All India call to join/organize
Demonstrations in front of Honda offices and show rooms across the country
5th October 2016
The Tapukara, Rajasthan Honda Plant which is famous for its number quality product is now being run on a ad-hoc basis by employing unskilled workers. Earlier the workers involved in production were atleast ITI ploytechnic pass but now 8 standard pass contract workers are producing the Honda products which generally require a rigorous training of atleast 2 years.It has been 7 months since Honda workers of Tappukada-Alwar Unit are fighting valiantly for their legitimate demands and against the brutal repression of Honda Management and the Government. The current struggle started on 16th of February 2016, with an event in which a labourer was forced to work a second shift after putting in his first shift by the supervisors in spite of being unwell and consequently was manhandled and brutally beaten. The Honda Management fired 3000 trained and skilled workers and hired unskilled contract workers to continue the production since February 5 lakh such faulty units of Honda Shine and Activa have been produced which are going to be sold to the common masses during the peak demand season of Diwali and Navratra. Already 10,000 units are on hold in Bangladesh.
The defects and complaints which are being registered on the Honda Website are :
Honda Shine Bike:
Honda Activa Scooter:
A Brief History of the Ongoing Struggle of the Honda Workers
The current struggle started on 16th of February 2016, with an event in which a labourer was forced to work a second shift after putting in his first shift by the supervisors in spite of being unwell and consequently was manhandled and brutally beaten. The workers of the Plant started gathering against this animalistic treatment of their fellow worker; however, the workers were forced by the Honda Management to remain confined within the factory walls by locking the gates. As the evening approached bouncers and hired goons in workers uniform were called inside the factory and a clash was staged; in a very conspiratorial manner this staged clash was used as pretext to call the police. The workers were brutally beaten by the police, many workers sustained serious injuries in head and limbs. This was not just the end; the police arrested 44 workers and booked them under serious charges like Section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder). The Honda workers since long have been struggling for their constitutional right to form Union and implementation of the labour laws which were denied by the Honda Management. The current unfolding of events is not an isolated or new incident; working class struggles for just and constitutional demand have met similar repression and media silence in the past and same is the case with the current struggle of Honda workers. Honda Management was trying all fraud and tricks to fail the registration of workers union, the workers were not allowed to assemble anywhere in Tapukaraa or Dharuhera and their every attempt met with brutal lathicharg by the Rajasthan Police. The workers tried to organize a massive rally on 19th February 2016 at Tau Devilal Park in Gurgaon, however, the police chased them away by lathicharging and this savage repression continued with coming every act of resistance. Finally, the workers decided to take their struggle to the next stage by pitching up their tent of struggle in the heart of the Nation, Delhi( Jantar Mantar). Among the struggling workers 5 have sat on indefinite hunger strike since 19th of September. They are sitting on hunger strike with the determination that the struggle will continue till the legitimate demands of the workers are not met. We had a 5-day long Nyay Sangharsh Rally through the industrial belt of Dharuhera-Manesar-Gurgaon-Delhi from 28 September to 2 October and had a Jansabha on 2nd October at Jantar Mantar. But still there is no response from the management and the government, and we are determined to carry forward our struggle!
The demands are:
Please stand in solidarity with our struggle! We appeal you/your organization to:
With revolutionary greetings,
Naresh Mehta (President)
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter 2F Kamgar Samuh