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Trade union strike on February 28

 
Strike a mark of protest against rising prices of essential commodities.

Over ten trade unions across the country will be striking on February 28, as a mark of protest against the rising prices of essential commodities, reports The Hindu. The strike is expected to paralyse business and commercial activities throughout India.

About 45 crore workers from different sections of the economy, including banks and financial institutions, the organised and unorganised sectors, will be a part of the strike. This announcement was made by Vishwas Utagi, secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association.

Utagi stated: "Besides the 11 central trade unions, industry-wise apex trade unions shall come together for the first time since Independence for the strike, seeking implementation of a 10-point common charter of demands," Utagi said.

Concrete measures for curbing inflation, employment protection via concessions and incentives, strict enforcement of basic labour laws, removal of all restrictions on eligibility and payment for bonus, provident fund and gratuity benefits, statutory minimum wage of INR10,000 per month, as well as security cover for unorganized-sector workers are some of the demands being made.