New Delhi: The central trade unions have called for a general strike or “Bharat Bandh” on January 8 “to protest against anti-labour policies” of the government.
The strike will also be followed up by demanding the reversal of the “anti-working class, anti-people and the anti-national policies” undertaken by the government. Apart from this, the joint statement also alleged that the labour ministry did little to assure the workers regarding their demands.
The joint statement by various trade unions stated the attitude of the government towards workers and labourers is that of contempt, as can be understood through the many policies of the government. In order to raise their voices against increased fees and commercialisation of education, approximately 60 students’ organisations and elected representatives of some universities have decided to partake in the strike.
Apart from opposing privatisation of PSUs, the trade unions are also opposing the privatisation in railways, corporatization of 49 defence production units and forced merger of banks. It is also expected that more than 175 farmers and agricultural worker unions will extend support to the demands pressed by workers’ unions.