A general strike across India on 8-9 January 2019 has brought the economy to a virtual standstill, with
Affected industries included banking, insurance, coal
“The mobilization of millions of workers in the two-day general strike demonstrates the power that trade unions still possess today to protect and fight for workers’
The general strike was called by ten of India’s thirteen national
In Tamil Nadu, rallies were held in 19 Districts with
participationof affiliated unions including TKTMS, SGEU, TCTU, UNIFRONT, RWO andINRLF. The TKTMS also submitted Charter of Demands to the District Labour Commissioners in Thirupur and Nagapattinam districts.
In Kerala, the KKNTC covered all districts and
organisedworkers’ meetings, rallies andmobilizations.
The BWI affiliate in Karnataka State i.e. KSCWCU lent support to the CTUs joint rally in Bangalore apart from union actions in six other districts.
In Odisha State, five affiliated unions (INBCWWF, OKKS, NOBSM, OFMFPWU
andONMS) especially targeted industrial areas and held rallies in front of Public Sector Companies’ office(s) apart from Central and District Labour Offices. In addition, members of NOBSM union rallied outside the office of the local electricity regulator in Bhubaneswar, demanding an end to the policies of privatisationthat have driven down workers’ wages and safety.
In Himachal Pradesh – the AHPWDIPHCWU submitted the 12-point Joint Charter of Demands to the District Commissioner in Kullu and Sirmaur districts.
In Punjab – the BMS held a massive rally on the Bhandari Railway Overbridge in Amritsar submitted petition to the Department of Labour on recent policy changes in the brick kiln industry that have adversely impacted union members in the State.
In Rajasthan, the AHBWU
organised publicmeeting in front of the District Magistrate’s Office, Kota district whereas inJodhpur district, the RPKNMS joined CTUs protest.
In Delhi, four unions – NMPS, DNMS, MAMU
andDANMU organisedrallies, sit-in protests specifically highlighting construction workers concerns across Delhi and the National Capital Region. Thousands of SEWA members also joined protests in Delhi.
In Bihar, CLU and HKMP
organisedrallies in respective organizing areas and CLU joined the unitedCentral Trade Unions mobilisationand press meeting in the State Capital, Patna.
SGEU members protested in front of District Collector Office in Salem district and about 1200 workers (including 1000 women) were arrested by the police and were later released in the evening.