Gurgaon Workers News

Death and development in Gurgaon

Gurgaon workers news on deaths in India's booming region.

Capitalist development kills in many ways. On 14th of March 2007 several peasants in Nandigram, West Bengal are shot dead protesting against being displaced for a SEZ. In Singur people get killed because they resist the construction of a Tata car factory. Once the car factory is running, the production creates more victims.

The Gurgaon call centre hub

Text from autumn 2006 giving an overview on the call centre hub in Gurgaon, including interviews with workers.

Gurgaon is a satellite town in the south of Delhi, a new development area. The area is characterised by the automobile industry. Maruti/Suzuki, India’s biggest car manufacturer, and Hero Honda and Honda Scooters and Motorcycles India, Indians biggest two-wheeler manufacturers have their plants and suppliers in Gurgaon.

About Gurgaon Workers News

Hero Honda factory occupied, 2006

A brief introduction to the Gurgaon Workers News project.

Gurgaon Workers’ News is a project independent from political parties or unions, trying to support workers’ self-organisation in their struggle for a better life. One of the projects aim is to document the development and workers’ struggles in and around Gurgaon, one of the current boom regions of global capital. For this reason we publish a monthly electronic newsletter on our site.

About Gurgaon

A short description of the town of Gurgaon near New Delhi in India.

Gurgaon is a satellite town in the south of Delhi, situated in the state of Haryana, with about 2,200,000 inhabitants. Haryana was one of the Indian states where the impact of the Green Revolution (`industrialisation of agricultural production´) was most severe.

The real estate of urban wasteland in India

Gurgaon workers news on development projects and company policies in India in January 2010.

The financial crash in autumn 2008 and the more recent payment crisis in Dubai sent shockwaves affecting not only the ‘housing market’, but the financial fundaments of many industrial and urban infrastructure projects. In the following we give some snap-shots of the real estate of crisis in and around Gurgaon.

From BPO to riot – proletarian students in NOIDA clash with police

A faked business processes offshoring (BPO) company took money for employment from some students in NOIDA. When the students noticed the scam they did not allow the company owners to move out the building till they paid them back.

Greater Noida on 10th of January 2010
Over eight students suffered minor injuries in a clash with the police personnel at Knowledge Park-I late last night. The students were protesting against a BPO company company.

Hell’s bells: call centre and workers in global movement

Information and interviews on call centre work and struggles in Romania and India from January 2010.

It seems that with the crisis a last push of global re-location of call centre and IT related services take place. IBM announces to cut thousands of jobs in the global north while adding 5,000 jobs to its India centres. Though the interview with Convergys workers reveals that the call centre Mekka Gurgaon is not left untouched by the slump either.

Struggle at Wipro in Romania

The Indian Rico strike and the aftermath: when capital wants to "de-risk"

The report of a Rico auto worker of a strike in 2009, alongside another similar struggle and general questions about workers' organisation in India.

Aftermath of the Rico strike

The following report of a Rico worker is part of a longer article published and distributed in Hindi in FMS no.227. Apart from the Rico dispute the article documents a workers’ struggle in Gorakhpur and asks general questions about how to organise.

Gurgaon Garment Export Workers’ Reports and Escapist Hopes of the Export Regime

Reports from Indian textile workers about their conditions, from autumn 2009.

These reports were told by workers during the distribution of Faridabad Mazdoor Samachar in autumn 2009. Most of the workers are employed in textile factories – some of them working for major companies like H&M, GAP or Calvin Klein. The textile export companies announced in December 2009 that the market is back on track and that exports to the US and Europe grow again.

GurgaonWorkersNews no.21 – November 2009

Indian auto workers strike, October 2009

Workers group's newsletter from India's special export zone, with workplace reports from the area and detailed coverage of the huge strikes of auto workers in October-November 2009.

GurgaonWorkersNews no.21 – November 2009
November 4, 2009

(Automobile Workers Strike – 20th of October 2009)

Gurgaon Workers News – Newsletter 21 (November 2009)