Strike hits transport, banking services in Punjab, Haryana
Transport and banking services were hit in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana today in the wake of a day-long strike called by major trade unions against the "anti-labour" policies of the Centre.chandigarh Updated: Feb 28, 2012 14:32 IST
Transport and banking services were hit in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana on Tuesday in the wake of a day-long strike called by major trade unions against the "anti-labour" policies of the Centre.
Buses on several routes remained off the road in Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh.
"We have 20-30% impact on public transport services in Haryana because of the strike. The services have been hampered in Fatehabad, Hisar, Jind, Yamuna Nagar, Sonepat and Kaithal," a senior official of Haryana transport department told PTI here.
He said that employees have refused to join duty despite directions.
Striking employees of public transport service in Punjab and Chandigarh have decided to keep the buses off the road between 12am and 2pm.
"We are trying to rope in workers on contract basis to run buses in order to minimise inconvenience to public and even persuading others to join duty," a senior official of Punjab transport department said.
Asked if Essential Services Maintenance Act would be invoked, senior officials of Punjab and Haryana said that no decision has been taken so far to enforce the Act.
With major bank unions observing the strike, financial transactions came to a halt in all the branches of public sector banks. However, banking services in private sector banks were not affected.
Bank unions have given a strike call to demand tough measures to recover bad loans and stop outsourcing of non-core activities to private sector.
"There will be no transaction in banks today," said Punjab Bank Employees Federation secretary Naresh Gaur.
Agitating bank employees also took out a rally in Ludhiana to press for acceptance of their demands.
Industry representatives in Punjab and Haryana said that business was hit due to the strike in banks.