On the 8th of January, a 24 hour nationwide strike began at 6:00 A.M.
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) called for a strike across India against the policies of the Central Government for rural people and the working class and the Wages Act, 2019, which gives authority to the State Government to fix the wages of employees.
Claiming the policy is an anti working class one, the Indian Banks’ Association, auto and cab unions and farmers’ associations are also participating in the strike.
The nationwide strike is likely to affect transport and banking services in India. As of now, the trade union workers are demanding a hike of salary to Rs. 21,000 with 12 other demands, submitted to the Government.
Approximately 25 crore workers are expected to participate in the strike.
According to CITU, the policies of the Wages Act affect 80 crore employees negatively. According to CITU, the Government of India (GoI) failed to fulfil the promises it made to the workers.
West Bengal and Kerala are expected to be the most affected states due to the bandh, as both these states are ruled by those parties, which are Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) opposition.
Apart from CITU, 9 transport associations also took part in the strike.
The nationwide trade union strike began at 6:00 A.M., and would continue till the 6:00 A.M., on the 9th of January.
Stay tuned for further updates.