A.R. Sindhu, National Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions explains why ASHAs are important to India’s health system and why they are on strike.
Across India, members of farmers’ groups, trade unions and women’s and students’ organizations held aloft black protest flags and burnt copies of the three controversial farm laws which have been fiercely opposed
March 26 marked four months since the farmers’ protests began in India.
Delegates from the CITU, DYFI and the SFI took the decision at the Delhi state-convention on unemployment to launch militant struggles for an urban employment guarantee act, guaranteeing 200 days of employment, at no less than Rs. 21K per month.
The farmers, who are camped on the outskirts of the capital Delhi, have warned that they will hold a parade in the city on January 26, Republic Day, if the government does not address their key demands
Amid the devastation and misery brought by the pandemic, the working class across the world was the core of the resistance, calling to account governments and standing in solidarity with the most oppressed
The left-wing trade union confederation, CITU, organized a strike in over 100,000 workplaces across India in support of the farmers’ agitation and also called for repeal of labor reform laws, among other demands
The right-wing Narendra Modi government used the pandemic and the lockdown to foist more exploitative policies. But the sustained resistance by people has shaken its hubris
Farmers claim that the laws would enable the complete takeover of agriculture by corporate agribusinesses and big traders
Despite police repression and the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and farmers and their allies across India participated in the pan-India strike action against the recent neoliberal reforms pushed through by the Narendra Modi government
Workers and farmers demanded the withdrawal of recent laws that will destroy their livelihood
The call for this massive countrywide action has been given by 10 central trade unions and dozens of independent federations. Simultaneously, an umbrella platform of over 300 farmers’ organizations has called for a two-day protest