• Ten central trade unions have called for Bharat Bandh, across the nation strike tomorrow against the Government’s “disinvestment, privatization and labour reform policies”.
  • The Centre of Indian Trade Unions said that it has been over four years since any Indian Labour conference took place. The last meeting with the Group of Ministers was constituted to discuss a 12 point-charter of demands, took place in August 2015. Since then, nothing has proceeded.”
  • Moreover, it added that the Government is failing to tackle the crises-ridden economy is busy in privatizing and selling Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), natural resources and other national assets which are detrimental to the national interest and national development.

Bharat Bandh: Don’t Miss Important Facts & Info!

  • The workers will protest against central government policies and press for 12-point demands of the working class on pay hike settling of least wage, social security, uniform five-day week etc.
  • According to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), which is affiliated to the CPI(M), over 25 crore workers will participate in the All India strike.
  • Sectoral independent federations and associations will be part of the Bharat Bandh.
  • It’ll be a 24-hour all-India strike that would start early morning on Wednesday.
  • Trade Unions participating in Bharat Bandh:
  • Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
  • All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC)
  • Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)
  • Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)
  • All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC)
  • Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC)
  • Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
  • All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU)
  • Labour Progressive Federation (LPF)
  • United Trade Union Congress (UTUC)
  • Banking services like deposit and withdrawal, cheque clearing are anticipated to be affected due to Bharat Bandh.
  • Services at private sector banks are improbable to be affected.
  • Transport and other key services are too likely to be disturbed in numerous states due to this strike call over the nation.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) said the participation of its bank representatives within the unions partaking within the January 8 strike is exceptionally few, so the effect of the strike on Banks operation will be negligible.
  • The government has cautioned central trade unions of results in the event that they go on a proposed 24-hour across the country strike.
  • An order issued by the Ministry of personnel said that any worker going on strike in any shape would confront the results which other than the derivation of wages may include appropriate disciplinary activity.
  • The order also says that the Government servants are denied from taking an interest in strikes or challenges. All the senior authorities have been instructed not to endorse any leave to the government authorities and representatives.