New Delhi, April 2: The Kerala university postponed its examination on Monday due to general strike called by various trade unions demanding rollback of a central government order allowing fixed-term employment across all sectors. The move was taken thinking students may face difficulties in reaching examination hall on time.

Meanwhile, normal life in the state went out of gear as public buses went off roads. Shops, commercial establishments, restaurants and educational institutions were closed. People were struggling to reach their destinations today. However, strike effect was not seen in the hospital. The people who arrived at different railway stations across the state had a difficult time in undertaking their onward journey. The police, however, had made arrangements at some places to help the stranded passengers.

There was report of violence from any parts of the state. But there was thin attendance reported in the offices. The functioning of banks was also affected due to the strike.

Why strike was called?

The strike was called by 16 trade unions under the banner of Joint Trade Unions and it began last midnight and will end tonight. The agitating unions alleged that the government decision to extend the facility of hiring workers on fixed term employment to all sectors would legalise ‘hire and fire’ while permanent jobs would vanish. The Centre had amended the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946 last month to extend the facility of fixed-term employment in all sectors.

(With agency inputs)