Bharat Bandh for 2 days - SBI branches, ATM services likely to be hit for next two days: Bharat Bandh on March 28 and 29

Bharat Bandh for 2 days - SBI branches, ATM services likely to be hit for next two days: Bharat Bandh on March 28 and 29

The decision comes after trade unions stated they will protest the Centre's "anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people, and anti-national policies"
Bharat Bandh for 2 days - SBI branches, ATM services likely to be hit for next two days: Bharat Bandh on March 28 and 29
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The All India Bank Employees Association has joined a combined forum of central trade unions in calling for a statewide strike on March 28 and 29 to protest the Central government's policies impacting employees, farmers, and the general public. Despite the approaching danger of the Essential Services Maintenance Act, highways, transportation, and power workers have opted to join the strike, according to the statement (ESMA).

The decision comes after trade unions stated they will protest the Centre's "anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people, and anti-national policies" at a meeting on March 22. The bank unions are protesting the government's proposal to privatise public sector banks and the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2021.

Road workers, transportation employees, and electrical workers have all agreed to join the strike, according to a statement by the trade unions. The railway and defence industry unions will mass mobilise in favour of the strike at hundreds of locations, according to the statement. Workers from a variety of different industries are anticipated to join the strike, including coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, copper, and insurance.

In West Bengal, however, the statewide strike would have a limited impact because the government issued an order stating that all offices must stay open and staff must report to work. "In light of several trade unions' requests for a 48-hour countrywide strike/bandh on March 28 and 29, all state government offices will stay open on those days, and personnel will report for duty." The decree said that "leaves would be viewed as 'dies-non' and that no salary will be accepted."