Nation-wide general strike begins, normal life affected in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 8: The 48-hour nation-wide general strike called by various trade unions in protest against the Centre’s anti-labour polices affected normal life in Kerala.

The agitators blocked train services in various railway stations including Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha, delaying the services of Jana Sadabdi Express, Raptisagar Express, Venad Express, Dhanbad Express, Eranad Express and several other trains.

Commuters faced a tough time in several places as Private buses, taxis and autorickshaws were off the roads following the strike call. 
In many places, contract vehicles and lorries also participated in the strike jointly called by INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA.

However, BMS stayed out of the strike called by other trade unions, alleging that the strike was merely politically motivated.
The State Employees and Teachers Organanisation (SETO) also extended support to the strike.

CITU State President Anathalavattom Anandan said the strike would be a historic event due to participation of workers.

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