On the call given by the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), a massive demonstration was held in front of the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) head office here today.
Addressing the gathering, All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation secretary Naresh Gaur said employees of the workmen cadre in public sector banks, old-generation private sector banks and foreign banks will observe a one-day strike on January 8.
“The strike call has been given to protest the violation of the bilateral settlement by the five associate banks of the State Bank of India and their attempt to force unilateral service conditions on the employees,”he said.
Gaur said in May 2015, a common settlement was signed between the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and AIBEA that defined the duties and remuneration of the employees for undertaking various jobs in the banks.
“In the SBI, there are different set of service conditions based on in-house agreement between the management and their employees. But the managements of the five associate banks (State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala , State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur) are implementing the service conditions of the SBI, which is illegal and violation of the settlement,”he said.
SBOP employees’ union general secretary Yadvinder Gupta said the AIBEA gave the call for strike on December 1 and 2, but after the intervention of the deputy chief labour commissioner, the strike was deferred to pave way for resolving the issue by mutual discussions.
“But managements of the associate banks are adamant and are going ahead with the illegal action. Therefore, we will hold widespread protests to press our demands,” said Gupta.