Autos and cabs, which are considered as the backbone of the India’s financial capital Mumbai, will be working as usual on Bharat Bandh called by trade unions on 2nd September. The news of auto and cab unions not joining the strike comes as a relief for residents, as many people from other sectors, who are not associated with the strike were concerned about their commutation to workplaces on Friday. The strike, which is going to be staged all over the country by 15 crore workers, is likely to hit businesses and commerce in a big way. The workers are striking to demand higher hike in minimum wages in non-agricultural sector. The strike is likely to hit businesses and commerce in a big way.
As per reports, the drivers of ‘kaali-peeli'(black and yellow taxis) will also largely keep away from the strike. The striking workers had earlier this week rejected Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s attempts to appease them and convince them to call off the strike. Ten major trade unions have called for a nationwide strike on September 2. These unions include AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, INTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF. Even after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attempted to lure the workers, the Unions stood firm on their demands, and called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday. The Unions termed Jaitley’s offer ‘completely inadequate’.
Earlier today, it was reported that employees of six public sector banks have decided to join the Friday’s stir that has been called by central trade unions to protest against ‘anti-labour policies’ of the government.