More than a million workers in banking, telecom and other sectors will go on strike tomorrow to voice out their demand for better pay and in protest against new labour and investment policies.
Banks, government offices and factories will remain close. In some states, local unions have also agreed to join the strike which means public transport could be affected.
The workers of state-run Coal India Ltd are among those who will strike tomorrow. About the strike, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal, said, “Power plants have enough coal on hand to operate even if nothing is mined over the next 50 to 60 days.”
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said her government will not allow offices or factories to close and that public transport will run as normal.
Trade unions including the All India Trade Unions Congress and Centre of Indian Trade Unions rejected a government appeal on Tuesday to call off the strike, saying it failed to address their demands.
They have objected to the government loosening the norms for foreign investment in areas like insurance and defence. They are also opposed to a plan to close loss-making state-run firms.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, which is affiliated with the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of the BJP, is not joining the strike.