was shot dead on the same day in 1988. To carry forward the revolutionary dreams of these martyrs, the Sangathan demanded the following: 1. Repeal the 4 anti-labour codes2. Increase the minimum wage to Rs. 250003. End the contractual system4. Stop enacting policies of privatization, liberalization and globalization5. Control rising inflation6. Put an end to unemployment The demands were contextualised in a public discussion that followed the rally. Several companies in the industrial area have increased the workday to 12 hours while the pay remains the same – which is often less than the minimum wage rate. In Kundli, most industrial workers earn Rs. 7-8000 while the current total minimum wage for unskilled workers in Haryana is Rs. 10098. Women workers often receive even less pay. The minimum wage itself is by no means adequate in light of ever increasing commodity prices. Rent for a single room in Kundli is anywhere between Rs. 3000 to 5000, which is easily half of one’s monthly salary. Despite such high rent, residents of Kundli are constantly dealing with electricity cuts and water clogging due to poor drainage, which the rally highlighted by walking through water-clogged streets. Mazdoor ke colony ki galiyan pani se bhare hai, dhang ke naale nahi hai, aise mazdooron ke basti mein hi kyun hota hai? (working-class localities are always flooded and do not have proper drainage facilities. Why does this only happen in working class areas?). Several companies are denying their employees ESI and PF benefits, and are not paying overtime. Women protesters also raised issues of harassment as more and more companies are beginning to exclusively hire young unmarried girls. Clothing manufacturers have also been hiring children as young as thirteen-fourteen years old.
Read also: Workers March in Delhi Against Anti-worker Labour Codes and PrivatizationIn concluding the rally, the leadership of the Sangathan informed the crowd that the labour codes have already been implemented in Haryana.