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Karnataka: Victorious Sanitation Workers Strike

In a historic victory to the sanitation workers across Karnataka, the BJP-led government at the State has agreed to make their jobs permanent, among other demands. After a four-day long strike held in 31 districts, including sweepers, auto drivers, helpers, loaders, UGD workers, who were working under the direct-payment system, sham contract, daily wagers, among other artificially distinguished workers, will be made permanent.

Exposing the BJP’s ploy to deny Anganwadi workers/ helpers their due

 

Reading the judgment of the Supreme Court

 

Hunger feels like pincers, like the bite of crabs;

it burns, burns, and has no fur.

Let us sit down soon to eat with all those who haven't eaten;

let us spread great tablecloths, put salt in lakes of the world,

set up planetary bakeries, tables with strawberries in snow,

and a plate like the moon itself from which we can all eat.

Inflation and Corporate Takeover : An Unfolding Tragedy

In a video, a man walks into a vegetable shop for lemons. He pays 5 rupees for the lemon and presents a small glass. The vendor takes out a syringe, inserts it into the lemon. He pulls out 10 ml of lemon juice using the syringe and gives it to the customer. This video is a comedy sketch, which is going viral on social media. But underneath this comedy video lies a great tragedy unfolding in India.   

The Enduring Legacy of the May Day

The First May Day

In the late nineteenth century, the working classes were in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour workday. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10-to-16-hours a day in unsafe conditions and in heavily underpaid jobs. Death and injury were commonplace at many workplaces. As early as the 1860’s, working people started agitating to shorten the workday without a cut in pay. This movement started in Australia, and gradually spread elsewhere.