Members of the Central trade unions picketed the Prakasam Bhavan as part of their two-day all general strike which affected functioning of public and private sector units in Prakasam district on Thursday.

Police took into custody CPI(M) city secretary G.V.Konda Reddy and 13 other leaders of CITU and other Central trade unions to disperse the large number of activists blocking entry into the Prakasam Bhavan from the two main gates.

Financial, postal and other services were affected as more than 30,000 workers and employees of banks, insurance companies, postal department, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, State Road Transport Corporation, municipalities and medical representatives struck work in protest against retrenchment of workers, disinvestment from PSUs and dilution of labour laws to benefit MNCs.

The activists came in a procession to the Church Centre raising slogans against “anti-labour” policies of the UPA Government, which was causing untold hardships to workers and other sections of people. They urged the Union and State governments to curb price rise by strengthening of the public distribution system.

Autorickshaw drivers, health and construction workers also took part in the protests led by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) district President G.Srinivasulu and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) district President Sd Sardar and Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) President K. Ramasamy.