The Central Trade Union called a two-day-long national strike on Tuesday ( 8-9 ) January against the alleged repressive policies of the Narendra Modi led the Union Government. The two-day-long strike will likely to have a major impact in the left-dominated states of Kerala and West Bengal. The strike has been called by the ten major trade unions to protest against the Narendra Modi’s Government alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms.
The report says, that nearly 20 crore workers of the state and central government are likely to join the nationwide strike. The strike has been called by the ten central trade unions and had received support from the organisation like AITUC, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCCTU along with employees in the banking and insurance sector. Farms unions like All India Kisan Sabha and Bhumi Adhikar are also a part of the strike. Workers from sectors such as telecom, health, education, coal, steel, electricity, banking, insurance and transport will also support the strike.
In the strike, Farmers will join road jam, demonstration, protest meetings throughout the country and register their disenchantment with the government and its policies. Banking services will also be affected on 8-9 January as banking employees are going on strike. The National Federation of Atomic Energy employees and its affiliate union have also decided to go for a strike.
In many places, the transport services will remain closed. Train services will also be affected.
The West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted “I do not want to spend a single word on this. In West Bengal, we have taken a stand of not supporting any bandh. Enough is enough. In the last 34 years, they (Left Front) have destroyed the state by calling a bandh. There will be no bandh,”
The police officers of West Bengal said “Anybody who will try to disrupt normal life in the city will face strict action. Nobody will be allowed to put up barricades and stop people from trying to open shops or visiting offices. Marketplaces, shops, malls, and every business entities will be operating normally”