Church Supports Indians on Nationwide Strike

Church Supports Indians on Nationwide Strike

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Workers from various trade unions shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organized as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India, Sept. 2. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)
Workers from various trade unions shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organized as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India, Sept. 2. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)
Workers from various trade unions shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organized as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India, Sept. 2. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)

 

NEW DELHI (CNS) — The Catholic Church in India supported some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic and government offices across India Sept. 2. Workers across India are upset about labor policies of the government that they say are detrimental to the welfare of workers, said Bishop Oswald Lewis of Jaipur, head of the Indian bishops’ labor office. “The church is in solidarity with striking workers because we are concerned about their welfare,” the bishop told ucanews.com, adding that all Catholic forums in the country are supporting the strike. A national network of 10 leading trade unions, including those in the banking, manufacturing, construction and coal mining sectors, organized the 24-hour strike, saying that their two rounds of talks with the federal government had failed to elicit a favorable response to their demands. Their demands range from an enforcement of basic labor laws and universal social security coverage for workers to measures to contain rising prices and unemployment.