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Bandh strikes economy Rs26,000 crore lost

Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 1:02am IST

A union leader was killed in Haryana and factory units damaged in Noida in sporadic violence on Wednesday as the two-day nationwide strike evoked mixed response.

Who called the strike?
The two-day strike has been called jointly by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Indian Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India United Trade Union Centre and other such central organisations.

The reason
The unions have demanded concrete measures for containing inflation, steps for employment generation, universal social security, and making the minimum wage to Rs10,000 per month along with daily allowance.

Worst-hit states
Kerala, Tripura and Bihar were among the worst-hit states
Stray incidents of violence 
Odisha and Karnataka saw stray incidents of violence

In Haryana, bus driver Narender Singh, who was also the treasurer of AITUC, was killed when he tried to stop a bus which was being taken out from the Ambala Depot despite the strike, district president, Haryana Roadways Workers Union’s, Inder Singh Bhadana said.

In Noida Phase 2 area, workers clashed with factory owners in a hosiery complex and set ablaze vehicles prompting authorities to deploy PAC in the area. Workers went on a rampage and damaged industrial properties. From Sector 82 till Greater Noida entry point, which is the industrial belt, workers set ablaze a car, bus and a fire engine, police said.

Flight and rail operations remained unaffected in the strike called by 11 trade unions against UPA’s economic and alleged anti-labour policies.

Economy hit
According to a study done by the Assocham, almost half of the country’s economic activities were hampered on the first day of the two-day strike. The strike will cause a loss of Rs26,000 crore to the Indian economy,
they said.


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