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 Post subject: India strike
PostPosted: January 8 20, 7:34 pm 
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Indian towns and cities grind to halt as workers stage 24-hour strike
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A 24-hour strike has disrupted much of India as workers took to the streets in several major cities to protest against the country’s worsening economic slowdown.

At least 10 trade unions called on employees to stage protests on Wednesday against what they described as the “anti-people” policies of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.

The strike took place a day after official statistics forecast 5% growth for this year, the slowest in 11 years. The unions are calling for an end to short-term labour contracts, higher pay and a halt to the privatisation of state-owned enterprises.

In Kolkata protesters set fire to vehicles, including a police van, and ransacked government property and buses. Police responded with a baton charge and fired teargas and rubber bullets. At least 55 people were arrested.

In other parts of West Bengal, unions blocked railway lines and roads, staging sit-ins and burning tyres. There were clashes between student groups that supported the strike and rival political parties opposing it.

Public transport was hit, with reduced bus and train services. There was little movement on the streets of Bihar state due to auto-rickshaw drivers joining in the strike. Kerala was similarly affected, with few buses running and banks largely remaining closed.

In some towns, few shops or banks were open, although the capital, Delhi, and the commercial centre, Mumbai, saw relatively little disruption.
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The unions said hundreds of thousands of workers would lose jobs if the government went ahead with the sale of Air India, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, the Shipping Corporation of India and the Container Corporation of India. The government says it plans to sell the companies because they have been losing money for years.
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Alongside the general strike, protests against the government’s new citizenship law, which discriminates against Muslims, continued in several places. There was a large protest at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University, which has been at the centre of nationwide demonstrations against the law.


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 Post subject: Re: India strike
PostPosted: January 8 20, 7:36 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: India strike
PostPosted: January 8 20, 9:04 pm 
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I keep seeing this 250 million number being thrown around. Not sure where that came from but rest assured its a [expletive] of people on strike, tens of millions



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 Post subject: Re: India strike
PostPosted: January 9 20, 1:59 pm 
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Collective action, whether it's under a formal union umbrella or not, is the future of our species as we move into a future where individuals have no control over their digital footprint, personal information, environmental and political stability, etc. I'm very lazy so I take no pleasure in this belief, but seems like it is what it is at this point. All those respective trains have already left the station.


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