Trae Unions in India are on strike over the economic reforms introduced by Congress Government.
The 11 unions behind the strike which kicked off today plan to block rail and road traffic, and said operations of state-run banks would be disrupted.
“The workers are being totally ignored and this is reflected in the government’s anti-labour policies,” Tapan Sen, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) told the AFP news agency.
The government’s “big ticket” reforms include opening retail, insurance and aviation sectors to wider foreign investment, hiking prices of subsidised diesel used by farmers and reducing the number of discounted cooking gas cylinders.
PM Manmohan Singh insists that th reforms will help in strengthening the growth process and generate employment in difficult times and has appealed to trade unions to abandon the strike .
He warns that the strike would cause a “loss to our economy” already poised for its slowest annual growth in a decade.