Indian local State Governments repeal labor laws

2020-06-27

The governments of many states of India use the coronavirus problem as a basis for abolishing labor laws and restricting workers’ rights, while the central government of Narendra Modi continues to attack the trade union movement.

Labour right of Indian workers are ignored
Labour right of Indian workers are ignored

In the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the authorities announced significant changes (for example, an increase in working hours from 8 to 12 hours). Many other states are also changing laws. This attack on workers’ rights is carried out administratively when legislative assemblies and parliaments do not hold meetings.

The changes were made without consulting trade unions, and these new standards undermine the fundamental principles of labor law. According to the opposition, the government of India should abolish these changes, strengthen labor inspection and ensure social security for all people.

The attacks on the labor rights of workers around the world did not start occuring yesterday. The living standard of people, despite the declared technical and economic progress, is not getting any better. For example, in the past two decades, the African continent has lived even worse than in 1990. The decline in living standards is due to the interest of large capital in saving – on workers, on production safety, and even on technology.

Child labour in India
Child labour in India

India is a country of a billion poor people who are divided into castes. They “deserve” in life only those things that are dictated to them in the framework of their spiritual and economic caste doctrine. The ideology of conservatism stands for the protection of income inequality, and the next reduction in the labor rights of enslaved citizens in India is only a natural step towards protecting the right to suppress and exploit.