Jamshedpur, May 24 : The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a representative body of nine bank unions, has called for a bank strike on May 30 and 31. Addressing a press meet, officials of State unit of UFBU said that the decision has been taken following Government’s casual approach to wage revision for bank employees/officers, IBA’s meagre offer of 2 per cent hike in wage bill towards wage increase and IBA’s delay in resolving charter of demands.
The UFBU has demanded expeditious and early wage revision settlement. Also, the wage revision settlement should include all officers up to Scale VII.UFBU is an umbrella body of various bank unions like AIBEA, AIBOC, NCBE, AIBOA, BEFI, INBEF, INBOC, NOBW and NOBO.
The bank unions have been pressing for various demands, including wage revision in the wake of the proposal for a 2 per cent hike in salary. Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has communicated to the bank that the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBA) has served a notice to go on a nationwide bank strike.
Subsequently, demonstrations have been planned at bank branches in all centres before the two-day strike commences at month-end. The call of the strike among others also opposes IBA’s delay in resolving a charter of demands, government’s casual approach to wage revision for bank employees, a meagre offer of 2 per cent hike in wage revision.
UFBU has demanded an expeditious and early wage revision settlement, adequate increase in salary and improvement in other service conditions and wage revision settlement to include all officers up to scale VII. Several others banks, including Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB), have also said that their services and functioning are likely to be impacted if the strike takes place.