Trade unions warn of bigger agitation

Trade unions warn of bigger agitation

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 13:30 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Major trade unions Thursday warned the central government of bigger agitation in the country, describing the two-day national strike as "the beginning of the chapter".

"The two-day countrywide agitation has been successful but we will launch a bigger agitation and this is only a beginning of the chapter," All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta told reporters here.

"More and more factories and people joined the strike on the last day (Thursday). Those factories which were opened yesterday (Wednesday) joined the agitation today (Thursday)," he told reporters here.

He was accompanied by other leaders of several trade unions which included likes of Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

Dasgupta also said that international trade unions of Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Japan and other countries expressed their solidarity with the strike.

"It is not us but the government which is responsible for the strike, which has reportedly caused a loss of Rs.26,000 crore. Had they paid heed to our demands, it would not have happened," Dasgupta said when asked about the strike's ramifications on the economy of the country.

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