The two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions was near total and peaceful in the district.

Almost all sectors, including public transport, education and trade, came to a standstill without any use of force by the striking unions.

The unions claimed that one million workers in the district kept away from work on Wednesday and Thursday. No buses, autorickshaws and taxis plied. Private vehicles, including cars, were seen on the roads.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) did not operate any services. Power supply at a few places was affected as the Kerala State

Electricity Board staff joined the strike. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) staff too joined the strike, but services were not affected.

Most banks in the district remained closed. Workers in plantations, on farms, and in the construction and fisheries industries struck work.

Baggage movement and cleaning at the Calicut International Airport, Karipur, was affected as contract workers kept away from duty. However, airport authorities said that flight schedules were not affected.

The striking unions took out processions at different places. Strike supporters blocked vehicles at some places, but no untoward incident was reported.

Attendance in government offices was low. The district administration claimed that 44.24 per cent employees reported for duty at major offices in the district. A government press note said that 1,129 of the 2,278 employees in the 26 offices reported for duty on Thursday.

In ITI, Instrumentation

Staff Reporter writes from Palakkad:

The units of ITI and Instrumentation, central public sector undertakings, at Kanjikode did not function during the strike by central trade unions on Wednesday and Thursday.

ITI declared a holiday as all trade unions in the company served strike notices. The management’s decision to keep the unit closed has invited criticism. Some of the leading union leaders work in the company. However, the management said the company would function in the coming two Sundays to make up the lost days.

Instrumentation did not function as the CITU served strike notice and went on strike.

Workers of the INTUC took leave to express solidarity with the strike. However, the officers came for work.