This has come at a bad time for the power sector and the state-owned company as 10 power plants in India are facing a severe shortage of coal at the beginning of 2019
Also expected to participate in the 48-hour-long strike are employees of Railways, banks, electricity departments and workers of the unorganised sector including auto, taxi drivers and street vendors
"As many as 10 Central Trade Unions (CTUs) have joined hands to go on a 2-day nationwide strike from tomorrow. We expect 20 crore workers to join the strike.
The strike call given by the All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC) expected to hit banking operations across the country. However, private sector banks would continue their usual business as they are not part of the strike.
Most of the shops and other business establishments were shut here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Supply of vegetables like onions and potatoes has fallen in big cities including the financial capital Mumbai and national capital Delhi.
Major industries across the country are hit as the inter-state goods movement has come to a standstill
The FDA said the process of suggestions for draft rules to regulate online sales is underway
During the negotiations held on May 5, IBA made two unacceptable propositions including an offer of 2 percent hike in the wage bill cost as on March 31, 2017, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) said in a statement.
With scores of agitating students bringing the rail service in the metropolis to a halt early this morning, the minister said all applicants should get a "fair and equal opportunity" to serve the country.
Powerful labour union IG Metall said workers at Audi's main plant in Ingolstadt in Bavaria downed tools during the night shift and BMW staff at three factories in Dingolfing, Landshut and Regensburg were to follow suit on Friday.
Trade union representatives, who attended the talks with Transport minister M R Vijayabaskar, said no consensus was arrived at over a key demand on a "factor" determining wage structure.
Most banks have already informed their customers that functioning of branches and offices will be impacted if the strike takes off.
The BEST employees and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have been at the loggerheads for the past few days over several issues, including irregular payment of salary.
Cloth markets in major Gujarat cities, including Surat, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Rajkot, remained shut in protest against five per cent GST on textiles.
In Maharashtra 44,000 protesting doctors have refused to call off the strike despite an assurance from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, that armed policemen will be stationed in sensitive hospitals.
The strike is to express resentment over the conviction of workers in the 2012 Manesar plant violence.
Services like cash deposits and withdrawal from branches and cheque clearances have been hit hard by the strike, which has been called under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU).
Drivers with Ola and Uber across India are complaining of excessive supply, lowered incentives and declining incomes making it hard for them to pay EMIs.
Normal life remained affected in Kashmir for the 115th consecutive day today due to the separatist-sponsored strike over the recent civilian killings and in support of their demand for right to 'self determination'.
Around 17,000 employees of the troubled state-run IDBI Bank, that has been reporting heavy losses on rising bad loans for several quarters now, have threatened to go on a nationwide strike if the management fails to conclude a new wage pact before the month-end.
Informing about the signing of the MOU, UCIL officials said it was forwarded to the higher authorities of the concerned department and the issue was pending at concerned ministry level for approval.
"The strike is on. We are getting good response. More information will pour in after sometime. Around 90 percent workers at BHEL's plant in Tiruchirapalli have not reported at work in the morning shift," Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) General Secretary Tapan Kumar Sen told PTI.
All major unions, excluding RSS-associated BMS (Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh), have joined the strike call, terming the government's assurances to look into their demands and the recent announcements for two-year bonus and hike in minimum wage as "completely inadequate".
Twenty unions of autos and taxis have formed a Joint Action Committee, which has called for the indefinite strike.