Jamshedpur, March 27: Banking services may be hit partially on Monday and Tuesday as a section of bank employees’ unions has supported the two-day nationwide general strike called by trade unions. To protest against a number of government policies affecting workers, farmers and the common man, a joint platform of central trade unions has given a call for a nation on March 28 and 29.
The Platform of Central Trade Unions and Sectoral Federations and Associations had recently held a meeting to take stock of the preparations in various states and sectors for the proposed two-day all India strike against “the anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the central government.
On the eve of the strike in Jamshedpur, Nukkad Natak (street corner plays) was organised in Dimna Chowk, Khudiram Bose Chowk and Bus Stand Chowk in Mango on Sunday, March 27. Gupteshwar Singh of Joint Forum of Central Trade Unions led the programme.
Members of Central Trade Unions like INTUC, AITUC, CITU, AIUTUC etc participated.
Also present were Ambuj Thakur, Om Prakash Singh, Vishwajit Deb, PR Gupta, Timir Mukherjee, etc. highlighted the issues and demands of the working people and appealed to the workers to make the two-day strike a success.
“The bank union demands the government to stop privatisation of public sector banks and strengthen them, speedy recovery of bad loans, higher deposit rates by banks, lower service charges on customers as well as restoration of old pension scheme,” said Rakeshwar Pandey, Convenor, Joint Forum of Central Trade Unions, Kolhan.
Bihar Jharkhand Sales Representative’s Union (BSSR Union) Kolhan president PR Gupta said, around 1200 sales employees will participate in the general strike from Kolhan along with 3 lakh pharmaceutical and sales representatives from across the country.
PR Gupta informed that members of the union will take to the streets on both days of the strike and protest against the government’s policies.
Besides the two-days strike, the customer banking services may also get impacted on March 31st as RBI has asked the banks to participate in the exercise of annual closure of government accounts for the current fiscal year 2021-22.