The central unions began a two-day nationwide strike on Monday to protest alleged bad government policies affecting farmers, workers and the people.
Speaking to the PTI, Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), said, “The two-day nationwide strike organized by the Joint Forum of Trade Union Centers started this morning”.
On the impact of the unrest, she said the entire coal belt (mining area) is affected in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
She also said there was good response in industrial areas of Assam, Haryana, Delhi, West Bengal, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Punjab, Rajasthan, Goa and Odisha.
The AITUC official noted that the banking and insurance sectors are affected across India, while the steel and oil sectors are also suffering partial impact due to the strike.
Kaur said she had received preliminary reports that markets were closed in Odisha.
No less than 10 central trade unions (CTU) have joined hands to call a two-day national strike from Monday. Around 20 million workers are expected to join the strike.
Strike notices were given by unions in various sectors, such as coal, steel, oil, telecommunications, post, income tax, copper, banking and insurance, among others. .
Railway and defense sector unions are mobilizing massively in favor of the strike in several hundred places, the joint forum had indicated earlier.
A joint forum of central unions had called for a nationwide strike on March 28-29 to protest against government policies affecting workers, farmers and the population.
Their demands include the removal of labor codes, no privatization in any form, the removal of the National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), an increase in wage allocation under the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and the regularization of contract workers, among others.
The central unions that are part of this joint forum are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC.
Heeding the call, the Department of Energy on Sunday issued an advisory to states and other agencies to be on high alert and ensure 24-hour electricity supply and stability of the National Network.
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