Bharat Bandh 2019: Nationwide strike evokes mixed response in Bengal, Tripura, Chhattisgarh

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Updated:Jan 08, 2019 6:05:41 pm

Bharat Bandh: Central Trade Unions are observing a two-day nationwide strike with demands of minimum wages, social security schemes and stop in privatisation of public and government sector.

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Bharat Bandh 2019 Protest Highlights: A two-day Bharat Bandh has disrupted the transport movements in various parts of the country. According to reports, railway lines were blocked in Assam and Kerala. Buses and auto-rickshaws were also kept off roads in the southern state. States such as West Bengal, Odisha and Assam were the worst hit. Protesters have also hit streets in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The strike has been called by Central Trade Unions (CTUs) to protest against the centre’s alleged poor policies. As many as 10 unions including INTUC, AITUC, HMS and AIUTUC are participating in the nationwide strike. The unions are also protesting amendments in the Trade Union Act, 1926. Also, the CTUs have appealed to the farming community to extend their support to the strike.

According to a PTI, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan are observing Gramin hartal, rail roko and road roko abhiyan. They have alleged that the Modi government has failed to address rural distress issues.

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17:40 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Mixed response in Chhattisgarh

A two-day nationwide strike called by the central trade unions partially affected Banking and postal services in Chhattisgarh. Employees of some of the major banks, insurance firms and post offices joined the strike. CITU state secretary Dharmaraj Mahapatra told PTI: "Employees of coal, steel, power companies, banks, insurance firms and those working in other organised and unorganised sectors joined the strike."

17:09 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Workers protest inside Maidan metro station in Kolkata

Members of the Indian National Trade Union Congress on Tuesday held protest inside Maidan metro station in Kolkata. Ten Central Trade Unions have called for a two-day nationwide strike for minimum wages and social security schemes among others. 

16:53 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Latest update from Hubli

Thousands of workers on Tuesday gathered to protest against the central government policies. They are demanding minimum wages, social security schemes and no privatisation of public and government sector.

16:00 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Around 5000 workers march in Panaji

Bharat Bandh effect in Goa: Thousands of workers walked in a march in the Goa capital on Tuesday in support of the two-day nationwide strike called by ten central trade unions. However, normal movements remained unaffected in Panaji. Goa Convention of Trade Unions and Mass Organisations convenor Suhas Naik told PTI: "In Goa, we have decided to hold a rally on Tuesday and total bandh on Wednesday, which is different from the national programme." 

15:33 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Strike evokes partial response in Tripura

A two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions on Tuesday evoked partial response in Tripura. The schools and government offices were largely functioning normally even as shops in parts of the state remained closed. PTI reports that vehicles were seen plying on roads in the state capital like any other day and banks and financial institutions were mostly open. Trains and long-distance buses also ran normally during the daytime.

15:15 (IST)08 Jan 2019
What Centre of Indian Trade Unions are demanding?

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) are demanding fulfilment of a 12-point charter of demands including inflation control, minimum wages, social security schemes, stalling privatisation of government enterprises, discontinuation of foreign investments in railways, banks and insurance sectors and jobs for unemployed youths among others.

15:12 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat bandh LIVE Updates: Trade strike affects normal life in Odisha

The two-day nationwide strike called by various trade unions in protest against the Centre's anti-labour policies affected normal life in Odisha on Tuesday. Commuters were having a tough time finding buses and autorickshaws in several cities as protesters staged road blockade at various places. They also blocked tracks at several railway stations that affected the movement of trains in the state. Besides, many shops and business establishments remained closed at various places in the state. In view of the strike, the state government has declared closure of all educational institutions on Tuesday.

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and opposition Congress have extended their support to the strike.

13:59 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat bandh: Bengal workers observe complete strike, claims CPI (M)

In a tweet, the CPI(M) said: "The workers of Bengal are observing complete strike against anti working class policies of the BJP Govt. Say no such moves."

13:28 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Workers block railway lines in Assam

Bharat Bandh: Two-day nationwide strike has affected the transport movement accross the state. Train services have been disrupted in Assam. PTI reports that trains were stopped in Thiruvananthapuram, Tripunithura, Shoranur railway stations in Kerala.

13:24 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Trade union activists on streets against Centre's policies

Ten central trade unions have called a two-day nationwide strike. Thsousands of people in Patna and Darbhanga of Bihar have come out on streets against the Modi government's policies. 

13:16 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Trains delayed, buses, autos off roads in Kerala

Two-day strike called by ten central trade union has disrupted the normal movements in Kerala. PTI reports that trains were stopped, buses and auto-rickshaws kept off roads in the southern state. Trains were stopped in Thiruvananthapuram, Tripunithura, Shoranur railway stations. All trade unions except the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have supported the strike.

13:01 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Trade unions activists arrested in WB

Several trade unions activists were arrested after incidents of vandalism were reported from parts of West Bengal. PTI reports that stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district. The students were later deboarded from the bus. Strike supporters burnt effigies of Prime Minister Modi and burnt tyres in various parts of the state including Kolkata. 

12:50 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: BJD extends support to nationwide strike

The central trade unions have called for a two-day nationwide strike and different political parties including the ruling BJD have extended their support to the bandh. BJD's trade union front Biju Sramika Samukhya has supported the strike called by 10 central trade union organisations.

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12:40 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Strike disrupts rail and road traffic in Odisha

The two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions have disrupted rail and road traffic in Odisha. Trade union activists blocked train services at many places including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Balasore, Jaleswar, Bhadrak, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Paradip. About dozen trains were delayed due to blockade of railway tracks leaving passengers stranded at many places.

12:18 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Nationwide union strike evokes mixed response in Karnataka

The two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions evoked mixed response in Karnataka on Tuesday. Karnataka State Road buses stayed off the roads in most parts of the state causing inconvenience to the people travelling to distant places. However, private buses, auto, taxi and metro services were available as usual.

12:05 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Banking operations partially affected due to strike

Banking operations have been affected in some parts of the country as a section of employees refrained from work in support of the two-day strike. The bandh was called to protest against alleged anti-labour policies of the government. All India Bank Employees' Association and Bank Employees' Federation of India are also supporting the strike. However, the operation in SBI and private sector banks remained unaffected as other seven unions in the banking sector are not part of the strike.

11:36 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: About 20 lakh workers to take part in Telangana

The two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions has kicked in the country. Speaking on this, Telangana CITU General secretary M Saibabu told PTI: "We expect over 20 lakh workers and employees of various private, government and unorganised sectors to participate in the 48-hour strike. Emergency service providers such as hospitals are exempted from the strike. Railway employees are not directly participating in the strike. But they will hold protest rallies at their respective offices during lunch hour."

11:03 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bus services affected at CST railway station in Mumabi

Mumbai: Bus services affected at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station due to the indefinite strike by Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport over demands of implementation of the merger of the BEST budget with the principal budget of the BMC.

10:52 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Incidents of vandalism reported from parts of West Bengal

Some incidents of vandalism have been reported from parts of West Bengal. PTI reports stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district. Strike supporters also ransacked a government bus during the protest. They also vandalised a bus at Jamuria in Paschim Bardhaman district.

10:24 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Mumbai gets 40 extra buses amid protest by BEST

The state transport department has pressed 40 extra buses into service in Mumbai in the view of an indefinite strike by BEST (Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport) over demands of implementation of the merger of the BEST budget with principal budget of the BMC.

09:56 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh: Clash between TMC and CPM workers in Asansol

A clash erupts between TMC and CPM workers in Asansol, West Bengal. The members from both the parties came face-to-face during 48-hour nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages, social security schemes and against privatisation of public and government sector.

09:53 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Traffic movement hit by bandh in Bhubaneswar

The members of Central Trade Unions have blocked the National Highway 16 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. . Traffic movement has badly affected in Bhubaneswar. The protesters are demanding minimum wages and social security among others.

09:49 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Trade Unions block railway line in Howrah

The members of Central Trade Unions have blocked railway line in Howrah demanding minimum wages and social security schemes. Central Trade Unions have called a 48-hour nationwide strike over several demands.

09:47 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Trade Unions hold protests in Bhubaneswar

Members of Central Trade Unions hold protests in Bhubaneswar. They are demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others. The protesters have blocked the commuters in the city. Central Trade Unions have called a 48-hour nationwide strike over several demands.

09:44 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Nationwide strike: CPM workers detained in West Bengal

Kolkata Police have detained CPM workers protesting in support of 48-hour nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions. Their demands include minimum wages and social security schemes among others.

09:41 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Trade Union protests underway in West Bengal

Central Trade Union protests underway at Rupsa, Jaleswar and Datan in Bhadrak- Kharagpur railway section and Raghunathbari in Haldia railway section in West Bengal.

09:38 (IST)08 Jan 2019
AICCTU members hold protest in Delhi

All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) members hold protest in Delhi's Patparganj industrial area against privatisation of public and government sector and demanding minimum wages, social security among others.

09:36 (IST)08 Jan 2019
AICCTU members hold protest in Delhi

All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) members hold a protest in Delhi's Patparganj industrial area against privatisation of public and government sector and demanding minimum wages, social security among others. 

09:22 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh today LIVE Updates: BEST employees on strike

Around 29,000 employees of the civic run transport service BEST are on an indefinite strike beginning Monday midnight for various demands despite an industrial court restraining them from taking the step. Due to the strike, around 25 lakh passengers who travel by 3,000 BEST buses that ply on streets of Mumbai city and the metropolitan region every day will be inconvenienced.

09:21 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat Bandh today LIVE Updates: Latest visusla from Guwahati

Central Trade Unions have called a two-day nationwide strike demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others. In Guwahati, the workers halted a train and raised slogans against the Modi government.

Around 29,000 employees of the civic-run transport service BEST are on an indefinite strike for various demands despite an industrial court restraining them from taking the step. The strike is expected to affect around 25 lakh passengers who travel by 3000 BEST buses in Mumbai. BEST workers are demanding the renewal of their salary agreements that got expired in 2016, rise in gratuity and bonus amounts.
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