Bharat Bandh News LIVE Updates: In protest of government policies affecting workers and farmers, a joint platform of central trade unions has called for a nationwide strike on March 28 and 29.
The Platform of Central Trade Unions and Sectoral Federations and Associations had recently held a meeting in New Delhi to take stock of the preparations in various states and sectors for the proposed two-day all India strike against “the anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the central government, a statement said.
The statement said that roadways, transport workers and electricity workers have decided to join the strike in spite of the impending threat of the Essential Services Maintenance Act.
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Bharat Bandh News LIVE Updates: Partial response seen in states
- In Kerala, the roads wore a deserted look, and only a few private vehicles could be seen. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has halted its services.The police have arranged for a travel facility to help people reach destinations like railway stations, hospitals etc.However, the emergency services have been excluded from the strike. The Kerala High Court has restrained five unions in the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) from participating in the strike.
- In West Bengal, even though the trade unions could be seen protesting on the streets, the state government has asked all offices to remain open and mandated employees to report for duty. Members from the Left Front gathered in huge numbers and blocked railway tracks at Jadavpur Railway Station in Kolkata, in view of the two-day nationwide strike called by different trade unions. Other than the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), almost all other trade unions are participating in the strike.
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