The Indian government had been slowly privatising all the state banks in recent years. While canceling the debt of the super rich and changing various laws and regulations to aid the private banking system the government also continued to attack the workers’ conditions, wages, and union rights. This had resulted in a number of militant struggles by bank workers. Workers in Catholic Syrian Bank Limited (CSB) are also planning a number of actions in the coming month. What had taken place with CSB sheds light on the horrific situation that all bank workers are facing in general.
On 27th sept. 2021 there was a nationwide call for the bandh by the peasant organizations who have been protesting for 10 months now. The protest against 3 farm laws has been one of the longest and sustained struggles in recent history. New Socialist Alternative has been supporting and actively participating in the struggle through various forms. Through our material, we have been pushing forward ideas to spread take this struggle to other sections of peasantry and also connect it to the working-class struggle.
On September 27, 2021, protests and rallies were held across the country in response to a call to observe ‘Bharath Bandh’ by the United Kisan Morcha(United Peasant Front). The Bandh unequivocally condemned the recent draconian laws on agriculture brought in by the BJP/Modi-led government. There was widespread support for the bandh all across India. In some cities, roadblocks, rail blockades, and in some states, markets, shops and offices were closed.
In India 93% of workforce is in an unorganized sector. They play a significant role in country’s economy. Of this, 48.92% workers i.e. as many as half are employed in building and construction sector. Nonetheless, their working conditions are miserable and there is an acute lack of any social security provisions. This huge unorganized sector has been excluded even from the basic necessities of life. Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. It meant these workers had to face repetitive lockdowns and subsequent loss of livelihood.
On 11 July, Cuba was rocked by the largest protests to have taken place since the “Maleconazo” protests that erupted in 1994. The 1994 protests followed the collapse of the former USSR and the abrupt cutting off of aid to Cuba. It resulted in a staggering 30% decline in Cuban GDP and the introduction of what Fidel Castro dubbed at the time the “special period”.