Trade unions in India, especially those attached to the leftist parties, are getting more and more militant. Gone are the days when they resorted to indefinite strikes at the drop of a hat. Now, it is “direct action” under the cover of strike. For an outsider, it is the usual stuff. Slogan shouting employees holding their flags could be seen in front of the factory gate. From their placards, you can see what their demands are but the real show takes place some where else. They have their own henchmen who would “deal” with those concerned.
The political parties who support these trade unions are not in the least worried about the fate of the poor, especially of the students who are forced to visit the government offices several times to get a caste or an income certificate. But, at the same time those with money and muscle power get a royal treatment from the very same government employees.
By being militant in their approach, the trade unions are undermining the job opportunities created by private companies.