The extended meeting of the Office Bearers of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), held in New Delhi on 5-6 January, 2019 - Condemned the state government of Rajasthan for preventing free movement of the high level team of the central trade unions led by CITU General Secretary Tapan Sen, former member of the Parliament, and consisting of CITU national secretaries E. Kareem, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Shankar Datta, MP (Lok Sabha); other national and state leaders of CITU, AITUC and HMS with all India leader of Kisan Sabha Amra Ram, former MLA of Rajasthan; and physically preventing the team to meet the management of Daikin Air-Conditioning factory in the so called Japanese Zone in the RIICO area of Neemrana in the Alwar district of Rajasthan in the course of their fact finding on 4th January, 2019 on the police barbarous lathi charge and teargas shelling on the peaceful assembly of the workers in front of Daikin factory gate during nationwide two days strike on 8-9 January, 2019, called jointly by the 10 central trade unions and almost all independent national federations; injuring several workers, filing false cases against the workers and arresting many of them. The police was assisted by the private army of the Daikin company.

 “Japanese Zone” and “South Korean Zone” set up, being operated at Neemrana, marked by signboards, by the former and present state governments of both BJP and Congress; is an illegal set up. This illegal set up is being operationalised by deployment of large contingent of police force always at the service of the managements of these MNCs. In these ‘Japanese Zone’ and ‘South Korean Zone’ Indian Citizens rights are being curbed, even in public place, by Rajasthan government’s police force.

Inside the establishments, the rule of law is being grossly violated by the managements with the help of police, administration and private army; none of the labour laws is implemented; no union is being allowed to be formed by the workers and for such attempt large number of them were and are being thrown out of jobs; permanent workers are being replaced by contract workers and by apprentices.

The meeting demands of Gehlot government to immediately dismantle the illegal set-up of ‘Japanese Zone’ and ‘Sourth Korean Zone’; remove the sign boards; withdraw the large contingent police force deployed at the service of the private companies in this area; and

Establish the rule of law by enforcement of all labour laws including the provisions of Indian Trade Unions Act and Industrial Disputes Act; Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act etc and Supreme Court’s judgements on Equal Wage and Minimum Wage;

Withdraw all false police cases against the workers; hold judicial enquiry on the police attack on the workers on 8th January in front of Daikin factory.

The meeting greeted the valiant workers who faced victimisation and repression, but continued with their fight for trade union rights.

Issued by

( Tapan Sen )
General Secretary

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