She said that the strike is expected to hit the rural parts also, where informal workers of farming and other sectors will join the protest.
The strike notices were given by workers’ unions of various sectors such as coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, copper, banks and insurance.
Unions in railways and defence sector will carry out mass mobilization in support of the strike at several places, the joint forum said.
The unions’ demands include scrapping of the proposed changes in labour laws, privatisation of any form and the national monetisation pipeline. Increased allocation of wages under MNREGA (
Workers of roadways, transport and electricity departments have also decided to join the strike in spite of the impending threat of ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) which is likely to be imposed in Haryana and Chandigarh, the joint forum said in a statement.
Trade unions, including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC are part of the joint forum.
“The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have called for a nationwide strike with effect from 06:00 hrs of March 28 to 06:00 hrs of March 30, 2022,” an advisory issued by the power ministry said.
The advisory has been issued to all states, central public sector undertakings, central electricity authority, national load dispatch centre and regional load dispatch centres.
In the interest of the consumers of electricity, it is advised that all the power utilities shall take necessary measures to ensure round-the-clock functioning of the electricity grid and availability of all plants, transmission lines and substations, the ministry said, adding that all regional/state control room executives should be vigilant and on high alert.
The ministry also suggested measures to be taken to ensure secure and reliable grid operations.
Shutdown activities planned during March 28-29 may be rescheduled to suitable future dates to the extent possible, it said and asked all concerned officials to ensure close supervision of their regional network/control area.
Also, manpower may be deployed at all critical sub-stations/power station 24X7 to handle any emergency situation, it said.
Power supply to those engaged in essential services such as hospitals, defence, and railways must be ensured, it added and suggested setting up of a 24×7 control room for information dissemination and handling any kind of contingency.
Bank employees’ unions said they will support the strike.
A number of public sector banks, including country’s largest lender SBI, have said that their services may get impacted to a limited extent due to the strike.
SBI said it has made necessary arrangements to ensure normal functioning in its branches and offices during the strike.
“It is likely that work at our bank may be impacted, to a limited extent, by the strike,” SBI said.
New Delhi-headquartered Punjab National Bank (
“While bank has made all arrangements to ensure normal functioning in its branches and offices, it is likely that work in our bank may be impacted to a limited extent by the strike,” PNB said.
“The bank will take all necessary steps for smooth functioning of the bank’s branches/offices on the days of strike. However, it is likely that some of our branches would also be impacted by the strike,”