Nationwide strike: Banking and Transport Services partially hit

Central trade unions and All India Bank Employees Association, has called for a nationwide strike on March 28 (Monday) and 29 (Tuesday) against the Central government’s policies affecting workers, farmers, and people in general.

The decision of National strike comes after a meeting on March 22 where the trade unions said that they would protest against the Union Government’s “anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies”. The bank unions are participating to protest against the government’s plan to privatise public sector banks, as well as the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2021.

Trade unions informed to roadways, transport workers and electricity workers to join the strike. The unions in the railways and defense sector would be making mass mobilization in support of the strike at several hundreds of spots, the statement added.  Workers from various other sectors such as coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, copper, and insurance are expected to participate in the strike.

Nationwide strike had its impact on the public transport sector in Tamil Nadu as a large number of buses operated by State Transport Undertakings (STU) remained off the road, affecting morning office-goers and others in many places.

As a result, autorickshaws were charging exorbitant fares, commuters in different cities complained. While many had the option of switching to suburban rail services and the Metro Rail here, same was not the case in other cities of the state and people had to rely on the available thin services of government buses and autorickshaws. The few running buses were packed beyond capacity. Trade unions took out a rally here pressing for their demands. Many autorickshaw drivers also joined the protest.