Trade Unions strike: Protests, rallies across AP

Hyderabad: Employees of various organisations and Left activists today held demonstrations across Andhra Pradesh as part of the nation-wide strike called by major trade unions against the "anti-labour" policies of the Central Government.

CPI State Secretary K Narayana, who led the protest here, charged that the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh has imposed a heavy burden on common people in various forms like hiking taxes and also VAT on traders.

"The people would teach a lesson to the Congress government if it did not mend its ways," he said. CPI claimed in a release that Narayana was taken into custody by police and kept at the police station at Nallakunta.

The staff of various firms along with Left workers squatted in front of their offices and also at bus stations of APSRTC preventing buses from going out.

Several political parties including TDP and TRS have expressed their support to the strike. The union of various PSU bank employees gave a call for the strike opposing banking sector reforms among other issues.