Trade union strike hits commerce in Himachal

Shimla: Normal life was hit in the state as public sector banks and other commercial establishments remained closed in parts of the state today following a nationwide strike called by trade unions of central government employees to protest price rise, violation of labour laws and privatisation.

Work at many private hotels, banks and government insurance companies including the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) was severely affected as the employees observed a day long strike. Employees of the State Bank of India (SBI), however, did not participate in the strike.

Speaking to Himachal Live, Jagat Ram, state president of CITU said the strike was a success and a complete shutdown could be seen at private hotels, central & state government offices including hydropower projects across the state.

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