All Public Sector bank branches remained closed in the state on Friday due to two-day All India strike called by Employees and Officers of United Forum of nine bank Unions(UFBU) on Dec 21 and 24.
Protest was organised out side district Commissioner Office here by the bank agitating employees and officers which was addressed by various office bears of UFBU.
Among those who attended the protest are SIBOC State secretary Comorade Gopal Sharma, UFBU convener Prem Verma. Gen Secy of Himachal Pradesh Banking Employee Front Com Narinder Chauhan. State Convenor of UFBU Mr Prem Verma claimed that strike call was complete as no bank branches of the public sector banks was opened in the town.
He said strike was convened to oppose the Indian Bank Assocation’s against the proposed merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank. Services at ATMs are expected to be normal during today’s bank strike, but are likely to be affected on from tomorrow onwards to December 26 as Banks would also be close on December 22, 23 and 25 due to last Saturday holiday of this Month in the Banks, Sunday and Christmass respectively more bank unions likely to be involved on Dec 24 protest.
Protesting unions feel that the mergers of these three banks would lead to job cuts and allow private sector banks to dominate the industry.
Agitating employees and officers were also demanding expeditious and early wage revisions settlement and Adequate increase in Salary and improvement in other services condition. Nine banks union which are gong on strikes are AIBEA, AIBOC, NCBE, AIBOA, BEFI, INBEF, INBOC, NOBW and NOBO.
People were dismayed over closing of Bank Branches on the clsoing of month today as number people have to return without transcation in the banks. However ATM and Deposits machines functioned noramly till they were loaded with the cash.
There are reports that barring private banks all branches of Public sector banks like UCO banks, PNB, SBI and other associated banks remain closed all over the state today.