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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 21, New Delhi, May 9, 2020

AITUC strongly condemns the move of some state governments to take away labour rights of workers. Demands black laws to be withdrawn

Saturday 9 May 2020

All India Trade Union Congress
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The following statement was issued to the press by Amarjeet Kaur – General Secretary AITUC today

08.05.2020

AITUC strongly condemns the move of some state governments to take away labour rights of workers. Demands black laws to be withdrawn

AITUC first of all pays homage to all the migrant workers who were crushed under goods train in Aurangabad, Maharashtra who were on their foot to reach their home state Chhatisgrah. AITUC demands compensation from Railway Minsitry to the tune of 50 lack to family of each deceased workers. Similar compensation be given to those workers who died of such accidents while walking to their homes in absence of any travel facilities due to lockdown.

AITUC strongly condemns the decision of UP government led by Mr.Yogi for bringing in an draconian ordinance titled “ Uttar Pradesh Temporary Exemption for certain labour laws ordinance 2020” under the guise of need for facilitating economic activities. With one stroke 38 laws are made defunct for 1000 days (almost three years) and the remaining are only section 5 of Payment of Wages Act 1934, Construction Workers Act 1996, Compensation Act 1923 and Bonded Labour Act 1976 which remain functional. Those laws made defunct include Industrial Dispute Act, Act on Occupational Safety and Health, Contract labour act, Migrant Labour Act, Equal Remuneration Act etc.

Madhya Pradesh Government of Mr.Shivraj Chauhan has brought drastic changes in Factories Act, Contract Act and Industrial Dispute Act in a manner where the employers will be at will to hire and fire the labour; the dispute raising will become non starter; the contractors with no need to obtain license for supplying labour upto 49 persons; no inspection allowed without prior permissions – that itself makes it a hoax etc. All this means that the workers are to be used as bonded labour without any rights for sheer exploitation in the interest of capital without any guarantee of wages, safety and healthcare, social security.

Gujarat government has blatantly taken illegal decision of increasing working hours from 8 to 12 hrs but no payment for extra working hours. UP and MP governments have given clean chit in regard to raising working hours as per need of the employers.

These draconian measures are not only to further the sheer exploitation of the workers without their rights for raising any dispute over proper wages, safety at work place and guarantee of social security etc, but is also to kill their soul.

At a time when the working people are in distress, they are sought to be pushed into bondage of those who maximize their profits on the blood and sweat of workers.

Indian working class is being pushed back into British Era and we the trade unions resolve to fight back with all our might.

Amarjeet Kaur
General Secretary, AITUC

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