India: Protesting workers shot by company win reinstatement

[Gorakhpur, Utter Pradesh, India. Workers at Ankur Udyog textile manufacturing company had been in dispute for wages and conditions.]
May 20, 2011, Australia Asia Worker Links -- Hundreds of workers from Ankur Udyog travelled to Delhi to participate in a May Day march and present their charter of demands to the government. Because they went to the march, 18 workers were sacked in an attempt to break the union campaign. When they returned to their factory on 3 May, they were shot by company security guards: 20 workers were injured, one very seriously.

Since the attack on the workers mobilisations have continued in Gorakhpur, and the factory owners have reinstated the sacked workers. However workers at two more factories owned by the same company are locked out, and there has been no action against the guards or factory owners who perpetrated the crime of shooting the workers. Some of the workers have been on hunger strike, and workers from many factories in Gorakhpur are providing solidarity and support to the Ankur Udyog workers.

More information on the dispute in Gorakhpur here

More information on the workers' charter here

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