Today, 8th January, 2019 is the first day of the two-day nation-wide general strike call given jointly by 10 Central Trade Unions and independent Federations, against the anti-worker, anti-people and anti-national policies of the BJP-RSS led Central Government.

The reports received from various states show the spontaneous response to the call from the workers in various states and various sectors of economy. Reports from the States of Assom, Manipur, Kerala, Odisha, Meghalaya, Puducherry show that there is complete shut down. Finance Sector, i.e. banking and insurance was closed for business even in Andaman islands. Electricity generation and distribution, coal extraction and movement is affected. Many state governments have declared holidays for schools in view of the strike. The BEST, Mumbai city road transport service provided by the Municipal Corporation, recorded a 100% strike. Very good strike in BSNL. There are reports of arrests of striking workers in Assom and West Bengal, slapping of ESMA and No Work No Pay notices, in various states. It is an attack on democracy, which we strongly condemn.

We congratulate the workers/employees for their exemplary fighting mood and exhort them to carry forward the struggle to 9th January,
2019 also. 10 central Trade Unions Are : INTUC AITUC HMS CITU AIUTUC TUCC SEWA AICCTU LPF UTUC (Courtsey:Ganashakti)