According to Central Trade Unions (CTU), more than 15 crore workers are likely to participate in the strike. The RSS affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has opted out of the strike. "Some leaders of BMS have decided not to go on strike. But its state units would participate in the strike. Workers will give a befitting reply to the dubious activities inspired by the government," Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) general secretary Tapen Sen said.
Here are the 10 developments on trade unions strike:
- Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that power plants have enough coal stored even if it is mined over the next 50 to 60 days.
- Government offices and factories will remain closed.
- With local unions' nod to join the strike at some states, public transport could also be affected.
- The workers of state run Coal India Ltd are among those who will join the strike.
- Many big trade unions, including All India Trade Unions Congress and Centre of Indian Trade Unions have rejected governments appeal to call off the strike.
- Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) vice president Ashok Singh said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his fight is with poverty, but it seems his fight is with the poor in this country. The government's decisions are totally pro-capitalist."
- Banking, insurance and road transport services would be the worst hit on September 2.
- The trade unions have objected to the government loosening the norms for foreign investment in areas like insurance and defence.
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tried to persuade the trade unions and said that the government will release state employees' bonuses for the last two years and increase minimum wages for unskilled labourers.
- Following are the major demands of the trade unions: Raising the minimum wage from Rs 9,000 to Rs 18,000 per month, Stopping the disinvestment of Coal India, Ending allocations of coal blocks to private companies, Sorting out the wage revision of contract workers as well as outsourced workers in the coal industry.