[Mazdoor Sangathan Samiti, a workers union in Jharkhand, has recently been outlawed by the Jharkhand government by declaring it as a Maoist front. The MSS, is an old workers’ union, set up by the well known lawyer and labour activist from Dhanbad, Satyanarayan Bhattacharya, in the 1980-s, engaged in organizing the workers in various industries in the state. -Ed]MSS statement
SFC statement on banning of MSS
SFC opposes the fascist attack by BJP government on Majdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS, Jharkhand) and demands the immediate withdrawal of ban and all the false cases over its members
The present BJP government of Jharkhand has banned the Majdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS, Jharkhand) under Section 16 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA). This clearly is a case of using power unconstitutionally and unlawfully by the government as MSS has been working for the rights of tribals and workers for over three decades and is a registered Trade Union. This raises serious questions over the imposition of such laws which is being used to violate the basic constitutional rights of tribals and workers by the government. The ban was imposed on the grounds that the organization had invited Vara Vara Rao, a renowned Telegu poet, to a meeting celebrating 100 years of great Russian revolution. For this, the organization was accused of being a Frontal Organization of CPI (Maoist) and linked with the Naxalites. But the hidden agenda was to stop the ongoing protest by MSS over issues like that of Motilal Baske fake encounter and the “Momentum Jharkhand”. Motilal Baske, a worker was shot dead in a fake encounter on the ground that he was a Naxalite which created a large protest against the ongoing government. On other hand, schemes like “Momentum Jharkhand” allowed industrialists and various companies to deprive the natives of their natural resources in the name of development.
So far, we have seen in many cases that whenever any individual or group tries to fight for the rights of workers and tribals and against big industrialists and landlords who oppress them, the government comes up terming them Naxalites and justifies their actions against them. The term Naxalite is used by the government with the help of media throughout a long period of time to project any organisation as a terrorist organisation and hence whenever it is used, even the most unlawful activities of the government are simply ignored by majority of citizens of India. Does talking about workers, peasants and tribal and demanding or fighting for their rights wrong? And most important, why is government so scared with them? The answer is very much clear and shows that the government always takes side of their benefactors, the industrialists, businessmen etc against all the working society, the peasants, the workers, the tribals etc. And hence it becomes very important to understand that over which side we are present? Being a student, we can be advised by many to stay away from this matter or rather stay away from this whole politics. But we need to understand how these matters affects us directly or indirectly.
Hence, SFC appeal all the students, workers, intellectuals and citizens of the country to get aware and unite to fight against the ban on MSS.
IFTU CONDEMNS THE IMPOSITION OF BAN ON MAZDOOR SANGHATAN SAMITHI
INDIAN FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS (IFTU)
Office: Marx Bhavan,7th Line Vidyanagar, Hyderabad, Telangana
The National Committee of IFTU strongly condemns the ban on Mazdoor Sanghatan Samithi (MSS) by the Jharkand government on the grounds that it is helping the Maoists, that it has called Varavara Rao to address a meeting and that it is imposing levies et al.
The MSS is a trade union organization engaged in organizing the workers in various industries in the state of Jharkand. It is a leading trade union fighting for the realization of the legitimate demands of the workers. A legal and open workers organization as the MSS cannot be dubbed as a frontal organization of the Maoists and impose a ban on it merely because Varavara Rao was called to address a meeting. This is very strange as Varavara Rao has been addressing meetings in many states and nothing like banning the organizations that invited him has happened.
As a registered trade union it has the right to receive subscription fee from its member workers and contributions from various sections of society for conducting its activities. Therefore the basis on which the Jharkand government imposed the ban is utterly false and motivated to favour the managements against whom the workers are fighting under the leadership of MSS. MSS cannot be punished by way of a ban merely for airing its views on the policies of the government. Suppression of normal democratic activity by the government amounts to curtailing civil rights of the people.
The IFTU demands the immediate revocation of the ban on MSS and calls upon all democracy-loving people to voice their protest against the ban.
General Secretary: Pradeep
JOINT PLATFORM OF COAL CONTRACT WORKERS UNIONS(JPCCWU)
JPCCWU QUESTIONS THE IMPOSITION OF BAN ON MSS
DEMANDS ITS WITHDRAWAL
The Joint Platform of Coal Contract Workers Unions(JPCCWU) expresses its serious concern over the imposition of ban on Mazdoor Sanghatan Samithi(MSS) by the Government of Jharkand on grounds that are false and flimsy and cannot stand legal scrutiny. The MSS in Jharkand has a long history as a trade union organization engaged in the fight for defending the rights of the workers, particularly of the workers in the unorganized sector and the contract workers. The ban of a legal,registered trade union like the MSS is motivated and cannot be justified on the grounds the state government has manufactured.
The MSS, which is a constituent of the joint platform, is one of the trade union centres in the state that has a large membership of workers and the instant ban on it would obviously affect their legitimate rights. By banning a trade union organization, the state government has proved its bias in favour of the managements and appears to have acted at the instance of those forces that hold the economic reins in the state. It is an attack on the rights of the working class and on the freedom of association guaranteed by the Constitution. The JPCCWU strongly condemns this undemocratic act of the government of Jharkand and demands the withdrawal of the ban orders on the MSS. It calls upon the working class at large to voice their protest against the ban intended to stifle its voice.
General Secretary,All ECLWEU