Karnataka State, South West India
An indefinite strike by around 110,000 employees of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation began today. The bus workers, belonging to five different unions, are striking over pay, over proper consultation with union members, and over the regularisation of around 33,000 trainees.
The impact of the strike has shaken the authorities. It has taken over 14,000 buses off the road. The government are now threatening to invoke the anti-union Essential Services Maintenance Act to try and break the strike.