Dimapur, February 1 (NE): Banking services across India, particularly in Public sector banks (PSU) were affected for two days – January 31 and February 1, as several bank employees unions went on a two-day bank strike in protest against the unwarranted delay in wage revision by the Indian Bank’s Association (IBA).
Joining the protest, all Public Banking sectors in Nagaland including the State Bank of India (SBI) was closed on Friday and Saturday – in support for the strike called by employees unions. According to the information, Union will continue their strike next month, March 11, 12 & 13, 2020 and further an indefinite strike from April 1, 2020 onwards if the demands made are not met by then, it added.
Bank employees held demonstrations outside the SBI regional office, Naga Shopping Arcade, Dimapur since yesterday. According to an information received here, most of the private banks in Dimapur also shut down today, February 1, 2020 in support for the ongoing strike called by the bank unions.
As per a media report, a press statement has been issued by AIBOC Nagaland state unit secretary, T A P Paul on behalf of United Forum of Banks’ Union (UFBU) saying that the bank employees were demanding wage revision settlement at 20% hike on pay slip components with adequate loading, 5 days banking only, merger of special allowance with basic pay, updation of pension, improvement in family pension, exemption from Income Tax based on Operating Profits, defined working hours for officers and to scrap the New Pension Scheme, among others.
The UFBU consists of 9 bank unions of employees and officers including AIBEA, AIBOC, NCBE, BEFI, INBEF, INBOC, NOBW and NOBO. Thousands of bank employees, who have been waiting for a pay hike since November 2017 has joined the strike.
The Union had even requested private banks and all other banks which are not under UFBU to kindly cooperate and participate in the agitation programme.