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Two-day hardships in store for aam aadmi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, February 20, 2013
First Published: 12:59 IST(20/2/2013) | Last Updated: 13:02 IST(20/2/2013)

The mega two-day shutdown call by trade unions is feared to hit transport, power, business and financial transactions in the city beginning Wednesday.

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The central trade unions announced nationwide strike against price rise, inflation and poor employment after failure of talks with the union government. Things may turn worse as banking, transport, power and telecom unions have agreed to join the stir.

This may force people to face hardships in the absence of public transport, power and withdrawal of money from the banks. What’s worse is that the people might have to opt for private vehicles or depend on three-wheelers that are likely to charge fare manifold owing to the strike.

“This would be the first-ofits-kind 48-hour general strike involving over 20 crore workers and employees nationwide.

On the call from United Forum of bank Unions (UFBU) unions in RBI, IDBI, NABARD, and even UTI are joining us apart from nationalised banks. Insurance sector too has joined us,” claimed YK Arora, state convener UFBU.

Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangarsh Samiti -- a body of power employees -- has extended its support to the call in protest against privatisation and intervention of IAS officers in the power sector.

“Even salaried class is adversely affected because of price rise in all the essential commodities. The economic policies of the central government are aimed at benefiting corporate houses at the cost of the poor and the middle class,” said Anil Tiwari, spokesperson of the UFBU. The Lucknow University employees’ union will join the strike too. The strike has been called by Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh, All India Trade Union Congress among other trade union outfits.


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