“The joint platform of central trade unions and sectoral federations declares its unstinted support to the initiative of joint pof Peasants and agricultural workers organisations to hold countrywide protest and resistance on September 25, 2020 through massive demonstration, rail roko, rasta roko,” it said in a statement in Monday.
The ten central trade unions include the INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and sectoral federations and associations.
The government had on Sunday got the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Bill and the Price Assurance and Farm Services Bil in the Parliament amidst massive ruckus.
The CTUs and all its sectoral federations have called upon the workers and their unions of all affiliations and across the sector to join actively in the programmes of protest and resistance being organised by the peasants’ organisations in and around their respective areas.
According to the statement, the protest is against the government’s intent to completely restructure the management of the agricultural economy including farm trade in total favour of the big-landlord corporate nexus and multinational trading cliques on agricultural produce. “These legislations virtually kill the rights and entitlements of the agricultural population,” it said.
“The virtual withdrawal of the government’s role in ensuring fair and remunerative prices for farmers’ produce will pave the way for ultimately doing away with government procurement of agricultural produce with minimum support price,” CTUs added.
As per the CTUs, these measures would recklessly promote contract farming at terms and prices dictated by big landlord-corporate besides severely affecting the Food Security in the country.
The joint countrywide action by All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) on September 25, 2020, which may turn into total bandh in Punjab and Haryana and series of blockades in every corner of the country, is therefore a necessary action to protect the farmers, the food security and the country’s economy, it said.