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26 Jan 2021

Unite the Union

India: UK trade union Unite expresses solidarity with protesting farmers, denouncing govt. repression of dissent

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“Unite statement of solidarity with Indian farmers and workers” 26 January 2021

Unite stands in full solidarity with the Indian trade union movement and Indian farmers and workers in their planned protests today (Tuesday 26 January). Unite demands that the Indian government allow the workers to demonstrate their dissent without the repression by the Indian authorities that we saw during the protests in November 2020.

The Indian farmers and workers’ protests against the anti-farmer laws - which would withdraw the government’s minimum support price for farm produce, with serious implications for farmers’ income and livelihoods - are fully justified and legitimate. Unite is appalled that the Indian government has implemented wide scale repression under the excuse of Covid-19.

In addition to the anti-famer laws, the government has also introduced anti-worker social security, wage and industrial relations legislation, which has been passed without appropriate parliamentary scrutiny. These laws will lead to more precarious work, have an adverse effect on collective bargaining, seriously limit the right to strike and make Indian workers far more vulnerable.

Unite, along with the global trade union movement, stands in full solidarity with the Indian trade union movement in their efforts building unity and solidarity and resisting the attacks on farmer and workers’ rights. Injury to one is an injury to all!