New Delhi: The nation-wide strike against
government`s "anti-labour" policies had little impact on
normal life in Delhi today though functioning of PSU banks was
affected and a number of autos and taxi drivers kept their
vehicles off the roads.
Commuters complained that frequency of state-run buses
was low as the 24-hour strike called by all major unions to
protest the "anti-labour" policies of the government, rising
prices and disinvestment of PSUs began this morning.
Unions leaders, who have rejected appeals to desist from
the strike, said all 11 major trade unions including Congress-
affiliated INTUC, Shiv Sena-backed Bharatiya Kamgar Sena and
UPA ally Indian Union Muslim League`s trade-wing STU have
joined hands to make the strike a success.
The unions are demanding no contractorisation of work --
permanent or perennial nature, amendment of Minimum Wages Act,
assured pension for all and compulsory registration of trade
union among others.
Many bank customers were left at sea as employees of PSU
banks refused to conduct transactions as part of the protest.
Employees of RBI in the capital held a protest outside their
office and shouted slogans against the policies of the
Auto and taxi union leaders said they were participating
in the strike to protest against the government policies
towards them. They alleged the government was doing nothing
for setting up a welfare board as ordered by the Supreme
In a bid to ensure that power supply in the capital
remains uninterrupted during the strike, Delhi government had
last night clamped ESMA on all power companies, including that
of generation and distribution.