Workers and farmers continued their agitation against the ‘anti-people’ laws of the Centre. Decrying the agriculture Bills and Labour Codes passed by the government, trade unions and organisations across India held protest on September 24.
Large groups were observed in various states. The Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) members amassed right from Himachal Pradesh to Tamil Nadu.
CITU and other trade unions held protest across Himachal Pradesh condemning the anti worker policies of the union government. The trade unions demanded cash relief for the workers during the pandemic and condemned the amendments in the labour laws.#KisanVirodhiNarendraModi pic.twitter.com/sSNcTRM8hO
— Anil Thakur (@anilthakur74) September 23, 2020
In Tamil Nadu, members were heard vehemently denouncing the Central government.
Hashtags such as #BJPModiMazdoorVirodhi #AntiWorkerLabourCodes #VidhanaSoudhachalo and #farmersprotestchallenge were trending during these protests.
Bangalore, which had already seen a huge protest on September 21 once again witnessed voices of dissent.
Bangalore : Thousands of workers protesting under the banner of #CITU against the pro-corporate and anti-people policies of both State and Central Governments.
— Praveen Gavit (@praveengavit10) September 24, 2020
Other places such as Ooty and parts of Punjab also heard the voices of dissent.
As per the call of the trade unions, a protest demonstration was also held in Punjab against the anti labour policies of the Modi Govt. pic.twitter.com/eAcmpyUNUF
— Marx (@SDey83) September 24, 2020
Demonstration held at lic ooty branch office against anti-worker policies of the governmt especially against wage cuts, policy of DA freeze, wholesale privatisation of PSUs and savage attack on labour rights. The insurance industry is also under attack.. pic.twitter.com/LvHxc6hkuV
— Dhinesh Raj (@MDraja2022) September 23, 2020
Meanwhile in Haryana, CPI(M) MPs Kareem, K .K. Raghesh, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and AIKS Joint Secretary Vijoo Krishnan visited farmers protesting against 3 Bills in different districts of Haryana and expressed solidarity for the “Pratirodh Diwas” on September 25. Haryana Kisan Sabha President Phool Singh Sheokand and also accompanied the Haryana protesters.
The workers’ ire is trained against the three farmer Bills – the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill – and the three labour codes – the Industrial Relations Code, the Code on Social Security and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code.
According to Unions and workers these laws dilute the rights of farmers and workers and cater to the big-corporates of India.
Even urban citizens have decried these laws and stood in solidarity with the farmers. Many have even called for a show of strength for the nation-wide protest on September 25.
Here’s a challenge for all those who care,on Social Media for the causes
On 25th Sep,the farmers r going on a Nationwide protest againt the latest Pro Corporate Farming Bills(Wonder why they call it Farm Bills)
Around 10 trade unions r also joining them https://t.co/j8qsPD3MDr
— Arshi Alvi (@Arshi7Khan) September 24, 2020
If any of you see a farmers protest close to where you are……. Go FB & Twitter Live and share it here.
— Rohit Saini (@Rohit245_) September 24, 2020
So you guys like playing these challenges?
Okay here is a challenge for you.
On 25th September (tomorrow) the farmers are going on a Nationwide protest against the latest Pro Corporate Farming Bills (Wonder why they call them Farm Bills)
— Nadeem Gaur (@Nadeem_gaur92) September 24, 2020