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Two-day Union strike affects normalcy across country

ANI  |  Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

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-strike.

In 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 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 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

and Farm unions like All Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and Bhumi Adhikar

Andolan are also part of the strike.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 09:09 IST