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Trade union strike evokes mixed response

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 � A nation-wide 24-hour strike called by 11 major trade unions today evoked a mixed response disrupting public sector banking operations and transport services in some states but normal life remained largely unaffected, reports PTI.

The strike in protest against the government�s �anti-labour policies� was by and large peaceful with no major incidents of violence being reported.

Air services remained normal while train services were disrupted in some divisions of Eastern Railways and South Eastern Railways due to picketing by protesters.

Life in major cities, including capital Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, was normal though it was affected in states like Kerala, Odisha and Tripura.

Most of the PSU bank branches in major cities were open, but the attendance remained thin as majority of clerical staff abstained from work.

Although the PSU bank unions claimed that operations were badly hit with employees going on strike, the managements maintained that only some clerical staff did not report on duty. Private sector banking services were normal.

Staff Reporter adds: The 24-hour country-wide strike called by major trade unions against the �anti-labour� policies of the Government and escalating prices evoked a near-total response in Guwahati.

The banking and the public transport sector observed a virtual shut-down, although a section of business establishments and shops functioned in their usual mode. Offices and educational institutions too witnessed thin attendance.

Although private vehicles were seen plying on the road, the mobility of people was largely hit due to the strike with buses (barring a few ASTC buses) and autos mostly remaining off the road. Business areas like Fancy Bazar, Ganeshguri and Paltan Bazar also wore a deserted look.

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Trade union strike evokes mixed response

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 � A nation-wide 24-hour strike called by 11 major trade unions today evoked a mixed response disrupting public sector banking operations and transport services in some states but normal life remained largely unaffected, reports PTI.

The strike in protest against the government�s �anti-labour policies� was by and large peaceful with no major incidents of violence being reported.

Air services remained normal while train services were disrupted in some divisions of Eastern Railways and South Eastern Railways due to picketing by protesters.

Life in major cities, including capital Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, was normal though it was affected in states like Kerala, Odisha and Tripura.

Most of the PSU bank branches in major cities were open, but the attendance remained thin as majority of clerical staff abstained from work.

Although the PSU bank unions claimed that operations were badly hit with employees going on strike, the managements maintained that only some clerical staff did not report on duty. Private sector banking services were normal.

Staff Reporter adds: The 24-hour country-wide strike called by major trade unions against the �anti-labour� policies of the Government and escalating prices evoked a near-total response in Guwahati.

The banking and the public transport sector observed a virtual shut-down, although a section of business establishments and shops functioned in their usual mode. Offices and educational institutions too witnessed thin attendance.

Although private vehicles were seen plying on the road, the mobility of people was largely hit due to the strike with buses (barring a few ASTC buses) and autos mostly remaining off the road. Business areas like Fancy Bazar, Ganeshguri and Paltan Bazar also wore a deserted look.