Bharat Bandh: 15 crore workers go on strike
Over 15 crore workers, many belonging to the banking, transport, port, shipping and oil and gas sectors, are expected to go on a one-day strike on Friday demanding higher minimum wages and provision of social security to unorganised workers, ‘The Hindu’ has reported. Ten major Left-affiliated trade unions across the country had given the call for the strike, protesting against ‘anti-people’ policies of the government.
The possible fallout of the strike could mean a shutdown of banks, public transport, factories and government offices across the country.
“All government scheme workers will take to the streets. It will be bigger than last year’s strike and we expect over 15 crore workers to participate. It will be a befitting reply to the government,” Amarjeet Kaur, national secretary, All- India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), said at a press conference jointly organised by the 10 unions.
The unions that will participate in the strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, and LPF. The strike will be observed in all government sectors.
According to ‘The Times of India’, demonstrations will be held in Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Noida and all districts of Delhi, especially industrial clusters, and union leaders would address a rally at Jantar Mantar.
The trade unions released a joint statement on Thursday, that read: “In view of the utterly unresponsive and undemocratic attitude of the government, the CTUs view the announcements made by the Committee of Ministers as an eyewash and have decided to go ahead with the strike. A meagre raise in minimum wage to Rs. 9100 per month in central sphere is not binding on the states.”