Over 250 branches of nationalised banks observe strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Mar 2017 11:21:29

Staff Reporter,

PROTESTING against banking reforms and anti-employees policies of the Government, officials and employees of over 250 branches of nationalised banks in Jabalpur district observed strike on the call of United Forum of Bank Unions on Tuesday. To mark the strike, a public meeting and demonstration was staged under banner of United Forum of Banks at Civic Centre, Priyadarshani Garden.

Coordinator of United Forum, Jabalpur Unit, Shrivardhan Nema informed that bankers assembled at Civic Centre protested against banking reforms and anti-employees policies of the Government. The Government is trying to suppress rights of Trade Unions. The Government is trying to finish permanent sources of employment by outsourcing different banking works.

President of State Bank Employees Union Sanjeev Sablok informed that demonetisation witnessed outstanding work by several banks in dealing with shortage of currency due to withdrawal of legal tender of currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500. Due to demonetisation other banking works were not done and banks suffered losses. We are demanding compensation to banks for the loss incurred. We are also pressing demand to increase limit of gratuity from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh as per Gratuity Act 1972. To exempt leave encashment from income tax.
Bank of India Officers’ Association’s Ashutosh Chandel highlighted the issue of vacant posts of Workmen Director in different banks. He said through this protest we are pressing the demand to fill vacant posts.

Bank of Maharashtra’s Santosh Gupta demanded appointment on compassionate grounds in line of Government works and demanded amendments to rules
to provide compensatory amount. Rajesh Kathan, Workmen Union, Deputy General Secretary, highlighted the issue of seven-day banking system in the country. United Forum of Bank Unions, representatives and around 500 officials and employees of different nationalised banks attended demonstration cum public meeting at Civic Centre. Eminent among those present were Vijay Mishra, Sudhir Mehta, Vivek Ranjan Choubey, Sapan Chakrabarty, Mamta Tembhurne, Dheerendra Verma, D K Sahu, Brijnarayan Diwedi, Avinash Veena, Shirish Savalpurkar, Sanjay Khare and others.