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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar/Rourkela: Vehicular traffic was partially affected in several places of Odisha including Bhubaneswar and Rourkela as the members of central trade unions staged road blockade as part of their 24-hour nationwide strike on Thursday.

As per reports, members of Odisha Construction Workers' Union (CITU) and several other organisations blocked road on the national highway near Acharya Vihar in Bhubaneswar following which dozens of vehicles including night buses were seen stranded on both sides of the road.

"The central trade unions are protesting the anti-worker, anti-farmer and anti-national policies of Modi government," said an agitating member of Odisha Construction Workers' Union in Bhubaneswar.

In Rourkela, many buses, trucks and other vehicles were left stranded after the members of Rourkela Shramik Sangha and other organisations blocked the road and staged demonstrations at Birsamunda Chhak.

"The strike called by the central trade unions and federations will be successful in Odisha and India. Vehicular movement has been halted," said CITU's All India Vice-President Bishnu Mohanty.

As many as 10 central unions including Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) have called for a nationwide general strike on November 26 protesting the Central government’s policies including new labour and farm laws as well as privatisation of public sector units.

In addition to the 10 major trade unions, employees’ organisations in banking, insurance, Railways as well as State and Central government sectors have also decided to take part in one-day strike.

Besides, scheme workers, domestic workers, construction workers, beedi workers, hawkers, vendors, agricultural workers, self-employed in rural and urban areas and auto and taxi drivers are also supposed to participate in the ‘chakka jam’ protest. However, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh will not participate in the strike.

It may be noted that the Odisha unit of Congress had also extended its support to the nationwide strike call given by the central trade unions.

(Edited By Dilip Kumar)


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