Strike likely to cripple normal life in Kerala
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Last Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012, 15:24
  
Thiruvananthapuram: The 24-hour nationwide strike called by central trade unions from midnight of Monday night is likely to cripple normal life in Kerala with the state government and banking unions also pledging support to it.

According to leaders of various unions, workers in all sectors except those in essential services like health, water supply and media, would join the strike, called jointly by the central trade unions to protest the "anti-labour" policies of the UPA Government.

"The strike is going to be a historic event. This is rare since all major unions are joining hands for a nationwide protest," union leaders said.

They held that labour upsurges in different parts of the world in the backdrop of crisis of capitalist economies had given an added thrust to the strike call.

The key demands of the unions include guarantee of labour rights, end to the contract labour system, bringing workers in the unorganized sector under the social security net and pension benefit for all workers.

Besides the Left unions like CITU and AITUC and HMS, the pro-Congress INTUC and pro-BJP BMS are also supporting the strike.

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, 15:24


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