Bank employees slam Centre for outsourcing bank services
The 13th conference of Indian Bank Employees Union (IBEU) (Punjab) was held at SCD Government College here on Sunday. RK Gulati, president of IBEU (Punjab), presided over the conference. Naresh Gaur, chairman of reception committee, welcomed the guests at the conference.punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2013 19:43 IST
The 13th conference of Indian Bank Employees Union (IBEU) (Punjab) was held at SCD Government College here on Sunday.
RK Gulati, president of IBEU (Punjab), presided over the conference. Naresh Gaur, chairman of reception committee, welcomed the guests at the conference.
While inaugurating the conference, general secretary of All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), CH Venkatachalam said: “Following nationalisation, banking has reached the common masses and gone to the villages to serve needs of neglected sectors that have now become the priority sector.”
“Class banking has been turned into mass banking. AIBEA can feel proud of our struggles in defence and development of public banking in India,” he added.
The conference is being held in the aftermath of massive protest by bank employees in the country, who observed a two-day strike under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions on February 20 and 21, and again held a massive dharna in front of Parliament House against outsourcing on May 29 under the banner of AIBEA.
“At present, working class of the country, in general, and bank employees, in particular, are facing severe attacks from the Government of India at the instance of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) for adopting policies of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation.
“Time and again, serious attempts are being made to privatise the public sector banks and reduce the government equity in the government-owned banks. Bank employees and officers of the country under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions have resisted these attempts through various protest actions, including successful strikes”, Venkatachalam added.
E Arunachalam, AIBEA treasurer, said: “The government is coming ahead with its agenda of outsourcing the retail banking services and permanent jobs in the banks, however, no sincere efforts are being made by the government to fill up the permanent vacancies.”