Unions demand 2-day Bharat Bandh from tomorrow; Banks, transport concerned

A collective forum of trade unions has called for a national strike on March 28-29 against the Centre’s policies “affecting workers, farmers and the population”.

The protest, starting Monday, will also be joined by the banking sector, the All India Bank Employees Association said. The unions have called for a two-day all-India strike against the government’s “anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies”.

The Joint Platform of Central Unions held a meeting in Delhi on March 22 to take stock of preparations in various states and sectors for the two-day India-wide strike against “anti-worker, anti- farmers, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the central government, according to a statement.

Banking unions are taking part in the strike against the government’s plan to privatize public sector banks and the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2021.

According to a statement, road, transport and electricity workers have also decided to join the strike despite the imminent threat of ESMA (Haryana and Chandigarh, respectively), prohibiting any strike by doctors or other categories of health service employees in the next six months.

Strike notices were sent to unions in other sectors, including coal, steel, oil, telecommunications, post, income tax, copper, banking and insurance. He also called on various state-level unions to join the strike to oppose the center’s anti-worker policies.

The State Bank of India said banking services could also be affected due to the strike. “We inform that although the bank has taken the necessary measures to ensure the normal functioning of its branches and offices on the days of the strike, it is likely that the work in our bank may be affected, to a limited extent, by the strike” , the public bank said. said in a regulatory filing.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has asked all its employees to report for work during the 48-hour nationwide strike or else they will receive show cause notices. The TMC waiver, which opposed bandhs as official policy, said no casual leave will be granted to employees except in emergency situations such as illness or death in the family.

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