Hundreds of thousands of workers called for a two-day national strike to protest the government’s economic policies, with strike supporters blocking roads and railroads and lack of public transport on many town streets. So I couldn’t escape every corner of India.
When Indian authorities competed to develop an emergency response plan to deal with strikes, the state’s Federal Ministry of Power was all to ensure that hospitals, defense facilities, and railroads were powered. Instructed the public power company to be vigilant.
The closure, which began early Monday, was summoned by dozens of trade unions representing workers in both the public and private sectors. Union leaders said the protests were aimed at various government policies they said did harm workers, farmers and Indians in general. They also said they would allow contract work, give employers more room to set wages, and demand immediate abolition of new labor laws that increase working hours.
“The current government is anti-workers and opposes the poor,” said Arthanari Soundararajan, an opposition politician of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tamil Nadu.
Hundreds of protesters in red shirts have appeared in southern Tamil Nadu, blocking roads and advocating anti-government slogans, saying they are opposed to the privatization of electric boards and rising fuel prices. rice field.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has made strong proposals to privatize some of its state-owned assets, which is characterized by poor performance. Government-backed financial institutions are protesting federal privatization moves and bills that are expected to reduce the minimum government holdings of public sector banks from 51% to 26%. ..
The state bank of India, a government agency, warned customers on Monday and Tuesday that banking services could be affected by the banking union’s participation in the strike.
Employees protesting blocked railroad tracks and stopped trains in several places in West Bengal. In Kerala in the south, the streets were empty and the shops were closed.
In the western part of Maharashtra, home of the financial capital Mumbai, local governments have enacted a law prohibiting employees of public power companies from participating in protests.
In New Delhi, the capital of India, some lawmakers had placards in the federal parliament of the country in support of the protest and protesting the rise in fuel prices.
The list of 12 requirements for strikers freezes all privatization plans and is universal to workers in the so-called informal sector of the country’s workforce, such as rag pickers, street cleaners, and rickshaw drivers. Includes providing good social security. The informal sector accounts for an estimated 80 percent of India’s 470 million workers.
Anurag Saxena, chief executive of the Indian Trade Union Center, which has more than 6 million members nationwide working in the coal, steel, oil, telecommunications, banking and insurance sectors, said Modi’s government has adopted labor law. Effectively lower wages despite the disadvantages of workers and rising inflation. Privatization plans are another source of concern.
“They sell railroads, airports, ports, the oil industry, gas refineries, and our power transmission sector. Nothing remains,” Saxena said. “Whatever our ancestors have built up in this country is now sold to large corporations and private entrepreneurs.”