December 12, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ontario: Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has extended solidarity and support for farmers struggle against new farm laws in India.
Full text of statement issued by Canadian Union of Postal Workers reads as follows:-
Farmers in India are rising to protest three new laws adopted in their country that have important ramifications for the average Indian farmer. Essentially, this set of bills eases restrictions on corporate interests like those of Monsanto and penalizes millions of small independent farmers in the process.
In a historic push to protest these laws, hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers and their global allies are marching against this government-backed, corporate takeover of agriculture in India.
The ongoing neoliberal agenda of the corporate elite is stripping away the rights of working people globally, but nowhere is the fight back more obvious than in India right now, and the world is watching.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) joins the ranks of other labour allies around the world to support Indian farmers in their bid to preserve their working practices and their livelihoods.
Allied groups have taken their message to the streets across Canada, the US and the EU. Demonstrations in Toronto, Ottawa and Regina, among others, drew attention to the issue, last Sunday, December 6.
CUPW was there to support this important struggle for these workers’ rights.
This is serious because, in essence, India is dismantling market regulation that guarantees wheat and rice prices, and repeals laws that make government purchases mandatory. We must remember that farmers feed the world. As one protester said: “Our farmers are the backbone of our nation”.
CUPW recognizes that society is organized to maintain and perpetuate the inequality of certain groups of people.
Our National Policies are clear on this issue:
The Union recognizes that this society is organized to maintain and perpetuate the inequality of certain groups of people. Unfortunately, this inequality has pervaded both the workplace and the labour movement. The Union believes that it is essential for the labour movement to fight for issues which affect both the social and economic lives of workers. The trade union movement must continue to fight for social issues in order to secure a better quality of life and standard of living for workers. A failure by the labour movement to fight for social issues will in the long run negate the economic gains made by workers. (National Policy D-1 Social Equality)
Let us stand in solidarity with Indian farmers and fight corporate interests at home and abroad. A corporate takeover of agriculture is designed to strip farmers of their livelihoods, causing massive inequality. This globalized anti-worker agenda must be dismantled.
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