03 April 2018
TOWARDS the fag end of its rule, as part of fulfilling the commitment it had given to corporate masters, through a Labour Ministry Notification, comprador Modi regime has totally legalized ‘hire and fire’ in the entire industrial sector throughout India. If not resisted and defeated, this Notification will make the whole concept of permanent employment itself meaningless and casualisation and contractualisation of work shall become the accepted norm. Such unilateral termination of ‘fixed term employment’ and consequent complete informalization of jobs through corporate-bureaucratic route and without even consulting the Parliament especially when the latter is in Session is authoritarian and fascistic and not only a gross violation of the fundamental right to life but also against ILO Conventions to which India is also a Party.

Nowadays, at the behest of imperialist-corporate thugs, Modi has been working overtime to streamline country’s 44 different labour laws into just 4 codes to drag India also at par with the ‘ease of doing business’ prescriptions stipulated by World Bank and American think-tanks. The latest Notification by the Ministry of Labour should be viewed as part of this broader traitorous, anti-worker offensive of super-imposing unfettered corporate power over the Indian working class, the biggest contingent of international proletariat today.

The 500 million strong Indian working class, more than 90 percent of whom are still condemned as ‘informal’ being denied even basic democratic rights, with its glorious tradition of resisting similar onslaughts in the past, should come to the streets without any let up to effectively challenge and defeat this biggest-ever bomb attack on the workers. And it is high time that the working class of India should unite in struggle with all the toiling and all the oppressed masses of this vast country to expose and overthrow this anti-people and anti-national regime. 
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