Dimapur, November 23: The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC) has extended fraternal support to the nationwide strike on November 26 called by the Central Trade Unions.
Almost all Central trade unions and independent federations of workers have called for one day nationwide strike on November 26 on various issues affecting workers, farmers and common people of the country. The issues, inter-alia, include opposition to privatization of Public Sector Undertakings, banks and other financial sectors. Some bank unions and association have also called a strike on that day.
The main demands for the all-India strike are cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month for all non income tax paying families; 10 kg free ration per person per month to all needy; expansion of MGNREGA to provide 200 days’ work in a year in rural areas at enhanced wages; extension of employment guarantee to urban areas; withdrawal of all anti farmer laws and anti worker labour codes; stop privatization of public sector including the financial sector and stop corporatisation of Government run manufacturing and service entities like Railways, Ordinance Factories, Ports etc.; withdraw the draconian circular on forced premature retirement of Government & PSU employees and provision of pension to all, scrap NPS and restore earlier pension, improve EPS-95.
In addition to the demands raised by the central trade unions, AIBOC emphasized on the following demands in relation to the banking sector: No to privatization of Public Sector Banks; initiate stringent action against corporate loan defaulters; ensure recovery of humongous corporate NPAs, stop heavy NPA write-offs; increase the interest rate on fixed deposits, particularly for senior citizens; stop outsourcing of regular banking jobs; increase recruitment in Public Sector Banks and scrap the National Pension System(NPS) for bank employees.
AIBOC advised all its affiliates that members should not demand or accept any keys and shall not perform clerical duties on the day of strike. Further, all state units/affiliates have been advised to organize street corner meetings/ lunch time demonstrations across the country on that day while adhering to Covid protocol and social distancing norms. (Page News Service)