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Bharat Bandh today: Left-affiliated 10 central trade unions go on strike
The left-affiliated central trade unions have launched a nation-wide strike today to protest against the 'anti-labour' policies of the government. The unions on strike are demanding an additional increase in the minimum wages for unskilled workers in Tier-I cities, which was recently hiked by 20 per cent by the central government.

An estimated 1.8 million government workers in sectors like banking and telecom are on strike to protest against new labour and investment policies. They are demanding social security for workers and a minimum wage of not less than 18,000 per month.

They also want an assured enhanced pension of not less than Rs 3,000 per month for all sectors, including unorganized workers. Apart from this, they also want FDI to be removed from railways, defence and other 'strategic sectors'.

The central trade unions along with the employees from 6 Public Sector Banks (PSUs) are participating in the protest. The unions leading the strike are largely communist trade outfits and those associated with the Congress.

Services like banking, public transport, electricity, insurance, mining and telecom are expected to be affected due to the strike. Public transports like buses in major cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad may also feel the impact of the strike.

However, the Railways employees unions have opted to remain out of the strike, so the train passengers won't feel any inconvenience. Private banks and ATMs will also remain functional. Schools and colleges have not declared any holidays, and will remain open. Supply of essential commodities, like milk and water, will not be affected. Medical shops will remain open, as they are exempted from the strike call.

The strike is in full force in Kerala where a Left government is in power. Passengers are seen stranded at bus stands in Thiruvananthapuram.

Strike has also affected the normal life in Bengaluru. The schools and colleges in Bengaluru urban district are closed today as a precautionary measure. Many MNCs have given work from home option to their employees.

Coming to the situation in the national capital, the Delhi Nurses Union protested outside Safdarjung Hospital demanding better wages. The public transport has also been affected.

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