Strike hits normal life in Kerala, little impact in WB

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20, 2013:  The 48-hour nationwide strike called by central trade unions hit normal life across Kerala today with workers from varied sectors, including transport and banking, staying away from work to protest the UPA government’s economic and labour policies.

Early reports said buses and taxis were off the roads and shops and restaurants remained closed. Train services were not affected. The Congress-led UDF Government has declared ‘dies non’ (no work, no pay) as pro-Left service and teachers unions are also striking work.

Security has been tightened and no violence has been reported from anywhere. Police have offered protection to those willing to work and public conveyances were ready to ply, police sources said.

Meanwhile, there was little impact in West Bengal with situation being normal and peaceful across the state. Shops and markets were mostly open in the metropolis. Private buses and taxis were less, though state buses were present in large number on the roads, police sources said.