The 48-hour strike called by the central unions, which started on Monday, has been marked by a multitude of unrest in the central region against the “anti-workers”, “anti-farmers” and “anti-people” policies of the central government. .
Several members of trade unions due to the CITU, AITUC, INTUC and the Progressive Labor Front were arrested in different places in the region after resorting to road pickets and sieges.
Normal banking operations have been disrupted in Tiruchi as staff swearing allegiance to the Indian Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), Indian Federation of Bank Employees and Indian Association of Bank Officers started their strike two days to support the unions’ joint call and to press for their charter of demands which included the strengthening of public sector banks.
In the city of Tiruchi, more than 800 members of different trade unions, including more than 300 women, have been arrested after they staged a protest outside the Tiruchi railway junction to oppose what they called ‘destructive’ policies of the Narendra Modi government.
Holding their union flags, members of various unions came in procession and organized the commotion in front of the railway junction urging the Center to implement farmers’ demands and stop the privatization of public sector companies in addition to others claims. Members of the CITU, AITUC, Progressive Labor Front and INTUC who organized the unrest were arrested. A large detachment of police was deployed at the railway junction.
Elsewhere in Tiruchi district, more than 1,000 members belonging to various unions. including more than 200 women. were arrested after resorting to protests followed by road pickets at 14 locations. The unrest took place in several places including Thuvarankurichi, Lalgudi, Manapparai, Uppiliapuram and Thuraiyur. Several Tamil Nadu State Corporation buses have been removed from the roads in the district due to the strike call which is causing difficulties for regular commuters. Private buses occupied most of the bays at Tiruchi Central Bus Station.
A section of bank workers in Tiruchi, mostly AlBEA allegiances, staged a protest outside the Indian Bank’s cantonment branch in the city, urging the Center to stop the privatization of banks; stop outsourcing; increase the interest rate on bank deposits and start collecting bad debts. A senior AIBEA official here said the normal operations of public sector banks had been compromised due to the strike.
An abandoned public sector bank in Tiruchi on Monday. | Photo credit: Mr. Srinath
Police sources reported that pickets organized by trade unionists took place in Ariyalur and Jayamkondam in Ariyalur district; at 15 locations in Pudukottai district including Pudukottai town, Gandharvakottai and Aranthangi and in Perambalur district.