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09 Jan 2019 | 11:11 AM UTC

India: Trade unions nationwide strike continues January 9 /update 1

India News Alert

Trade unions nationwide strike enters second consecutive day January 9; disruptions and related protests likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, Bengaluru, Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka state, Talkatora Stadium (New Delhi)

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Event

As of Wednesday, January 9, trade unions continue for the second consecutive day their nationwide strike. As such, public transportation and administrative services are likely to be further affected thoughout the day. Related protests are also possible; clashes with security forces cannot be ruled out. On January 8, the mobilization remained largely peaceful, although some violence and material damages were reported in West Bengal. In Kerala and Maharashtra, public transportation services, including train services, were significantly disrupted. Banking and postal sectors across the country were also significantly affected by the strike. While this general strike is expected to end on the evening (local time) of January 9, residual disruptions are possible on January 10.

Context

Traders are protesting against the government's "anti-labour policies". This nationwide strike is supported by major independent federations of central employees, state employees, as well as employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors.

Advice

Individuals in India, particularly in Kerala, Maharashtra, and West Bengal states, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any large demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate business and transportation disruptions.

 

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