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Chennai, Tamil Nadu Bandh Highlights: Trade union leaders arrested in Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Bandh Today Highlights: Catch the latest news in Chennai and Tamil Nadu as we bring you live news updates on the Bharat Bandh in Chennai.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: January 8, 2020 5:05:03 pm
Tamil Nadu Bandh, Bharat Bandh, Tamil Nadu Trade union leaders and workers who were protesting in Anna Salai in Chennai were arrested by the city police. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Bandh Highlights: With ten Central Trade Unions (CTUs) across the country having called for a day-long strike today, vital services such as banking and transport are expected to be hit in Tamil Nadu today.

Five bank unions in Tamil Nadu, excluding State Bank of India (SBI) will be taking part in the strike today. Bus services will be partially affected by the strike in certain parts of Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges in the state are expected to function as usual.

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    14:02 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    'CAA should be withdrawn', say protesting trade unions

    11. The trade unions have asked the government to implement strict laws for quick recovery of unpaid debts.

    12. Lastly, the protesting trade unions have demanded the withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and have asked National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) to not be implemented. 

    13:48 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    'Contract workers to be paid on par with permanent employees': Trade union demands

    As part of the 12 demands which were proposed by the protesting trade unions in Chennai to the State government, 

    6. The protesting trade unions have asked the government to provide a separate fund for the social welfare of workers who are not a part of the various trade unions.

    7. The unions have asked contract workers who work continuously  to be paid on par with permanent employees. 

    8. The trade unions have stated that new trade unions should be registered with the government within 45 days of application with the state.

    9. The trade unions have urged the government to not change the existing rules of the Indian Working Class in the name of implementing new rules. 

    10. Further, the unions have demanded that banks and railways, which provide service to the citizens of the country should not be privatised.

    Around 1500 trade union leaders and workers took part in the protest in Chennai today. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
    13:38 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Protesting trade unions propose 12 demands

    Trade unions in the city who had carried out a strike at Anna Salai in Chennai in response to the call for a nation-wide strike by Central Trade Unions (CTU) today have put forth 12 demands to the state government.

    1. The unions have demanded that price hikes in the nation be controlled.
    2. The trade unions have demanded the withdrawal of rules and amendments which have been made against the workers and have asked for new rules to be framed for the welfare of workers.
    3. The protesters demanded that the government provide a minimum salary of Rs. 21,000 per month for workers. 
    4. The trade unions demanded a monthly pension of a minimum of Rs. 10,000 for retired workers. 
    5. The protesters urged the government to implement new schemes to increase the rate of employment.
    12:21 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Thol Thirumavalavan arrested

    Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan was arrested by the Chennai City Police for participating at a trade unio strike in Anna Salai today. Besides Thirumavalavan, the police arrested several leaders and workers at Anna Salai.  

    12:13 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    1500 trade union leaders and workers protest in Chennai

    Around 1500 trade union leaders and workers took part in the Bharat Bandh at Anna Salai in Chennai today. The protestors, who had been strike since 9 am were later arrested by the Chennai City Police.

    11:21 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Trade union leaders arrested

    The Chennai City Police have arrested the leaders of various trade unions who were carrying out protests along Anna Salai in Chennai. A verbal argumanet ensued after a scuffle broke out among the protestors and police when the leaders were taken into police buses.

    11:08 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Protesting trade union workers demand minimum salary

    Trade union workers who were carrying out a strike in Anna Salai in Chennai put forth 13 demands. One of their demands was that a minimum salary of Rs. 21,000 should be given to all workers every month.

    10:29 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Bus services between Nagercoil and Kerala suspended

    With a trade-union strike underway across India, buses plying between Nagercoil district in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have suspended services today. The buses have all been stopped in Kerala.

    10:01 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Bus services suspended between Cuddalore and Puducherry

    With Central Trade Unions having called for a nation wide strike, government and private buses plying between Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry have suspended services today.

    09:53 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    DMK trade union to go on strike

    The trade union of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has announced that the union will be carrying out a strike in Chennai today.

    09:38 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Buses ply in Chennai without disruption

    Buses operated by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) and other private buses are continuing to function as usual without any disruption in Chennai today in light of the nation-wide trade union bandh.

    09:31 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Schools and colleges in State to function as usual

    Even as trade unions have called for a Bharat Bandh in the State, schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu will continue as usual.

    09:29 (IST)08 Jan 2020
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