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Sigh of relief as six-day SBI staff strike ends

STATE BANK of India?s all the branches and ATMs in the City would begin functioning from April 10 following call off of the six ?day old strike tonight. All sections of the people heaved a sigh of relief over the end of the strike. ?As the indefinite strike has been called-off, all our branches will attend to all customers tomorrow,? stated chief general manager, SBI, Bhopal Circle, S Bhattacharya.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:45 IST

STATE BANK of India’s all the branches and ATMs in the City would begin functioning from April 10 following call off of the six –day old strike tonight. All sections of the people heaved a sigh of relief over the end of the strike.
“As the indefinite strike has been called-off, all our branches will attend to all customers tomorrow,” stated chief general manager, SBI, Bhopal Circle, S Bhattacharya.

According to sources, the six-day strike affected transactions to the tune of Rs 27,500 crore in MP and Chhattisgarh, apart from the income that the bank earns as fees on various transactions.

In view of the inconvenience caused to government sector by the strike, the Madhya Pradesh government had authorized certain branches of eight other public sector banks for salaries of government salaries, payments and transaction of government bills.

The strike had severely affected economy as traders and transporters failed to continue dealings and make payments. “We would like to thank the media for its cooperation to us, which has helped us to reach an amicable settlement,” said general secretary, SBI Workmen Union, P Naramdeo while talking to Hindustan Times.

Regretting the inconvenience caused to public and bank customers for the strike, he said the SBI employees would work harder to bring the situation to normalcy in no time.

The joint secretary of All India Bank Employees Association, VK Sharma mentioned the ending of the deadlock as “victory of trade unions’ struggle”. Meanwhile, the proposed demonstration by MPBEA and MPBOA on April 10 in the City has also been called-off.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 14:45 IST