Bhubaneswar, Jan 9 (LocalWire) Central trade unions called a 48-hour Bharat Bandh on Jan 8 and 9 against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s labour policies.
Here is everything you need to know about the 48-hour Bharat Bandh:
1. As many as 10 central trade unions, including Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC) and All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), called the 48-hour Bharat Bandh against alleged ‘anti-worker’ and ‘anti-trade union’ policies of the central government.
2. Apart from trade unions, people’s collectives like All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan supported the strike.
3..The idea for this two-day Bharat Bandh was initiated during the National Convention of Workers (NCW) held on September 28, 2018.
4. Employees at railways, banks, electricity departments and workers of the unorganised sectors like auto drivers, taxi drivers and street vendors participated in this strike.
5. The Bharat Bandh evoked a mixed response on Tuesday (Jan 8) and Wednesday (Jan 9). All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) General Secretary Amarjeet Kaur said the bandh was successful in Assam, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Karnataka, Delhi, Goa and West Bengal.
6. In West Bengal, bandh supporters clashed with police during “Rail Roko” in West Bengal’s Lakhikantapur, Canning; Madhaygram, Hasnabad and Barasat. In Asansol, clashes were reported between CPI-M activists and Trinamool Congress members, who were opposing the bandh.
7. In Odisha, traffic movement was affected at the National Highway (NH) 16 in Bhubaneswar. All educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities in the state, remained closed due to the nationwide strike.
8. In Delhi, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) supported the bandh.
9. In Mumbai, around 29,000 employees of the civic run transport service BEST (Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport) joined the strike affecting over 25 lakh commuters.
10. West Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced her opposition to the bandh and said: “We do not support any bandh. They cause huge economic losses.”
11. Meanwhile, the ruling party in Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), staged a protest in New Delhi for higher Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy. Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik also joined the protesters.
12. In Rajasthan, at least 22 policemen were injured in clashes with workers supporting the bandh, at the manufacturing plant of a Japanese company. Meanwhile, union leaders claimed around 50 workers were injured in the incident.
13. Though All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees’ Federation of India (BEFI) supported the strike, seven other bank unions stayed away from the agitation. Hence, State Bank of India (SBI) and private sector banks operations remained unaffected.
14. According to sources, Odisha suffered a financial loss of around Rs 1,500 crore on the first day of the two-day strike.