New Delhi, January 7: Normal life is likely to be affected across the nation on Wednesday as 10 central trade unions have called for a nationwide strike on January 8. The protesters will carry out the strike against the 'anti-people' reforms and policies of the Narendra Modi-led government. The trade unions claimed that nearly 25 crore people will be a part of the pan-India strike to be held on Wednesday.  In a joint statement, the 10 central trade unions (CTUs) said that the Ministry of Labour has failed to assure on any of the demands of workers which called a meeting on January 2, 2020. "The attitude of the government is that of contempt towards labour as we construe from its policies and actions", the statement read. Here's What Will Remain Open and Closed During Bharat Bandh on January 8, 2020.

In September 2019, the trade unions had adopted a declaration to go on a nationwide strike, demanding reversal of many anti-worker, anti-people, anti-national policies of the Government. The other demands include a hike in the minimum wage to Rs 21,000-Rs 24,000 per month, stopping the privatisation of public sector undertakings among others.

Why the Bharat Bandh Protest Called on January 8

The all-India strike has been called by the unions over their long-pending demands. The main demand of the workers is that the government drop the proposed labour reforms. The trade unions are seeking reversal of the anti-worker, anti-people, anti-national policies of the Government. The unions are also against privatisation in railways, corporatisation of 49 defence production units and forced merger of banks.

Banking operations, transportation services including buses, trains and autos are expected to take a hit on Wednesday as workers will join the protest.  Among the other demands, the unions are also demanding salary hike. Individuals who will be a part of the strike include  government employees, bank employees, teachers and workers from various sectors.

Bharat Bandh 2020 On January 8: From Trains To Banks, Which Services Will Be Affected Across India?

In November 2019, the Union Cabinet had approved a labour code on industrial relations which sought to derecognise labour unions. The all-India general strike called by central trade unions on Wednesday, aims to draw the government's attention to the unfulfilled demands of these workers.

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