Visuals from Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Visuals from Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Two-day Union strike affects normalcy across country

ANI | Updated: Jan 08, 2019 09:08 IST

Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Jan 8 (ANI): Scores of trade unions across the nation are on a two-day nationwide strike commencing Tuesday to protest against the
Narendra Modi led-government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms.
One of the major demands putforth by the protesters is to include enactment of the
Social Security Act and setting of a minimum wage of Rs 24,000 for unorganised transport workers.
The trade union strike affected normalcy across the country. In Bhubaneswar, protesters picketed and burnt tyres at a railway station as mark of their protest.
The impact of protest was intense in Kolkata, where agitators took to streets, disrupting office-time traffic. The police soon swept into action and detained a couple of CPI-M workers for allegedly fanning violence in the region in the view of the trade union strike.
The protests are not only affecting normalcy in the metropolitant cities but other states too saw a similar sight. In Bengaluru, commuters were facing trouble going to offices as autorikshaws, cabs and buses are keeping off roads in view of the all-India strike.
In Karnataka also, people residing in Hubli, were seen walking with flags and festoons through the streets displaying their various demands and needs.
On a closer look, this two-day nationwide strike is not confined to the transport sector as thousands
of people working in banking sector and other public sector companies and port and dock workers
are also particpiating in the strike to highlight the growing price rise, economic crisis and
unemployment across the country.
Moreover, farmers residing across the country under the aegis of the Left peasant wings have also
threatened to observe gramin hartal, road roko against the failure of the Central government for not
doing enough to address rural distress.
The strike has been called by a consortium of 10 central trade unions and has received support from
organisations like the AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, along with employees in the
banking and insurance sector. Farm unions like All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and Bhumi Adhikar
Andolan are also part of the strike. (ANI)