Jamshedpur, Jan. 8: A day-long strike on Wednesday by employees of state-run banks crippled transactions and customer services in hundreds of branches across Jamshedpur.
Banking operations including cash transactions and cheque clearing were partially impacted as employees protested against the violation of bilateral settlement agreement by associate entities of SBI.
The strike call was given by All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) on Friday which saw profound impact in Jharkhand and Jamshedpur city.
State Bank of India is not involved in the strike. YP Singh, general secretary of Jharkhand chapter of the association, said, employees of around 2000 branches of various banks in the state are part of the strike. During the strike, special attention will be there so that customers donít face problems.
The strike call was given on December 28 to protest violation of the bilateral settlement by five associate banks of the SBI and their attempt to force unilateral service conditions on the employees, Singh said.
During the strike the gates of various banks in Sakchi and Bistupur were locked while employees were seen protesting on the main gates. The worst affected are the JEE aspirants who have to submit the forms and money by January 12 and now have just two days left.
However, employees at private sector banks as also two state-owned SBI and IOB were not part of the strike. Staff at five associates of State Bank of India however participated in the strike.
Five subsidiaries of SBI are State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.
Bank employees association suggested the customers to take the ATM route for cash while net banking and mobile banking services for transactions.
The strike, however, has not affected cash withdrawals from the banksí ATMs across the city and state.