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Banking, railways, postal, medical services may be hit due to trade union strike on January 8-9

The strike is against what unions call anti-national and anti-workers policies of the BJP-led NDA government.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2019, 01.10 PM IST
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Allahabad Bank said the issues and demands are of industry level and strike call is also given at industry level.
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Banking, railways, postal, medical and other services could be hit on Tuesday and Wednesday with 10 central trade calling for a two-day nationwide strike on January 8 and 9th against what they call as anti-national and anti-workers policies of the BJP-led NDA government.

"The central trade unions expect 20 crore workers, the largest ever, both in the organised and unorganised sector, to join the strike against the anti-people policies of the government," Amarjeet Kaur, general secretary of the AITUC said.

Major unions unions like INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC have called for this strike. However, the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, whcih is RSS-affiliate trade Union will not be part of the agitation.

Sectors like telecom, health, education, coal, steel, electricity, banking, insurance and transport among others are likely to support the strike.

According to Kaur, the government has failed to provide employment and has been ignoring teh demands of the unions. "The group of ministers on labour has not met unions since 2015, completely ignoring the 12 point charter of demands of trade unions. This has compelled us to call for this massive strike," she added.

"This government is completely anti-worker, anti-farmer and is wiping out public sector enterprises," Ashok Singh of INTUC added.

Trade Unions have opposed government's policy of mass privatisation of strategic PSUs, crucial infrastructure and public utilities, special ly targeting the ports, airports, telecom, financial sector, etc with defence production and railway thrown open for 100% foreign direct investment saying it is aimed at loot of the national assets and resources on the one hand and destruction of country's economic base on the other.
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