The struggle of Maruti Suzuki autoworkers
India: Vicious attack on Maruti Suzuki trainees highlights plight of migrant workers during COVID-19 lockdown
By Kranti Kumara, 28 April 2020
The goon attack on the Maruti Suzuki trainees was clearly aimed at fomenting division and confusion among India’s workers and toilers who are undergoing extraordinary hardship during the Modi government’s ill-planned nationwide lockdown.
By Kranti Kumara, 13 April 2020
The World Socialist Web Site urges workers around the world to redouble their efforts to free these class war prisoners, whose only “crime” was to challenge a brutal work-regimen, cheap-labour and precarious contract jobs.
By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 25 October 2019
Emboldened by the AICCTU’s isolation, management is intensifying its witch hunt of striking workers and has now suspended 44 workers since the strike began on August 26.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 31 July 2019
The sole “crime” of the 13 jailed auto workers was to challenge the poverty-wages and repressive sweatshop conditions at Maruti Suzuki.
By Saman Gunadasa, 23 May 2019
Completely blacked out from the election campaign has been any discussion of the plight of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been jailed for life on frame-up murder charges.
Plantation workers demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and for jailed Maruti Suzuki workers
By our correspondent, 21 March 2019
Last Sunday’s conference in Sri Lanka’s central hills district endorsed resolutions condemning the persecution of Assange, Manning and Maruti-Suzuki workers in India.
Free the Maruti Suzuki Thirteen!
By Keith Jones, 18 March 2019
The Maruti Suzuki 13 are class war prisoners, who have already had to endure six and a half years in the nightmare that is India’s penal system.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019
This year is witnessing a resurgence of class struggle that expresses the objective unity of workers in every part of the world.
“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
12 February 2019
Jitender Dhankar, a member of the provisional committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) in India, sent a message of solidarity to the workers and young people who participated in the February 9 demonstration against the factory closures and mass layoffs by General Motors.
By Arun Kumar, 25 October 2018
Stalinist union leaders have sought to isolate the strikers, fearing that their struggle could become the focal point for a broader movement of the working class.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018
There is incontrovertible evidence the Maruti Suzuki workers have been jailed for life as the result of a crude frame-up, but the judge callously refused to hear any of it.
By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018
The unions have refused to mobilise workers to defend strikers at Yamaha, Enfield and MSA, and instead are making futile appeals to the courts and state government.
By our correspondent, 23 July 2018
Emboldened by the failure of the Stalinist-led unions to come to the Maruti Suzuki workers' defence, the state is now seeking to have their sentences changed from life-in-prison to death by hanging.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 March 2018
The demonstration marked one year since Maruti Suzuki workers’ leaders were sentenced to life in prison on politically-motivated charges.
A travesty of justice that must not stand!
By Keith Jones, 17 March 2018
The thirteen’s only “crime” is to have rebelled against the sweatshop conditions that prevail in India’s new, globally connected auto industry.
By Keith Jones, 22 February 2018
State authorities are petitioning the courts to impose death-sentences on 13 autoworkers whose only crime was to challenge poverty wages and brutal working conditions.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2017
The Sriperumbudur public meeting was held despite the illegal attempt by Indian police to disrupt it.
Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers
27 November 2017
The meeting will discuss the internationalist foundations of the struggle to release the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers. The speeches will be given in Tamil and English and streamed live via Facebook on December 10 at 10am.
By Saman Gunadasa, 23 September 2017
“The (legal) doubt,” declares one of the appeals, “is not only overwhelming, but in fact, there is hardly any aspect on which the prosecution’s case is at all believable.”
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Workers responded enthusiastically to the international defense campaign and related their own experiences of sweatshop conditions and fighting state repression.
By Jai Sharma, 28 July 2017
The workers are being subjected to a joint company-government vendetta for fighting slave labor conditions in an attack similar to that faced by Maruti Suzuki workers.
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2017
Tuesday marked five years since a management-provoked incident that authorities used as a pretext to railroad 13 Indian autoworkers to life in prison.
“There is no evidence to prove any charge”
By Jerry White, 13 July 2017
The Indian autoworkers were framed up for challenging the class strategy of the Indian ruling elite, which is seeking to create the conditions for India to supplant China as the world’s principal cheap-labor hub.
By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017
The ICFI’s worldwide campaign to free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers rests on a long tradition of international workers’ action on behalf of the victims of capitalist “justice.”
Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law
By our correspondents, 27 June 2017
Rebecca John, who represented the Maruti Suzuki workers in the final stages of their four-and-a-half-year-long court case, spoke with the WSWS last month as she completed work on an appeal.
By our correspondents, 23 June 2017
Workers at Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest free trade zone condemn the frameup and jailing of Indian autoworkers and call for a united international campaign.
On-the-Spot from New Delhi
By our correspondents, 21 June 2017
“The police were not looking for suspects,” senior advocate Rebecca John told the WSWS. “They were only interested in rounding up as many workers as possible.”
On-the-spot report from India
By our correspondents, 16 June 2017
Jitendra Kumar, a provisional committee member of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, spoke to the WSWS about the frame-up convictions and life sentences imposed on 13 Indian autoworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2017
The Haryana state government is appealing the acquittal of 117 Maruti Suzuki workers on bogus charges and demanding harsher sentences for 18 other workers.
By our correspondents, 7 June 2017
Kelaniya University students denounced the jailing of the Indian autoworkers and supported the international campaign to free them.
What we have said:
By Usman Khan, 3 June 2017
The WSWS has covered the struggle of the Maruti Suzuki workers over many years, explaining its international significance and providing a political perspective to fight the workers’ persecution by Indian authorities.
By our correspondents, 27 May 2017
Plantation workers, youth and housewives from Hatton and plantation estates participated in the SEP campaign.
By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2017
Sri Lankan plantation workers in the hill country spoke to the WSWS, condemning the frame up of Maruti Suzuki workers and describing their own increasingly difficult working conditions.
The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta
By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017
Far from constituting a blow for justice, the court’s exoneration of 117 of the accused workers was a maneuver aimed at sustaining the legal vendetta against the principal accused—the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union.
In wake of frame-up convictions of Maruti Suzuki workers
By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2017
The tour was aimed at reassuring Japanese investors that India is committed to enforcing a low-wage regime.
By our reporters, 8 May 2017
Students and workers responded to the plight of the jailed autoworkers with indignation at their treatment at the hands of the Indian police and government.
By our reporters, 5 May 2017
Over the past week campaigners have won support from workers near the Colombo Port and students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo University.
“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”
By Jerry White, 4 May 2017
Brooklyn College Professor Immanuel Ness, who has written extensively on the class struggle in India, was part of a team that investigated the persecution of the Maruti Suzuki workers.
May Day 2017
By Keith Jones, 3 May 2017
The Maruti Suzuki workers have been framed-up and sentenced to life imprisonment through a conspiracy between the company, the police, the courts and India’s main parties.
By our correspondents, 1 May 2017
Jaffna workers, youth, fishermen and housewives joined an SEP/IYSSE picket and public meeting to protest the witch-hunt and jailing of Indian autoworkers.
By our correspondents, 28 April 2017
Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.
By our correspondents, 27 April 2017
Residents in the small town of Chavakachcheri, near Jaffna, said social conditions for Tamil workers were like those confronting the persecuted autoworkers in India.
The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 4: The police and company conspire against the workers
By Eric London and Keith Jones, 26 April 2017
Police colluded with Maruti Suzuki, fabricated evidence, and systematically failed to carry out basic forensic tests as part of a bogus investigation aimed at framing up militant workers who challenged sweatshop conditions.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 April 2017
In arguing for the hanging of the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers, the prosecution denounced the workers for imperiling the Modi government’s efforts to woo profit-hungry investors.
By our correspondents, 22 April 2017
A picket and meeting in Jaffna next week will demand the release of the imprisoned Indian autoworkers.
By our reporters, 22 April 2017
Workers on the picket line at Fujitsu in Manchester discussed support for the victimised Indian workers, their own dispute and Saturday’s international March for Science.
By our correspondents, 19 April 2017
The demonstration attracted the attention of hundreds of Special Economic Zones workers in Sriperumbudur, an Indian auto manufacturing centre.
By our correspondents, 18 April 2017
Workers on tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s hill country and railway quarters in Colombo demanded the release of the 13 Indian framed-up autoworkers sentenced to life in prison.
“The only ones who gain from war are those in power, the upper one percent”
By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 17 April 2017
Autoworkers at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant (CAP) and at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant in suburban Detroit denounced the threat of nuclear war and signed a petition to demand the freedom of the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India.
By our reporters, 13 April 2017
A number of Sri Lankan artists have sent statements to the World Socialist Web Site calling for the release of jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in India.
“It is a frame-up and war on the working class”
By our reporters, 13 April 2017
It has been nearly a month since an Indian judge condemned 13 autoworkers to life imprisonment.
Background to a labor frame-up:
By Jerry White, 12 April 2017
The life sentences an Indian judge imposed on 13 autoworkers last month were an act of class retribution for the leading role of Maruti Suzuki workers in opposing the sweatshop conditions that prevail across India.
12 April 2017
Workers in Sriperumbudur, Oragadam and other Special Economic Zones should join the April 17 protest and fight for the immediate freeing of the framed-up autoworkers.
The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 3: The prosecution’s untenable “mob attack” narrative
By Eric London and Keith Jones, 11 April 2017
The prosecution’s narrative of the July 18, 2012 altercation is full of inconsistencies, contradictions and dubious claims, including concerning police investigative “lapses.”
By our correspondents, 11 April 2017
Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.
By our correspondents, 10 April 2017
Workers at Opel’s Rüsselsheim factory expressed their support for an international struggle by autoworkers to defend jobs and basic rights.
By Eric London and Keith Jones, 7 April 2017
The fire was the pivot of the prosecution’s case, but it provided not a shred of credible evidence tying any of the workers to the blaze.
By our correspondents, 7 April 2017
While there is enormous sympathy for the framed-up workers, this week’s protests were a pale reflection of the support that could be mobilized were it not for the sabotage of India’s Stalinist parties and affiliated unions.
By our correspondents, 6 April 2017
The Colombo event was organised as a part of the ICFI’s campaign to free the framed-up Indian autoworkers.
By Eric London and Keith Jones, 5 April 2017
Careful examination and systematic refutation of the state’s legal case has always been a critical part of international defense campaigns.
By K. Nesan, 5 April 2017
Many Daimler workers in Stuttgart agreed to sign the online petition demanding the release of their colleagues in India.
In the background of the Maruti Suzuki frame-up
By Shannon Jones and Saman Gunadasa, 4 April 2017
Suzuki is typical of the transnational auto corporations that scour the world in search of the cheapest labor and lowest production costs.
By our correspondents, 3 April 2017
Students and workers in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna denounced the heavy sentences imposed on framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India.
By our correspondents, 1 April 2017
The well-attended SEP/IYSSE picket attracted the attention and interest of workers and youth who were returning home from work or school.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 April 2017
The CPM and CPI and their respective labour federations, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and the All India Trade Union Congress, have systematically isolated the Maruti Suzuki workers.
By our reporters, 31 March 2017
Many of those who spoke to SEP campaigners signed the petition demanding the release of the victimised Indian car workers.
By Moses Rajkumar and Yuvan Darwin, 30 March 2017
Indian auto workers voice their support for the ICFI campaign and demand release of the Maruti Suzuki workers.
30 March 2017
The campaign to overturn the frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers requires the independent mobilisation of the working class in India, throughout South Asia and internationally.
“This is nothing but class war”
By Jerry White, 29 March 2017
Workers and youth from 33 countries on five continents have signed the petition, with many denouncing the frame-up and expressing solidarity with the imprisoned Indian workers.
By our reporters, 29 March 2017
The pickets expressed their support for the campaign to release the Maruti Suzuki workers by applauding a Socialist Equality Party member who had appealed to them for support.
By our correspondents, 28 March 2017
Socialist Equality Party campaigners distributed the ICFI statement “Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers” in Sinhalese and Tamil.
“The 13 workers are political prisoners”
By our reporters, 27 March 2017
Raul Roy, the director of The Factory, the 2015 documentary on the Maruti Suzuki workers, and the Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage have demanded the freedom of the 13 framed-up autoworkers.
27 March 2017
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the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 March 2017
Workers in Sri Lanka, India and around the world must unite to defeat the imprisonment of these victimised workers
“We should be outraged by what is happening in India.”
By a reporting team, 25 March 2017
The campaign to defend 31 framed-up Maruti Suzuki autoworkers in India is winning support among autoworkers in North America.
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 March 2017
Thousands of workers defied a ban on gatherings of five or more people to show their support for the 13 framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers.
By our correspondents, 23 March 2017
South Asian workers denounce the frame-up of innocent workers.
By Keith Jones, 23 March 2017
The presiding judge had to admit police colluded with Maruti Suzuki and fabricated evidence, but even as he did so, he downplayed the significance of these crimes.
22 March 2017
There is not a shred of evidence against any of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life in prison.
By Jerry White, 21 March 2017
Opposition to the brutal life sentences meted out to 13 Maruti Suzuki workers is growing in India and around the world.
By Keith Jones, 18 March 2017
India’s ruling elite has imposed savage sentences on the Maruti Suzuki workers to intimidate the working class and reassure investors that it will ruthlessly enforce sweatshop conditions.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 14 March 2017
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for 13 car assembly workers, including the leadership of an independent union formed in opposition to a company-stooge union.
By Lee Parsons, 7 December 2015
Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India.
By Sampath Perera, 25 November 2015
The documentary from filmmaker Rahul Roy sheds important light on the brutal conditions facing workers in India’s rapidly expanding, globally integrated auto industry.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 1 July 2014
The bail application hearing for the framed-up Maruti Suzuki India workers continues to drag on in the Supreme Court.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 23 October 2012
Indian authorities have tortured militant Maruti Suzuki workers who were jailed as part of a corporate-government conspiracy to convict them on murder charges.
By Arun Kumar, 23 July 2012
It is clear that the plant management deliberately provoked the altercation to intimidate workers and suppress any opposition to slave labour conditions.
“We are determined this time to fight to the end”
By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011
With the grass-root workers determined to win their rights, the carmaker MSI and the Congress Party government are looking to diffuse the crisis and subjugate the workers through the mediation of the Stalinist union leaders.