Bhubaneswar: Chief trade unions of the State have called for a dawn-to-dusk strike on Tuesday to support the all-India strike call given by national-level trade unions demanding, among other things, recovery of black money stashed in the foreign banks, control of increasing prices of essential commodities and strict enforcement of labour laws.
To make the transport services even more pathetic, the All Odisha Auto Chalak Mahasangha have put their auto off the road adding woes to the thousands of commuters in Bhubaneswar. Moreover train services were also affected as strike supporters blocked railway tracks in some places. Several trains were halted in Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur due to demonstrations on the tracks, sources said.
On contrary, the Government bus authorities have not joined the strike and they are ready to run their buses provided protection is given, said Sudhansu Jena, CEO, Dream Team Sahara.
Employees of Reserve Bank of India and NABARD along with All Odisha Bank Employees Association have also joined the stir leaving bank services at collapse. The strike will continue in the state from morning 6 a.m to evening 6 p.m.
Eleven trade unions, 7 bank unions and the employees of State and Central Government have also joined the strike. The strike also affected functioning of post offices, insurance and other offices as trade union activists held picketing and demonstrations in many areas to enforce the bandh.
In the state capital here many shops and business establishments remained closed and the roads wore a deserted look with very thin traffic. The Commissionerate police however kept a close eye to ensure that no disturbance occurs during the strike.