MEMBERS OF the United Forum of Bank Union organised a procession in support of their one-day national strike on Friday, here today. Different bank organisations took part in the protest.
The procession started from Allahabad Bank at Bada Chauraha crossing and ended at Punjab National Bank on Birhana Road. Thereafter, a meeting was held to discuss about the strike.
While addressing the gathering, Ashok Shukla, secretary of the Union criticized the UPA Government for its anti-labour policies. He claimed that the Government was planning to hand over the banking sector to private entrepreneurs. He added that the government holdings had also been reduced upto 51 per cent and because of that, holdings of private companies were increasing rapidly.
He said that following privatisation of the banks, the motto of providing services would be replaced with class banking.
Shukla said that around one-lakh persons needed to be employed in banks for providing better services. He added that there was staff crunch as many employees had taken voluntary retirement.
RP Pandey presided over the meeting. Sudhir Sonkar, SK Mishra, PN Shukla and others were present.