The one-day nation-wide bandh called by various Left-affiliated central trade Unions today evoked mixed response in the city.
Trade unions of Mysuru, including employees of public sector banks, telecom, insurance and employees of other sectors, extended their support to the bandh called by trade unions against anti-labour policies of the central government. Employees of various factories, banks, telecom and other public sector units went on strike and opposed the government’s proposal of hiking minimum wage for unskilled workers and demanded social security for workers and a minimum wage of not less than Rs 18,000 per month. They also urged to remove the foreign direct investment (FDI) from defence, railways and many other strategic sectors.
More than 5,000 members of various associations including All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), LGB forge employees union, Employees Union of Rane Madras, Sideforge Rossi Employees Union, All India UTUC, NITUC, Trade Union centre of India (TUCI) and other association members staged protest near Gandhi square. Later, the agitators took part in a huge rally raising slogans against the central government’s anti-labour policy and raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
All public sector banks have shutdown and most of the banks have already communicated to their customers about the inconvenience. Almost all major factories, insurance companies, telecom services, employees from transport, mining, defence and others sectors have also extended their support .
Public transport system too was affected as a few employees of state-owned Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSTRC) took part in the protest, busses were not seen on the roads and were parked in large numbers in the bus stands and depots. Commuters witnessed another travel nightmare. Only last month, KSRTC strike had crippled transport for about three days in the state. Other modes of public transport such as autorickshaws, cabs plied normally. Police personnel were deployed across the city to monitor the situation and prevent any untoward incidents in major places and no agitators were allowed to protest near the KR Circle since it is declared a no-protest zone.
As part of the bandh, almost all schools and colleges of the city were closed as Deputy Commissioner Randeep had issued a notice to all educational institutes to declare holiday a today. Shops, trading units, educational institutions, theatres, hotels and other business establishments functioned as usual. The call had little impact on public life in the city and most of the shops and private and corporate offices remained largely unaffected.