The nationwide strike called by trade unions opposing “anti-labour” policies of the Centre hit normal life in Himachal Pradesh as schools, colleges and various essential services remained suspended. Workers of banks, insurance companies, hydropower projects, industrial (workers) and BSNL employees the observed strike.
Anganwadi and mid-day meal workers also joined the strike and colleges remained closed in Shimla on Student Federation of India’s (SFI) call of ‘Education Bandh’.
Essential services like hotels and restaurants, where CPM (I) affiliated Lal Jhanda Union are in place also remained closed while the employees of HRTC, Electricity Board and other such organisation held rallies.
The protesters at state secretariat and AG office Chowk tried to break the barricades. The Industrial units at Baddi, Barotiwala, Nalagarh, Mehatpur and other industrial areas were hot by the strike as workers abstained from work and participated in the strike.
Some schools had declared holiday in view of strike call and strikers tried to stop private buses and taxies, plying on the roads, ignoring the strike call.
Police force was posted in strength at sensitive places but no untoward incident was reported and strike passed off peacefully.
The CITU leaders claimed that the strike was a big success and normal life was affected in the state.
The unions had given a call for one day nationwide strike to protest against called the protest against the anti-worker policies of the Union government, secured services and move of the government to amend labour laws.