We all knew that the ten central trade unions have called for a 48 hour-long nationwide general strike starting from today to protest against the ‘anti-people’ policies of the Centre. Trade and farmers’ unions have come out on streets to stage rail and ‘Rasta Rokos’ (to stop traffic and trains) protests in their respective states. In some states, educational institutes have declared holidays, while transport unions and several bank unions are also participating in the nationwide strike. Protesters led by CPI (M), CITU, AIKS, DYFI and AIDWA have been staging rasta roko protests across the country. The protests continue to disrupt normal life across the country.
Banking operations have been affected in some parts of the country as a section of employees refrained from work in support of the two-day strike call given by 10 central trade unions to protest against alleged anti-labour policies of the government. All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees’ Federation of India (BEFI) have supported the strike, which has impacted banking operation where these two unions are strong.
However, SBI and private sector banks remained unaffected as other seven unions in the banking sector are not part of the strike. Train services too affected in some parts of the country. Strike supporters put up blockades in a number of stations across the country. Protestors clashed with the police in some parts.
Regarding the Trade Unions- the government has introduced the Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha to make provisions regarding recognition of trade unions, which drew the opposition from the Congress as well as the CPI(M) which staged a walkout calling it a- ‘draconian and unconstitutional’ legislation.