New Delhi: Joining the chorus, autorickshaws, cab and bus drivers have also called out the two-day strike all over India to demand a minimum monthly salary of Rs 24,000 along with social security. Commuters in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata would be hit.

Notably, the strike has been called out by the All India Coordination Committee of Road Transport Workers Organisations and supported by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC). Many cabs and autorickshaw unions including Chalak Shakti Union, the Rajdhani Parivahan Panchayat and the Auto Taxi Union-Delhi have also joined in the protest.

“The transport sector is in a bad situation. Taxi drivers and cab operators are not covered under any labour law and do not have any social security cover. The Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, pending in the Rajya Sabha, will help only big firms,” a news portal reported R Lakshmaiah, Deputy General Secretary, All India Road Transport Workers Federation (AIRTWF) as saying.

The trade unions are protesting against the alleged repressive policies for workers adopted by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. Ten trade unions who have jointly called for the nationwide general strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA. The trade unions have supports of almost all major independent federations of central employees, state employees and the employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors representing the workers and employees of all the industries and services including transport services, both in organised and unorganised sectors.