A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine
Vol. 14, No. 10, 01 – 07 MARCH 2011
Concessions for Corporates,
Cuts for the People
With Assembly elections approaching in several key states and the government having lost all credibility for its complete failure to check prices and curb corruption, the budget this year was widely expected to be a desperate 'balancing act'. A 'balancing act' it has been, but the end result is once again more of the same: a crushing burden on the common people, bountiful largesse for the corporate biggies. Despite unprecedented inflation, the government slashed food, fuel and fertilizer subsidies by more than Rs. 20,000 crore and signalled further cuts in the coming days. Contrast this to signals to the corporate sector: reduction in surcharge on corporate tax from 7.5% to 5%, and no curtailment in stimulus package, and there can be absolutely no doubt as to who the budget is meant for.
Godhra Verdict: Questions Remain
CPI(ML)'s March in Lucknow to Protest Rising Crime against Dalits & Women
New Delhi:CPI(ML) Protests against pro-Corporate, anti-people Budget
Successful strike for wage increase by power loom workers in Tamilnadu
2nd State Conference of TN Democratic Construction Labourers' Union
Chhatisgarh: AICCTU held a day long dharna on 24 February at the main gate of Bhilai Steel Plant to say NO to disinvestment of SAIL and to fulfil all other long-standing demands like housing, PF dues etc., and guaranteeing minimum wages of contract workers simultaneously with ensuring harassment-free work environment for them.
Uttarakhand: AICCTU held its Pithoragarh District Conference of Bhojanmata Union and Aanganwadi Workers on 1st January and 20 February respectively. Both the Conferences elected their district units. Comrades Govind Kaphalia and Vidya Rajwar were speakers at these conferences.
Wisconsin Workers Standing Up Strong To Save The Unions!
Abridged version of the Statement of the Revolutionary Organization of Labor, USA
February 26, 2011: Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson aptly entitled a recent column: "Workers Toppled a Dictator in Egypt, But Might Be Silenced in Wisconsin". In mid-February newly elected Wisconsin governor Walker announced a "non-negotiable" state budget plan that substantially cuts the benefits and eliminates nearly all collective bargaining rights for state workers. As a police state tactic, he put the National Guard on alert, in case state workers rose up in protest.
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