Bharat Bandh tomorrow: Central trade unions threatened a nationwide strike on September 2 after the Central government did not agree to their various demands including of wage hike. The unions are saying the protest is against ‘anti-labour policies’ of the government. Not just the Unions, staff of at least 6 public sector banks (PSBs) will join the strike and other essential services too may be hit. However, it is not just banks who will be affected. Check out how you will be affected:
What is likely to be affected: The strike is quite wide and is set to hit various industries across sectors and even government offices may be shut on a pan-India basis. So, from
public transport services, banking, and government services, all may be disrupted. The worst ordeal will be for the common man on the road as buses may go off the road as well as autorickshaws. All the big metros will be affected in particular and people are warned to make alternative arrangements so as not to get stranded. At the moment it is not certain whether the strike will encompass hospital and and ambulances – unions say they will be participating but services will not be affected.
Business as usual: Indian Railways employees and central government employees have rejected participation in the strike and therefore trains are expected to run smoothly. But do keep updated about the latest news from the railways website. While schools and colleges are expected to remain open, students may well take an off simply because they may find it tough to reach their institutions. ATMs are expected to remain open and are not expected to run out of cash.
What trade unions want: The trade unions are exercised over the fact that the the government wants to hike minimum wages for unskilled workers by 20 per cent to Rs 12,000 per month for Tier-I cities. They say the hike has to be much more substantial as inflation is high. They want a minimum wage of 18,000 per month plus pension of Rs 3,000. This is applicable to the worker directly, and as far as government policy is concerned unions want FDI to be removed from certain sectors like Indian Railways and Defence.
Trade Union Coordination Committee (TUCC) General Secretary S P Tiwari said, “This time strike will be bigger than last year as over 18 crore workers from formal and informal sectors would come on streets to protest against government’s indifference to their 12-points charter of demands and unilateral anti-worker labour law amendments”.
People across India have a big reason to worry as unions have promised it will be a bigger strike than last year when 14 crore workers participated. This time they say as many as 18 crore workers will be participating in the strike.