More than 10 crore workers from at least 10 central trade unions (CTUs) are taking part in the Bharat Bandh with the unions giving a one-day nationwide strike call on September 2 against the Centre’s “anti-labour” laws, two-year bonus announcement and better wages.
The strike would also affect services such as banks, telecom, factories and public transport, and work at public offices. Those schools which would remain open on September 2, their private transport buses would be given protection, according to the police.
Many autorickshaw unions in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad have decided to keep off the roads on September 2. Banking transactions of six public sector banks would be affected as a majority of employees would be taking part in the strike. This is not all, Coal India, NTPC, OIL, BHEL employees would also participate in the strike.
While this was so, West Bengal Chef Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government won’t allow the government offices or for that matter even public transport to come take part in the strike.
The trade unions, excluding RSS-associated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), have claimed that more than 18 crore workers will be joining the strike, making it bigger than the one held last year, also on September 2, 2015, which saw a confluence of 14 crore workers.
On its part, the government has asked all ministries to ensure that public utilities and essential services were not hit. Secretaries of all departments have been asked to help run various services smoothly. Since employees of Indian Railways have not joined the band, trains will run smoothly.
The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have rejected the government’s appeals to call off the strike.