NEW DELHI: Lakhs of workers across India went on strike on Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office.
They say labour reforms planned by Modi’s government will put jobs at risk, and are demanding it scrap changes that would make it easier to lay off workers and shut down unproductive factories.
All India Trade Union Congress secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the response had been “magnificent” and estimated over 150 million workers participated in the strike, although this could not be independently confirmed.
The strike – the biggest in India for more than two years – included staff at state-run banks and mines as well as some factory, construction and transport workers.
“This strike is a reminder to the government that it must consult the millions of employees (affected) before changing the labour laws,” striking bank worker Amit Khanna told AFP in New Delhi.
• 2 days ago
Today is the most expensive day for Sonia Gandhi her life in order to mobilize enough agitator she has spent thousand of crore.
Economy in bad shape let the PM know this strike is more important than share market crash, How can India grow when farmer and worker both are unhappy!
Again strike .
Who will invest money in India , if they can’t fire the non performers?. Can any state govt/Central Govt/PSUs fire the employees for thier non performance/zero contributions?.With high salaries , how to run the Govt/PSUs with Nonperformers?. Without investments/new factories, how the youths will get the jobs?.The change in the labour laws is a must , for ”Make in India” and growth/prosperity..
Strikes and bandh’s have become fashion, they do no serve much purpose rather than putting people o inconvenience.
In India, communists/leftists provoke the employees to go on strike but in C**t China going on strike is a se**us crime and attract severe punishment.
the sole role of trade unions are to blackmail government.
Indians are the biggest impediments to India’s growth … they only come together for protests against reforms but not for any development work
Modi Govt is anti poor anti labor now people lost the trust in it
Agb • 2 days ago
These unions should be banned. Thrown out.
All want progress, they complain but when something good is about to happen they strike. What a bunch of useless folks. Shame on you pathetic people