Banking operations hit as employees participate in all-India strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Mar 2017 09:34:28


Business Bureau,

The operations in the banking industry were paralysed on Tuesday as officers and workmen who are the members of the United Forum of Banks Union (UFBU), participated in the all-India strike.
More than 15,000 bank employees joined the stir and transactions worth Rs 2,350 crore were stuck up in Vidarbha, sources said. Employees working in public sector, private sector and regional rural banks participated in the strike.


In Vidarbha, at Nagpur Centre, UFBU staged demonstrations in front of Bank of India, Zonal Office where leaders of UFBU A V Kulkarni, D S Mishra, EMBEA General Secretary Jaiwant Gurway, M S Wasnik, Chendil Iyer, Yogesh Gedam, Ashok Atkare, Surbhi Sharma, Satyasheel Rewatkar, Praveen Dhok, J D Moundekar, V K Madan, Sanjay Kuthe, Sumedh Wasnik, D Y Chhapparghare, Sanjay Sahare, R R Sontakke, Joint Convener Dr Pradeep Yelne, Manohar Agasthi and all others raised slogans.
In Nagpur, 1400 officers and workmen from all banks showed their unity and solidarity on above referred issues.


After the demonstration, a huge rally was taken out which passed through Jaistambh Square, SBI, , Kasturchand Park, Samvidhan Square and converted into a huge gathering in the premises of Allahabad Bank, Civil Lines Branch.


It was addressed by union leaders including D S Mishra, BEFI V V Asai, EMBEA General Secretary Jaiwant Gurway, AIBOC Prabeer Chakraborty, EMBEA President Suresh Bobhate, INBOC Nagesh Dande, SBIOA CRS Zone I Dinesh Meshram, Kamal Rangwani NCBE. UFBU Convenor Anant Kulkarni in his speech called upon all the members to get ready for the continuous struggle if the Government/IBA ignore their demand.


The leaders glowing tributes to the friends who passed away during the demonetisation campaign. Some of the demands of the agitating employees were demonetisation- proper compensation to the employees and reimbursement of related cost to banks by Government, increase in ceiling of gratuity amount, total exemption of Income-Tax on superannuation benefits, early initiation of process of next wage revision, proper implementation of compassionate appointment scheme, adequate recruitment in all cadres, five days banking, stringent measures to recover bad loans and criminal action against willful defaulters, immediate appointment of workmen/officer directors in all banks, extension of erstwhile pension scheme in banks in lieu of NPS.
Swayam Prakash Tiwari, Secretary of Eastern Maharashtra Bank Employees Association proposed the vote of thanks.