Banking services; operations likely to be normal today

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Banking services were disrupted for the second day

New Delhi:MNN:Banking services were disrupted for the second day with over 10 lakh bank employees abstaining from work to protest a “meagre” 2 per cent salary hike proposed by the Indian Banks Association.

Banking services; UFBU, an umbrella organisation of 9 bank staff unions, also claimed that the strike was a “total success” as the employees “enthusiastically participated in the strike in all banks and in all branches”.

Banking services;apart from disruption in operations related to deposits, FD renewals, government treasury and money market operations, there were reports of ATMs running dry in parts of the country.

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The United Forum of Banking Unions , which had called the strike, claimed that nearly 80 lakh cheques in various public sector banks, old generation private sector banks, , foreign and regional rural banks remain uncleared.

According to reports from various states and centre
like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Patna, Nagpur, Jammu, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Agra, Ambala, and Trivandrum, employees have enthusiastically participated in the strike in all banks and branches, unions claimed.

As the meeting called by the Chief Labour Commissioner for a reconciliation failed on wage revision, all the 9 constituents of United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) have decided to continue with strike call, All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), an affiliate of UFBU, said in a statement.

AIBOC general secretary D T Franco said the UFBU leaders conveyed their grievance, including that there is inordinate delay, an offer of 2 per cent was not in good taste and the practice of wage.

“The CLC supported the issues and asked IBA to respond positively. The IBA representative said that they will consider revised offer but requested the UFBU to quantify the demand,” All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) general secretary C H Venkatachalam said.

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