Revolutionary Greetings to all comrades on May Day!
Organise hoisting of the red flag of the union, Demonstrations, Rallies, Meetings to celebrate the International Day of the Working Class!
Pay Respectful Homage to the thousands and thousands of martyrs who sacrificed all for defending workers interests all over the world!
Remember the Chicago Martyrs whose sacrifice for an 8 hour day benefited the entire working class!
Prepare the workers for the 2nd September 2016 strike in defence of the people and on the most important demands of the Indian Workers!
WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
02 May 2015
Workers from around the world organized mass strikes, demonstrations, rallies for the 1st of May in every country of the world, celebrations that honored the 129 years since the revolt of the workers in Chicago and projected their internationalism and demanded contemporary rights for the working class in each country, better wages, labor and trade union rights and liberties, social security, policies to confront unemployment.
Thie May Day has dawned to me at Mumbai Airport. This was accidental. I wanted to be at Delhi, but it was not to be.
I had gone to Jamnagar, Gujarat, to attend the the Central executive Committee Meeting of AIBDPA on 28-29 April 2015. There was no train from Jamnagar to Delhi on that day. I had booked a train ticket to Delhi on 30th April, but it was still in waiting list. The DOT having fixed a meeting with the Forum on 1st May, I have to reach Delhi earlier. So I booked a flight ticket from Jamnagar to Delhi. There is no direct flight from Jamnagar to Delhi. So I booked Jamnagar to Mumbai and Mumbai to Delhi. Jamnagar to Mumbai at 1500 hours on 30th and Mumbai to Delhi on 1st May early morning.There was no ticket available from Mumbai to Delhi on 30th; all were booked. and the charges was about Rs.8,000 more than the normal rates.
I reached Mumbai at 16.00 hours on 30th April. I once again tried for a ticket on the day itself, but again no ticket. I could have gone out from the airport and stayed with our comrades and friends and come in the morning next day and board the flight. But some how I thought that since boarding card has already been issued, I will stay in the airport till next day.
But after some time I felt that sitting in the chair in the airport till morning may not be easy. I went to one of the Air India officers on duty and requested whether it is possible to get lounge or rest room. Since it is only for executive class, he could not oblige. After some time he told me to come after 09.00 PM and enquire again. He wanted to help.
At about 09.00 PM, when I met him again, he took me and showed me a sofa and told that I can rest or sleep there. I thanked him and went to sleep. In fact, I had a very good sleep. At about 04.00 AM, I got up, had the morning rituals and got ready by 05.00. I wanted once again to thank the AI Officer, but he has already left, being off duty.
So, I am at the Mumbai Airport in the early morning of May Day. A nice experience of hospitality of Air India. Thanks!
May Day Rally at Moscow on 1st May
International Workers’ Day was marked by widespread protests against austerity and attacks on workers’ rights, with major clashes with police in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, and in cities across Asia and Europe.
The biggest confrontation between workers and state forces came in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, after the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan banned marchers from entering the city’s central Taksim Square, the site of violent repression of anti-government protests last summer.
The authorities mobilized nearly 40,000 police, shut parts of the public transportation system, and set up steel barricades to divert marchers away from the square. Despite police firing tear gas and water cannon, thousands of demonstrators defied the government ban.
Nearly 100 people were injured and at least 200 arrested, according to press reports from the city. There was fighting in the Okmeydani district, a working class area, where marchers chanted the name of Berkin Elvan, who died March 11 after 269 days in a coma. The 14-year-old was hit by a police tear-gas canister fired during anti-government protests last year.
The government permitted 200 trade unionists to enter Taksim square to lay a wreath commemorating the deaths of 36 workers in 1977, when right-wing gunmen attacked a huge May Day gathering there. Workers’ protests were banned in the square from 1977 to 2010, and Erdogan reimposed the ban last year amid mounting unrest in the country.
There were widespread protests across east, southeast and south Asia, where industrial development over the past 30 years has created the largest working class in the world. Thousands marched in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore and Phnom Penh.
In Manila, the Philippine capital, workers burned an effigy of President Benigno Aquino outside the presidential palace, accusing her of corruption and attacks on democratic rights. They chanted against rising prices and the replacement of regular employees by temporary workers.
In Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, more than a thousand workers defied a government ban on protests and fought with security forces. Several dozen workers were beaten near a downtown park. The country’s fast-growing apparel industry has been hit by a wave of strikes.
Some 100,000 workers rallied in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, demanding an increase of 30 percent in the minimum wage, and concessions on housing, education and public transportation. Union leaders have sought to curb working class unrest, expressed in a wave of strikes and in growing popular hostility to all the right-wing parties contesting the country’s parliamentary election.
There were sizeable protests against austerity policies across southern Europe, with large turnouts at Syntagma Square in Athens, in major cities in Italy, including Milan, Turin and Rome, and in Barcelona, Spain.
The largest demonstration in Europe took place in Moscow, where the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a May Day parade in Red Square, the first since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. More than 100,000 took part.
Similar demonstrations were held in Simferopol and Sevastopol, the two main cities in Crimea, and in regional cities across Russia, as far east as Vladivostok.
The crowds were large, including 100,000 in Simferopol, the Crimean capital, and an estimated two million across the country, according to the trade unions.
The turnout showed popular hostility to the anti-Russian campaign by American and European imperialism over Ukraine, as well as giving a glimpse of the increasing social tensions within Russia, between the working class and the wealthy oligarchs who are the political base of Putin’s rule.
There were demonstrations in the Western Hemisphere as well, with thousands marching for immigrant rights in Los Angeles, and protests in many Latin American countries. (Courtesy: Ganashakti)
My Revolutionary Greetings to all comrades, friends and well wishers on this May Day, the International Day of Workers!
May Day is celebrated and observed all over the world in memory of the great struggles waged by the working class and toiling masses for a better living, equal opportunities and for a socialist society where all are equal.
It is a day when we remember and pay homage to the numberless martyrs who sacrificed their all for the downtrodden and for a better society.
It is a day when we remember with pride the advances made by the workers, the great struggles organised for their cause.
MAY DAY GREETINGS !