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Members of 20 associations, unions take part in procession

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Women workers of various organisations taking part in a procession in Shimoga on Thursday in response to the all-India strike call.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Women workers of various organisations taking part in a procession in Shimoga on Thursday in response to the all-India strike call.  

Good response to strike call as participants come together under the banner of Samoohika Sanghatanegala Vedike

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: The call for the all-India strike by various labour organisations in protest against the labour and economic policies of the United Progressive Alliance-led Government at the Centre evoked good response in Shimoga on Thursday with members of as many as 20 labour unions and associations participating in the strike under the banner of the Samoohika Sanghatanegala Vedike.

Labourers belonging to various organisations participated in a procession taken out from the Science Field. The bank employees joined them at the Ameer Ahmed Circle and the postal employees joined the procession at the Gopi Circle.

Later, a public meeting was held in front of the main branch of the State Bank of India in which speakers condemned the economic and labour policies being pursued by the Congress-led Union Government.

The labour unions included the CITU, the AITUC, the Insurance Employees Association, the All India Bank Employees Association, the KSRTC Staff and Workers' Union, the Akshara Dasoha Bisiyoota Tayarakara Federation, the State Bank of India Employees Union and the Hamali Karmikara Sangha. The highlight of the strike was the participation of the workers in the unorganised sector in large numbers. However, the State Government employees belonging to the official association did not participate in the demonstration.

The demonstration was led by, among others, the president of the Samoohika Sanghatanegala Vedike, G.S. Nagaraj.

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