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Life unaffected on second day of general strike

Staff Correspondent
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Business establishments were open and buses were back on road

Members of various trade unions staging a dharna outside the Mini-Vidhana Soudha in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
Members of various trade unions staging a dharna outside the Mini-Vidhana Soudha in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

Life in the city was unaffected by the second day of the nationwide general strike called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU).

Banking and insurance services were affected because of the strike; however, shops, commercial establishments and public transport services were operational.

Road transport corporation employees, after supporting the strike on Wednesday, resumed work on Thursday. Schools remained closed, as the district administration had declared a two-day holiday, and student attendance in colleges was thin.

Members of various trade unions and associations, along with Railways, BSNL, banking and insurance employees, autorickshaw drivrs and lorry drivers, staged a dharna outside the Hubli tahsildar’s office.

On arriving at the Mini-Vidhana Soudha they staged a dharna which went on till afternoon.

While a common memorandum on behalf of JCTU was submitted to the tahsildar, office-bearers of various trade unions submitted separate memoranda listing their demands.

‘Not a bandh’

Dharwad Staff Correspondent writes:

Members of various trade unions and organisations held protests here on Thursday, to mark the second day of the 48-hour general strike called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU).

They first held a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue, and later outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office, and submitted a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Leaders who addressed the protesters condemned the Union government’s alleged move to curtail the rights and privileges of the working.

The JCTU clarified that the 48-hour agitation was the general strike by various trade unions, and not a bandh of any kind as was reported in a section of media.

JCTU had called for the protest, not for the closure of business establishments, said a release from JCTU’s district unit.

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