As many as 1 lakh branches and offices of 21 public sector banks (PSBs) were closed. About a million bank employees and officers from these bank branches joined the strike, a UFBU statement said.
UFBU, which claims to have membership of nearly 10 lakh bank employees and officers across 21 public sector banks. said its one-day all-India bank strike on December 26 (today) was a “total success”.
The strike call was given to oppose the merger of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank and to demand an early and justified wage revision.
UFBU is the umbrella organisation representing nine bank unions in the country, including the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), the All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), the National Confederation of Bank Employees (NCBE) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).
PTI adds: According to AIBEA General Secretary C. H. Vekatachalam, the strike was effective across the country and employees are fighting for a right cause.
However, branches of new generation private sector banks remained unaffected by the strike called by UFBU, which claims to have membership of nearly 10 lakh bank employees and officers across 21 public sector banks.
Last Friday (December 21), an officers’ union of state-run banks observed a day-long strike to protest against the merger and also demanded immediate settlement of wage negotiations.