New Delhi: Transport and banking services across the country are likely to get affected on Thursday as over 25 crore workers are expected to participate in a nationwide strike on Thursday jointly called by 10 central unions protesting against various policies of the government.
Ten central trade unions except Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh are observing one-day general strike on Thursday to protest against various government policies.
Many lenders have informed their customers to use digital channels such as internet/ mobile banking and ATMs for their banking related transactions and other services.
Fewer autos and taxis might be on road on Thursday.
Bank employees affiliated to All India Bank Employees Association, National Confederation of Bank Employees and Bank Employees Federation of India are supporting the strike.
One of the bank officers' union - All India Bank Officers Confederation -- is extending fraternal support to the strike.
"Lok Sabha in its recently held session has passed three new labour enactments by dismantling existing 27 enactments in the name of 'Ease of Business', which are purely in the interest of corporates.
"In the process, 75 per cent of workers are being pushed out of the orbits of labour laws since they will have no legal protection under the new enactment," AIBEA said in a release.
Bank employees are protesting against privatisation of banks, outsourcing and contract system in jobs in the sector. They are also demanding adequate recruitment in the sector, stern action against big corporate defaulters, increase in rate of interest on bank deposits and reduction in service charges.
AIBEA represents majority of the banks except the State Bank of India and the Indian Overseas Bank. It has 4 lakh bank employees from various public and private sector and a few foreign banks as its members.
In Maharashtra, around 30,000 bank employees from 10,000 bank branches of public sector banks, old generation private sector banks, regional rural banks and foreign banks are observing the strike, AIBEA said.
Ten central unions - Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India United Trade Union Centre, Trade Union Co-ordination Centre and Self-Employed Women's Association have called for the general strike against the new farm and labour laws, among others.
Normal life was partially affected in parts of West Bengal on Thursday due to the nationwide strike called by several trade unions in protest against the Centre's economic policies.
The 24-hour bandh called by a joint committee of the central trade unions began at 6 am.
Bandh supporters, mostly activists of Communist Party of India Marxist- affiliated outfits like CITU and DYFI, brought out rallies in Jadavpur, Garia, Kamalgazi, Lake Town and Dumdum areas in and around Kolkata, disrupting vehicular movement and asking shopkeepers to pull down the shutters of their establishments, an official said.
They picketed outside Howrah railway station, asking vehicle operators to stop services but a large police contingent was deployed to ensure normal plying of vehicles, he said.
Bandh enforcers also blocked roads in Coochbehar and Jhargram districts, burning tyres and breaking the windscreen of buses, the official said.
Train services were affected in Sealdah South and Main sections as agitators put logs on railway tracks, he said.
Flight services at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here, however, have remained unaffected so far, the official said.
"People are supporting our peaceful protests as it is in their interests," a Democratic Youth Federation of India activist in Howrah said.
The ruling Trinamool Congress in the state did not support the strike but said it backed the Left and Congress' flagging of the economic issues.
The agitating central trade unions, along with independent federations and associations, expect the participation of 25 crore workers in the strike.