Strike affects normal life in Kerala

The nation-wide strike called by central trade unions today on Friday normal life in Left- ruled Kerala with public transport vehicles staying off the roads and shops and business establishments downing shutters.

Autorickshaws, taxies, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private buses are not plying on roads across the state with the workers of various unions taking part in the strike.

Major roads wore a deserted look in the state capital where hundreds of employees of ISRO units, including Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), could not reach their offices as the strike supporters laid a siege of an ISRO bus bay here in Thiruvananthapuram.

Train passengers had a tough time as they had to walk to their homes after alighting at the railway station.

However, police helped patients coming to the Regional Cancer centre here by arranging transport.

All major unions, barring RSS-associated BMS (Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh), have joined the strike, terming as ‘completely inadequate’ the Central government’s assurances to look into their demands and the recent announcements for two-year bonus and hike in minimum wage.

This is the first major strike in Kerala after the CPI(M) led LDF government came to power in May this year.