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Bharat Bandh! Central Trade Unions Calls Nationwide Strike For 2 Days

HARSH RANJAN | 2
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| January 8 , 2019 , 11:33 IST

Central Trade Unions have called a nationwide strike on January 8 and 9 against the alleged repressive policies for workers adopted by the government.

Ten trade unions are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA have jointly called for the nationwide general strike.

More than 20 crore workers connected to them have joined the strike.

RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh or BMS is not participating in the strike.

This is the 18th nationwide general strike against the alleged anti-worker policies.

Almost every major independent federations of central employees, state employees and the employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors are participating.

Banking services are likely to be affected on January 8-9 as a section of PSU bank employees would go on a two-day strike.

The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India have informed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on January 8-9, 2019.

The National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE) and its affiliate unions have also threatened to go on a two-day strike.

Farmers will join road jam, demonstration, protest meetings throughout the country and register their disenchantment with the government and its policies.  

NFAEE, along with its affiliated unions, including Atomic Energy Workers' And Staff Union, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, NFC Industrial Workers Union, JAC Kalpakkam affiliated AITUC and CITU, has called a nationwide strike demanding to scrap of the new pension scheme and restoring the old one.

Tapan Sen, general secretary of CITU, said that the public sector employees, unorganised sector workers, port and dock workers, bank and insurance employees are going to observe the nationwide protest against growing economic crisis, price rise and acute unemployment on the call of central trade unions and mass organisations.

Sen alleged that the proposed Trade Union (Amendment) Bill 2018 as cleared by the Cabinet is designed to impose conditions of slavery on the working people and totally abrogate trade union rights.

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CITU said the main aim of their 12-point charter of demands is to revive the country's economy, save the rights of the working class.