After attempts to unionize and demand healthier labor conditions, workers of the Maruti Suzuki auto plant in Haryana, India have been met with state violence and the denial of their rights. This has led to the dismissal of over 500 permanent workers and 1800 contract workers, and the arrest of 148 workers since last July. This has been one of the largest workers' strikes in India in the past fifteen years.
We spoke with organizers connected to Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union to hear about the ongoing fight for labor and legal rights. We also hear from Suzanne Adely, a labor rights lawyer, about international efforts to support the workers.
Suzanne Adely - International UAW, India Project Coordinator
August marked the one year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). For many young undocumented people, DACA presents an opportunity to work legally and for a temporary reprieve from the fear of deportation. But not all people who are eligible have applied. And the program is currently only set to give youth a temporary reprieve from deportation.
APF sat down with Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU Law School, and asked her to describe the mood in 2012 after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program was announced.
Alina Das - Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU Law School