New Delhi, January 6: Banking services across the nation are likely to be hit for two days on January 8 and 9 as a section of public sector bank employees have called for a two-day nationwide strike. The strike has been called by 10 central trade unions against the government's alleged 'anti-worker policy'. In its filing to the BSE, the IDBI Bank informed that the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India informed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on January 8-9, 2019.
According to reports, 10 central trade unions including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA have also called for a nationwide general strike on January 8-9 against. The trade unions have placed a charter of 12 demands before the central government and say that they have called the strike for "anti-people" policies of the Central government. All India Bank Employees' Association Calls for 2-Day Strike on 8th & 9th January, Transactions and ATMs to be Affected.
Apart from IDBI Bank, Allahabad Bank, in its stock exchange filing said that the issues and demands are of industry level and strike call is also given at industry level. The bank said if the strike takes place, the functioning of branches of the bank may be affected. It further added saying in the filing that the bank is taking all the necessary steps in terms of the existing guidelines for the smooth functioning of bank's branches/offices on the day of the strike(s), in the event the strike materialises.
Meanwhile, Bank of Baroda in its filing said, "In the event of AlBEA and BEFI proceeding on strike on January 8-9, 2019, the functioning of bank's branches/offices in some of the zones may be affected".
In December 2017, nearly 1 million employees of nine bank unions had observed a one-day strike to protest against the proposed amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda.