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All banks, State govt offices strike work

THE NATIONWIDE strike call given by several trade unions in protest against the policies of UPA government evoked a mixed response in the city. Impact of the strike was total in State government offices, banks and insurance sector. However, the strike failed to have any impact on the defence establishments in the city.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 00:26 IST

THE NATIONWIDE strike call given by several trade unions in protest against the policies of UPA government evoked a mixed response in the city.

Impact of the strike was total in State government offices, banks and insurance sector. However, the strike failed to have any impact on the defence establishments in the city.

All banks remained closed and all State government offices wore a deserted look. Kanpur division Insurance Employees’ Association also claimed hundred percent success. Its office bearers claimed that all 14 regional offices of LIC remained closed, thereby incurring a loss of several crores of rupees to the government.

UP Bank Employees’ Union also claimed that all 36 branches of various banks including the Reserve Bank of India, were closed in support of the strike. Banking transactions worth Rs 480 crore were affected due to the strike, which included clearance of high value cheques worth Rs 11o crore and cash transactions worth Rs 75 crore.

A demonstration was staged by the bank employees under the banner of UP Bank Employees’ Union at the regional office of Punjab National Bank.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, secretary of the union Ashok Shukla accused the Union government for pursuing anti-employee policies.

Pension and job on priority basis to the next of kin of deceased employees were some of the demands made by the striking bank employees.

On the other-hand the strike call evoked a mixed response in the defence establishments here. The presence of employees was normal here.

Reacting to the strike vice-president of the All- India Defence Employees Federation RD Pal claimed the strike by Central and State Government employees was successful.

Maximum number of workers belonging to different departments of the city joined the strike.

Taking about the reasons for the strike, Pal said their demands, including a ban on foreign investment in defence factories and cancellation of the new pension policies, were genuine.

Varanasi: Central and State government employees, under the banner of various trade unions, boycotted work and staged a joint demonstration outside the district headquarters here in Varanasi on Thursday as part of a nationwide general strike. They were demanding implementation of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations from January 1, 2006, lifting of ban on new recruitments, declaration of interim relief for serving and retired employees, end of downsizing of staff, end of contract basis employment & outsourcing, withdrawal of New Pension scheme (PFDR Act) etc.

Central and State government employees’ leaders including  Kamlapati Tripathi, Shivdhani Singh, Lav Kumar Singh, Ram Achal Mishra, Sitaram Singh and Narayan Chakravarti jointly presided over the protest rally. They strongly criticised the Congress-led UPA government and Samajwadi Party (SP)-led state government for alleged anti-employees’ policy.    

Gorakhpur: Banks, Life Insurance Corporation office, Municipal Corporation office, state government offices wore a deserted look on Thursday and normal functioning at Union government office was paralysed, following a nationwide strike of the employees and trade unions to express their anger over persuasion of new economic policies and violation of the labour laws.

Clearing house at banks remained closed, as the traders and account holders faced the burnt of the strike as all transactions were suspended. Employees’ leaders severely criticised Union government for ignoring the interest of employees and persuading anti-labour policies.

Lakhimpur Kheri: The employees of various State and Central Government departments, including banking sector, struck work in protest against the alleged anti-labour policies.

Barring a few nationalised banks, including the State Bank of India, the branches of Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Allahabad Bank and LIC remained closed. The bank and insurance employees abstained from work and held demonstrations before their branch offices. School teachers also joined hands with the striking employees.

The agitating employees and teachers also took out a rally.

A report from Faizabad adds: The nationwide strike call given by various employees’ unions evoked partial response in the district. The strike affected the normal functioning of various banks. The striking employees took out a rally shouting slogans against the anti-worker policies of the State and the Central governments.

Azamgarh: Work at most offices and educational institutions came to a grinding halt. State government employees wanted increase in perks.