Chennai: Banking operations across the
country will be affected on Tuesday as about 3.5 lakh bank employees
will be on strike to protest mergers of government banks, said a top
leader of All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA).
of AIBEA and BEFI (Bank Employees Federation of India) will be on
strike on Tuesday across the country. Other unions in the industry are
extending their support for the strike," AIBEA General Secretary
C.H.Venkatachalam told IANS.
Curiously on the issue of mergers,
the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), the umbrella body of the unions
in the banking sector, seems to be a divided house.
Sometime back, four unions representing the officers in the sector gave a strike call and then withdrew it.
the conciliation meeting called by Chief Labour Commissioner (Central),
Ministry of Labour was attended by representatives of the AIBEA, the
BEFI, the Finance Ministry and the Indian Banks' Association (IBA).
a joint circular to their members, the two unions said: "IBA appealed
to us not to go ahead with the strike but could not come out to resolve
any of the demands raised by us."
"We made a detailed written
submission about the justification for our strike call. In the absence
of any positive outcome in the meeting, it has been decided to go ahead
with the strike. Hence our call for strike stands," the unions said.