As per the general definition, A general strike (or mass strike) is a strike action in which a substantial proportion of the total labour force in a city, region, or country participates
General strikes are characterised by the participation of workers in a multitude of workplaces, and tend to involve entire communities. General strikes first occurred in the mid-19th century, and have characterised many historically important strikes
The Great Bombay textile strike was a textile strike called on January 18, 1982 by the mill workers of Bombay under trade union leader Dutta Samant
The purpose of the strike was to obtain bonus and increase in wages. Nearly 250,000 workers and more than 50 textile mills went on strike in Bombay.
The majority of the over 80 mills in Central Mumbai closed during and after the strike, leaving more than 150,000 workers unemployed. Textile industry in Mumbai has largely disappeared, reducing labour migration after the strike
Apart from that there were strikes based on communities, castes and workplaces. A man being dragged by policemen during Rasta Roko at Bandstand near Girgaum Chowpatty in February 1996. All pics/mid-day archives
Extra platoon brought to BDD chawl
BEST Morcha from Mumbai museum to Headquarters on June 20, 1994
Police arresting ABVP activists who rushed inside Mantralaya.
Scenes during Hawkers Union Morcha in 1996.
Para military Forces march pass parade from V.T to Bhindi Bazaar, JJ Nagpada and Agripada due to by election
Police stops an activist which they were going to do Rasta Roko in front of domestic Airport, Santacruz. The auto guys tried to enter the airport forcibly and the drama ended in lathi charge
Maharashtra Bar and Restaurant ladies employees Union took out a morcha to Mantralaya in 1996.
Not just the common people, but Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Dutt also came out for a peace march in Mumbai
Tribal Morcha at Girgaum Chowpatty
CPI worker arrested on August 1994
Thousands of people belonging to the Maratha community from different parts of Maharashtra converged in Mumbai to press for reservation in jobs and education. Here are some other morchas Mumbai has witnessed