GMI workers organize demonstration, detained

The Times of India |  By  | April, 14 2011 |  Share  | Source Article

VADODARA: The protests staged by General Motors India`s (GMI) striking workers in Halol for last one month reached the city on Thursday. Hundreds of workers, who were demonstrating near Mahatma Gandhi Nagargruh, were detained by the city police.

The workers were demonstrating against GMI management and the city police, but they did not have permission to hold the protest. They were let off by Thursday evening. The GMI workers have been protesting against the management for last one month demanding better working conditions and facilities. They decided to stage demonstrations in the city as assistant director of industrial safety and health sits here. "We had sought permission for the staging demonstration from Vadodara police, but they denied our application. So we decided to go ahead and protest against the police and GMI. Ours is a democratic country and the Constitution gives us full rights to hold peaceful demonstration," Gujarat INTUC working president and Gujarat Kamdar Mandal general secretary Nihil Mehta said. "We were denied permission to hold demonstration in Halol and Godhra too. We are protesting peacefully and are not flouting any law," Mehta added. Over 500 workers took part in the demonstration. The city police detained 275 workers.


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