On 26th November, a number of central trade unions have called for a nationwide general strike ‘Bharat Bandh’, to protest the government’s “anti-labor policies”. All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and taking part in the nationwide strike.

The strike is to protest against the new farm and labour laws, as well as to raise various demands. Scheme workers, domestic workers, construction workers, beedi workers, hawkers, vendors, agricultural workers, self-employed in rural and urban areas have also decided to come on to the streets for ‘chakka jam’, Said student activist Sanghamitra Jena

The BJP-aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) will not participate in the strike.

“The platform of Central Trade Union organisations namely INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and independent sectoral federations and associations are organising nationwide strike on 26th November 2020,” the statement said.


Instead of withdrawing the farm bills (now laws), farmers are being prevented from holding peaceful demonstration, water cannon being used on them. Holding peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right, tweets Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal


As 10 central trade unions are observing a nationwide general strike today, the All India Bank Employees’ Association accused the Modi government of pushing its agenda of privatisation in the name of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’, and is resorting to large scale privatisation in the core sector of the economy which includes banking.

“Lok Sabha in its recently held session has passed three new labour enactments by dismantling existing 27 enactments in the name of ‘Ease of Business’, which are purely in the interest of corporates. In the process, 75 per cent of workers are being pushed out of the orbits of labour laws since they will have no legal protection under the new enactment,” the AIBEA said in a release.


What is the Baharat Bandh strike is about?

The trade unions have asked the Centre to provide 200 days’ work in a year at enhanced wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme.

The joint platform of 10 central unions has demanded the withdrawal of “anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labour codes and stop privatisation of public sector, including the financial sector and stop corporatisation of government-run manufacturing and service entities like railways, ordinance factories, ports etc”.

The unions’ platform has sought withdrawal of “draconian circular on forced premature retirement of government and PSU employees”

The protestors are demanding scrapping of National Pension System (NPS) and restoration of earlier pension with improvement in EPS-95 (Employees’ Pension Scheme-1995 run by retirement fund body EPFO).


The protestors are demanding cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month tor all non-income taxpaying families and 10 kilograms free ration per person per month to all needy people.

Members of Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation, CPI(M) and Congress block railway track in Jadavpur as trade unions observe nationwide strike against new labour policies introduced by the Centre.



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