Bengaluru: D Shashi Kumar of the Karnataka Association of Management for unaided schools on Monday announced a two-day holiday for all private schools in Karnataka keeping the safety of school children in mind as the Joint Committee of Trade Union (JCTU) have called for a nationwide strike

The strike has been called demanding withdrawal of Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2017, to protect the transport sector business and demanding implementation of social security act for unorganised labourers.

The strike will be effective from January 8 at 6 am to January 9 till 5 pm.  

The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India has informed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on January 8 and 9, 2019, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the BSE.

Ten central trade unions including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA, have also called for a nationwide general strike on January 8, 9, against the "anti-people" policies of the Centre and have placed a charter of 12 demands before the central government.

Transport will be hit in Karnataka:

Four unions including Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have extended their support to the protest. BMTC buses as well as KSRTC buses will not ply on January 8 and 9.

Autorickshaw unions too have extended their support to the strike. Thus, autorickshaws plying on roads is also doubtful.

Taxi owners also have extended their support. Ola and Uber too are unlikely to render services for these two days.

With transport being hit, schools and colleges are likely to be closed. The deputy commissioners of each district have been given the right to take a call on the declaration of a holiday.

Facilities available

Emergency services like hospitals, ambulance service, medical shops, milk booths will be open.

Hotel owners have extended moral support to the strike, so it seems like most of the eateries will be open on January 8 and 9.

Namma Metro will function as usual on these two days.