January 10, 2021

Solidarity with Farmers Agitation: CTUs

JOINT Platform of Central Trade Unions and independent federations/associations while continuing to extend their active solidarity to the ongoing farmers’ struggle countrywide, conveyed its hearty congratulations to the farmers and their organisations for their determined struggles. This was stated in a signed statement by the CTUs on January 6. The CTUs stated that more than a month-long continuous 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 are continuing.  The Joint Platform also conveyed its 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 independent federations/associations denounced 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 platform condemned the vilification campaign against the struggling farmers and their organisations by the government branding them as Khalistanis, terrorists etc., using the godi media and their paid toll army. The platform further stated that it is heartening that such lie-campaign by the government had no impact at all and every day 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 United Platform of Farmers’ Organisations has now decided to intensify the struggle and spread it countrywide. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has decided a series of programmes of grass-root level campaign converging in three days’ mahapadav in all the state capitals on January 23-25, 2021 and a parallel Republic Day parade on January 26, 2021, after the official parade is over.

The AIKSCC, while acknowledging the continuing solidarity support by the workers and trade unions in their struggle has requested the Central Trade Unions and Federations to extend their active support to the agitation programmes adopted by them vide their communication to all Central Trade Unions dated: January 4, 2021.

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and independent federations/associations has called upon the working class and their unions countrywide to extend active solidarity support while asserting their own demands to scrap the Labour Codes, stall privatisation etc.,  to all the programmes taken up by AIKSCC in all the states and join in large numbers to the three days mahapadav in the state capitals on January 23-25, 2021 and the farmers' Republic  Day parade on January 26th converting it to workers-peasants assertion against the destructive, anti-people and anti-national policies of the Modi government 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 has demanded that the central government instead of sticking to false arguments and delaying tactics in the hope of tiring out the toiling masses, accept the just demands of the Farmers graciously at once.