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 to the Farmers Republic Day parade on 26th January while asserting their own demands to scrap the Labour Codes, stall privatization etc.
The following statement was issued to the press on 21st January by the joint platform of Central Trade Unions, independent Federations and Associations in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
21st January, 2021
JOINT PLATFORM OF CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS AND INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS REITERATE ACTIVE SOLIDARITY TO THE FARMERS AGITATION
The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations/Associations conveys hearty congratulations to the farmers and their organizations for their determined struggles on their just demands. It is more than 54 days since the 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 had condemned 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 union activists participated in the programmes for burning 3 Black Laws on Lohri Day, Mahila Kisan Divas on 18th January. We re-iterate our support to the Mahapadav programme in state capitals from 23-25 January and then Kisan Parade on 26th January after Republic Day parade is over.
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 deplores the use of NIA, ED, Income tax department and imposing criminal cases to threaten and intimidate the leadership of the agitation and innocent farmers. We demand that the Central Government take cognizance of widening support to Kisan agitation, stop delaying tactics and accept the just demands of the Farmers graciously at once.
INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC And Independent Federations/Associations