10 trade unions, 18 crore workers hold Bharat Bandh today: All you need to know

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At least 18 crore workers from at least 10 central trade unions (CTUs) are participating in the 'Bharat bandh' today, also known as the trade union strike, against the anti-labour policies of the Narendra Modi government. In Pics
The CTUs have claimed that over 18 crore workers joined the all-India strike, making it bigger than the one held last year, also on September 2.
The trade union workers were joined by the employees of banks, public sector, telecom and factories seeking higher wages and protesting against Modi's "unilateral" labour reforms, investment policies and plans to close some loss-making firms.

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Siliguri(WB) Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya arrested along with 15 other protesters.
CITU workers hold protest rally in support of their demands in Kolkata.
CPM and TMC workers clash during trade union strike in Madhyamgram.
In Left-ruled Kerala, government offices, schools and colleges are closed and all public transport is off the roads.
The workers of state-run Coal India will be joining the bandh but company officials said they did not expect any shortfall in supplies for power companies.
Employees of at least six public sector banks have joined the strike. This means that the banking services will be affected with many banks already having communicated to their customers about the likely inconvenience.
Supply of essential commodities, like milk and water, will not be affected.
Medical shops will be open, as they are exempted from the strike call.
Railways have, however, opted out of the bharat bandh. Trains will be running smoothly.

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#Tradeunionstrike: Siliguri(WB) Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya arrested along with 15 other protesters

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Siliguri(WB) Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya arrested alongwith 15 other protesters #Tradeunionstrike pic.twitter.com/TREDUk4H8y

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Power Minister Piyush Goyal, appealed to the unions to call off the strike after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jaitley tried persuading the union workers to call off the banck by announcing bonuses for state government employees for the last two years and saying that the Centre would increase wages for unskilled labourers.
But the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) rejected the government's appeals to call off the strike, saying it failed to address their demands.


The trade unions are demanding social security for the workers and minimum wages of nothing less than Rs 18,000 per month.

They opposed Centre's proposal to hike minimum wages for unskilled workers by up to 20 per cent, which means the wages would be Rs 12,000 per month for Tier-I cities. The union rejected the proposal saying that the hike in wages should be considering the price rise.
The unions also want an assured enhanced pension of not less than Rs 3,000 per month for all sectors, including the unorganised sector.
Workers also demand removal of FDI from railways, defence and other "strategic sectors".