Andhra Pradesh: essential services interrupted in Prakasam on the second day of the bandh

Banks, insurance, telecommunications and other essential services were disrupted in the district on Tuesday, the second day of a nationwide strike call by trade union centers to protest against ‘anti-worker and anti-people’ policies. ” of the Center.

Employees from various sectors, including post, banking, insurance and electricity, formed a massive human chain to mark their protest against the “denial of workers’ rights achieved after a long struggle” and demanded the abolition of the new labor code.

Leading the protest, State Chairman V. Radhakrishna Murthy of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) claimed that the workers would fight with all their might to prevent the sale of units of the public sector, including the Visakhapatnam Ironworks, because they were built with decades of working class toil. The Center had no moral right to move forward with its National Monetization Plan (NMP), they said.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha Prakasam district official Ch. Ranga Rao said farmers and farm workers would join industrial workers in fighting government Narendra Modi’s “business-friendly” policies at the Center, alleging he favored a select group of companies.

The head of the Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Siddaiah, lamented that the Union and State governments had inflicted brutal treatment on Anganwadi, ASHA and lunchtime workers. These employees, hired on a contractual basis, deserve equal pay for equal work, he claimed.

Soaring prices of all commodities, including petrol and diesel, have made people’s lives miserable, Indian Federation of Trade Unions leader R. Mohan said and demanded immediate measures to the part of the Center to control rising prices.

Michelle J. Kelley