Bharat Bandh 2022: The strike was called after a meeting of the central trade unions’ joint platform on March 22. The bandh has been decided to be supported by Congress and the Left parties.
A joint forum of central trade unions has called for a nationwide strike on March 28 and 29 in protest of the Centre’s “anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people, and anti-national policies.”
After a meeting of the joint platform of central trade unions on March 22, the strike was called. The bandh has been decided to be supported by Congress and the Left parties.
The forum started in its statement that workers in the transportation, electricity and roadways industries have decided to join the protest. Banking and insurance services are also expected to be impacted due to the financial sector’s decision to join the bandwagon.
The service of India’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), will be disrupted on March 28 and 29. “While the bank has made necessary arrangements to ensure normal functioning in its branches and offices on strike days,” it said in a statement, “it is likely that work in our bank will be impacted to a limited extent by the strike.”
Unions have issued strike notices in sectors such as coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, and copper, according to the forum. Railway and defense sector unions are also expected to mobilize in support of the strike, according to the statement.
However, people in West Bengal are likely to be affected by the bandh because the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), led by Mamata Banerjee, has decided not to participate in the strike and has asked state officials to report to work on March 28 and 29.
“All state government offices will remain open and employees will report for duty on March 28 and 29, despite calls from various trade unions for a 48-hour nationwide strike/bandh on those days. Leaves will be treated as ‘dies-non’ and no compensation will be paid, “In an official order, the state government stated.