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New Delhi: The two-day nationwide strike called by a joint forum of central trade unions (except BMS) to protest against the policies of the Central government, began on Sunday midnight.
The sectors, including milk, hospitals, press, Covid-related affairs and travel of the foreign tourists are exempted from the strike.
The strike is expected to affect the normal lives as the employees in banks, railway and electricity also participate in the strike. It will also adversely influence the functioning of government offices.
The trade unions informed that they expect the workers in coal, iron, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, insurance and similar sectors will also join in the strike.
The unions have proclaimed that private vehicles shall also abstain from entering into roads to protest against the fuel price hike. Though they had demanded to close the shops all over the country, Kerala Vyapari Ekopana Samithi had informed that they would not cooperate with the two-day strike.
KSRTC to conduct essential services
KSRTC had announced that special arrangements for conducting essential services on the days of the national strike had been taken in the state. The services were arranged to hospitals, airports and railway stations and other essential services will also be carried out by considering the traffic demand and availability of staff. Police aid will be sought if necessary.
The strike has been announced to protest against the anti-people economic policies and anti-worker labour policies of the Central government.
Revoking the proposed changes in the labour laws, privatisation of any form and national monetisation pipeline are the major demands put forward through the strike. The trade unions also ask to extend the MGNREGA, rural employment programme to the urban areas too and increase the allocation for the programme.
Providing universal social security for all informal sector labourers, statutory minimum wages and social security cover to ASHA, Anganwadi, and other scheme workers, full protection and insurance cover for Covid frontline workers, ensure equal pay for equal work by regularising all contract workers, scrapping New Pension Scheme and restoring the old scheme and hike minimum pension of Employee’s pension scheme are some of the other demands.
The trade unions also insist on reducing central excise duty on petroleum products and taking stringent measures to control price rise. They call for increasing public investment in agriculture, education, health and other major public services by raising higher taxation from the rich to revive the economy.
Trade unions part of the strike
INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMC, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, UTUC, SEWA and LPF