The Struggle of Maruti Suzuki Auto Workers

Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers

Indian ICFI supporters to hold a public meeting in Sriperumbudur

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.

Legal appeals of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers expose travesty of justice

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.”

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

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.

Aisin Automotive workers in India’s Haryana state face a new company-government witchhunt

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.

Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up 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”

Four months since the frame-up and sentencing of Maruti Suzuki workers in India

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.

The Maruti Suzuki frame-up and the history of international labor defense campaigns

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.

Sri Lankan free trade zone workers call for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

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

Lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers denounces frame-up

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

Maruti Suzuki worker condemns court verdict as “pre-determined”

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.

Indian authorities seek to imprison more Maruti Suzuki workers on frame-up charges

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.

Sri Lankan students demand release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki 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:

The World Socialist Web Site and the Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lanka: SEP holds meeting and picket in Hatton for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 27 May 2017

Plantation workers, youth and housewives from Hatton and plantation estates participated in the SEP campaign.

Sri Lankan plantation workers support campaign to release framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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

India’s finance minister meets with Maruti Suzuki chairman

By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2017

The tour was aimed at reassuring Japanese investors that India is committed to enforcing a low-wage regime.

Students and workers in Pittsburgh and western New York support framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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”

A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

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

Defend the 13 framed-up Indian Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lanka: Jaffna picket demands release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lanka SEP holds picket in Jaffna to free Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 28 April 2017

Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.

Tamil workers in northern Sri Lanka support Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and the battle of the Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lanka: Jaffna residents demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 22 April 2017

A picket and meeting in Jaffna next week will demand the release of the imprisoned Indian autoworkers.

Fujitsu strikers in the UK speak out in defence of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

India: ICFI supporters protest to demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lankan plantation and railway workers condemn Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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”

US autoworkers denounce drive to World War III, demand freedom for Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Sri Lankan artists express solidarity with the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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”

Support grows for Maruti Suzuki workers

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:

What the Maruti Suzuki workers were fighting for

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.

Indian ICFI supporters to picket for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

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.”

Indian railway and transport workers denounce Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our correspondents, 11 April 2017

Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.

German autoworkers support Maruti Suzuki 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.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 2: The factory fire and the death of Avineesh Dev

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.

Workers across India condemn Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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.

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting demands release of Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 1: A travesty of justice

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.

German auto workers oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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

Portrait of the Suzuki corporation, a ruthless transnational employer

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.

Sri Lankan university students condemn Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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.

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold picket to demand freedom of Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

India: Stalinist-led unions call token protest against frame up of Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Australian workers and youth speak out against Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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.

Indian auto workers demand release of Maruti Suzuki 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.

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE to picket and hold public meeting for release of 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”

International support grows for petition to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

UK: Strikers at Fujitsu support release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki 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.

Sri Lankan workers support campaign to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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”

South Asian filmmakers Rahul Roy and Prasanna Vithanage back campaign to free Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Social Media Video: Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

27 March 2017

Share this video and sign the petition!

Join the fight to free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

By 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.”

US, Canadian autoworkers speak in defense of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Maruti Suzuki workers lead protest demanding freedom for 13 workers jailed for life

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.

Campaign for release of Maruti Suzuki workers wins support in India and Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 23 March 2017

South Asian workers denounce the frame-up of innocent workers.

Sham character of Maruti Suzuki workers’ trial further exposed

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.

The key facts of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ case

22 March 2017

There is not a shred of evidence against any of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life in prison.

Support grows for framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

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.

India: Framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life imprisonment

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.

India: 31 victimized Maruti Suzuki workers convicted on frame-up charges

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.

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

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.

The Factory: Documentary brings Indian auto workers’ struggle to an international audience

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.

Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in India continue to be denied bail

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.

India: Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers subjected to torture

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki launches witch-hunt against workers

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.

Maruti Suzuki India workers challenge cheap-labor regime

“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.