NEW DELHI: Banking services were affected on Tuesday in some parts of the country as a section of PSU bank employees went on a two-day strike (January 8-9) in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government’s alleged anti-worker policy.
The services would remain suspended in Bihar on Tuesday and Wednesday, as members of various trade unions — barring those associated with the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh — have given a joint call for national general strike.
Banking and transport facilities are also expected to take a hit in Bengaluru due to the strike.
A banking union official on Monday had said that the sector may only see a partial shutdown.
The State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest bank with 85,000 branches, is likely to remain operational on the two days, along with a few other nationalised banks, the official said.
“All the SBI branches will remain operational. Out of nine union constituents, only two have called the strike and rest are not supporting it this time,” United Forum of Bank Unions West Bengal Convener Siddhartha Khan told news agency PTI.
Bank of Baroda had said that, “In the event of AlBEA and BEFI proceeding on strike on 8th and 9th January 2019, the functioning of bank’s branches or offices in some zones may be affected.”
A similar statement by IDBI Bank read: “It is advised that the bank is in receipt of a notice of two days’ nation-wide strike on January 8-9, 2019 from AIBEA and BEFI addressed to the chairman, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), in support of their various demands.”
Earlier, On December 26, 2018, banking services at branches of state-run banks across the country were hit following the strike by unions against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda.