Kolkata, Aug 7: The Left has called an all-India transport strike today. The Left threatens to come out on the road with its ten-point demands; from bus price hike to the poor condition of tea estate workers. The all-India coordination committee of the party has announced this earlier. Reports suggest that Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has also supported this road transport strike. However, the West Bengal state government has claimed that it will make sure the strike isn’t a success and to that end, it would run more buses throughout the city. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
On the other hand, CITU President Shyamal Chakraborty said, “People will support our cause. We don’t intend to hamper daily life but those working in the unorganised sectors will be affected; they don’t an option of using some other mode of transport.” Though CITU leaders are claiming that the strike would impact the daily life by hampering the traffic, any Left-sponsored strike hasn’t really been a success lately. In Kolkata itself, CITU has organised five rallies. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: 54 Non-suburban Passenger Trains to Run in West Bengal From Dec 2
Meanwhile, The Free Press Journal reported that a one-day transport strike will be organised in Kerala as well. Vehicles, including private buses, autorickshaws, taxis, freight vehicles and most of the KSRTC buses, will stay off the road on Tuesday. All India Motor Transport Organisation has demanded the withdrawal of proposed Motor Vehicle (MV) Amendment Bill. The bill has been passed by Lok Sabha, but is pending in Rajya Sabha. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Reminds PM Modi of Unpaid GST Dues at COVID Meet with CMs
The token strike was announced by Kerala State Road Transport Employees’ Association (CITU), Transport Democratic Federation (INTUC) and Kerala State Transport Employees Union (AITUC). “The employee unions are waiting for a discussion with the CMD regarding their demand to change the decision and call off the strike,” said daily quoted KSRTC INTUC leader SK Mani as saying.