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Over 18 crores workers go on strike, normal life disrupted within several states

The Central Trade Unions (CTU) have called for a strike across the country on Friday to express their disagreement with the Central Government’s ‘unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies’.

The unions have claimed that this year’s strike will be bigger as the number of striking workers is expected to swell as much as 18 crore, larger than last year when around 14 crore workers participated.

The CTUs are on strike work protesting against what they call the government’s apathy towards their 12-point charter of demands including a monthly minimum wage of Rs 18,000, controlling price rise and assured minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000.

► Workers in central public sector undertakings like Coal India, GAIL, ONGC, NTPC, OIL, HAL and BHEL are observing strike.

► Indian Railways and other central government employees are not participate in strike as government has already constituted a committee to look into their demand of raising monthly minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to about Rs 26,000 under the 7th Pay Commission.

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