NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD — The U.N. labour agency urged Indian states thinking of relaxing workers’ rights to help industry survive the coronavirus to consult workers first as a union linked to India’s ruling party said it would protest the planned moves.

Six states, including most populous Uttar Pradesh and the commercial hub of Gujarat, have said they plan to suspend some laws on wages and working hours to help industry recover from a seven-week lockdown.

“Certain states in India are moving towards relaxing labour laws with a view to revitalize the economy from the impact of COVID-19,” the UN’s International Labour Organisation said in an emailed statement on Thursday.