Trade unions of all hues flock together

About 11 national trade unions, which included those attached to the Congress and the BJP, besides the Left parties, held demonstrations in front of the Town Hall and Mysore Bank Circle in the City on Wednesday.

T Suneel Kumar, Additional Commissioner (law and order), told Deccan Herald that the day was by and large peaceful.

Police took about 50 people into preventive custody across the City and released them later in the evening, he said. Members of several trade unions such as CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, Bharath Mazdoor Sanghatan, TUCC and INTUC gathered in front of the Town Hall at around 11 am. Workers from major factories such Coca-Cola and Bosch, and some of the IT establishments took part in the agitation. Many school van and autorickshaw drivers also participated in the strike. About 2,000 people joined the demonstration. The protesters burnt the effigy of the Central government criticising it for its ‘anti-people’ policies.

Shanmugam, a senior trade unionist of AIUTUC, said that a mute electorate and a deaf government were equally dangerous to the larger good of society.

He lamented that the people at large were indifferent to the strike, not realising that they were the most affected by the ‘anti-people’ policies of the government.

“These people queue up at petrol bunks when a price hike is announced. Their resistance has died down. They are cowed down. The governments are equally insensitive and deaf.
The last time there was a Bharat bandh against introducing foreign direct investment in retail, the Central government issued a notification the very same evening,” he said.

Over nine bank employees’ unions also held peaceful demonstrations at the Mysore Bank Circle. Trade unions have planned a massive rally from the Majestic area to Freedom Park on Thursday too.

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