Normal life was affected in various parts of the country, including West Bengal, Tripura, Kerala and Karnataka, as 10 central trade unions today went on a day-long nationwide strike to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs.
Trade union leaders claimed that around 15 crore formal sector workers are on strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands. BJP-backed BMS and NFITU however stayed away from the strike.
Commuters hit hard by trade unions’ strike in Delhi
Commuters had a harrowing time in Delhi today as a large number of autos and taxis remained off the roads as part of the one-day strike.
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People were seen waiting for hours for auto rickshaws in several parts of the city, even as public services like metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses witnessed surge in number of passengers.
Office-goers and students were especially hit hard by the strike during morning hours.
CPIM-TMC workers clash in West Bengal
CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress workers clashed here during the general strike called by trade unions. Nearly 200 persons were arrested from different parts of the state.
Police sources said CPI(M) and TMC workers clashed at Baharampore and a few other places in Murshidabad district although details were yet to be received.
Six CPI(M) workers were detained in this connection, police said.
Bus, train services in Mumbai unaffected by strike
Transport services in the city remained unaffected today, as suburban train services, autorickshaws and BEST city buses were operating normally despite the one-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions.
Partial impact in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh
Public transport was partially affected in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh as workers’ union joined the one-day nationwide strike.
Bank customers faced inconvenience as employees of public sector banks excluding SBI were also on strike today.
Public transport at several places in Haryana was affected as employees of Haryana Roadways also went on strike.
Normal life affected in Goa
Streets donned a deserted look during morning hours as private buses and state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL) buses remained off the roads.
“Towns of Calangute, Ponda and Bicholim remained totally shut. All shops and transport have remained closed in support of the strike,” convenor, Goa Convention of Workers and All Goa Transport Operators Associations, Suhas Naik said.
“The strike is peaceful and we have appealed to people to maintain peace,” Naik said.
Banking services impacted in Bihar
Public sector banks remained closed for the day as its employees stayed away from work and staged demonstration to protest against the NDA government’s proposal to privatise these banks.
Auto-rickshaws stayed off the road, while public transport functioned normal, official sources said.
Train services operated normally, Railway authorities said. Schools, colleges and shops remained open in the state.