Mixed response in city to strike

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Dipak Chavan, District President, MSREA, said, “We are demanding reversal of anti-people and anti-workers’ policies by the Central government”.

PUNE: The nationwide strike called by central trade unions to protest against the ‘anti-people’ policies of BJP-led NDA government on Wednesday recieved a mixed response in Pune with no major disruptions in transport or other essential services.

After the Indian Banks Association (IBA) extend their support to the strike, the closure of banks did affect the customers but there were no cash crunch in the city as ATM services were not affected.

The workers of the State and Central unions, Maharashtra State Revenue Employees Association (MSREA) and Water Resources Employees Association (WREA) had assembled at the District Collector’s office at 11 am to protest against many government policies.

Dipak Chavan, District President, MSREA, said, “We are demanding reversal of anti-people and anti-workers’ policies by the Central government”.

Though autorickshaw unions extended support to the strike, many autos were plying on the road. 

Also, a long march was organised from the labour commissioner’s office to the collector’s office. District President of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Kailash Kadam said, “The Central government should abolish privatisation and reverse the anti-workers’ policies. Hence, we have organised this march.”

Though as many as 30 student unions had extended their support to the strike but no colleges were shut due to the strike.

RTO work
The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) staff participated in the strike for their long-pending demands and Central government’s anti-labour policies. Due to ‘bandh’, no work took place in the office, which affects hundreds of applicants coming to the office for their work.

Every day, hundreds of applicants approach the RTO for their work. On Wednesday, the office was vacant and most of the applicants who were unaware about the strike, returned without getting any work done. However, many people who had come to collect their learner’s licence, were given them. 

Similarly, at Phulenagar office also, tests for permanent licence and Institute of Driving Training and 
Research (ITDR) were also being held for four-wheeler licences. 

“The work related with licence and vehicle fitness was done on time as per appointments,” said RTO Ajit Shinde.

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