The War on Labour Will Blow Down the Economy -Prabhat Patnaik

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published Published on May 15, 2020   modified Modified on May 17, 2020

-Newsclick.in

The suspension of labour laws by BJP governments promotes corporate interests at the expense, not just of workers, but the rest of society, including small businesses and petty producers.

Even as millions of migrant workers are wearily trudging back to their villages with no money, no food and no shelter, or are locked up en route in shoddy quarantine camps, a war has been unleashed on the rights of workers under the cover of the lockdown. The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, true to form, is the political formation leading this class war through its state governments.

The Uttar Pradesh government has, through an ordinance, suspended all labour laws (except just four) for a period of three years. The Madhya Pradesh government has made labour laws inapplicable to new units for a period of one thousand days. The Gujarat government has taken decisions along similar lines; and the Karnataka government is planning to follow suit. The Congress governments of Punjab and Rajasthan, though yet not going so far, have extended the working day from 8 to 12 hours.

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Newsclick.in, 15 May, 2020, https://www.newsclick.in/War-on-Labour-Laws-Indian-Economy-Workers%27-Rights-BJP-Govts?fbclid=IwAR0MxGJXPxiDmuJ2G9bfJ-jhbyzYYT6exdbII7iE8s3FcC5KOSNRRZ913Eo


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