Bank Unions Call Two-Day Strike From January 31
Empty cashier counters are pictured at a State Bank branch. (Photographer: Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg News)

Bank Unions Call Two-Day Strike From January 31

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The United Forum of Bank Unions, which represents nine trade unions, has given a call for a two-day strike beginning Jan. 31.

It has also called strike a three-day strike from March 11, and if the demands are not met, the UFBU has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from April 1, 2020.

So, the bank unions are planning to observe strike in three phases.

According to the convener of UFBU, Sanjeev Kumar Bandlish, a letter in this regard has already been sent to the chairman of Indian Banks' Association, Secretary Department of Financial Services and Chief Labour Commissioner in the Ministry of Labour.

Speaking to PTI, Bandlish said the decision to go on a strike was taken as their demands of wage revision settlement at 20 percent on payslip, five-day banking, merger of special allowance with basic pay, scraping of new pension scheme have been lying pending since long.

He said that there are 12 demands sent to the government.

The UFBU comprises unions like All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), All India Bank offices confederation (AIBOC), National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE), All India Bank Officers' Association (AIBOA), Bank EmployeesConfederation of India (BEFI), 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).

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