Banking operations paralysed as employees join 2-day strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 May 2018 12:24:19


Business Bureau

Banking operations were paralysed in city on Wednesday as employees and officers joined a two-day strike call given by United Forum of Bank Union (UFBU). They gathered at Bank of India’s Main Office, Kingsway and shouted slogans for more than one hour. Union leaders claimed that the first day bank strike, i.e. on Wednesday, was a huge success. The rally comprising more than 4,000 bank employees and officers passed from various banks including SBI, RBI and finally took shape of a huge gathering at Allahabad Bank, Civil
Lines, Nagpur. Slogan shouting was led by Jaiwant Gurway, Virendra Gedam and Surabhi Sharma. Members were agitating on the meagre offer of 2 per cent increase in the 11th wage revision against 25 per cent in the charter of demands submitted by UFBU.

“It was a sheer insult to give such an unreasonable offer of 2 per cent against the wage increase of 15 per cent in the last wage revision, i.e. 10th BPS,” the union leaders said. The gathering of bank officers and employees was addressed by leaders of UFBU, Anant Kulkarni, Suresh Bobhate, Pradeep Yelne, Jaiwant Gurway, L P Nandanwar, Nitin Borwankar and Pradeep Chakraborti. The programme was compered by Satyasheel Rewatkar while the vote of thanks was proposed by Swayamprakash Tiwari. Those who worked hard for the success of the rally included Milind Wasnik, Shrikrishna Chendke, Prabhat Kokash, C Darshan Nayudu, Vijay Thakur, Vidya Joshi, Chanda Sane, Dinesh Meshram, Manohar Agasti, Madhav Pophali, Ashok Atkare, Pratibha Masram and Suresh Choudhari, .According to sources, in Vidarbha, total banking business to the tune of Rs 28,000 crore including Rs 18,000 crore from Nagpur, was affected due to the strike. On Thursday in the city, there will be a meeting in the premises of Bank of India, Main Branch, Kingsway at 11 am. Jaiwant Gurway, General Secretary of EMBEA has requested the bank employees to participate in the demonstrations.