A significant part of PSU bank staff is expected to go on a strike for two days on January 8-9 to show their support to the 10 central trade unions who were protesting against the Government’s anti-worker policy.
The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India have announced the two-day strike.
As per a stock-exchange filing by Allahabad Bank, the protestors are putting forth industry-level issues and demands, and the Bank is taking steps to ensure minimal disruption.
Bank of Baroda and Karur Vysya Bank have also said that normal functioning may be affected tomorrow and day after if the strike materialises.
Ten central trade unions — INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA — have also called for a general strike across the country on the same days to raise their voices against the ‘anti-people’ policies of the Centre. They have presented a list of 12 demands before the central government.
In the last week of December, 2018 nine bank unions— which included almost a million employees of different banks— including private lenders, had called a day-long strike to express their disapproval of the merger of Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank and Bank of Baroda.