Strike Call By Officers’ Union May Affect Normal Business At Branches: SBI
Customers enter a State Bank of India Bank branch in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Strike Call By Officers’ Union May Affect Normal Business At Branches: SBI

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The State Bank of India on Monday said the operations of the bank could be affected if the two-day strike call given by officers’ unions materialises.

Four unions of officers of public sector banks have threatened to go on a two-day strike from Sept. 26 to protest against the announced consolidation of 10 state-run lenders into four.

“While bank has made all arrangements to ensure normal functioning in its branches and offices, it is likely that work in our bank may be impacted to some extent by the strike,” SBI said in a regulatory filing.

The bank has been advised by Indian Banks’ Association that the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, All India Bank Officers’ Association, Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress and National Organisation of Bank Officers has given a call for all-lndia strike by bank employees on Sept. 26 and 27.

In the biggest consolidation exercise in the banking space, the government on Aug. 30 announced four major mergers of public sector banks, bringing down their total number to 12 from 19 in 2017, a move aimed at making state-owned lenders global-sized banks.

According to the consolidation exercise, United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce are to be merged with Punjab National Bank, making the proposed entity the second largest PSB.

Syndicate Bank is to be merged with Canara Bank, while Allahabad Bank will be merged with Indian Bank. Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank will amalgamate with the Union Bank of India.

Earlier this year, Bank of Baroda merged Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with itself to become the second largest public sector lender.

SBI had merged five of its associate banks - State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Hyderabad and also Bhartiya Mahila effective April 2017.

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