Over 20 crore workers belonging to 10 central trade unions (CTU) from all sectors are on a two-day nationwide strike aka Bharat Bandh on 8 and 9 January to protest against the Centre’s alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms.
Protests, rallies, road blockages and demonstrations will be common for two days in India as thousands of workers from formal and informal sectors will be joining the two-day-long Bharat Bandh protests today and tomorrow. The decision of nationwide strike was made by 10 CTUs in Delhi, and workers from telecom, health, education, coal, steel, electricity, banking, insurance and transport sectors will join the protest to push a number of demands like job creation, strict enforcement of labour laws and minimum.
Farmers, student groups and other unorganised workers from anganwadis, headload and hawkers will also be joining the protests. Hence, the strike will banking and telecommunication services as well as public transport will be affected as the CTU protestors have planned for rail roko and road blockades across India. Schools, colleges and other educational institutes are also likely to remain closed for next two days in major cities across the country, supporting the second nationwide strike within a month after the farmers protest to Delhi demanding solution of the agrarian crisis.
The ongoing Bharat Bandh was triggered when Centre allegedly rejected the suggestions on labour codes and CTU leaders claim that “government has failed to create jobs” too. Hence, the protests are to press the 12-point charter of demands that mainly focuses on minimum wages and social security schemes for workers. To ensure law and order is maintained during Bharat Bandh, adequate arrangements by the security forces and strikes will not disrupt daily life and public transport. Also, Mumbai officials claim that deployment of police forces have been done in sensitive areas so that “everything goes smoothly”.