January 07, 2020: Ten central trade unions will observe all-India strike on January 8, 2020, in order to press for 14 demands. Lakhs of workers from across the country are expected to participate in the strike on Wednesday.
In a related development, Tamil Nadu’s Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have decided to back the strike on January 8.
According to DMK president MK Stalin, "the BJP-led government at the Centre is focussed on snatching the workers’ rights instead of protecting them".
The Shiv Sena will also join the proposed all-India strike on January 8. Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said: "Many of you are astonished to see me here, but this is in solidarity with the cause of the workers of this country. In the past five years, the government has initiated many anti-labour policies which we strongly oppose."
Bharat Bandh January 2020: Who will participate?
A number of unions will take part in the strike on Wednesday. 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), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC).
Bank strike on 8th January 2020
Bank employees belonging to five bank unions will also join the strike. It is likely to affect banking services on January 8. However, there would not be any impact on online transactions.
Major unions in the Indian banking sector have decided to participate in the National General Strike called by central trade unions on January 8, 2020, said a top leader of All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA).
In a statement, the All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) general secretary CH Venkatachalam had last month said 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.