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India: Alarming Erosion of Labour Laws

Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has expressed alarm at a “wholesale erosion of labour laws initiated by the Indian government,” and its “opening the way for privatization of social security.” Trade unions are planning a nationwide strike on January 8, with Centre of Indian Trade Unions Karnataka president S. Varalakshmi saying “the Centre is systematically weakening the public sector industries on the pretext of loss and in the name of competition encouraging privatization in the public sector.” [New Indian Express, 23 November 2018]

Source: www.ituc-csi.org

IMF lending freeze “pushing Tunisia to the brink”

Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that the IMF lending freeze, now eased, was “pushing Tunisia to the brink.” Prior to the easing, Jihen Chandoul of NGO Tunisian Observatory of the Economy (OTE) said “this is blackmail by the IMF, pushing the government to privatize public banks and enterprises and implement reforms that will deepen inequalities. These reforms are in complete conflict with the objectives of the revolution. IMF agreements and all reforms packages linked to them should be subject to the democratic process of voting at the Tunisian parliament. The government should resist IMF pressure and begin negotiations for an exit from the IMF loan.” But after a visit to Tunisia, the IMF called for “implementing the civil service reform strategy that puts the wage bill on a sustainable trajectory

Source: www.cadtm.org