Analysis

Draconian changes to India’s labour laws!

Labour “reforms” – India goes back in time

Given the COVID-19 situation, though not with the same enthusiasm, nevertheless the entire world celebrated workers May Day recently. Ironically, here in India in the same month of May, antithetical to the ideal of May Day the major states of India moved to destroy the hard-won gains of the working class. The states ruled by BJP have amended the labour laws heavily favouring the capitalist class. The other state governments in India are also planning to implement these draconian changes in labour laws. read more

Health

Joint statement in support of the Public Health Service Campaign.


Image Courtesy: Economic Times

Corona is certainly a dangerous Virus but the reason it has turned into a pandemic is certainly the making of capitalism. Decades of reckless policies of neo-liberalism led to constant neglect of public health care services to facilitate entry and expansion of private capital. It has turned even the basic health facilities into a profiteering business.
The fundamental antagonism between the interests of the capital and that of people has been most glaringly brought to the fore by the Supreme Court judgement last week (8th April) mandating testing of Corona cases to be carried out free of charge. Now even this decision has been reversed at the behest of central government paving the way for private labs to charge hefty money for Corona testing. This could have grave consequences considering acute lack of testing facilities on the one side and intense economic misery faced by the majority of India’s population. It is on this backdrop that many organizations and trade unions in Maharashtra came together to protest such a scandalous move by the central government demanding the immediate take over of private Hospitals and Laboratories.
This protest campaign initiated by New Socialist Alternative has produced a joint statement endorsed by participating Trade Unions and Peoples’ Organisations. We appeal to all Trade Unions, Left forces and progressive organisations across the country to endorse this joint appeal and help build a struggle against the bosses system that is out to profit out of peoples misery. read more

Maharashtra

सार्वत्रिक कामगार संप

भविष्य आपलेच आहे!

पुन्हा एकदा भारतातील कष्टकरी वर्गाने, सार्वत्रिक संपाच्या माध्यमातून  देशी-विदेशी भांडवलदारांच्या हितासाठी राबविल्या जाणार्‍या तथाकथित ’सुधारणांच्या’ विरोधात आपला एल्गार पुकारला आहे. भांडवलशाहीच्या आजवरच्या इतिहासात आणि आजही जगभर कामगार सार्वत्रिक संपांच्या माध्यातून या भांडवली व्यवस्थेविरुद्धचा आपला असंतोष व्यक्त करतात. सुरुवातीला हे संप कामगारांच्या आर्थिक मागण्यांशी संबंधित असले तरी ते एक प्रकारे ही अर्थव्यवस्था कामगारांच्या कष्टावरच चालते व ते ती थांबवूही शकतात या त्यांच्या ताकदीची जाणीवही करुन देतात.  ते वर्ग संघर्षाचे गतिशील आयाम दाखवितात जे मुलभूत परिवर्तनासाठीच्या सातत्यपुर्ण संघर्षांच्या संचित प्रक्रियेतून सामाजिक आणि आर्थिक परिवर्तनाची क्रांती घडवू शकतात. read more

General Strike

Workers United, Can Never be Defeated

The struggles of the working class and the ongoing struggle against CAA are not separate but entirely linked by the need to bring down this hated regime and ensure the gains of all the hard-won battles of the past are safeguarded, including that of the citizenship of all oppressed castes and classes.

Analysis

India’s workers put Modi on notice!

Undoubtedly India’s recent 48 hour General Strike in January 2019, when nearly 220 million workers, peasants, agricultural labourers, street vendors etc. struck work will go down in history as a record-breaking one. Interestingly the previous record for largest general strike was also held by India’s working class, when 180 million participated in a General Strike in September 2016, against the disastrous economic policies of the current Modi regime. read more