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News :: Globalization
Indian labor leaders to visit Boston
30 Nov 2004
BOSTON -- A delegation of Indian labor leaders will address "outsourcing" and other international labor issues at a public event in Cambridge on December 2. Members of the tour are seeking a dialogue with U.S. workers about mutual interests in the fight to defend good jobs and ensure fair labor standards.
The three labor leaders are: Ashim Roy, the President of several unions representing General Electric workers in Gujarat state; V. Chandra, Organizing Secretary of a miners' union; and Anannya Bhattacharjee, coordinator of the international collaboration between Jobs with Justice and the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI). The NTUI is an effort to bring together India's many independent unions, unaffiliated with political parties, into a new confederation.

In addition to many private meetings with area trade unionists and labor movement activists, there will be a public event: "Outsourcing and our communities: A dialogue with Indian Trade Unionists," on Thursday, December 2 at Harvard University, 125 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd Fl. (Behind Harvard Sq. Post Office) in Cambridge, MA from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. The event is co-sponsored by Harvard Law School's Labor & Worklife Program.

"Thousand of U.S. jobs are being outsourced to lower-wage countries like India. If we allow the multinational corporations to drive a wedge between us, we all lose," said Russ Davis, Executive Director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. "These corporations are global, so we need a global movement to fight for better jobs and more secure futures. It can only be achieved with international solidarity between workers and our communities."

In addition to Boston, the solidarity tour will be visiting New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Erie, PA, Seattle, Portland, Washington, and Atlanta.

Jobs with Justice is a network of over 40 local workers' rights coalitions in the U.S. that connects labor, faith-based, community, and student organizations to work together for social and economic justice.

Reporters may make arrangements for interviews by contacting Anannya Bhattacharjee at 202 679-0180. For more details about the NTUI tour, visit the Massachusetts Jobs with Justice website at
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