Trade union strike evokes mixed response
Kolkata/New Delhi, Feb 20 : A nationwide strike by the major trade unions to protest inflation, labour laws and fuel price hike impacted India partially with states like West Bengal hit more though with lesser fury of the bandhs in the past.
However, a tragedy occurred in Ambala in Punjab where a trade union leader died when he was knocked down by a bus he tried to stop from plying.
In West Bengal, which is usually hit by any such strike, there was partial response to the protest spearheaded mostly by the CITU, the trade union affiliated to the CPI-M.
Train services were hit partially while flights operated as usual. Fewer people ventured out but the Mamata Banerjee government which announced a strong anti-bandh action plied several buses.
The industrial belts too were not as affected as before.
There are reports of disruptions of trains from Odisha and Bihar.
However, the banking system in India was largely hit.
The mining areas are likely to be hit as well.
Coal India Limited earlier said since the mining areas are very unionized it is likely to be affected by the protest.
The two-day strike has been called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC) among other unions.