Nationwide strike affects banking and transport services in many parts of the country

New Delhi: The two-day nationwide strike by the 10 central unions against the Centre’s policies has drawn a lukewarm response in most parts of the country, even as banking and public transport services have been out of whack in states like West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

However, essential services like health care, electricity and fuel supplies remained unchanged, news agency PTI reported. Public offices and educational institutions were also not affected by the strike.

the union demands include removal of labor codes, no privatization in any form, removal of the National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), increased wage allocation under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), and regularization of contract workers.

Here are the top 10 developments from the national strike:

  1. In cities with a strong labor movement, very few over-the-counter public transactions such as cash deposits and withdrawals took place.
  2. Mining belts in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also been hit by worker protests, unions said, citing PTI. “The whole coal belt (mining area) has been affected in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh,” said Amarjeet Kaur, secretary general of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), citing PTI.
  3. Normal life in West Bengal saw some disruption as protesters took to the roads and halted train traffic at some stations.
  4. The impact of the protests was seen in eastern India as many eastern public sector bank branches remained closed.
  5. In Kerala, state road transport buses as well as auto-rickshaws and private buses were off the road. But essential services, including milk supply, hospital and ambulance services, were not affected.
  6. Public transport services were also hit in Haryana as state road workers joined the strike.
  7. Production at steel mills and mines of public sector entities such as SAIL, RINL and NMDC was also affected as many of their workers joined the strike.
  8. As a large proportion of bank workers failed to report for work, banking services were partially affected on Monday following a nationwide strike.
  9. In Maharashtra, volume data from Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash replenishment and clearing houses was not immediately available, although striking employees said it had had a profound impact.
  10. The strike, however, had little impact on the operation of the new generation private sector banks.

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