The nation-wide bank strike to press for wage revision brought banking services in Patiala to a grinding halt on Wednesday inconveniencing customers.
United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation of various public-sector bank employees and officers' associations, had given the call for the strike
All officials and subordinate staff assembled in front of the State Bank of Patiala head office, Mall Road, and held a demonstration, demanding long-pending wage revision of bank staff.
Regretting inconvenience to the general public, Comrade SK Gautam, joint secretary, All Indian Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), and general secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, said the employees were forced to go on strike because of "negative" attitude of IBA and government. Demands of the bank employees were genuine and reasonable as the wage revision had been delayed for more than two years, he said.
Gautam said even after 15 rounds of negotiations, IBA had agreed for 11% increase on pay slip components, which was even less than last settlement and totally unjustified. He further said in case their demands were not met, they would intensify the agitation.
Parmod Sharma, while addressing the gathering, said besides wage revision and other issues such as five-day week, problem of revision of pension was also not resolved.
Sharma demanded that stringent laws should be implemented to recover bad loans so that employees could be paid their due.