For the first time in India, all 11 Trade Unions from across the country have come together in a 48-hour strike that started on Wednesday the 20th of February. Trade union leaders have termed this coming together, “a historic milestone in the Indian labour movement”. The two-day Bharat bandh called by these trade unions has been noticed to have severely impacted banking services, crippled public transport in cities and claimed one person's life in violence. Pensions for everyone along with removal of ceiling on bonus and provident fund are among the demands raised by the unions. The stage appears set for a mega two-day trade union strike starting Wednesday after union leaders failed to arrive at a consensus in talks with the government.
According to trade unionists 10 crore workers have taken part in the strike. Industry body Assocham estimates that the loss to the economy will be Rs.15,000-20,000 crore.Further, workers of around 1,000 companies in Gurgaon-Bawal industrial belt decided to support this nationwide strike and informed the management to stop production on Thursday. Meanwhile, the management of Maruti Suzuki India and Hero Motocorp has decided to declare official leave on Thursday in the Gurgaon units to avoid any untoward incident. The district administration has imposed Section 144 in the district and no violent incident was reported.
Source: The Hindu