There are about 85,000 branches of 21 public sector banks across the country having business share of about 70 per cent, go to two days nation wide strike
By Manoj Singh
Banking activities in public sector banks across the country have been interrupted as employees went on a two-day nation-wide strike against the meagre 2 per cent salary hike offered by the management.
However, operations in private banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank were normal, barring few activities including cheque clearance.
Since the strike coincides with the month-end, salary withdrawals from branches are likely to get affected. Some ATMs may also take a hit. Deposit in branches, Fixed Deposit renewal, government treasury operation, money market operation would see the impact of the strike.
As several rounds of talks between banks and the unions of their employees did not make any headway, the United Forum of Banking Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine bank unions, has gone on strike against the proposed wage hike of 2 per cent as against 15 per cent given last time,
“It is kind of an insult to the employees of public sector banks…to be offered this kind of meagre hike. We had no other option but to go on strike, forgoing two days’ salary. We should not be treated as ox and donkey whom the work load are given and we shall continue to do so in the greater interest of the state and nation. People should bear with us and they also should extend their support thinking as our genuine demand of theirs, said Regional Secretary of SBI Officers Association of NE Circle, Itanagar Region and State Secretary of All India Bank Officers Confederation Bengia Tabb who was leading the strike at Itanagar.
Success of all government schemes like Mudra, Jandhan and demonetisation were ensured by public sector bankers but the reward is just two per cent hike, he said, adding, it is gross injustice to bankers who have worked very hard for nation building. Went on saying banking industry is the mother of all development.
Tabb said that we want certain modality of salary fixation unlike Central Pay commission (CPC) we are not here to get the salary on the basis of percentage alongwith other facility.
More than 10 lakh employees are participating in the nation-wide strike as part of our democratic right by forgoing our salary, hoping that good sense prevails and government/managemnt may think for the welfare of its employees.
There are about 85,000 branches of 21 public sector banks across the country having business share of about 70 per cent.
The customers who were standing outside the bank in scorching heat were waiting for their work in bank, One Kakio Siga said that we are here for urgent work of submission of treasury challan for here wife to submit in PHE and tomorrow is the last date, he appeal the DGP to extend the last date of documents. One D Pradhan who was to submit an amount of 30,000 in one of his agent for purchase of important item in other place and got delayed, One local customer who was holding a government cheque having last date of submission said what will I do as to get revalidation I have to go to Kurung Kumey and it is a bad taste for me to come here for deposition in SBI. However many Public sector banks in state capital were down their shutters and participated in two days strike.
Meanwhile the All India Postal employee Union (AIPEU) and NFPE is also on indefinite strike for more than fifteen days demanding immediate implementation recommendation of GDS committee Report, indefinite announcement of members verification result of Gramin Dak Sevaks,
We are very sorry for the works and servies hampered of the people, Ministers and MLA are increasing their salary and allowances within very short period but in case of our it is being delayed and the Kamlesh Chandra Committee need to be implemented and we will not leave up until signal from New Delhi does not come favouring for the benefit and welfare of its employees said its Union State Unit Acting Secretary Dipen Payeng, Advisor Ganesh Saikea also briefed about problems of the employed and their agitation and democratic movement for their right.