According to reports, banking services are expected to be disrupted due to a two-day countrywide strike planned by a joint forum of core trade unions on March 28 and 29. However, this might impact other services as well, such as transportation, railroads, banks and various distribution. Various central trade unions have called for protests against the central government’s policies in a joint statement on March 28-29. Read the article to know about Why Bharat Bandh? demands by banks, electricity boards & railways.
Why Bharat Bandh?
When a two-day countrywide strike planned by a joint forum of leading trade unions begins on Monday, it is expected to affect some of the most critical services like banking, transportation, trains, and electricity.
An interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) revealed that the All India Trade Union Congress General Secretary Amarjeet Kaur predicted that more than 20 crore formal and informal workers would take part in the strike on March 28 and 29. As well as widespread mobilization of workers across the country to protest against government policies.
She said that the strike is likely to extend to rural areas, where informal agricultural laborers and employees from other sectors are expected to join the demonstration. Unions representing employees of various industries have published strike notices, including coal, steel, oil, telecommunications, postal service, income tax, copper, banks, and insurance.
Bharat Bandh Reason
Starting on March 28, a two-day statewide strike called by the trade unions is likely to hurt critical services such as banking, power, transportation, and trains. Several labor unions are represented on the joint forum.
According to a press release, the All India Bank Employees Association has also expressed its support for the Bharat Bandh. Many banks, including the State Bank of India, have released a statement advising clients that banking services may be disrupted on March 28 and 29 and on March 30 and April 1. The walkout has now been joined by employees from the transportation, electricity services, and roads departments.
Bharat Bandh Demands by Banks, Electricity Boards & Railways
According to Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, over 20 crore officials, and informal employees are expected to participate in the strike.
Ms. Kaur said that the strike is likely to extend to rural areas of the nation, where informal workers in agriculture and other industries are expected to join the demonstration.
The strike notices were issued by labor groups representing employees in various industries. According to the joint forum, a mass mobilization in favor of the strike will be carried out in multiple locations, including railroads and the defense industry.
The union’s demands include the abolition of the planned modifications to labor laws, the prohibition of any privatization, and the cancellation of the national monetization pipeline. Increased salary allocations under the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and the regularisation of contract employees are also among the demands of unionized workers.
Meanwhile, the power ministry issued a warning on Sunday, advising all state-owned utilities and other organizations to be on high alert to maintain uninterrupted energy supply and grid stability.
Bharat Bandh Protest
By reducing the interest rate on EPF accumulations to 8.1 percent from 8.5 percent and imposing sudden increases in the price of gasoline, LPG, kerosene, and CNG, the BJP government at the Centre has intensified attacks on working people. Also, they are taking steps to implement their monetization program (public sector land bundles). Still, they are being held back only by the worsening condition of inflation and the crash of stock markets. According to the meeting’s minutes, these measures were denounced.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is today’s Bharat Bandh happening?
Banks, transportation, and other services are affected by the two-day nationwide strike. Trade unions have called for a nationwide strike today in protest of economic policies. Bharat Bandh is being observed for two days. Unions accuse the government of being ‘anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people, and anti-national.’
Today and tomorrow are Bharat Bandh days?
Several essential services like banking, electricity, transportation and railways are likely to be impacted due to the two-day nationwide strike led by a joint forum of central trade unions today (March 28).
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