A collective forum of trade unions has called for a national strike on March 28-29 against the Centre’s policies “affecting workers, farmers and the population”. The strike is expected to negatively impact banking and transportation services across the country from Monday.
The Joint Platform of Central Unions held a meeting in Delhi on March 22 to take stock of strike preparations in various states and sectors, according to a statement. Strike notices have been sent to various unions to join the strike.
The All India Bank Employees Association will also join the two-day all-India strike against the government’s ‘anti-labour’ policies. As banking unions take part in the strike against the government’s plan to privatize public sector banks and the Banking Acts Amendment Bill 2021, road, transport and electricity workers have also decided to join despite the threat pending ESMA (Haryana and Chandigarh, respectively), prohibiting any strikes by doctors or other categories of health service employees in the next six months.
The State Bank of India said banking services could also be affected due to the strike. “We inform that although the bank has taken the necessary measures to ensure the normal functioning of its branches and offices on the days of the strike, it is likely that the work in our bank may be affected, to a limited extent, by the strike” , the public bank said. said in a regulatory filing.
For now, online booking of bus and train tickets is still available.
Strike notices were sent to unions in other sectors, including coal, steel, oil, telecommunications, post, income tax, copper, banking and insurance. He also called on various state-level unions to join the strike to oppose the center’s anti-worker policies.
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Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has asked all its employees to report for work during the 48-hour nationwide strike or else they will receive show cause notices. The TMC waiver, which opposed bandhs as official policy, said no casual leave will be granted to employees except in emergency situations such as illness or death in the family.
Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court on Friday barred five unions from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Kochi, from participating in a nationwide strike called by a joint forum of unions on March 28-29.
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