Gramin banks on two-day strike from Jan 10

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New Delhi, Jan 8 (UNI) The Joint Forum of Gramin Bank Unions (JFGBU) today called a two-day nation-wide strike in 92 regional rural banks, beginning January 10 to protest against the apathetic attitude of the government towards their demands.

As many as 69,000 officers and employees of 92 RRBs will strike work in support of their longstanding demands including implementation of Banking Pension Settlement of 1993 and 1994 in Gramin Banks and parity with sponsor banks in all other allowances and benefits and service conditions.

They also want continuation of the Compassionate Appointment Scheme 1982 in banks and proper and uniform manpower planning, recruitment and promotion policy in the regional rural banks.

A delegation led by CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharia met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, JFBGU Convener Dilip Kumar Mukherjee said in a release.

Dr Singh told the delegation that he would arrange a meeting of the JFGBU with Finance Minister P Chidamabaram but did not extend any specific assurance to the delegation.

''In view of the fact that the Government had not taken any positive measure to settle the issue amicably and no dialogue had been arranged between the Finance Minister and the JFGBU, the forum has decided to go on strike,'' he added.


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