Protests Against Ban on Strikes

Countrywide protests were organized on 23 July in response to the call given by trade unions against corporatization and privatization of defence sector and ordnance factories and revoking the ordinance banning strikes.

Protest demonstrations and rallies were held in all the states and major centers in the country. A joint protest rally was held in Patna by central trade unions AICCTU, AITUC, CITU, INTUC, AIUTUC and UTUC.

The Modi government is throttling democracy for the benefit and profit of corporate houses and capitalists. By ending the workers' hard won right to strike the Modi government wants to smother workers' and citizens' voices of dissent. But the farmers and workers of the country will give a striking reply to these tyrannical measures and never allow these evil intentions to succeed.

The Modi government is arrogantly going ahead with corporatization and privatization of ordnance factories despite incessant protests by defence sector workers, and the Essential Services Ordinance 2021 has been imposed in order to crush the proposed strike against this by defence sector workers. Workers demanded immediate repeal of this ordinance and an end to corporatization and privatization of the defence sector.

AICCTU Bihar Secretary Ranvijay Kumar said that joint trade union protests with the above demands were organized in various Districts in Bihar, including Ara, Gaya, Jehanabad, Biharsharif, Rohtas, Bhagalpur, Hajipur, Betia, Motihari, Supoul, Saharsa, Madhepura, Muzaffarpur, Khagaria and Chhapra.

A demonstration was held in New Delhi at Jantar-Mantar which was addressed by AICCTU General Secretary Rajiv Dimri.