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Nationwide bank strike continues to impact PSB services on second day

Bank strike continued for day-two on Tuesday, led by nine unions of public sector banks (PSBs) in the country, opposing government's policy to privatise the lenders

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Bank employees nation-wide strike against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda, in New Delhi on Wednesday (Photo: Dalip Kumar)
Bank employees nation-wide strike against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda, in New Delhi on Wednesday (Photo: Dalip Kumar)

continued for day-two on Tuesday, led by nine unions of public sector (PSBs) in the country, opposing government's policy to privatise the lenders.

Customers will be inconvenienced to get services such as cash withdrawals, deposits, cheque clearances, remittance services. Government transactions related to treasury as well as business transactions will also be impacted.

United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine unions, had given a strike call for March 15 and 16.

Members of UFBU include All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC), National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE), All India Bank Officers' Association (AIBOA) and Bank Employees Confederation of India (BEFI).

Others are the Indian National Bank Employees Federation (INBEF), Indian National Bank Officers Congress (INBOC), National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) and National Organisation of Bank Officers (NOBO).

Unions on Monday said nearly 10 lakh staffers across the country have participated in the strike, terming it a "success".

Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Union Budget speech for 2021-22 said the government will privatise two more public sector going forward.

The government has already privatised IDBI Bank by selling its majority stake in the lender to LIC in 2019, and has merged 14 public sector in the last four years.

As per the call, on Monday, employees and officers joined the strike and the strike was a total success. Normal services were affected because of the strike, C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA said.

Today (Tuesday) too, as per reports received by us from our unions in various states, the strike has been successful. Overwhelming majority of the bank branches remain closed and shutters are down," he added.

He said the young employees have been in the forefront in the protest demonstrations which means that they have understood the dangers of privatisation.

They have joined the banks after a very tough competition. They deserve job security which will be affected if banks are privatised. He said banks are in profit and there is no need to privatise them.

All the public sector banks are running well and are earning operating profits, he noted.

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First Published: Tue, March 16 2021. 11:04 IST

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