Workers in India strike to protest anti-worker policies of the government

By staff reporter

Kozhikode: Public life has derailed in Kerala following the 24 hour strike, called by ten central trade unions to protest the anti-worker policies of the government. The workers strike was felt in different parts of India including Rajasthan, Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Karnataka.

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Public transportation came to a standstill and shops along with banks and government offices remained shut. However, the private vehicles including four wheeler and two wheeler kept on roads.

Among the badly hit were passengers, who arrived at major towns like Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode as they were stranded for hours in the railway stations.

However, some of the passengers found it easy to reach their destinations in cities as two-wheelers were available in abundance and the police set up special vehicles to ease the sufferings of the passengers.

Educational institutions were out of function owing to the poor attendance of staffs and students. Most of the government offices and IT firms in Technopark and Infopark reported very thin attendance.

In Kerala, 17 trade unions are taking part in the nation-wide strike to protest the anti-labour, anti-people policies of the central government.

The Kerala government, however, said those government employees who will not report to work would lose the day’s salary.

All examinations that were to be held on Wednesday were postponed by the various state universities.

However, the strike exempted people going for the Haj pilgrimage from the Kochi airport.

In the wake of sporadic violence by BJP and CPM, which has been lashing various districts for last few days, huge police force was deployed in all major towns.