Don't join strike: Govt to bank employees

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 14:41 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IBNS) The government on Tuesday appealed to bank employees not to join the trade union strike on Feb 20-21.

The two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions will start from Wednesday after the meeting between the government and trade union leaders failed to reach a consensus on Monday, reports said.

"The Central Government is disappointed to note that a section of the bank employees has decided to join the strike called by certain Trade Unions on February 20-21, 2013,"

said the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.

"Prime Minister of India has made an appeal to the Trade Unions not to go strike. Government has also set-up a Group of Ministers to talk to the Trade Union leaders. So far as bank employees are concerned, there is really no reason at all to join the strike," it said.

"None of the main points contained in the charter of demands has any connection with the bank employees. Banks provide employment to a large number of people and continue to recruit every year.

"Bank employees have social security cover. They hold regular jobs which carry attractive scales of pay. They receive bonus, PF and gratuity in accordance with applicable laws. They are entitled to pension," said the ministry.

"In view of the above, the Government would once again appeal to the bank employees not to join the strike on February 20-21, 2013," it said.

Eleven central trade unions and workers´ federations have called a two-day nationwide strike starting from Feb 20, protesting against the government´s "inaction" on price rise and alleged violation of labour laws.

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