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Union workers in Goa join nationwide strike

Posted on Feb 20, 12:51PM | IBNS

By John Edwards, Panaji, Feb 20 : As many as 13 trade unions in Goa have joined the two-day nationwide strike to protest the "anti-people" policies of the Centre.

Transport and banking have been major causalities as Kadamba Transport Corporation, which operates major shuttle service and bank unions, are supporting the strike.

Bus commuters were stranded at bus stops with taxis and autos overcharging them or refusing ferrying them to their respective destinations.

River Navigation department has also joined the strike despite Goa government invoking Goa Essential Service Maintenance Act banning strikes in all units/sections of transport and RND.

The general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Goa, Christopher Fonseca said that 'awful economic policies of the Union Government which had lead to inflation, unemployment, contract labour and rampant corruption has compelled the unions to hit the streets'.

The government has warned the state employees they will not be paid if they join the strike. The schools have also remain open despite thin attendance reported in several institutions.

No untoward incident has been reported so far, as confirmed by the Goa police.