Central trade unions claim 25 crore workers participated in nationwide strike

The 10 central trade unions comprising INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and independent federations and associations observed a one-day nationwide strike demanding the government withdraw its recent agricultural and l...

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Central trade unions have claimed 25 crore workers, across the country, participated in nationwide strike on Thursday demonstrating against the anti-labour, anti-farmer and anti-national policies of the central government.

These included government employees, unorganised sector workers like the construction workers, head load workers, shop employees, beedi workers, private road transport workers, the traditional sector workers including plantation, coir, workers and the scheme workers.

The 10 central trade unions comprising INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and independent federations and associations observed a one-day nationwide strike demanding the government withdraw its recent agricultural and labour reforms besides halting its privatisation drive.


However, Bharitya Mazdoor Sangh, the RSS-affiliate trade union did not participate in the strike called by the joint platform of trade unions.

“Strike was total in many industrial clusters in the country including in Karnataka, Telangana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi etc,” Tapan Sen, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said.

According to CITU, most of the workers in Calcutta, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, JNPT, Vizag and Paradip ports were on strike. “Coal workers, steel workers, iron ore workers etc including contract workers participated in the strike,” it said, adding public and private road transport was seriously affected in several states like Assam, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh etc.
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Reports suggest that banking operations in public sector banks across the country were partially affected on Thursday as some bank unions joined the one-day nationwide strike. Even road and rail transport was affected at few places without any major disruption in public services.

As per the assessment by the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Railways and defence employees also held demonstrations in support of the strike at their respective places of work.

“Financial institutions, banks, insurance etc. have remained closed at several places. State government employees and central government employees and other PSU workers have participated in a big way,”Amrajeet Kaur of AITUC added.

The trade unions have been demanding government stop privatisation of public sector enterprises including the financial sector and stop corporatisation of government run manufacturing and service entities like Railways, Ordnance Factories and ports among others.
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Besides, they have been seeking cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month for all non income tax paying families, 10 kg free ration per person per month, expansion of the rural employment guarantee scheme the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to provide 200 days’ work in a year in rural areas at enhanced wages and extension of employment guarantee to urban areas.
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