Bengaluru, Jan 7 : Normal life will be affected 48 hours from Tuesday morning with various Trade Unions calling for a nationwide strike in support of their 12 demands.
Ten central trade unions, including Congress arm INTUC have requested the working class to participate in the strike. However, the essential services will not be affected including milk supply and medical services.
Almost all universities in the state including Visveswaraya Technological University have postponed the examinations slated to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday to a later date.
Private schools have also declared holidays during the two days, D Shashi Kumar of Karnataka Association of management for unaided schools said. Elaborate security arrangements in Karnataka to avoid any untoward incidents and forces have been deployed in sensitive areas.
Thousands of policemen and officer drawn from all department of police force will be deployed across the state to ensure pace, additional Inspector General of Police Kamal Pant said.
Several trade bodies, transport employees unions, including KSRTC and BMTC, taxi operators and bank employees union have extended support to the ‘general strike’ in protest against the anti-people policies of the Centre. However, taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber, Airport Taxi operators are unlikely to take part in the bandh. Bangalore Metro services will be operated as usual.
The TUs have demanded the centre to withdraw amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act and protect the interests of the transport sector. With the bank employees unions to supporting the strike, banking transactions are likely to be affected.
The Karnataka State Government Employees Association is also supporting the strike, but working in the government offices will be as usual, sources said.
Educational institutions have only expressed moral support. The respective deputy commissioners will review the situation and take a call on closure of schools and colleges.
The two-day strike has been called by ten major trade unions in protest against the Narendra Modi government’s alleged anti-labour policies.
The failure to fulfill the promise of creating over 1 crore jobs a year has been an important reason cited by the trade unions for organising the strike against the Modi government. According to Labour Bureau statistics,1.55 lakh jobs and 2.31 lakh jobs were created in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Another major reason cited by the trade unions is the rise in prices of various daily use commodities.The trade unions are also against the sale of public sector undertakings.(UNI)