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The nationwide day-long strike on Friday by Left-affiliated trade unions against the BJP-led central government's "anti-labour" policies affected normal life in several states.

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Friday, September 2, 2016 - 15:44

New Delhi: The nationwide day-long strike on Friday by Left-affiliated trade unions against the BJP-led central government's "anti-labour" policies affected normal life in several states, including West Bengal, Karnataka and Communist-ruled Kerala and Tripura, but saw minimal effect in the national capital and Mumbai.

2 September 2016, 15:29 PM

Cracking the whip, the Delhi government invoked the stringent ESMA declaring as illegal the nurses' stir which has severely affected the functioning of state-run hospitals at a time when the city was grappling with rising cases of dengue and chikungunya.

Reacting to the development CPI (M) tweeted:

2 September 2016, 15:25 PM

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, "PM busy endorsing private telecom co., his govt to waive off bank loans of real estate firms, but no money for workers?"

2 September 2016, 13:55 PM

Odisha: Train services were affected as trade union activists staged rail roko by holding sit-in on tracks at many places including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jaleswar, Keonjhargarh and Rayagada.

2 September 2016, 11:55 AM

Sitaram Yechury explains as to why the nationwide strike was needed.

2 September 2016, 11:40 AM

Telangana badly affected due to the strike. Banking operations came to standstill in Telangana as over 15,000 employees of various banks participated in the general strike called by trade unions to protest government's "anti-labour policies".

2 September 2016, 11:19 AM

It was business as usual for public transport in Mumbai despite one-day nationwide strike call given by central trade unions, while it evoked a mixed response in rural Maharashtra.

2 September 2016, 10:57 AM

Delhi Nurses Union protest outside Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.

2 September 2016, 10:56 AM

Trinamool Congress, Left party members clash in Bengal's Madhyamgram.

2 September 2016, 10:48 AM

The bus services have gone on strike in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal and Gwalior.

2 September 2016, 10:40 AM

CPIM (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuray takes a dig at Modi regime says, "The Government promised 2 crore new jobs per year, but unemployment is rising. Urban unemployment rate stands at 11.24 percent."

2 September 2016, 10:36 AM

CITU general secretary Tapan Kumar Sen says: "The strike is on. We are getting good response. More information will pour in after sometime. Around 90 per cent workers at BHEL's plant in Tiruchirapalli have not reported at work in the morning shift."

"Vizag steel plant is 100 percent closed. At some places there would be instances of 'Rail Roko'. This is going to be a successful strike as more than 15 crore workers will come on streets to protest."


2 September 2016, 10:01 AM

West Bengal: Siliguri Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya arrested along with 15 other protesters.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says Bengal will not be stopped by bandhs.

"The bandh will be a total failure. We are monitoring the situation. We appeal to everyone to defeat the strike," Banerjee says.

2 September 2016, 10:00 AM

Uttar Pradesh Roadways employees' strike disrupts normal life. Passengers left stranded.

2 September 2016, 10:00 AM

Odisha too faces the brunt of strike called by the trade unions.

2 September 2016, 09:58 AM

As a precautionary measure,the schools and colleges in Bengaluru have been closed for today. Bus stand across Benagluru bore a deserted look.

BMTC buses not plying on roads, remain parked at Banashankari.

2 September 2016, 09:57 AM

Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh confirms that it is not taking part in the strike.

2 September 2016, 09:57 AM

Passengers face a harrowing time as buses are not plying from the inter state bus stand in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

2 September 2016, 09:56 AM

Protesters vandalise a NBSTC bus in Cooch Behar district in West Bengal.

2 September 2016, 09:56 AM

The 10 central trade unions (CTUs) are observing 'Bharat Bandh' to express their disagreement with the Central government`s "unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies".

Banking, public transport and telecom are expected to be worst hit during the strike.

The CTUs will strike work protesting against what they call the government`s apathy towards their 12-point charter of demands including a monthly minimum wage of Rs. 18,000, controlling price rise and assured minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000.

However, Indian Railways and other central government employees will not participate in strike as government has already constituted a committee to look into their demand of raising monthly minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to about Rs. 26,000 under the 7th Pay Commission.