A day-long nationwide strike today impacted normal life in various parts of the country with coal production, banking operations and transport services being hit the most, while violent clashes erupted in West Bengal resulting in arrest of over 1,000 persons.
As a nationwide strike of trade unions hit banking and other services Wednesday, business chambers today pegged the loss to the economy at a staggering Rs 25,000 crore and said such "disruptive" actions can hit India's image as an attractive business destination.
A day-long nationwide strike hit the normal life in West Bengal on Wednesday with impact on banking and transport services, while nearly 200 persons were arrested from different parts of the state and clashes occurred at some places between the Left and Trinamool workers.
The response to the country-wide strike on Wednesday called by trade unions demanding better wages has been "unprecedented" and "outstanding", said All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta.
Transport services in the city remained unaffected on Wednesday, as suburban train services, autorickshaws and BEST city buses were operating normally despite the one-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions.
The nationwide bandh called by 10 trade unions to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs has badly affected normal life in parts of Delhi, Mumbai, West Bengal, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Normal working at banks was affected on Wednesday due to a nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions, although the staff of SBI, IOB, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank stayed away from the agitation.
Maharashtra joined a staggering 300 million workers in the government and private sector, the financial sector, banks and financial institutions, and the farming community across the country for a day's token strike protesting what they alleged was the government's 'anti-exployees' policies here on Wednesday, a top organiser said.
Normal life was partially affected in West Bengal on Wednesday following the country-wide general strike called by 10 central trade unions against the policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.