The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau warmly congratulates the over one crore workers who struck work on April 16. Workers from the public sector, banking and insurance, port & dock, coal and other sectors struck work in protest against the privatisation of public sector undertakings, arbitrary downsizing of man power and the economic policies of liberalisation and privatisation pursued by the government at the dictates of IMF and the World Bank.
The PB congratulates the workers for the remarkable unity achieved by which workers of all affiliations joined the strike and expressed their total opposition to the anti-working class and anti-national policies of the NDA govt. The CPI(M) appeals to the working class to strengthen the unity achieved in this struggle for sharpening the struggle against these policies. The government should heed the warning given by the workers and reverse its policies of liberalisation and privatisation.