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Nationwide trade unions’ strike today

 NEW DELHI, Sept 1 - Essential services like banking and public transport, as also work at public sector entities, may be hit tomorrow with 10 central trade unions giving a one-day nationwide strike call to protest against the government’s “indifference” to their demands for better wages and facilities and the “anti-worker” changes in labour laws.

All major unions, excluding RSS-associated BMS (Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh), have joined the strike call, terming the government’s assurances to look into their demands and the recent announcements for two-year bonus and hike in minimum wage as “completely inadequate”.

On its part, the government asked all ministries to ensure that public utilities and essential services are not affected. Secretaries of all departments have been asked to take effective measures for smooth running of various services coming under their respective ministries.

Trade union leaders, however, claimed that the strike would be even bigger than the one last year on September 2 and expected the number of striking workers to swell to as much as 18 crore.

Last year, the unions had said that around 14 crore workers participated in the nationwide strike at that time. – PTI

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