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India: Joint Statement by National Trade Unions and Independent Federations/Associations Reiterates Solidarity With Ongoing Struggles of the Peasants | Statement of Jan 6, 2021

6 January

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Joint Statement

JOINT PLATFORM OF CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS AND INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS REITERATES ACTIVE SOLIDARITY TO ONGOING DETERMINED STRUGGLES BY THE FARMERS

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations/Associations while continuing to extend their active solidarity to the ongoing farmers’ struggle countrywide, conveys hearty congratulations to the farmers and their organizations for their determined struggles and more than a month long continuous stay-in demonstration by lakhs of farmers around the borders of Delhi braving cold, rains and inclement weather and also confronting police atrocities in certain areas. The Joint Platform also conveys their homage of respects to those brothers and sisters who lost their lives while participating in the struggle and embraced martyrdom.

The Joint Platform of CTUs and Federations/Associations also denounces the central government for their utterly negative and egoistic approach in the matter of repealing the draconian farm laws, the Electricity Bill (which is not even a law) and also ensuring a legal guarantee for MSP for all crops along with government procurement. The Joint Platform also condemns the vilification campaign against the struggling farmers and their organizations by the Govt. branding them as Khalistanis, terrorists etc using the godi media and their paid Troll Army. It is heartening that such lie-campaign by the Govt. had no impact at all and everyday more and more people from all over the country are joining the farmers’ stay-in brigades around the borders of Delhi and simultaneously solidarity agitations are taking place in all the states countrywide. The workers are playing a frontline role in such solidarity actions.

The United Platform of Farmers’ Organisations have now decided to intensify the struggle and spread it countrywide. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has decided a series of programmes of grass-root level campaign converging in three days’ mahapadav in all the state capitals on 23-25 January 2021 and a parallel republic day parade on 26th January 2021 after the official parade is over.

The AIKSCC, while acknowledging the continuing solidarity support by the workers and trade unions in their struggle, has requested the Central Trade Unions and Federations to extend their active support to the agitation programmes adopted by them vide their communication to all Central Trade Unions dated 4th January 2021.

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations/Associations calls upon the working class and their unions countrywide to extend active solidarity support while asserting their own demands to scrap the Labour Codes, stall privatization etc., to all the programmes taken up by AIKSCC in all the states and join in thousands to the three days Mahapadav in the state capitals on 23-25 January 2021 and the Farmers Republic Day on 26th January converting it to workers-peasants assertion against the destructive, anti-people and anti-national policies of the Modi Govt. and in stout defence of the national interests as well as the rights and livelihood of the toiling people.

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations/Associations demands that the Central Government take cognizance of their own allies deserting them over these laws, instead of sticking to false arguments and delaying tactics in the hope of tiring out the toiling masses, accept the just demands of the Farmers graciously at once.

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And Independent Federations/Associations