Update on the Akbarallys-Santacruz workers dispute.
But before I start, I would like to thank each and every reader for their valuable comment(s). The response has been overwhelming. I hope at the end, this awareness does make a huge difference to the lives of the patient workers.
Day before one of the lady employees called in, generally inquiring about the post and its responses. She was also wondering if any newspaper agency had taken interest in printing their cause. The eagerness in her voice could not be missed.
I was pleased to inform her of the great acknowledgment from our blog world, but beyond that there was no concrete help I had to offer. Somehow I feel I have let them down…if only something more would come out of this virtual publicity. I hung up promising to drop by later with the post printouts.
At 5:30 in the evening I was there once again sitting amongst the workers. All searching for some glimmer of hope; seeing and reading the posts with its various comments.
Unfortunately the court hearing only brought about an extension to the case. Another hearing is to take place on the 19th of April. The management asked for more time to settle matters, preferring an out-of-court settlement. They are still stuck on the 50,000 amount, not willing to consider the workers demands.
One worker further said “Knowing our judicial system, we expect something similar on the 19th too. God only knows when our misery will come to an end.”
The management is unnecessarily prolonging the settlement; the delay is costing the workers, their valuable time and energy. Hence they are going to appeal for a two months (or further) salary. An attendance record has been maintained from the 10th of February.
Each and every one of them thanked me profusely for my efforts. Appreciation glittered in their eyes.
It deeply hurts to see their state….committed workers with family and children, now on the streets….battling their cause day-in and day-out. No one to hold their hand!
What hurts more is to read comments suggesting, that workers should go out looking for another job rather than fighting for their rights. How can one close his/her eyes to a brutal reality? Theirs is no more young blood, getting over and moving on after a chapter like this is not easy.
It’s even more pathetic to see media giving importance to an actor’s new born baby but updating on pressing issues is of no concern to them.
We don’t need strong movies (Rang de basanti) and documentaries to inspire our younger generation, these people and their lives are more than enough. They stand united, fighting for what they deserve….one fine day…the world WILL listen!