Strike brings life to a standstill in West Bengal

Life came to a standstill in Left Front-ruled West Bengal on Thursday following a 24-hour nation-wide general strike called by Left-affiliated trade unions against the UPA Government`s economic and industrial policies.

Kolkata, Dec 14: Life came to a standstill in Left
Front-ruled West Bengal on Thursday following a 24-hour nation-wide
general strike called by Left-affiliated trade unions against
the UPA Government`s economic and industrial policies.

Roads in the metropolis were deserted with no public
transport while shops and establishments were closed.

The nascent it sector, given the status of a public
utility, has not been exempted from the purview of the strike
though the CPI(M)`s labour body CITU has assured that there
would be no picketing at the it hub of salt lake sector five.

The recently formed it services association has said that
it would not enforce the strike.

At a meeting convened by webel of IT and ITES companies
on the eve of the strike, the industry was assured that
special arrangements would be made so that employees were able
to go to work and return safely.

Kerala

The strike called by Left trade unions created a "bandh-like"
situation in Kerala today, crippling normal life.

The state-run and private bus services, trucks and taxis
were off the roads since the strike began midnight. Employees
belonging to left unions in government services and
education sector have also joined the strike.

No disruption in train movement, telecommunication
services and power supply were reported from anywhere.

Essential services like water supply, healthcare and
media have been exempted from the strike. Also, vehicles
carrying pilgrims to Sabarimala shrine, where the pilgrimage
season is on, have been exempted.

No violence had been reported from any place and the
police had made elaborate security arrangements throughout
the state.

Tripura

Normal life was paralysed in Left-
ruled Tripura following a 24-hour nation-wide
general strike called by Left-affiliated trade unions against
the UPA government`s policies.

The state-run and private bus services, trucks and taxis
were off the roads since the strike began midnight. Employees
belonging to pro-Left unions in government services and
education sector have also joined the strike.

Shutters of shops were down and all markets in the state
remained closed.

Telecommunication services and power supply were
functioning and there were no disruptions.

Essential services like water supply, healthcare and
media have been exempted from the strike.

No violence had been reported from any place and the
police had made elaborate security arrangements throughout the
state.

The strike was called by sponsoring committee of central
trade unions including CITU and AITUC, against the UPA
government`s economic, labour and industrial policies that
harmed the interests of the working classes in the country.

Mumbai

Rail traffic in the city was
disrupted for sometime after agitators blocked trains at two
stations in response to a nationwide strike by Left-affiliated
trade unions today.

Trains were stopped at Andheri Station at 10 AM for 15
minutes and also at Goregaon Station during peak office hours
as protestors blocked the rail lines.

Police later removed the agitators and the services were
resumed, railway officials said.

However, trains are running behind schedule, they added.

Punjab

Left affiliated trade unions across Punjab organized ‘Chakka jams’. Hundreds of workers belonging to various Left parties blocked traffic at roads in Ludhiana. The workers also shouted slogans against Captain Amrinder Singh’s government in the state.

Some Left leaders of the state came down heavily on the Chief Minister for rising prices.

Bureau Report

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