Sporadic violence was reported in West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala yesterday
The two-day Bharat Bandh called by ten trade unions disrupted normal life in many parts of the country yesterday. The bandh enters its second day today. Sporadic violence was reported in West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala yesterday. Tyres were burnt and buses were vandalised at many places in Bengal. Protesters blocked roads and obstructed train services in all the three states on day 1. Around 20 crore workers of the Central Trade Unions (CTU) are participating in the two-day nationwide strike today and tomorrow. Trade unions are protesting alleged anti-worker policies of the Central government.
The strike has been called by the central trade unions against the alleged repressive policies for workers adopted by the government.
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In a joint statement, the CTUs alleged that the government undermined tripartism and continued its “aggressive attack with arrogance on the lives and livelihood of the working people.” They also oppose the proposed amendments in the Trade Union Act, 1926, saying those are irrational and extremely damaging to the independent functioning of unions. The unions claim that farming communities through their associations have also extended support to the strike. Student and teacher organisations of various universities have also declared support, the statement said.
The 10 CTUs going on strike include INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU and AIUTUC, among others. RSS affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh or BMS will not participate.