The central organization of nine banks the United Forum of Bank Union (UFBU) has called for a two-day countrywide strike on March 15 and March 16 against the backward banking reforms and privatisation of Public Sector Banks.
Around 10 lakh bank workers and officials will be part of the strike.
The nine banks of UFBU which will be striking are All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW), All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress (INBOC), Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), National Organisation of Bank Officers (NOBO), National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE), Indian National Bank Employees Federation (INBEF) and the Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress (INBOC).
The services that may be suspended include check clearance, loan approvals, deposits and withdrawal. Although, ATMs are expected to be functional.
However, Banks already had two-day holiday on March 13 for second Saturday and March 14 for Sunday and now this two-day strike is leading to a four-day break in banking services of deposits, withdrawal, bank loans and check clearance.
The initiative for taking up a strike came after an announcement made by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman where she announced that apart from Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), there will be a privatisation of all Public Sector Banks as a part of government’s disinvestment plan to generate Rs1.75 lakh crore.
After the strike of these banking unions all the unions of four General Insurance Companies will strike on March 17 solely against the privatisation of Public Sector Companies whereas, all union of LIC have called for strike on March 18.