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Indian trade unions call for end to labour deal with Israel

New Delhi: Major trade unions in India have called upon their government to scrap an agreement with Israel that will allow tens of thousands of Indian workers to replace Palestinian construction workers whose work permits have been revoked since the Israeli war on Gaza started.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the statement, released on behalf of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the BJP-affiliated Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), and several other Indian union organisations, called for India’s trade union movements to show solidarity with Palestinian workers by refusing to replace them.

“Nothing could be more immoral and disastrous for India than the said ‘export’ of workers to Israel,” the group said in an open letter. “That India is even considering ‘exporting’ workers shows the manner in which it has dehumanized and commodified Indian workers, it added.

The announcement comes after Israel revoked the work permits of Palestinian workers after the 7 October attacks.

Israel has since imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip and launched a relentless bombing campaign on the enclave, killing over 11,000 people, the vast majority children and women.

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