THE NATIONALISED bank employees were on strike on Friday in support of their long pending demands. United Forum of Bank Unions’ employees called for the strike. The strike brought the transaction work to a grinding halt. The employees took out a procession, which passed through various routes in the city and later converted into a dharna. A meeting was held at Central Bank of India office premises at Golghar. Expressing his views on this occasion, the secretary of the forum KK Tiwari said that in 1993 the bank employees had failed to fill the pension option form due to prevailing confusion.
Therefore, like Reserve Bank of India employees, the employees of the Nationalised banks should be provided another chance to fill up the pension option forms.
He said the government was mounting pressure on banks for outsourcing. He expressed his apprehension that that involvement of the non government and private agencies in bank operations would breach the secrecy and it would be not in favour of consumers as well.
He even said that in era of increasing economic crime the outsourcing in banks would increase the risk of cheating.
Tiwari demanded that around one lakh vacant posts in banking sectors should be fulfilled and the dependents of diseased employees should be given reality in recruitment of the employees. He said that the employees who died during service failed to deposit the bank loans, which compounded the problems of the victim’s family.