Bharat Bandh on March 28, 29: Services expected to take a hit

A joint forum of central trade unions has called for a ‘bharat bandh’ on Monday and Tuesday to protest the “the anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies” of Narendra Modi-led Union government.

The move comes after a meeting of the joint platform of central trade unions on March 22, 2022. All India Bank Employees Association announced that the banking sector will be joining the strike.

The bank unions are participating in the strike to protest against the government’s plan to privatise public sector banks, as well as the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2021. The employees of the insurance sector will also partake the strike.

The West Bengal government has took measures against the bandh, asking all its employees to report for duty on the days of bandh, failing which they will be issued show-cause notices. The TMC government also said that no casual leave will be granted to employees except in emergency situations like illness or death in the family. The TMC has been opposed to bandhs as its official policy.

The unions of BPCL employees, Kochi cannot join the protest because of a court order .The Kerala High Court restrained five trade unions in the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Kochi, from participating in the nationwide strike after considering a plea filed by the BPCL.

The State Bank of India has announced that its services may take a hit on March 28 and 29.

Roadways, transport workers and electricity workers have also decided to join the strike, a statement by the trade unions informed. The unions in the railways and defence sector would be making mass mobilization in support of the strike at several hundreds of spots, the statement added.  Workers from various other sectors such as coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, copper, and insurance are expected to participate in the strike.

The central trade unions which are part of the joint forum calling for the strike are INTUC, AIUTUC, TUCC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC.