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LIVE: Bharat bandh call by trade unions affects banking, transport services

The Bharat bandh call was given by the unions after talks between them and the govt failed. Business, banking and transport services are believed are disrupted due to the bandh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 2, 2015 1:04:07 pm
bharat bandh, trade union bandh, trade union strike, strike affected people Bharat bandh: West Bengal government employees spend the night at their office in Khadya Bhavan on the eve of the trade union strike.

Protesting against the proposed changes in various labour laws, 10 central trade unions are observing a 24-hour nation-wide bandh today.

The bandh call was given by the unions after talks between them and the govt failed. Business, banking and transport services are disrupted due to the bandh call.

In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued a circular on Monday directing all government employees to be present today. However, it was revised later and all employees are said to lose a day’s pay if they go on leave.

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In Mumbai, cab and autorickshaw drivers stayed off roads protesting against the low base fare. The Nitesh Rane-led Swabhimaan Union are backing the total bandh call and services of nearly 10,000 cabs are affected.

In pics: Trade Union strike throws normal life out of gear

In Delhi NCR, trade unions are demanding the right to collective bargaining and raising minimum wages to Rs 15,000 amongst other things.

Trade union leaders claimed that around 15 crore formal sector workers are on strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands.

LIVE UPDATES ON NATIONWIDE STRIKE (BHARAT BANDH):

12.45 pm: 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 called by central trade unions.

12.40 pm: Public transport was partially affected in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh as workers’
union today joined the one-day nationwide strike call given by ten central trade unions, protesting against changes in labour laws.

12.30 pm:

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11.44 am: Protesters at Okhla phase one industrial area, Noida. bandh

11.38 am:

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11.30 am:

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10.20 am: In the National Capital, commuters faced problems as a large number of autos and taxis remained off the roads.

10.15 am: In Kerala, public and private bus services, taxis and autorickshaws were off the roads. Only few private cars and two wheelers were seen on the roads.

10.10 am: In Kolkata, partial impact was seen on suburban trains while shops, markets and business establishments in most areas remained closed.

9.30 am:

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