India: Workers detained in violation of their rights

Press release | New-Delhi, India | 20 February 2013

New Delhi, 20 February 2013 (ACTRAV INFO)- Many workers are currently detained in the central jail of Gurgaon (India) in violation of their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The dispute began in 2011 as a result of the management action to victimise workers because they had formed a union.

All-India day of solidarity action was held on 5 February 2013 in India by Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) to condemn the state repression and demanding release of arrested workers and reinstatement of all dismissed workers of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL).Memorandums were submitted to the local elected representatives and to Bhupinder Hooda, Chief Minister Haryana. In this document, unions asked stop the flouting of labour laws, and implement the right to form a union in all auto companies in the region.

According to MSWU, 147 workers are in jail without bail for more than 6 months. In addition 66 more workers have been issued non-bailable arrest warrants. Workers allege that arrested workers are being subjected to severe torture under policy custody.

At the moment workers’ struggle is led by a Provisional Working Committee (PWC) as all office bearers are in Gurgaon Central Jail.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Ariel CASTRO
Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities
SRO-New Delhi
Email: abcastro[at]ilo[dot]org