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Bharat bandh January 2020: Unions call ‘Bharat Bandh’ on January 8: Everything you need to know. Indian News


NEW DELHI: Ten central trade unions such as INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, together with various independent sectoral federations and associations, have called a national strike on 8 January 2020.

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

* Banking, transportation and other services across the country are likely to hit on Wednesday due to the strike. Several banks have already informed stock exchanges about Wednesday’s strike and its impact on banking services. Bank services such as deposits and withdrawals, check clearing and instrument issuance are expected to be affected,

* Apart from banking, transportation and other key services are also likely to be interrupted in many states due to the nationwide strike call.

* The central government has asked public sector companies to discourage their employees from participating in the strike and advised them to prepare a contingency plan to ensure the smooth functioning of the companies. “Any employee who goes on strike in any form, including protest, would face the consequences that, in addition to the deduction of wages, can also include appropriate disciplinary action,” said an office memorandum issued by the Government.

* “We expect the participation of no less than 25 crore of workers in the forthcoming National General Strike of 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. The Ministry of Labour has failed to guarantee 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,” the 10 central unions (TUCs) said in a joint statement.

* Around 60 student organizations and the pro-elected office protectionists of some universities have also decided to join the strike with an agenda to raise their voices against increasing the fee structure and marketing education, he said.

* The joint platform of more than 175 farmers’ and agricultural workers’ unions will extend its support to workers’ demands and will observe January 8 as Gramin Bharat Bandh along with its demand letter.

* In West Bengal, left-affiliated unions and other parties had 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.

Times of India