Objections to the Draft Code on Social Security (Karnataka) Rules, 2021 and the Draft Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (Karnataka) Rules, 2021
Migrant workers of the biggest industrial estate in Puducherry, Sederapet, have been demanding various industries in the estate to improve working conditions and to adhere to the regulations regarding health and safety. A recent tragic accident, where a worker Ajbar Malik died while working for a company called Ganges Internationale, as a result of the company’s negligence, was the point of trigger for the subsequent workers’ outburst and for the current ongoing struggles.
In this series, various changes sought to be brought in by the proposed labour codes are being discussed. It comes as no surprise that the Codes, brought in clearly show the corporate nature of the state. While issues such as the overbroad exemptions, the excessive delegation and the definitional changes have been discussed previously, this note considers the changing face of the grievance redressal machinery in the Industrial Relations (IR) Code.
The National Convention of Workers was held on 11th November 2021 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, under the banner of Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent sectoral all-India Federations and Associations. The convention began with paying homage to many tall leaders of the Central Trade Unions, Federations/Associations, prominent persons in public life who died during Covid-19 period, the farmers who lost lives during the year long historic kisan agitation, including the recent Lakhimpur Kheri killings, and those people who died because of hate crimes, etc.
Communal Violence against Muslims and the Subsequent Use of UAPA for Hiding the Truth from the World
The winter session of parliament is beginning on November 29. This session is likely to take up the key financial issue of privatisation of banks. During 2021-22 budget, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the privatisation of two nationalised banks and one general insurance company. Accordingly, the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, was passed in the monsoon session, though the particular insurance company to be privatised had not been identified.
The National Convention of Workers held on 11th November 2021 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, at the initiative of Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent sectoral All India Federations and Associations, gave a call to the working people to heighten the ongoing united struggles to the level of resistance against the desperate pursuit of anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti–people, pro-corporate and anti-national destructive policies by the Government of India which has brought the lives and livelihood of the entire people and the country’s economy to the brink of disaster.
AICCTU Affiliated Unions Played a Pivotal Role in Several States
9th August 2021 (Quit India Movement Day) was observed throughout the country with the participation of lakhs of workers, farmers, women and other sections of people. The clarion call to “Free India from the Clutches of Modi-shahi, Defeat Modi-led Company Raj”, “Save India, Reclaim our Rights”, etc., reverberated across the country. To mark this occasion, AICCTU launched “Save India, Save Workers’ Rights” campaign from 1st August which culminated on 9th August with impressive participation of workers.
An Interview with Purushottam Sharma, National Secretary, All India Kisan Mahasabha (AIKM)
Q: Its been more than 8 months since farmers came to Delhi’s borders with their demands. Modi Government has tried to launch all kinds of offensive against the agitating farmers including its propaganda machinery, instead of engaging in any meaningful talk. How do you see the movement in coming days?