February 28, 2012

Strike hits Normal Life across Country

The nation-wide strike called by major trade unions on Tuesday against the UPA government's anti-labour policies hit normal life in many parts of the country with disruption in banking and transport sectors.

The strike evoked mixed response in some states. The busses and autos kept off the roads. The shops, many business establishments and schools remained closed in the states like Kerala.

The strike also affected the functioning of banks and private sectors on Tuesday in many parts of the country. In Kerala, pro-Left unions joined the protest against the "neo-liberal economic and labour policies" recommended by the UPA government.

The mobility of people was hampered in states like Odisha, Delhi, Kerala, and Punjab. Commuters complained of low frequency of the state-run buses. Several passengers were stranded at railway stations and bus terminals.

However, the strike had a partial impact in metros like Mumbai and Kolkata. Services at the city airports were running smoothly without any disruption despite the agitation called by 11 trade unions.

There was a little impact in Delhi. However, the normal functioning of PSU banks were affected and the autos and taxis were off the roads.

The transport and banking services were largely affected in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana. The bus and auto drivers kept their vehicles off to join the protest.

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