Trade unions strike hits banking and public transport across India

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 09:54 hrs

New Delhi: The two-day strike called by major trade unions has evoked a mixed response on the second day on Thursday.

Public transport continued to be affected in the national capital. Office goers and students said they are facing a lot of problems as auto-rickshaws are tough to find, and the Delhi Metro is more crowded than usual.

Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant in Gurgaon came to a standstill, as workers participated in the nation-wide trade union strike to protest against the government's economic policies.

Many banks remained closed in several cities today. The bank strike is part of a two-day nationwide strike call given 11 central trade unions to press for wage hike in the backdrop of rising inflation.

The banking sector came to a grinding halt as several public banks remained closed in the financial capital of Mumbai.

J.K. Veera, a local here, expressed his ire over the strike and said that the common man was unaware about the reason behind the strike.

"The common man does not know the reason behind the strike. If a person comes from a far place or from a village then he cannot do anything for two days, where will he go?" he said.

The streets of southern Hyderabad city wore a deserted look as the public transport remained off the roads.

The president of auto rickshaw driver union, D. Venkateswara, said that the government did not take any initiative to hold a discussion with the members of the union.

"We are only participating in the nation-wide strike and the government has not taken any initiative to hold a discussion with us," said Venkateswara.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, the two-day shutdown called by 11 major trade unions is costing the country about 26,000 crores. (ANI)

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