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.
All major unions, excluding RSS-associated BMS (Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh), have joined the strike call, terming the government's assurances to look into their demands and the recent announcements for two-year bonus and hike in minimum wage as "completely inadequate". Around 18 crore workers are participating in the strike.
- 3:49 pm: Live coverage of Bharat Bandh comes to an end.
- 3:47 pm: Hundreds of workers were detained in Haryana, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
- 3:15 pm: While some states like Kerala and Telangana were badly hit by the strike, the impact was partial in Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra. However, life remained normal in metropolitan cities of Mumbai and Delhi.
- 3:10 pm: Banking services have been affected throughout the country as public sector banks' employees largely remained off-duty. Private banks, however, continued their operations normally.
- 3:00 pm: At some places, employees claimed the district administration "forcefully" asked roadways employees to ply buses.
- 2:58 pm: Employees of departments like roadways, electricity, health, corporations held demonstrations at various places in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
- 2:54 pm: Services including banking and public transport were hit in Haryana, Punjab and union territory of Chandigarh with employees of various government departments joining the strike.
- 2:51 pm: In Uttar Pradesh, over 18 lakh state government employees have joined the strike in order to protest against disparities in the pay commission recommendations.
- 2:41 pm: No impact of strike seen inDelhi and Mumbai where public transport remains unaffected. Power and water supply services normal.
- 2:17 pm: No effect on attendance in government departments in Puducherry.
- 2:15 pm: In Puducherry, private buses, autos and other passenger vehicles were off the roads while state-run buses were operated as usual. Shops and establishments downed their shutters. Cinema houses suspended the shows for the day.
- 2:10 pm: A report from Hisar and Kaithal in Haryana said public transport remained paralysed, forcing passengers to use private vehicles to reach their destinations.
- 2:05 pm: Over two dozen passenger and express trains were delayed at different railway stations as the rail roko continued for some time in Odisha, they said adding goods trains were also stranded at several places.
- 2:00 pm: Train services were affected as trade union activists staged rail roko by holding sit-in on tracks at many places including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jaleswar, Keonjhargarh and Rayagada, police said.
- 1:54 pm:Train services were affected as trade union activists staged rail roko by holding sit-in on tracks at many places including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jaleswar, Keonjhargarh and Rayagada, police said.
- 1:32pm:Normal life in Odisha hit with protesters coming on roads and railway tracks affecting the traffic movement all over the state.
- 1:31 pm:Delhi govt imposes ESMA on agitating nurses in hospitals run by it.
- 1:15 pm:CITU-led Left trade unions claimed that the strike is going on peacefully and accused Trinamool Congress (TMC) of trying to incite violence at some places.
- 1:11 pm:Train services at Sealdah and Howrah sections, and Metro Rail services were also as usual. However, the rush of passengers was less.
- 12:48 pm:The strike called by central trade unions did not have much impact in West Bengal till late morning hours as transport services functioned normally.
- 12:36 pm:Educational institutions are functioning normally. The ruling AIADMK's labour wing is not participating in the strike.
- 12:34 pm:In Tamil Nadu, bus and train services were operated as usual while shops and business establishments remained open
- 12:33 pm:Most of the buses run by Telangana State Road Transport Organisation are kept off the roads, a senior official said.
- 12:32 pm:Banking operations came to standstill in Telangana as over 15,000 employees of various banks participated in the general strike.
- 12:30 pm: Most of the industrial parks in Telangana witnessed thin attendance today.
- 12:28 pm:In Mumbai, suburban trains, autorickshaws, taxis and city buses continued to operate normally, without affecting the daily schedule of lakhs of commuters in Mumbai and suburbs.
- 12:26 pm: Government institutions including offices, schools and colleges are closed in Kerala.
- 12:22 pm:Train passengers had a tough time as they had to walk to their homes after alighting at the railway station in Thiruvananthapuram.
- 12:20 pm:Major roads wore a deserted look in the Thiruvananthapuram where hundreds of employees of ISRO units, including Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), could not reach their offices as the strike supporters laid a siege of an ISRO bus bay.
- 12:17 pm:Normal life hit in Left-ruled Kerala with public transport vehicles staying off the roads and shops and business establishments downing shutters.
- 12:03 pm:Private banks and ATMs are functional.
- 12:01 pm:Trains are running smoothly since Railways have opted out of the bharat bandh.
- 11:46 am:"The strike is on. We are getting good response. More information will pour in after sometime. Around 90 per cent workers at BHEL's plant in Tiruchirapalli have not reported at work in the morning shift," Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) General Secretary Tapan Kumar Sen said.
- 11:43 am:Medical shops are open as they are exempted from strike call.
- 11:41 am:Many schools and colleges have declared a holiday.
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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.