10 trade unions have claimed that there will be about 25 crore people taking part in nationwide call for strike today, 8th January. The strike is called by trade unions against what they allege as “anti-people” policies of this government. The declaration for this strike was adopted in September 2019 by unions like INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, LPF, and UTUC among various independent federations.
The joint statement by the 10 organisations claims that more than 25 crore people will be participating in the strike today. The unions have demanded reversal of “anti-working class, anti-people and the anti-national policies” allegedly implemented by this government. The unions in the joint statement have also accused the labour ministry of doing little to assure the workers of their demand. The unions have also condemned the violence on JNU campus and similar incidents in university campuses across India.
Apart from trade unions, farmers across the country under the banner of Leaft Peasant Wings will also be part of the strike. Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will observe Gramin Hartal, rail rook, and road rook on January 8 and 9.
Handan Mollah, General Secretary of the CPI (M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha told that This move is against the Modi government’s failure to address rural distress issues, to save rural farmers’ lands from the corporate. The farmers will extend all support to the ensuing general strike.
The strike will also be supported by four unions including that Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will extend their support to the protests. Autorickshaws and cab drivers are also likely to join the protests.
Banking, transport and other services across the country are also likely to be hit by the strike.