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Bharat Bandh live updates: BEST, trade union strikes hit common man hard

Feb 01, 2019, 10:09 IST | mid-day online desk Check for updates

The Central Trade Unions called a two-day Bharat Bandh to protest against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms. The strike has affected banking services partially in Mumbai and other parts of India. Meanwhile, buses went off roads in Mumbai as staffers of city's civic transport undertaking BEST went on an indefinite strike causing inconvenience to nearly 25-lakh daily commuters

  • Jan 08, 2019, 13:11 IST

    Commuters wait outside Churchgate Railway station to catch taxi amidst the ongoing BEST bus strike in Mumbai on January 8. Pic/Bipin Kokate

  • Jan 08, 2019, 13:01 IST

    Commuters stand in a queue for autorickshaws outside a Khar Railway station during a bus strike at in Mumbai on January 8. Pic/Satej Shinde

    Kandivali
    Kandivali East bus station wore a deserted look as drivers and conductors went on a strike. They did not even switch off the light at the bus depot. Pic/Satej Shinde

    Samta Nagar
    Amidst the BEST bus strike in Mumbai, commuters switched to a private vehicle to reach their destination near Samta Nagar Police station at Kandivali. Pic/Satej Shinde

  • Jan 08, 2019, 12:25 IST

    A top view of Magathane BEST Bus depot amidst BEST bus strike in Mumbai on January 8. Pic/Nimesh Dave

  • Jan 08, 2019, 12:23 IST

    Busy bus stop at Sion railway station seen empty as BEST strike in Mumbai. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

  • Jan 08, 2019, 12:13 IST

    The two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions against the alleged repressive labour policies by the Narendra Modi government evoked a mixed response in Karnataka on Tuesday. While buses of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) stayed off the roads in most parts of the state, causing inconvenience to the people travelling to distant places, private buses, auto, taxi and metro services were available as usual. Mixed response to strike has been reported so far from Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi-Dharwad among others. In many districts, a holiday was declared in schools and colleges, with examinations being postponed.

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:46 IST

    Banking operations have been affected in some parts of the country as a section of employees refrained from work in support of the two-day strike call given by 10 central trade unions to protest against alleged anti-labour policies of the government. All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees' Federation of India (BEFI) have supported the strike, which has impacted banking operation where these two unions are strong. However, the operation in SBI and private sector banks remained unaffected as other seven unions in the banking sector are not part of the strike

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:42 IST

    Central Trade Unions began a two-day nationwide strike to protest against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms. "The strike is quite visible in Assam, Meghalaya, Karnataka, Manipur Bihar, Rajasthan, Goa, Punjab, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Haryana -- particularly in the targeted industrial areas and different mines," Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:33 IST

    Sporadic incidents of vandalism have been reported from parts of West Bengal during the 48-hour-long nationwide general strike called by central trade unions protesting against the "anti-people" policies of the Centre. Stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district. A government bus was also ransacked by strike supporters at Champadali. Protestors also vandalised a bus at Jamuria in Paschim Bardhaman district. Scuffles were witnessed between police and strike supporters in some areas of West Bengal

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:30 IST

    The employees are demanding higher salaries, merging budget of the loss-making BEST with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), deliberations on new wage agreement, resuming appointments on compassionate grounds and bonus equivalent to that of the civic body employees. With its employees having gone on strike, the cash-strapped BEST is likely to face a loss of Rs 3 crore per day

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:21 IST

    "As per the latest information from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation control (BMC) room, BEST buses will be on an indefinite strike from 5 am on Tuesday," tweeted Mumbai Police.

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:16 IST

    BEST committee chairman Ashish Chemburkar told mid-day he has scheduled a meeting with BMC Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to discuss the trade union's various demands and resolve the issue

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:10 IST

    MSRTC spokesperson said they are operating additional city buses between Thane and Mantralaya, Kurla Chembur, Dadar Mantralaya and CSMT-Mantralaya

  • Jan 08, 2019, 11:02 IST

    BEST buses have gone off the road from early Tuesday morning following an indefinite strike call was given by the workers' union. Of the 1,812 buses scheduled for morning service at 27 bus depots during early peak hours, not a single bus left the depot this morning, a BEST spokesperson told mid-day. The strike had badly affected the city’s over 35 lakh commuters, including office-goers and students.

  • Jan 08, 2019, 10:50 IST

    The BEST has a fleet of over 3,200-red-colour buses which criss-cross the metropolis and also operate services in the neighbouring Thane district and Navi Mumbai. It is the second-biggest mode of transport in Mumbai after local trains, which ferry over 80-lakh passengers every day

  • Jan 08, 2019, 10:45 IST

    Responding to a call given by their union leaders, the agitating staff did not take out any bus from all 27 depots on Tuesday, even as the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) administration and an industrial court declared the strike as "illegal"

  • Jan 08, 2019, 10:35 IST

    Banking operations Tuesday have been affected in some parts of the country as a section of employees refrained from work in support of the two-day strike call given by 10 central trade unions to protest against alleged anti-labour policies of the government. All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees' Federation of India (BEFI) have supported the strike, which has impacted banking operation where these two unions are strong. However, the operation in SBI and private sector banks remained unaffected as other seven unions in the banking sector are not part of the strike.

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