Kolkata, Oct 27 (UNI) Banking services in West Bengal along with the rest of the country have come to a halt in response to today's one day nationwide strike to press for the employees' four point demand.
The strike in all public and private sector banks, besides the Regional Rural banks, has been called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a conglomerate of all the nine bank unions in the country, to press for the introduction of second pension scheme, prevention of outsourcing of banking jobs and immediate filling up of all vacancies among other issues.
Claiming a ''total success'' of the strike, third in this year, UFBU Convenor Ashok Dutta told UNI here that more than one million Bank employees across the country ''willingly participated'' in the strike and staged peaceful demonstration in front of their respective offices.
Mr Dutta, however, expressed sincere regrets for the public inconveniences that might have been caused because of the strike and said since the Indian Banks'Association (IBA) despite repeated pleas did not pay any heed to their causes, the UFBU had no option but to convene the all India strike.
Incidentally, the All India Bankmens' Association has opposed the strike describing its as a ''futile excise''. They also called for continuous dialogue with the IBA to settle the disputes.
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