Chennai: The two-day `general strike` held by various trade unions this week was very important and showed that some progress had been made in ensuring unity among trade unions, CPI-M leader Prakash Karat said on Saturday.
"There is a unity among trade unions, who are mostly party-affiliated, after a long time. Whether the Congress, BJP or Left, all trade unions are now on a common platform," he said at a book release function here.
This week`s `general strike` was called by all the unions and `this unity is important`, he said, referring to the 48-hour protest from February 20 called by 11 trade unions against UPA`s economic and alleged anti-labour policies.
Karat said that despite `identities and consciousness` causing setback, trade union movement had progressed and `we have made some progress` in the recent years.
He was speaking at the book release of `Making of the Madras Working Class` by Dilip Veeraraghavan.
There was a lot of difficulty even today in the country to form trade unions in corporate companies including those like car-maker Hyundai, he said adding either the workers were denied permission or there were only company-allowed unions.