Public sector banks on nation-wide all-day long strike; demand pay revision

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Bank employees demonstrate in front of Bank of India during their one-day nationwide strike in Amritsar on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Nov 12:  Public sector bank employees are on an all-day nation wide strike today. These employees are demanding revision of wages. THus, standard banking operations such as cheque clearances and other services in public banking sectors. The strike has been called by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU).

United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) Convener M V Murali said," n negotiations held today, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) stuck to its earlier stand of 11 per cent (wage hike) despite unions scaling down their demand to 23 per cent. Consequently, the conciliation ended in failure."

Ashwini Rana, General Secretary of National Organisation of Bank Workers, said,"We have scaled down our demand from 25 per cent to 23 per cent, but IBA is not yielding. It has been sticking to its earlier offer of 11 per cent which is not enough."

SBI has already notified its customers about the inconvenience that they are likely to face today. In a statement, it said,"UFBU has given a notice to IBA calling for nationwide bank strike on the November 12 and All-India State Bank Officers’ Federation and All-India State Bank of India Staff Federation being a part of UFBU will also participate in the said strike.

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All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said that the meeting with the meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner ended up in a deadlock.

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