New Delhi: The Central Trade Unions (CTU) opposition to the Central government’s “unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies” crippled essential services across the country on Friday as the unions went on strike.

Last year, the number of the striking workers peaked to almost 14 crore all across the country. This time, the unions claim that the number of striking labourers will shoot up to a staggering 18 crore. The strike has affected essential services such as banking, public transport and telecom.

The CTU has called the striker citing that the government has shown apathy towards their 12-point charter of demands which seek a minimum wage of Rs 18,000 and an assured minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000.

The official CTU strike rattled throughout the country with many protesters resorting to marching on the streets and vandalism. 

CITU workers held protest rally in support of their demands. 



In Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, protesters vandalised NBSTC bus.



In Bengaluru, schools and colleges in urban district were closed on Friday as precautionary measure against the strike. Traffic was virtually absent in the state.



In Odisha, protesters approached the Bhubaneswar railway station and stepped on to the tracks to halt moving trains.



In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, protesters disrupted normal life by protesting at bus stands.



In West Bengal’s Siliguri, Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattarcharya was arrested along with 15 other protesters.