Essential services such as banking and transport were hit on Friday as 10 central trade unions went on one-day nationwide strike, protesting against "anti-worker" changes in labour laws and the Centre's "indifference" to their demands for better wages. In Hyderabad, workers participate in a rally and raised slogans demanding social security for workers from unorganized sectors. AP
All major unions, excluding RSS-associated BMS have joined the strike call, terming the government's assurances to look into their demands and the recent announcements for two-year bonus and hike in minimum wage as "completely inadequate". Stray cattle sit on a road as members of trade unions and opposition parties observe a nationwide strike in Kolkata. AP
Indian government and bank employees shout slogans as they participates in a protest during a nationwide strike called by trade unions in Mumbai. The strike howveer evoked a mixed response in Maharashtra. AP
Activists of Communist Party of India-Marxist shout slogans during the nationwide strike, in Kolkata on Friday. Major roads wore a deserted look in the state capital and as public transport was not available, passengers, particularly alighting from trains, had a harrowing time reaching their destination.
All public sector banks, private banks and offices of insurance companies like LIC remained closed. The state government offices and government schools remained open, but witnessed thin attendance in due to the nationwide strike. AP
Following the nationwide strike, normal life was paralysed in Bihar, Odisha, Kerala and Punjab, while the strike evoked a mixed response in Puducherry and Karnataka. It was business as usual for Tamil Nadu and Mumbai. AP