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25 workers will join the bank and the transport strike today. Indian News

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NEW DELHI: Banking, transport and other services across the country are likely to be hit, as unions have called a national strike on Wednesday.

Nearly 25 crore people are said to be taking part in this Indian-wide strike to protest against the government’s “anti-person” policies.

Ten central trade unions such as INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, together with several independent sectoral federations and associations, adopted a statement last September to launch a national strike on 8 January 2020.

Several banks have already informed stock exchanges about Wednesday’s strike and its impact on banking services. Several associations of bank employees, including AIBEA, All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA), BEFI, INBEF, INBOC and Bank Karmachari Sena Mahasangh, have expressed their willingness to participate in the strike.

Bank services such as deposits and withdrawals, check clearing and instrument issuance are expected to be affected by the strike. However, services in private sector banks are unlikely to be affected.

Apart from banking, transportation and other key services are also likely to be disrupted in many states due to this call for a national strike.

In West Bengal, left-affiliated unions and other parties called for a band against the economic policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre.

However, the state government said it will not support any bandit.

“The Ministry of Labour has failed to secure any of the demands of the workers who convened a meeting on 2 January 2020. The government’s attitude is that of contempt for work as we interpret it from its policies and actions,” 10 THC said in a joint statement.

“We expect the participation of no less than 25 crore of workers in the next national general strike on 8 January 2020, to be followed by many more actions aimed at reversing the anti-worker, anti-people and anti-national policies of the government,” he said.

The central government, for its part, has asked public sector companies to discourage their employees from participating in the “Bharat Bandh” called on Wednesday and has advised them to prepare a contingency plan to ensure the smooth functioning of the companies . Meanwhile, in Kerala, unions exempted the state’s tourism sector from the general wednesday strike. Kerala Travel Mart hailed as a “copy” the decision of political parties and trade unions to exempt the tourism sector from the state of Wednesday’s general strike.

Times of India

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