New Delhi: The nationwide strike called by the ten central trade unions is likely to continue on Tuesday against the “anti-labour and pro-industrialist government”, Indian National Trade Union Congress said in a statement.
“The working class of India, in both the organized and un-organized sectors, have massively responded to two days’ call of nation-wide strike by ten CTUs on 8 and 9 January and the entire industrial mining, banking-insurance and services sector have been badly affected,” INTUC National Secretary S Q Zama said.
He added that on the first day of the strike, the entire non-coal mining sector struck work today including iron ore mines under NMDC, Manganese, Copper, Zinc etc under both the government and private sectors.
In the coal industry, three Coal India (CIL) subsidiaries observed 100 per cent strike while there was 85 per cent strike in SECL, 75 per cent strike in BCCL, 65 per cent in WCL and 50 per cent in CCL, according to the statement.
“In CIL/subsidiaries, at many places the production and dispatch is blocked 100 per cent and at other places the production and dispatch is as per workers’ percentage on strike,” Zama said. He added that at several places state governments – including West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand – have invoked Essential Services Management Act (ESMA).
The 10 Central trade unions have joined hands to go on strike in which 20 crore workers were expected to join. The 10 CTUs which have gone on strike include INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC. RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) will not participate.
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