Warm solidary and internationalistic greetings from International Automotive Workers‘ Coordination to all participants of All India General Strike on 26 November 2020

26 November: Dear colleagues and supporters of All India General Strike, the powerful mobilization and broad participation in your nationwide strike is fully justified. Indian working class and the masses of the people are challenged to oppose the attacks of Modi Government on labour laws, basic workers and union rights, as well as to reject a destructive anti-farmer policy.

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The Modi Government is opening up Indian and foreign monopolies all possibilities to intensify exploitation of the workers and extend oppression of the workers and their unions. This requires a clear response and self-confident action, but above all the strengthening of trade unions and of progressive and militant organizations of the people.

This attacks of the Modi Government occur at a time of an accelerated impact of Coronavirus Pandemic in India. Millions of workers have lost their jobs and livelihood, fallen seriously ill or died of Covid-19. This widespread misery, based on the negligence of the Government, is causing inhuman suffering to masses of people and an insecure future, especially for the youth. For human dignity and decent work it is inevitable to fight hard for it. Now your strong activities and General Strike on 26 November will demonstrate workers’ and people power and your demands will be unmistakable.

On 26 November International Automotive Workers Coordination will express, that your are not standing alone. Your General Strike will be observed worldwide and will meet with great solidarity. We promise to strengthen cooperation with the workers and the people of India and develop coordination of the struggles. This concerns the struggles in many international monopolies and requires an international response from the workers. At our 2nd International Automotive Workers Conference on 18 February, 2020 in Vereeniging, South Africa, we have discussed and decided on an International Program of Struggle of the Automotive Workers. We would like to make this known to you and provide it as support for the development of your struggle.

 

With internationalist greetings of solidarity,

 

Ed Cubelo (Philippines), Dieter Schweizer (Germany)

Coordinators of ICOG

 

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