Bharat Bandh: Striking trade Union workers set ablaze vehicles in Noida

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Strike called by 11 trade unions; taxi and auto unions extend support in Delhi. (PTI) Strike called by 11 trade unions; taxi and auto unions extend support in Delhi. (PTI)
SummaryWorkers clashed with factory owners in a hosiery complex and set ablaze vehicles.

Street at Koti in Hyderabad as part of the strike.The leaders of the bank unions sit-out at the government's alleged attempts to dilute the public sector banking system.

The staff of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) have also joined the strike in different parts of the state.

Barring stray incidents of stone pelting in Bellary, the nationwide strike called by 11 trade unions in support of their demands evoked a mixed response across Karnataka.

Sources said some persons pelted stones at some buses and blocked roads in Bellary while normal life was hit in Koppal, with buses, autorickshaws and other transport off the roads, officials said.

In Rajasthan, bank branches were closed and state roadways buses kept away from the roads.

Trade Union strike: Banking, transport sector hit in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: The strike call by Central trade unions hit normal life in Gujarat today as workers from varied sectors, including transport and banking, refrained from work, to register protest against government's economic and labour policies.

Banking services in Gujarat were crippled as over 12,000 officers and 35,000 other banking employees joined the nation wide strike call given by the United Forum for Bank Union (UFBU), impacting financial transactions of Rs 30,000 crore.

"All clearing house operations remained closed disrupting financial transactions (cheque clearance) to the tune of over Rs 30,000 crore across the state," General Secretary State Bank of India Officer Association (SBIOA) Ahmedabad Shankar Patel said.

SBI has over 1,100 branches across Gujarat, while 21 other nationalised banks are estimated to have 2,000 odd branches, he said, adding that nearly 12,000 bank officers and 35,000 other banking employees were on strike in Gujarat.

Patel claimed that a few private and co-operative sectors banks had also joined the two-day strike call. The banks employees took out a rally at Lal Darwaja and staged demonstration to register their protest.

However, the ATMs were operating as usual, he said.

"Employees of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) joined the strike call for 24 hours from yesterday night, as a result trips of around 8,000 buses have stopped in the state," said GSRTC secretary P D Patel.

Also, around 4,500 employees of LIC across the state have joined hands with the striking workers of banking and other public sector industry, said S I Bhatt, General Secretary LIC employees Union, Gujarat Division.

Many of them are sitting on a dharna at Lal Darwaja locality here, he claimed.

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