Guwahati, Dec 21 : Banking services across the country have been paralysed paralysed following the nationwide strike called by bank officers, in support of their various demands.
The all-India bank strike has been called to demand an immediate revision of salaries of bank employees and also to protest against the impending merger of three nationalised banks.
The strike has been called by the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC). The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has, on the other hand, called for a second bank strike on December 26.
UFBU is an umbrella body of nine nationalised banks.
Several bank unions have voiced their concerns regarding the merger as they fear it may lead to job cuts. Although Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while announcing the merger a few months ago, had assured that no jobs will be lost, it has failed to cut any ice with the bank employees.
In Assam strike is total
Banks across the state of Assam, including in main city Guwahati, remained closed and sit-in demonstrations were also held at a few places. The nationwide strike has been called by All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, demanding wage revision and against merger of public sector banks, among other demands.
A similar nationwide strike has also been called on December 26 next. (UNI)