Nashik: The Bharat Bandh called by 10 trade unions in protest against the Centre’s anti-worker policies had no effect on a normal life in Nashik city on Wednesday. As there was no expected response from shopkeepers and various establishments, the daily routine was normal.
Barring government offices, Bharat Bandh received a low response in the city. Trade unions had claimed that around 25 crore workers from the country would take part in Bharat Bandh. It had also claimed that banks, transport, and other services would be affected.
People’s participation was also expected. However, it was seen that workers in large numbers took part in Bharat Bandh. As employees from government and private banks participated, banking services were affected.
The daily routine in the Panchavati area, Main Road, Ravivar Karanja, Shalimar, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Gangapur Road, and College Road area was normal. The city bus service was also regular. As a result, the effect of Bharat Bandh was not felt in the city.
Meanwhile, central and state government workers, workers from the private sector, organized and unorganized sectors organized a march led by the worker union action committee in the district.
The workers gathered in large numbers around 11.30 am at Golf Club ground.
The march which began from there passed through Trimbak Naka signal, Zilla Parishad head office, general post office, Khadkali signal, Shalimar Chowk and Shivaji Road reached near Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar statue. Various unions took part in the march from various places on the route.
A public meeting took place there then. Various union leaders slammed anti-worker policies.
Worker leader Dr D L Karad on the occasion said, “As policies of Modi government are in favour of owners, workers are in distress. 75% of workers in the country do not get pay as per minimum wages act.
Four crore youth were unemployed in six years regime of Modi government which assured to generate 2 crore employment every year. Though 2.5 lakh posts remained vacant in the state, the recruitment process is not conducted. Businesses have been stalled due to GST.
The policy of Modi government is anti-worker. This government should wake up and give attention to workers issues, else we will not sit down quietly, unless pulling it”, he warned. Secretary of AITUC Raju Desale stated, “The pension scheme started by the government of former Prime Minister stopped by this government.
This government feels CAA, NRC important, but has no time to give attention to workers issues. As a protest to Modi government’s anti-worker policy, we have been on the road.” Worker leader Uttam Khandbahale, insurance employee union’s Mohan Deshpande, primary teacher federation’s Kalu Borse and joint action committee’s Sunanda Jarade criticised government policies.
After the public meeting, joint action committee and various unions gave memorandums to the District Collector Suraj Mandhare group wise and demanded to reach the demands to the government.