A month after their strike on July 30, 2016, the time has come for Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) and North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) to extend their support for the Bharat Bandh on Friday.
The city life in Bangalore is likely to be affected with the strike call as all the state-run buses will be off the roads, while many autos affiliated to CITU will be keeping off the roads in tow. However, they will resume after 6 PM in the evening, said CITU activists.
The bandh on Friday, september 2, 2016 has been called by All India Trade Unions Congress (AITUC) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). H V Anantha Subbarao, general secretary of KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation, told DH that the four state-run transport corporations will be participating in the strike. “With this, 23,000 buses of the four corporations will remain off the road from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday. The buses will resume operation in the evening,” he reportedly said.
However, schools and colleges will not be closed on Friday officially but many private schools and colleges may opt for closure in view of no transportation facility in Bangalore, which is far from serving by Namma Metro that is on a very slow pace in the city.
The Bengaluru unit of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has extended its support to the strike and its members are distributing pamphlets and holding public meetings.
Factories, nationalised banks, insurance companies, and commercial establishments, will be shut to protest over various issues like raising the minimum wage, stopping disinvestment of Coal India, as well as FDI in defence and pharmaceutical sectors.