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Sunday 19 January 2020

Bharat Bandh: SBI, private banks unaffected; impact limited to branches of others

While crores of workers affiliated to trade unions, bank employee unions, farmers’ bodies and teachers’ associations are supposedly taking part in the two-day nationwide strike, the impact is felt only in Bengal and Kerala. In the rest of the country, it is not palpable

New Delhi: Banking operations Tuesday have been affected in some parts of the country as a section of employees refrained from work in support of the two-day strike call given by 10 central trade unions to protest against alleged anti-labour policies of the government.

All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees’ Federation of India (BEFI) have supported the strike, which has impacted banking operation where these two unions are strong.

However, the operation in SBI and private sector banks remained unaffected as other seven unions in the banking sector are not part of the strike.

Some PSU bank branches are closed as employee unions plan to gather outside the office to protest against a host of issues affecting the banking industry during the two-day bank strike.

About 20 crore workers that are part of several trade unions, bank employee unions, farmers’ bodies and teachers’ associations are supposedly taking part in the two-day nationwide strike, but the impact is felt the maximum in Bengal and Kerala and somewhat in Bengaluru. In the rest of the country, the impact, if any, is not palpable.

Many public sector banks have already informed their customers about likely impact on services if strike materialises.

“If the strike materialises, a section of the bank’s employees may take part in the proposed strike on the said dates, in which case, the normal functioning of the branches/offices of the bank may get affected,” Indian Bank said in a statement.

A two-day strike on 8 and 9 January has been called by the central trade unions against the alleged repressive policies for workers adopted by the government.

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