An appeal by ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, Manesar, Gurgaon
3rd December 2014
We the contract workers of ASTI Electronics factory at IMT Manesar, Gurgaon are on Dharna from 3rd November and 7 of us continue fast-unto-death from 25th November with our just demands against contractualisation, illegal lay off, and exploitation.
We had a tripartite meeting with the management and labour department day before and yesterday 2nd December. The management of
Anti-social elements instigated by the management have been continuing to harass us, to inform which, a team of workers also met the Police Commissioner Gurgaon yesterday, but no concrete steps have been taken by the police other than forming barricades from the management’s side in front of the factory.
The health of 5 women and 2 male workers on fast-unto-death from 25th November is deteriorating, and ketone body has been found in the blood samples. But the Gurgaon administration has not even sent a single doctor or any medical assistance to the dharna site till date. A team of workers from ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti also met the DC (Deputy Commissioner) Gurgaon to tell the administration to remind them of their responsibility but to no heed. We shall go to meet the DC Gurgaon again tomorrow 4th December at 11am and we appeal to pro-worker individuals and forces to come in solidarity in the meeting with the DC Gurgaon.
We are enthused to have received solidarity from workers in industrial belt. But at present, we are continuing with our struggle in the face of severe odds of anti-worker management-administration-police nexus. We are faced with a severe financial crisis which is becoming a hurdle in sustaining our struggle. We appeal to all pro-worker forces and individuals to come to our dharna site and also to contribute financially to our struggle.
Please send in your contributions to:
State Bank of
Sector 10A, Gurgaon Branch,
Account No. 34189662682
CIF No. 87673860011
Contact for further details: Shivani and Raghuvendra
(ASTI Theka Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti):
09555671885; 9654553194, 9971735073
Wire harnessing process (assembling wires on a board) involves different stages that are completed in 3 shifts. Firstly wires are cut using a machine. Huge chances of accidents are involved in this process where there is a risk of cutting one’s finger. The wire is crimped i.e. the wires are squeezed from their ends manually using a crimping machine to obstruct air pockets, these air pockets cause corrosion of copper wire leading to damage of machinery. Terminals are later attached to the ends. All this takes place in the machine shop.
The most tedious part of this process involves assembling of wires on a board. This process takes place on a conveyor belt. The workers work in lines and must produce harnesses according to designs provided to them. Interestingly here in Asti-Manesar, more women workers are employed for this tedious process. Numbers of women workers exceed the number of male workers in this final process.
Both mentally and physically challenging, this final process takes place only during the daytime shift A from 7 to 3:20. Many of them are made to work overtime. The pressure of meeting targets has been increasing. Reducing toilet and tea breaks and increasing the speed of conveyor belt gradually on an hourly basis are some of the ways of increasing work pressure on the workers by the management. During the summertime, cases of workers fainting have been reported often. A pregnant woman had a miscarriage while working on the conveyor belt. (Anshita and Arya (2014).
One Night in Manesar..; http://sanhati.com/articles/11947/)
Most of the women workers are migrants from
On asking her why she was doing this, she said that in a couple of years, say in one or two, she would be married off, and she really wants to remember that she had done something radical like this. Well, maybe she didn’t remember then that there are others amidst her, who have left behind their kids and husbands and are participating in the strike.
(Anshita and Arya (2014). One Night in Manesar
The solidarity is pouring in from workers and other unions in the industrial belt. Various independent unions from nearby factories have been coming in solidarity, contributing financially, carrying out collections at the factory gates to support the