New Delhi: Banking services over the country are expected to be affected on January 8-9 due to a countrywide strike, notice for which was served on Saturday by the All India Bank Employees Association (AlBEA) and the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI).
In a managerial filing on Saturday, Bank of Baroda said: “The government of India has informed us that AlBEA and BEFI have served a notice of strike to Indian Banks` Association informing of their decision to go on strike on 8th and 9th January 2019, in support of their demands.”
“In the event of AlBEA and BEFI proceeding on strike on 8th and 9th January 2019, the functioning of bank`s branches or offices in some zones may be affected.”
A similar filing by IDBI Bank read: “It is advised that the bank is in receipt of a notice of two days` nationwide strike on January 8-9, 2019 from AIBEA and BEFI addressed to the Chairman, Indian Banks` Association (IBA), in support of their various demands.”
Earlier, On December 26, 2018, banking services at branches of state-run banks across the country were hit following the strike by unions against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda.
The strike that time was called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) — an umbrella organisation of all nine unions including the All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), AIBEA, National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).
A section of PSU bank employees would go on a two-day strike on January 8 and 9 in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government’s alleged anti-worker policy. The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India has informed the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on January 8-9, 2019, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the BSE.
In a separate filing to the BSE, Bank of Baroda said “in the event of AlBEA and BEFI proceeding on strike on January 8-9, 2019, the functioning of bank’s branches/offices in some of the zones may be affected.”
Ten central trade unions — INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA — have also called for a nationwide general strike on January 8-9, against the “anti-people” policies of the Centre and have placed a charter of 12 demands before the central government.
Earlier on December 26, 2018, nine bank unions or close to 1 million employees of various banks, including private lenders, had observed a one-day strike to protest against the proposed amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda.