Strike hits banking services in Bengal, Kerala, Mumbai
Mumbai, Sep 7 (PTI) The strike call given by leading trade unions today affected banking services in the Left-ruled states of West Bengal, Kerala and the country’s financial capital, but elsewhere, banks functioned almost normally.
The All-India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), which are affiliated to Left-leaning trade unions, participated in the strike.
As many as eight central trade unions, including the CPI (M)-affiliated CITU and INTUC of the Congress, gave a call for a nationwide strike today against issues like price rise, the disinvestment policy of the government and “violation” of labour laws.
Nearly 5 lakh employees working in public sector banks, private banks and regional rural banks supported the strike call given by various trade unions, claimed AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatachalam.
There are about 10 lakh employees in the banking sector, working at 80,000 branches across the country.