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Mother of all strikes to hit Capital today, services may be hit

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 28, 2012
First Published: 01:43 IST(28/2/2012) | Last Updated: 01:44 IST(28/2/2012)

The all-India strike called by several trade unions on Tuesday is likely to have a big impact on Delhi affecting basic services like water, transport, health and sanitation.

Along with several sectors, DTC, auto-rickshaw and taxi unions, Municipal Corporation's sanitation staff, Delhi Jal Board workers, the staff at some government hospitals, bank and insurance employees and the employees of airport authority of India are likely to skip work in protest against central and state government policies.

Along with various sectors, Delhi Jal Board employees will also join the strike although it is against central government policies.

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However, to ensure uninterrupted power supply Delhi government has clamped Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on all power companies including generation, distribution companies in view of the proposed strike. The Act will remain in force for six months, a government statement said.

According to a release from the CPI (M)-affiliated CITU, demonstrations would be held in Mayapuri, Patparganj, Okhla, Kirti Nagar, Naraina, Bawana and other industrial areas in the Capital. A demonstration will be held at ITO junction at 12 noon apart from railway headquarters at Baroda House.

"In Gurgaon, demonstrations will be held in Manesar Industrial area, Gurgaon city, Udyog Vihar Industrial area, Hero Honda Chowk, Binola, Daruhera," the release said.

Despite government's warning, the central government employees-backed trade unions are determined to go ahead with it, giving it the shape as the largest trade union call in recent times.

Citing the instructions of the department of personnel and training, several ministries have issued circulars prohibiting its employees from participating in the strike.

Protesting against price rise, violation of labour laws and disinvestment of profitable public sector undertakings and demanding better wages among others, 11 central trade unions have given call for the strike on February 28.

"This is going to be a major trade union movement and along with other major issues, we are also concerned about rampant corruption in the country," Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Gurudas Dasgupta told HT.

He said oil and LPG supply, postal services and road transport would be affected.

More than 8 lakh bank employees backed by seven unions will join the strike. "We have been demanding that banks should take strong measures for recovery of bad loans and punish the defaulters," said VK Sharma of All India Bank Employees Association.


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