Business transactions worth Rs 2,000 crore were affected as 1,000 branches including 900 of SBBJ and 100 of other banks remained closed during a oneday strike of bank employees on Thursday.
Around 7,500 bank employees under the banner of State Sector Bank Employees Association (SSBEA) protested against the anti-employee policy by the State Bank of India ( SBI) management with its associate banks.
The protesting employees were from State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank Patiala ( SBP), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Mysore (SBM) and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH).
SSBEA president Mahesh Mishra said the employees gathered at SBBJ branch at Chaura Rasta in Jaipur and shouted slogans in support of their demands.
He said around 6,000 branches in all over the country remained closed as over 45,000 employees went on strike. A total of Rs 10,000 crore business was affected in the entire country.
On June 1, central chief labour commissioner PP Mishra had called a meeting in Delhi where he asked the SBI management to avert the proposed strike on June 4.
Mahesh said SBI management had called a meeting on June 3 in Delhi, but they did not agree to any of the demands of bank employees.
Mahesh said certain issues were of direct partiality like home loan limit of officers had been increased to rs 60 lakh from Rs 20 lakh along with new officers had been given the overdraft facility of Rs 10 lakh, while home loan limit for clerical category was Rs 12 lakh and subordinate category was Rs 8 lakh and the limit had not been increased.
The association official said after 10 years of agitation, the government of India directed to start the compassionate appointment scheme, but the State Bank of India did not give permission to implement the same in its associate banks due to which many widows were still running from posts to pillars to get compassionate appointment.