Postal services and transactions in the offices of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and services in taluk and treasury offices were affected as more employees joined the general strike on the second day of the two-day nationwide agitation on Thursday.

The strike call was given by 11 Central trade unions in support of their demands . Associations of college and school teachers demanded the filling up of vacancies in the posts of teachers and non-teaching staff, and prevention of the entry of foreign universities.

Transport services were not affected as the buses of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation and private bus companies plied. Autos were seen plying normally. More shops opened on Thursday.

However, banking and insurance transactions continued to be affected as most of the employees participated in the strike. While telephone services were not affected, transactions such as receipt of payments were hit. The impact was noticeable in the Revenue, Treasury and Rural Development Departments, said M. Siluppan, district convener of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees’ Association, Vellore district.

Forty-eight workers belonging to the All India Trade Union Congress were arrested when they staged a demonstration in front of the Jolarpet railway station. They were later released.