New Delhi, January 8: Normal life in some parts of the country will be disrupted due to the Bharat Bandh called by central trade unions and bank strike. The nationwide strike is likely to affect transport services mainly in Karnataka, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala. A separate strike called by bank unions will disrupt transactions at bank branches. Trade unions are holding the Bharat Bandh to protest against what they say anti-labour policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government. The hartal will continue until tomorrow, January 9. Catch live updates on the Bharat Bandh protest, bank strike and their impact across the country.
Major trade unions, including the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), SEWA and LPF, have jointly called for a Bharat Bandh for today and tomorrow. The 48-hour hartal is expected to have major impacts in Left-dominated West Bengal and Kerala. In Kerala, the CPM-led state government has supported the agitation and given a free-hand to employees in the public sector to remain absent for participating in the protests. Bharat Bandh, Bank Strike on January 8, 9: Karnataka Braces For Trade Unions Hartal, KSRTC, BMTC Bus to Stay Off Roads, What is Open And Shut.
In West Bengal, workers affiliated to All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) are expected to stage rail roko and rasta roko agitations to mark their dissent against the Centre. The TMC led state government, however, has warned its employees against participating in the Bharat Bandh. In Karnataka, KSRTC and BMTC buses and auto rickshaws won't ply on January 8 and 9, 2019. "We are against the road safety bill that targets drivers. Around 1.25 lakh employees will strike work and 26,500 buses will not operate," Chandregowda S, a treasurer with the KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation, was quoted as saying. App-based cabs, airport taxis, express trains, Metro trains and flights will operate.
Besides, the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation of all nine unions including the All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), AIBEA, National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW), are observing a separate strike today and tomorrow. IDBI Bank, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad Bank and Karur Vysya Bank, among others, have informed BSE that their services are likely to be affected.