Labor association and 9 others have called for a strike on 8th January 2020 against the Central Government’s policies including labor reforms, foreign direct investment (FDI) and privatization. The ten central trade unions being INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC along with various sectoral independent federations and associations. The protest shall see a population of around 25 crores against the government policies. Many banks shall remain closed due to the strikes. This shall impact the banking services like deposit & withdrawal, cheque clearing, and instrument.
Through an office memorandum issued by the central government said, “Any employee going on strike in any form, including protest, would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages may also include appropriate disciplinary action”. The central trade unions gave a joint statement that “We expect the participation of not less than 25 crores of working people in the forthcoming National General Strike on January 8, 2020, to be followed by many more actions seeking reversal of the anti-worker, anti-national policies of the Government. The Ministry of Labor has failed to assure any of the demands of workers which called a meeting on January 2, 2020. The attitude of the government is that of contempt towards labor as we construe from its policies and actions”
It is said from the ministry that there is no law empowering employees to go on a strike and protest. The workers are protesting for their common demands of working-class of pay hike, fixing of the minimum wage, social security, uniform five-day week and others. Various bank employee associations, including All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA), Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), Indian National Bank Employees’ Federation (INBEF), Indian National Bank Officers Congress (INBOC) and Bank Karmachari Sena Mahasangh (BKSM), have expressed their willingness to participate. The workmen staff of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will also join the strike, said sources in its employees’ unions.