The public sector banks’ employees across the country went on a strike on Wednesday. The Employee union is against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda (BoB).
The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation of all nine unions, has called the nationwide strike. The All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), the All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), the National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) are part of the umbrella organisation.
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This is the second bank strike in less than a week.
On December 21, an officers’ union of state-run banks observed a day-long strike in protest against the proposed merger and demanding immediate settlement of wage negotiations.
The UFBU claims to have the membership of nearly 10 lakh bank employees and officers across 21 public sector banks.
Most of the banks had informed customers about the Wednesday strike.
AIBEA general secretary C.H. Vekatachalam said the strike was effective across the country and that employees were fighting for a right cause.
However, branches of new generation private sector banks functioned normally