Since late November, lakhs of farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders against the government’s recently enacted controversial farm laws.
On 11 December, the joint platform of Central Trade Unions reiterated its solidarity to the farmers’ struggle in a press statement. The statement is reproduced below.
The following press statement was released by the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Sectoral Federations/Associations on
11th December 2020
The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions reiterates rock-like solidarity with the Farmers’ United Struggle
After the successful Bharat Bandh on 8th December called by the Farmers jointly, the Central Government cannot call this a “Punjab question” any more. Invitation by Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah to Farmers’ representatives from Punjab as well as from other states, is an acceptance of this fact.
The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Sectoral Federations/Associations are closely following the machinations of the Centre, such as planting alleged NIA reports of instigation by SJF from Canada, alleged letter bearing lakhs of signatures of the Haryana Farmers backing the Agri- laws, offer to amend laws and many other such deceitful diversionary tactics have failed to make any headway against the demand to repeal the three Agri-laws that itself has become a material force.
The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Sectoral Federations/Associations reiterate their wholehearted support to the ongoing united struggles of the farmers demanding scrapping of draconian Agri-laws, Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 and legislation guaranteeing MSP.
We have once again received letter from the Samyukta Morcha of Kisans for their appreciation of continued support from the Central Trade Union organisations for their justified struggle. They have informed us the next phase of their action programmes with request to extend support.
The Samyukta Morcha of farmers’ organizations has decided the following action programmes;
- From 12 December to block the Delhi- Jaipur National Highway.
- From 12 December to open Toll Plazas throughout the country.
- State/local level actions of the farmers on 14th December 2020.
- Boycott the Products of Ambani and Adani like Jio, Reliance Malls, Adani Fresh etc.
The Joint Platform of CTUs and Sectoral Federations/Associations call upon the workers, employees and their unions, irrespective of affiliations, to be ever vigilant and extend our active solidarity to the call of Farmers’ Joint Struggle in the coming crucial period.