Ifølge indisk presse er landet rammet av en streik som omfatter 150 til 180 millioner arbeidere. Dette er kanskje den største streikeaksjonen noensinne, kanskje mer omfattende enn streikene i India i 2015 da også om lag 150 millioner arbeidere var i streik. Avisa The Independent skriver:
Millions of public sector workers have gone on strike in India to protest against the government’s economic policies.
Public transport was disrupted and state-run banks, power stations and factories were closed as 10 trade unions called nationwide walkouts.
Reports suggested more than 150 million workers were taking part in the industrial action but the figure had not been confirmed.
«This strike is against the central government, this strike is for the cause of the working people,» Ramen Pandey, president of West Bengal Indian National Trade Union Congress, told Al Jazeera.
«Our strike will be 100 per cent successful … we will prove that this strike is the world’s largest ever.»
Al Jazeera viser til fagforeningsrepresentanter som sier at 180 millioner fagorganiserte deltar i streiken. Men rimeligvis er det ingen muligheter til å sjekke tallet.
Om grunnlaget for streikene heter det:
The strike was called after talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley broke down, with union leaders rejecting his offer to raise the minimum wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees ($96) a month to 9,100 rupees ($136).
Workers are demanding the government dump plans to close unproductive factories, raise foreign investment caps in some industries and sell off stakes in state-run companies – over fears that creeping privatisation will jeopardise jobs.
The unions said the government should guarantee both social security and healthcare for all, and should be hiking the minimum wage to double what it is offering in order to keep up with inflation.
India Engulfed in Red Banners as Workers Strike Back
Tens of millions of workers shut down the country in what is believed to be the largest labor action the world has seen.
The working class of India struck back hard on Friday in a nationally coordinated labor action led by the Center of Indian Trade Unions. The historic work stoppage is by far the largest strike the country—and possibly the world—has ever seen, and reflects a high degree of class-conscious militancy on the subcontinent.
Så hvem sa at «klassekampen er død»?