Over 25 cr workers participate in nationwide strike, complete shutdown in Kerala, Assam: Trade unions

The day-long strike has been called by a joint platform of ten central trade unions to protest against the Centre's new farm and labour laws, among other workers' issues

Press Trust of India November 26, 2020 18:11:22 IST
Over 25 cr workers participate in nationwide strike, complete shutdown in Kerala, Assam: Trade unions

Activists of different parties block a railway track in Kolkata during a nationwide strike on Thursday. AP

New Delhi: Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana witnessed complete shutdown on Thursday and normal life was partially affected in many other states as more than 25 crore workers participated in the nationwide strike, according to central trade unions.

The day-long countrywide strike has been called by a joint platform of ten central trade unions to protest against the Central government's new farm and labour laws, among other workers-related issues, as well as to raise various demands. Various independent federations and associations are also part of the joint platform.

"The states of Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana have reported complete shutdown. Tamil Nadu reported complete shut down in 13 districts, while the industrial strike continues in the rest of the districts. Punjab and Haryana have reported that the state road transport buses have not left their depots in the morning," a joint statement issued by the trade unions said.

Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh reported 100 percent strike, including at BALCO, the statement said.

Normal life was affected in West Bengal and Tripura, and sporadic incidents of clashes were reported in West Bengal, according to reports.

Over 25 cr workers participate in nationwide strike complete shutdown in Kerala Assam Trade unions

Activists of different parties block a railway track in Kolkata during a nationwide strike called by various trade unions on Thursday. AP

Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC) and Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) are part of the joint platform.

Others are All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).

BJP-aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) is not participating in the strike.

Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) General Secretary Harbhajan Singh Sidhu told news agency PTI that the number of workers who joined the natiowide agitation on Thursday exceeded the expected number of 25 crore.

He also said that coal mine workers along with those from defence, railways and other public sectors are also supported the strike.

Scheme workers, electricity employees, domestic workers, construction workers, beedi workers, hawkers, vendors, agricultural workers, self employed in rural and urban India are holding demonstrations at various places, even defying police restrictions, the statement said.

Over 25 cr workers participate in nationwide strike complete shutdown in Kerala Assam Trade unions

Activists of all India lawyers union and central trade unions , in Allahabad take part in the nationwide strike against various new policies introduced by the Central government. AFP

At many places, the auto and taxi drivers have remained off the roads. Railway and defence employees have held demonstrations in support of the strike at their respective places of work.

As per the statement, operations of financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies have also been affected.

Besides state government and central government employees, those from the Income Tax Department and other PSU workers are participating in the strike in a big way, the unions claimed.

"Reports of successful strike in coal and copper mines, including other mineral resource mines, have been received. The employees of postal, telecom and steel sector were also in action and gramin dak sevaks observed 100 percent strike," the statement said.

In several places, oil sector unions also observed strike. Workers also resorted to picketing in some parts of the country.

Further, the statement said that the total number of workers who have joined the strike, at over 25 crore, exceeds the number of those participated in a similar strike on 8 January

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