Atleast 10 central trade unions are doing strike today which will affect over millions of workers. They are doing strike against the anti-labour policies of the Narendra Modi government.
Around 18 crore workers have joined together for the all India strike that will be held for one day i.e. September 2.
The trade union workers were joined by the employees of banks, public sector, telecom and factories seeking higher wages and protesting against Modi's "unilateral" labour reforms, investment policies and plans to close some loss-making firms.
- Six Public sector bank employees are doing the strike. This means that the banking services will be affected with many banks already having communicated to their customers about the likely inconvenience.
- ATMS and private banks will remain functional.
- Public transport will be closed because of which the commuters will face difficulty. Also, autorickshaw unions in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad will be closed today.
- While, Trains will run smoothly
- Schools and colleges will remain open.
- Telecom, electricity, insurance and mining sector services will be affected.
- Factories will remain shut.
- Medical shops will remain open.
After an emergency meeting with PM Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Power Minister Piyush Goyal took a decision to call of the strike.
But the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) rejected the government's appeals to call off the strike, saying it failed to address their demands.
Demands of Workers :
The trade unions are demanding social security for the workers and minimum wages of nothing less than Rs 18,000 per month.
They opposed Centre's proposal to hike minimum wages for unskilled workers by up to 20 per cent, which means the wages would be Rs 12,000 per month for Tier-I cities. The union rejected the proposal saying that the hike in wages should be considering the price rise.
The unions also want an assured enhanced pension of not less than Rs 3,000 per month for all sectors, including the unorganised sector.
Workers also demand removal of FDI from railways, defence and other "strategic sectors".