Banks to go on a Two-Days Nationwide strike, halting banking services
New Delhi: Banking services are likely to halt on January 8 and 9 as a section of public sector bank (PSU) employees have decided to go on a two-day strike in support of a nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government’s alleged anti-worker policy.
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 Bank strike taking place on January 8-9, 2019, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the ‘Bombay Stock Exchange’ (BSE).
In a filing to the staock exchange, Bank of Baroda said “in the event of AlBEA and BEFI proceeding on strike on January 8-9, 2019, the functioning of bank’s branches/offices in some of the zones may be affected”.
However, the Allahabad Bank in its filing stated that the issues and demands are of industry level and strike call is also given at industry level.
“Therefore, if the strike takes place, the functioning of branches of the bank may be affected. The bank is taking all the necessary steps in terms of the existing guidelines for smooth functioning of bank’s branches/offices on the day of strike(s), in the event the strike materialises,” it said.
Meanwhile, Karur Vysya Bank said, “the workmen of our bank may take part in the proposed strike on the said date, in which occasion the normal working of the branches/offices of the Bank may get affected during the day”.
Ten central trade unions — INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA — have also called for a nationwide general strike on January 8-9, 2019, against what they call “anti-people” policies of the Center government and have placed a charter of 12 demands before the government.
Lat year on December 26, 2018, nine bank unions with around one million employees from various banks, including private lenders, had also called a one-day strike to protest against the proposed amalgamation of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda.