Nationwide Bank strike from tomorrow, cash withdrawal, ATM services likely to be affected

A nationwide strike for the two days from tomorrow likely to affect the cash withdrawal and ATM services among the people as around millions of employees from the various state-run banks across the nation are going for the strike on May 30 and May 31 to protest against the two per cent hike in the employees’ wages offered by the Indian Bank’s Association (IBA).

On May 5, a negotiation meeting was held where IBA proposed to offer two per cent hike in the wage bill cost and the negotiations of the wages is restricted up to scale III officers only.

The nationwide strike is collectively called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), nine unions umbrella body, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) and All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC).

United Forum of Bank Unions’ Convenor Devidas Tulijapurkar opens up to the reporters and explained the reason behind the strike.

He said, “It is only because towards NPA that banks have booked losses, and for this, bank employees are not responsible”.

Devidas further added that for the last two-three years, Bank employees have tirelessly working for all the implemented government schemes like Jan-Dhan, Demonetisation, Mudra and Atal Pension Yojana which has resulted into huge increase in the work loads and still they are offered only a hike of 2% in the wages. Bank employees will held a demonstration today outside the SBI’s main Branch at Fort in Mumbai.

The transaction operations are likely to be affected while the online operations will remain functional. The last wage revision was held in 2012 where employees received a 15% hike in the wages.

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