2nd September 2015 saw a historic unity and industrial action by workers in Bhilai. Central trade unions AITUC, CITU, AICCTU; independent left unions Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh, Loktantrik Ispat Evam Engineering Shramik Sangh; and the left Sanyukt Trade Union Manch (including TUCI and NTUI) brought all sections of the Bhilai working class into the strike.
90% of the contract workers of the Bhilai Steel Plant struck work in an unprecedented manner, while even the permanent workers participated significantly.
ACC Holcim – both old and new plants saw a total strike by contract workers and construction workers. Significant number of permanent workers also responded spontaneously to the appeal.
Majority of contract workers of the NSPCL Power Plant also struck work. Dalit safai workers of the Sector 9 Hospital actively participated in the strike action.
Scores of women and men strikers of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee) stood at 19 points leading to the Bhilai Industrial Estate distributing pamphlets and appealing to workers to join the strike. Hundreds of small and medium units remained closed as workers spontaneously responded.
The notable exception was in the Bhilai Engineering Corporationwhere the pocket union of Prabhunath Mishra (a conspirator in the Niyogi murder case) and Seemanchal Tripathi forced their way in with 200 strike breakers.