Bharat Bandh LIVE: Trade unions protest against Centre for better payscale

Bharat Bandh today: The Indian economy could incur a loss upwards of Rs 25,000 crore due to the September 2 strike. (Reuters)

Bharat Bandh today: Ten central trade unions (CTUs) are today protesting against the Centre’s alleged anti-labour policies. Workers from various sectors such as coal, oil, transport, banking and telecom are supporting the Bharat Bandh. While commuters in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad will face a tough time as autorickshaws have decided to stay off the roads, medical shops, schools and colleges will remain open.

The strike comes after the union rejected government’s appeal on Tuesday to call off the Bandh, saying that it did not fulfil their demands. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday held a press conference on a charter of demands proposed of Central Trade Unions. In a major breakthrough, Jaitley said that the central government employees will get their pending 2 years bonus soon.

LIVE UPDATES From Bharat Bandh Today:

11.40 am: After Safdarjung Hospital, nurses now protest at RML Hospital demanding salary hike.

11.29 am: CITU workers hold protest rally in support of their demands in Kolkata.

11.04 am: Delhi Nurses Union protest outside Safdarjung Hospital demanding better wages, while CPM and TMC workers have reportedly got into clashes during the protests staged by workers in Madhyamgram.

10.37 am: Gurgaon industrial area is completely closed and the police have arrested about 12 people in Manesar area. All this information indicates that the strike will be bigger this time, said Sen.

10.33 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 told PTI.

09.45 am: In Siliguri, Bengal, Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya arrested along with 15 other protesters.

09.20 am: In Varanasi, UP roadways employees’ strike disrupts normal life.

09.10 am: Schools and colleges in Bengaluru urban district closed today as a precautionary measure.

The Indian economy could incur a loss upwards of Rs 25,000 crore due to the September 2 strike. The government had earlier tried to appease the agitating trade unions by addressing a slew of their demands. It revised the basic minimum wage in the range of 40-60% for central-sector workers and promised to enlarge the scope of social security benefits to scheme workers. However, these efforts failed to break the ice.


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