Indian workers right to strike under attack

Earlier this month around 1,000 workers at Apollo, a major tyre producing company operating in the industrial belt of the southern city of Chennai, went on strike for the right to form a union and to improve their wages and conditions. The local government quickly intervened to declare the auto sector as part of essential sector and the strike illegal. This latest strike is another indication of the growing willingness to fight by the new Indian industrial class, notwithstanding the vicious repression unleashed by the state against the Maruti Suzuki and the Pricol workers.