India: Millions of public sector workers strike for better wages
Sept.2, New Delhi: Tens of millions of public sector workers have gone on a day-long strike across India, protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic policies, particularly his plans to push for greater privatisation, reports said.
Thousands of state-run banks, government offices and factories were closed on Friday, and public transport disrupted, in the strike called by 10 trade unions.
Ramen Pandey of the Indian National Trade Union Congress said: "This strike is against the central government, this strike is for the cause of the working people." He added: "Our strike will be 100 percent successful... we will prove that this strike is the world's largest ever."
According to union officials, about 180 million workers, including state bank employees, school teachers, postal workers, miners and construction workers, were participating, but the figure could not be independently verified.
The Oslo Times International News Network