22nd Regional General Council - Resolution No. 5: Solidarity with the Indian Workers' Struggle Against the Anti-Labour Policies of the Government

Oct 2022

In this resolution, the ITUC-Asia Pacific raises serious concern over the increasing incidence of violations of fundamental rights of workers in India. In response to this, the ITUC and the ITUC-Asia Pacific affiliates to undertake the following actions:

  • send a mission to India in support of the workers’ struggle for the protection of labour rights in compliance with the ILO Core Labour Conventions;
  • call for a Global Day of Action in solidarity with the Indian working class – to mobilise affiliates, allies, and supporters from different countries to express solidarity in various means, including, but not limited to, holding demonstrations outside Indian embassies/missions, sending protest letters to key Indian government officials, and organising social media campaigns that amplify the demand of the Indian unions to include them in the process of amending the labour laws;
  • lend support in reporting cases of trade union rights violations to the ILO;
  • develop a plan of action aimed at pressuring multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their Indian trading partners to adhere to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for MNEs and the United Nations (UN) Global Compact; and respect core labour standards in bilateral or multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs);
  • continue to monitor the developments in the labour situation in India and periodically report to their governing bodies;
  • develop action plan to combat the climate crisis by establishing closer cooperation between the international climate movement and the trade union movement; and
  • apply gender-lens policies including working together for the ratification of Convention 190.