Bank unions to go ahead with strike on Dec 16-17

Report by KEC correspondent

Bank unions are going ahead with the two-day strike called earlier for December 16-17 to oppose the government’s proposed Bill for privatisation of two public sector banks slated to be introduced in the ongoing winter session.

The conciliation meeting convened on 8 December 2021 by the Additional Chief Labour Commissioner Joshi is now adjourned to December 14. With no assurance coming from the government that the privatisation Bill will not be taken up in this session, the United Forum of Bank Unions has decided to go ahead with the bank strike as announced. This was announced by Comrade CH Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA).

He informed that unions had offered to reconsider the strike call if the government were to give an assurance that the Bill will not be introduced in this session. However, such an assurance was not given at the conciliation meeting and so the unions have decided to go ahead with the strike. Besides the representatives of the AIBEA, the conciliation meeting was attended by an IBA representative and a senior official of the Department of Financial Services in the Finance Ministry. Additional Chief Labour Commissioner has now asked the Indian Banks Association, an organisation of bank management, to hold a meeting with the bank unions while adjourning conciliation to December 14.

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