What are the demands of the 8 January Bharat Bandh?

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The call for an all-India general and industrial strike (Bharat Bandh) on Wednesday by the trade unions including AITUC, AICCTU, CITU, UTUC, TUCC, SEWA, LPF and HMS and supported by a large number of independent working-class organisations will focus many issues that are causing severe distress for the poor, the marginalised and toiling people.

The trade unions have raised very crucial demands before the Modi led BJP government.

  1. The government must stop privatisation and foreign investments in sectors like railways, shipyards, coal, defence, etc.
  2. The government must scrap the anti-worker Labour Codes that are going to replace the existing Labour Law and Industrial Dispute Act.
  3. The process of hiring through outsourcing/contract labour must end, fixed term-employment (FTE) must be scrapped and workers must be provided permanent employment with all benefits.
  4. Stop the privatisation of the public sector banks and stop providing loan waivers and bailouts to corporate houses through tax sops.
  5. The pension and provident fund amounts should not be directed to markets to enrich the crony-comprador capitalists and their foreign corporate masters.
  6. Scrap the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation.
  7. Stop selling Indian Railways, Indian Oil, BSNL, etc, to foreign corporates and their domestic crony-comprador capitalist lackeys.
  8. Stop the privatisation of airports and stop the privatisation of public sector insurance companies.
  9. Create job opportunities, fill empty positions in the government and combat unemployment effectively.
  10. Withdraw the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, and the National Population Register (NPR).
  11. Include the filing of cases under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code for any death caused due to industrial accidents or during sewage pipe cleaning.

Apart from this, more than 175 farmers’ organisations all over the country raised demands for farm loan waiver, social security for farmers, pension for farmers, land rights to tillers, end of corporate intrusion into farming and increasing subsidies on fertilizers and farm equipment.

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