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Thursday, July 19, 2012

When slaves revolt! India Suzuki plant riot leaves one dead, scores injured

Editor's Note: There are hundreds of protests daily in China and India over wages and other unfair, and sometimes Roman Galley Slave like practices of multinational corporations, of Fortune 500 companies that have set up shop in these nations. As the Global Economy tanks, these corporations are desperately trying to maintain profitability by reducing costs, mostly in the form of wages. Since these workers were paid subsistence level wages to begin with, cutting their wages to reduce costs is like trying to squeeze blood out of a rock. Look for far bigger and deadlier protests and revolts against Corporate tyranny in the future. 
Up to 100 people have been arrested for attacking managers and executives at India's top carmaker - Maruti Suzuki plant. The chaos left one dead and many injured, forcing the plant to suspend its operations. A burned body had been recovered from the plant's main conference room after clashes between workers and executives erupted late on Wednesday. The body was identified as a General Manager in the Human Resource department of the company. Ninety nine workers have been already arrested following the violence, which charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, infliction of grievous bodily harm and rioting. Police say more arrests are likely to come over the next 48 hours – most of those accused are union leaders and workers. The rampage in which up to 95 people were injured, including nine police officers, was reportedly sparked by a conflict between a shop floor employee and a supervisor. But eyewitnesses say there had been tension at the plant since 6 pm Wednesday over ongoing talks on wage revision.

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