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Thursday, October 26, 2006

9 lakh bank employees on strike from Oct 27

About nine lakh bank employees from public and private sectors and foreign banks in the country would go on a daylong strike on October 27 to press their demands.

Talking to UNI here, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) General Secretary Venkatachalam said the United Forum of Bank Unions, an umbrella organisation of employees and officers unions of nine banks comprising AIBEA, All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE), All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA), Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), Indian National Bank Employees Congress (INBEC), Indian National Bank Officers Congress (INBOC), National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) and National Organisation of Bank Officers (NOBO) have given the call for the strike.

He said that Chief Labour Commissioner at the Centre held a conciliation meeting on October 18 at New Delhi with the unions and the Indian Banks Association. However, the meeting failed to produce any results, he added.

The strike call was given in the background of attacks on the banking industry and bank employees, he said, adding if the government and the IBA continued to adopt ''an ostrich-like policy'' and failed to come forward to resolve the issues by meaningful discussions, the agitation would be intensified.

Mr Venkatachalam said the bank unions also sought the support of the public, trade unions and political parties on the issue. He said for the past 30 years, the banks had a scheme to give appointment on compassionate grounds to widows of employees, if they die in harness. But the government has scrapped this scheme, he added.

When the unions gave a call for stike on March 9 this year, the Centre and the Indian Banks Association came forward to find an amicable solution to the problem. However, six months have passed but the agreement reached upon has not been implemented, he added.


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