Trade unions' stir on Friday may affect Bengaluru badly

Trade unions' stir on Friday may affect Bengaluru badly

Normal life is likely to be affected in the city and the state on Friday as unions representing BMTC and KSRTC have extended support to the one-day strike call given by the central trade unions on Friday (September 2). Private transport unions may also support the strike. They will take a final call on Thursday.

Commercial establishments, nationalised banks, insurance companies among others will remain closed in support of the mass strike called to protest against the ‘anti-labour’ policies of the Union government.

H V Anantha Subbarao, general secretary of KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation, told DH on Tuesday that a strike notice was already served on the managements of four state-run transport corporations in response to the strike call.

“With this, 23,000 buses of the four corporations will remain off the road from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday. The buses will resume operation in the evening,” he added.

Educational institutions are yet to take a call on whether to declare a holiday for schools and colleges. A holiday will be declared in case there is no mode of transport, sources said.

No plans of hoilday
K Anand, director, primary education, said that the department of public instruction had no plans to announce a holiday. However, the respective district administrations would be authorised to take a call.

Associations representing cab and autorickshaw drivers have adopted a ‘wait and watch’ approach.  Radhakrishna Holla, secretary, Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners' Association, said a decision in this regard will be taken on Thursday.

K T Rajas­hekhar, president of Karnataka State Tourist Transport Operators’ Federation and managing director of SRS Travels, said most of the private transporters run their services in the evening. It means they indirectly support the strike, he added.

The Bengaluru unit of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said in a statement that it supports the strike. It has already served strike notices to all factories across industrial areas in the city. Members of AITUC are creating awareness among the public through several activities, including distribution of pamphlets and holding public meetings.

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