Saturday, April 23, 2016
How do you define following, 'right to gather' and right to Meet/ings / participate with no interference'?
i read today that the officials in charge of the place (in Kirulapona?) that the JO's May rally planning to be held, all of a sudden refused to give the permission for the event. I guess the permission was requested and was granted officially (?) or unofficially. Am i right?
Now what i m asking here is, according to what 'right or rule' they have decided to do so?
what other place they have requested and given instead?
What is 'may day', according to your level of awareness?
Is it a local political term specific only to this country region, or a particular continent?
It is a day people celebrate globally
How do you analyze the right of 'right to gather', equal rights, equity?
Do not look at ‘May day’ in a political perspective’.
It is a day people (workers together with all types of fighters , leaders) have won after facing indiscernible number of sufferings.
Remove all political glasses you are wearing and look at it as a day that you must do something specific to address or to solve any issues the working class people face or the person called ‘laborer’ face here or there or any where of this globe.
I like to believe that we are now in a world where slavery is fully and totally eliminated or something discarded for ever from the vocabulary of ‘today’s labor force’ in its practices. But is it something that we can heartily believe?
I have a feeling that in the modern day world, the workers are experiencing the modern version of slavery though I cannot specifically name pointing my finger at someone / group. The difference is that, compared to then, the ‘today’s slaves earn something called a ‘salary’.
Is it a term derived from ‘the practices of slavery’, the salary?
Compared to past when slavery (old version) was in practice in Africa or in America before Abraham Lincoln , the today’s worker / labour do not get ‘slashes’ but ‘pay cuts’ or something similar as punishments.
Any how the workers today have to believe that compared to various eras of then, the situation of the worker today is at least 95% better.
That to get or to reach this level of ‘95%’ wasn’t easy for any of the workers who struggled, fought against all / any ill wills of the employers, the masters of all kinds and types here or there of the world. Winning the rights of workers (female or male), one by one, was a gradual process. Winning the rights of laborers were not something that just began at FORD or here at ‘thummulla’ weaving mill’ , the fight began at various places at various stages / levels globally in though those fights were not that significant or known to the world.
Overtime payments, workman compensations, standard basic wage (minimum wage) salary increments; though some of these things are known to people as something that promised by politicians’, the importance of really using or getting the benefit is indescribable. And those terms and facts are belongs to the things called rights of workers, global though certain benefits they get depend on the code of conducts , local labour laws, agreements made between the employer and the employee.
I do not know whether the government workers are now receiving the Rs. 10,000/= promised by the present government during election campaigns. The government is now ‘how many years old?
One full year and nearly four months. Right?
I have heard / read government representatives were saying that they have no money to do so but what is so highly surprise is ‘the incentives the members of the parliament were getting or suggested to be given. The car permits, the other benefits (money allocations for shelter, vine store permits) etc. If my memory is accurate the government had spent four hundred millions for the vehicle permit (?) allowances or something after deciding to change the system what existed earlier. (Vehicle permits for medical offices?) .
They (the present government) are very good at changing the things like acts and things existed to new version totally discarding, cancelling or adjusting.
i.e. The government has decided to cancelled the act of terrorism prevention ( the existed version) presented by former government (?) presenting a new version of it instead.
I do not know why all of a sudden they’ve decided to do so, especially when that act helped, supported to control and eliminate, discard three decade plus years existed chronic illness called ‘terrorism’ 2009, though it was a step by step process.
It is so interesting to know the ‘differences between the terrorism fever / cancerous illness existed then (until 2009) and the terrorism that they are talking about now?
Are you taking it (the new terrorism prevention act) to the Geneva to get the approval?
The other things is that If some of the high VIP’s of the country had the privilege to participate ‘maha viru dina celebrations’ delivering speeches to please the group, why JO cannot hold any rallies or events to mark the ‘May Day’ with less destructions or less bars?
I do not know what democracy is that?
I guess that is a very poor attempt to bar or stop people / members of the SLFP joining the rally organized by the Joint Opposition.
The labour constitution ( Kamkaru Pragnapthiya) introduced by then minister of labour , former president Mahinda Rajapakse was a document highly useful to the workers of this country and I do not know whether the present government has any plans to dismiss the act introducing a new version?
Yes it is true that the workers pension schemes, E.P.F. and ETF something very useful to every worker who was eligible to receive that benefit and also it is happy to hear that the government has stopped changing the ways, system of paying it and decided to practice the same ways paying them, listening to opposes, the requests of workers / pensioners.
I know that I didn’t fully discuss each and every important fact about labourers / workers, about May Day but I am not totally dissatisfied about ‘today’s essay’.
I wish all who fight against ‘the barriers for workers’, against all or any kinds of tortures things they face at any level or any circumstances all the strength & Power to heal them, to help achieve their wishes ,to support gain needs and wants of the workers globally.