“All-India” general strike shuts down large areas of country

Millions of workers walked off their jobs across India on Feb. 28, with the telecoms, transport sector and postal service most affected. The “all-India” 24-hour general strike was most universally observed in the southern state of Kerala, which remains effectively paralyzed. The Congress-led government in the state has enforced a dies non (no work—no pay) order against the public-sector strikers. Among other demands, strikers want the government to contain inflation, provide universal social security for workers in the vast “informal” sector, and to stop selling off stakes in state-run companies. The action constitutes the 14th general strike since India liberalized its economy with major reforms in 1991. (Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Feb. 28)

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