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Trade unions’ strike: Bank services marred, hectic day for common people

New Delhi, January 8: Banking services were affected on Wednesday due to the involvement of bank employees in a nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions. Due to the strike, other activities including depositing and withdrawing cash in public bank branches were affected in many places in the country. Most of the banks have already told their customers about the strike and the impact it will have on banking services.

Organizations of bank employees AIBEA, AIBOA, BEFI, INBEF, INBOC and Bank Employees Army Federation expressed their willingness to support and participate in the strike.

All India Bank Employees Union (AIBEA) General Secretary CH Venkatachalam told PTI-Bank that the bank employees have supported the call for a nationwide strike of 10 central trade unions. He said that he has opposed the government’s policies regarding bank mergers, privatization, fee hike and other issues related to salary. The All India Reserve Bank Employees Association (AIRBEA) and All India Reserve Bank Workers Federation (AIRBWF) and some insurance unions have also supported the strike.

Government told undertakings – stay away from strike

The central government has asked the government companies to tell their employees to stay away from the strike. Undertakings have been asked to keep contingency plans ready to maintain normalcy. On the other hand, labor organizations in Kerala have kept the tourism sector of the state separate from the general strike. Kerala Travel Mart Society has termed this decision of trade unions and political parties as ‘exemplary’. The central government has also asked its employees to stay away from the strike.

An office memorandum issued by the Personnel Department states, “If any employee is found involved in a strike in any way, he should be prepared to bear the consequences.” From the reduction of his salary, appropriate disciplinary action can be taken.

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