India: Trade unions join farmers’ nationwide strike
BWI’s trade union affiliates in India joined a nationwide strike (Bharat Bandh) called by different farmers’ organisations on 27 September to demand the repeal of farm laws and to oppose the country’s privatisation policy and anti-worker labour codes.
The strike was called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (United Farmers Front), an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions.
BWI affiliates across states -Tamil Nadu (SGEU, AIKTMS & TCTU), Odisha (INBCWF, OFMFPWU, ONMS & OKKS), Rajasthan (AHBWU), Bihar (HKMP & CLU), Kerala (KKNTC), Karnataka (KSCWCU), Uttar Pradesh (UPGMS), Punjab (BMS), Himachal Pradesh (AHPWDIPHCWU) and Gujarat (SEWA & BMS) organised protest demonstrations, rallies and public meetings to mark the day.
Central trade unions such as the INTUC, HMS, CITU and AIUTC also joined the strike.
INBCWF President Dr. R.C. Khuntia thanked everyone who joined the massive protests.
“The farmers and workers are united in their voice against the flawed policies pursued by the government. It is time for the government to wake up to our concerns and put in place corrective constitutional actions. We are an agrarian economy and undermining the rights of farmers can have a very detrimental impact on the economy,” said Khuntia, who is also the vice president of INTUC.