Banking operations completely paralysed
The two-day nationwide strike by various trade unions against the anti-labour and anti-people policies of Union government passed off peacefully in Salem and surrounding districts on Thursday with no untoward incidents reported from any parts.
The strike did not affect the normal life since buses plied and shops and business establishments remained open. However, banking operations were completely paralysed along with works in other Central government offices, including postal and insurance. The strike affected sorting of postal items in all post offices and also at Railway Mail Services at Salem Railway Junction as various unions took part in the strike.
A senior postal worker said that nearly one lakh mails and speed posts had piled up in RMS at Salem Railway Junction since posts from Salem, Dharmapuri and Erode were to be sorted out here.
The postal employees unions were against the new Postal Policy which favoured privatisation.
They also opposed the merger of Erode RMS with Salem that caused delay in sorting. Already Namakkal and Dharmapuri mails also had been with Salem, posing severe hardship to workers, they claimed.
Meanwhile, AICCTU members staged a demonstration in front of Head Post Office against the Union government for its anti-labour policies. They raised slogans against the government for failing to curtail the price hike. They also voiced concern against the new pension scheme for public sector employees. Privatisation of public sector should be dropped, they urged.