The ‘Bharat Bandh’ has been called by 9 central trade unions to protest against the ‘anti-people’ policies of the Central government

Guwahati: Some schools in Guwahati and elsewhere in Assam have announced holiday on Tuesday in view of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ announced by as many as nine central trade unions.

Over 25 crore workers will participate in the nationwide shutdown called to protest against the “anti-people” policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre.

The unions that will join the strike include Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Center (AIUTUC), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), Self Employed Women’s Assosiation (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), sectoral independent federations and associations.

The bandh will be a 24-hour all-India strike that would be valid from the first working shift starting at 6 am on Wednesday morning.

The workers will protest against Central government policies and press for 12-point common demands of the working class on minimum wage, social security, among others.

It is to be mentioned that the trade union condemned the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) violence and similar incidents in other university campuses and expressed their solidarity with students and teachers all over India.

Moreover, about 60 student organisations and elected office-bearers of some universities have also decided to join the strike with an agenda to raise voice against increased fee structure and commercialisation of education.

Will banks be closed?

As per a statement by the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), six bank unions have decided to support the Bharat Bandh. Banking services such as ATMs and branch activities are likely to be affected. Online transactions such as IMPS or NEFT will not be affected.

What about schools?

Yes, some schools have announced holiday. But several others have not declared anything in that direction, at least as of now.

This is a developing story. More details will be added once received.

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