The central trade unions have launched a nation-wide strike today to protest against the 'anti-labour' policies of the government.
The unions have opposed the government's proposal to increase minimum wage for unskilled workers by up to 20 per cent to Rs 12,000 per month for Tier-I cities, saying it should consider an additional increase.
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The central trade union will be joined by employees from 6 Public Sector Banks (PSUs) in their protest. Many of the banks are to be remained closed due to this.
Not only banks, but factories and government offices will be on a shutdown due to the nation-wide strike.
What will remain closed today:
Servies like banking, public transport and telecom will take a hit. Autorickshaws in major cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad might see a possible strike.
Work in the textile, engineering, coal, steel, road transport, electricity board and of unorganised sector such as beedi, construction and head-load workers, anganwadi, local bodies and handloom is also likely to be affected.
What will be open:
Railways have opted to remain out of the strike so there are no fears for train commuters.
Schools and colleges have not declared any official holiday and will be normal functioning.
Private banks and ATMs have not joined the protest and will remain open.
The magnitude of the strike:
Unions have said that this year will witness the biggest ever strike as compared to previous ones.
Workers from Coal India, GAIL, ONGC, NTPC, OIL, HAL and BHEL will all be a part of the strike.
Over 5 lakh bank union workers along with 10 trade unions and agricultural workers affiliated with AITUC will joing the strike.
Employees from the Reserve Bank of India are also showing support.
Indian Railways and other central government employees will not be a part of the strike as the government has already constituted a committee to look into their demand of raising monthly minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to about Rs 26,000 under the 7th Pay Commission.
The government has already raised the minimum wage from Rs 246 to Rs 350 per day for non-agricultural workers.