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Strike hurts state-owned banks, cheques for clearance held up: Unions

In the afternoon, over 5,000 bank staffers staged a rally at Mumbai's Azad Maidan and raised slogans opposing the proposed merger

Agencies  |  Mumbai & New Delhi 

Bank strike
Bank employees stage a protest against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda, during a nation-wide strike, in Mumbai on Wednesday, 26th Dec 2018 (Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar)

Work at state-owned banks across India was affected on Wednesday after unions struck work to protest against the proposed merger of and with (BoB).

Work in state-owned banks was paralysed in Mumbai, said union officials. The United Forum of Bank Unions (UBFU), an umbrella organisation of nine unions, claimed "100 per cent participation" by employees and officers of public sector, old generation private sector and some foreign banks in the strike.

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In the afternoon, over 5,000 bank staffers staged a rally at Mumbai's Azad Maidan and raised slogans opposing the proposed merger.

At least 3 million cheques, worth around Rs 23 billion, will not be cleared because of the strike, said the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), which is part of UFBU.

Each public sector bank has its own history, geography and culture in the background. If the government bulldozes the decision of the merger, it will put their customers to great hardships, said UBFU leaders who addressed the rally.


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Most state lenders had informed customers about the strike. Private banks were unaffected by the strike.

This is the second in less than a week. On December 21, an officers' union of state-run banks held a day-long strike to protest against the merger and press for better wages.

First Published: Wed, December 26 2018. 16:14 IST
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