The 11 trade unions on a two-day strike should make the government understand the demands and sentiments of the working class. Control of prices of essential commodities, viable social security to the those engaged in the unorganised sector, preserving and promoting PSUs, and declaring not less than Rs.10,000 a month as minimum wage are fundamental in nature.
A casual attitude on the part of the government will only provoke the unions to intensify the programmes which could do more harm to the economy of the nation.
Political parties are directly or indirectly connected with the trade unions that have called the strike. They are culpable for not discouraging, if not actively encouraging, it. Who does the strike benefit? Certainly not the aam aadmi in whose name it has been called. In fact, it is the aam aadmi who suffers the most. The huge and inevitable loss to the economy affects him the most.
No doubt there will be claims of total support from people. It is nothing but a hollow, tongue-in -cheek claim as life is brought to a standstill by acts of violence, hooliganism and vandalism.
The two-day strike is unfortunate. It is bound to have an adverse impact on the economy. Farmers, small businessmen and daily wagers do not have the luxury of government employees who can afford to go on strike.