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Central trade unions’ nation-wide strike evokes mixed response | Live updates

The strike was called in protest against the Union government’s labour law reforms

The two-day nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions began on Tuesday across the country.

The strike was called to protest Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s “anti-worker, anti-national” policies, including unilateral labour law reforms, privatisation of public sector entities, policies encouraging contract work and destroying job security, and the proposed amendment to the Trade Union Act.

The strike is backed by all central trade unions, except the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, which is affiliated to the RSS.

“The strike is quite visible in Assam, Meghalaya, Karnataka, Manipur Bihar, Rajasthan, Goa, Punjab, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Haryana — particularly in the targeted industrial areas and different mines,” said Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress on Tuesday.

Here are the latest updates:

Strike partial in Kochi

Public life was partially affected in Kochi on the first day of the two-day strike call by trade unions against the policies of the Central government. While most of the private buses and the fleet of buses operated by the public sector transport company, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, remained off the roads, private vehicles including cars and two wheelers could be seen plying freely. Though the train service was partially disrupted at Tripunithura during the morning hours, rail traffic was resumed shortly. Most of the shops and commercial establishments functioned on the day. A few educational institutions remained closed as the authorities declared holidays for them apprehending that the students may not get vehicles to reach the institutions.

No untoward incidents were reported from the district, police said.

The members of the trade unions who called for the protest took out rallies in different parts of the district.

BEST staffers go on strike in Mumbai

Buses lined up at Worli depot in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Buses lined up at Worli depot in Mumbai on Tuesday.  
| Photo Credit: Emmanuel

 

Over 33,000 employees of Mumbai’s civic transport undertaking BEST went on an indefinite strike since midnight over their demands, including higher wages, paralysing bus services and causing inconvenience to nearly 25-lakh daily commuters.

As per BEST sources, one out of 2,259 conductors and eight out of 2,200 drivers turned up for work at 7 a.m. shift. Not a single bus took off from any of the 27 depots.

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has deployed 40 buses on six routes to help clear the morning rush due to the BEST strike. __ Ajeet Mahale

The head post office in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu wears an empty look, with the staff joining the strike, on Tuesday.

The head post office in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu wears an empty look, with the staff joining the strike, on Tuesday.
 
| Photo Credit: M. Sathyamoorthy

 

Life affected in Udupi, normalcy in Bengaluru

Joint committee of various trade unions demonstrating near the Town Hall in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Joint committee of various trade unions demonstrating near the Town Hall in Bengaluru on Tuesday.  
| Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

 

As of morning on day one of the two-day nation-wide strike called by central trade unions there has been a lukewarm response in Bengaluru and Mangaluru. However, life has been affected in Udupi with no buses from the Service Bus Stand to connect the region to either Mangaluru or the other important towns of the district.

In Bengaluru, while schools and colleges remained shut, it is business as usual for shops, theatres, hotels and city markets in Bengaluru.

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Buses off the roads in Kerala

Majority of shops were closed in Kozhikode, Kerala on Tuesday. A scene at the city's Big Bazar (Valiyangadi).

Majority of shops were closed in Kozhikode, Kerala on Tuesday. A scene at the city’s Big Bazar (Valiyangadi).
 
| Photo Credit: S. Ramesh Kurup

 

The buses of the Kerala Road Transport Corporation were off the road and the trains across the State are running late due to the 48-hour nationwide general strike by National Convention of Workers.

Only the services of the KSRTC in the Nilackal-Pampa-Nilackal cooridor for Sabarimala pilgrims are operating since the strike began on Monday midnight.

Hundreds of commuters were stranded as the entire fleet of private stage carriers in the State stayed off the roads. — S. Anil Radhakrishnan

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Sporadic incidents reported in West Bengal

Sporadic incidents of vandalism have been reported from parts of West Bengal on Tuesday during the 48-hour-long nationwide general strike called by central trade unions protesting against the “anti-people” policies of the Centre.

Stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district.

A government bus was also ransacked by strike supporters at Champadali.

Protestors also vandalised a bus at Jamuria in Paschim Bardhaman district.

Leaders of political parties, including the CPI(M), have come out on the streets in support of the strike.

The Trinamool Congress government in the state has opposed the strike call.

(With inputs from our Kerala, Mumbai, Karnataka, Delhi bureaus and PTI

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