Bharat Bandh today: From banks to infra, here’s what is likely to be shut down

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New Delhi | Updated: Sep 02, 2016 10:36 AM

The day-long general strike to be held on Friday by 10 central trade unions (CTUs) against the Centre’s alleged anti-labour policies is likely to evoke moderate to high response in sectors like coal, oil & gas, transport, port, shipping, banking and insurance, government sources said, apprehending chances of clashes in states like West Bengal and other non-BJP states.

The day-long general strike to be held on Friday by 10 central trade unions (CTUs) against the Centre’s alleged anti-labour policies is likely to evoke moderate to high response in sectors like coal, oil & gas, transport, port, shipping, banking and insurance, government sources said, apprehending chances of clashes in states like West Bengal and other non-BJP states. (Reuters)The day-long general strike to be held on Friday by 10 central trade unions (CTUs) against the Centre’s alleged anti-labour policies is likely to evoke moderate to high response in sectors like coal, oil & gas, transport, port, shipping, banking and insurance, government sources said, apprehending chances of clashes in states like West Bengal and other non-BJP states. (Reuters)

The day-long general strike to be held on Friday by 10 central trade unions (CTUs) against the Centre’s alleged anti-labour policies is likely to evoke moderate to high response in sectors like coal, oil & gas, transport, port, shipping, banking and insurance, government sources said, apprehending chances of clashes in states like West Bengal and other non-BJP states.

“The impact of the strike could be felt in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the north; West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand in the east; Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala in the south and Maharashtra and Goa in the West,” a labour ministry official said, adding that chances are there for the strike to evoke good response in central public sector units as well. This could impact production from IOC, BPCL, SAIL, NMDC and Coal India among others.

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The impact could also be seen in the private sector, in scattered ways though. “CTUs are hell-bent to make the strike a success this time. It could be a near-total in various industrial clusters. However, those operating in the BJP-ruled states are likely to see less impact,” a source said, adding that the strike has largely been politicised which could result in clashes between the ruling party and the Opposition in various parts of the country.  Alone or in coalition, the BJP now rules in 13 states.

Meanwhile, reiterating their country-wide general strike call, the 10 CTUs on Wednesday said as many as 15 crore workmen are likely to observe the strike and 10 states, including Karnataka, would virtually observe a bandh.
The Indian economy could incur a loss upwards of Rs 25,000 crore due to the September 2 strike.

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The government had earlier tried to appease the agitating trade unions by addressing a slew of their demands. It revised the basic minimum wage in the range of 40-60% for central-sector workers and promised to enlarge the scope of social security benefits to scheme workers. However, these efforts failed to break the ice.

They also termed unfortunate that the group of minister (GoM), appointed for discussion with the trade unions on their 12-point charter of demands, did not convene a single meeting. The GoM, however, met RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) twice in August even as they never gave the strike call.
Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya had also appealed to the CTUs to reconsider their decision, but in vain.

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