New Delhi, January 6: A nation-wide bandh will be observed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 as a mark of protest to press for their long-pending demands. According to reports, thousands of workers from across the country are expected to participate in the all-India strike over 14 pending demands. A total of 10 central trade unions on January 3 had called for a general strike or 'Bharat Bandh' on January 8. The call for a nation-wide strike came a day after the union leaders met the labour minister to hold talks about government's anti-labour policies.

The nation-wide protest 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. Government employees, bank employees, teachers and workers from various sectors. Banking operations are expected to take a hit on Wednesday as workers will join the protest. However, online transactions will not be hampered. Here's What Will Remain Open and Closed During Bharat Bandh on January 8, 2020.

According to reports, the labour code on industrial relations was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2018. The reforms seek 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. Reports inform that the some of the other demands of the unions 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.

According to a report by Times Now, the participants include Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) among other organisations.

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

Earlier, All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) general secretary CH Venkatachalam saying that employees of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), co-operative Banks, Regional Rural Banks (RRB), Life Insurance Corporation of India and General Insurance sector will also join the strike.

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