The Strategist

Two-day nationwide strike starts in India

03/28/2022 - 10:56

Labor unions in India started a two-day strike on Monday to protest against the government's "anti-worker" policies.

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"We expect more than 200 million employees throughout the country to join the strike on March 28 and 29 to oppose the government's policies," said Amarjit Kaur, general secretary of the All India Congress of Trade Unions, according to the PTI newspaper.

Members of unions from a variety of industries, including coal, steel, oil, banking, and others, will take part in the walkout. Employees from the railroad, transportation, and power transmission industries are expected to participate. Workers in the agricultural industry, both full-time and part-time, will join the strike, which will affect rural sections of the country.

Among the demands of the unions are rejection of proposed changes to labor laws, wage hikes in accordance with inflation, and legalization of contract employees. A number of the strikers added their demands, including the All India Bankers' Association demanding that the government stop privatizing public sector banks and strengthen them instead.