Kohima, May 30: Normal banking operations in Nagaland has been affected today as bank employees across the state joined 48-hour all-India bank strike under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), demanding early revision of wages.
Staging strike at SBI Kohima branch this morning, the bank employees shouted slogans opposing IBA’s delay in resolving charter of demands, government’s casual approach to wage revision for bank employees and officers, IBA’s meager offer of 2% hike in wage bill towards wage increase and partial mandate given by some of the banks only upto scale III officers.
They demanded expeditious and early wage revision settlement, adequate increase in salary and improvement in other service conditions and wage revision settlement to include all officers upto scale VII.
State Bank of India Staff Association (SBISA) North East circle vice president A. Lolly Moses said the bankers would be compelled go for indefinite strike if the government fails to fulfill their demands.
“The government and IBA have forced the 2 day strike on bank employees and this is nothing but pure provocation,” he said.
He said the government which was once advising the banks and IBA to conclude the wage settlement much prior to expiry of the existing 10th bipartite settlement is suddenly adamant and does not advise IBA any more to negotiate and conclude the settlement.
He said that the bank employees have been meticulously involve in various affairs including demonitisation, government insurance schemes, sanctioning and disbursing Mudra loans, opening Jan Dhan accounts, seeding Aadhaar cards etc. However, government have been subjected to such an ill treatment with an offer of 2% wage hike.
“We condemn such ridiculing offer and the treatment meted out to bankmen,” he said.
He said when CPSEs are being granted wage revision around 15 to 20% wage hike there is no need for the government to delay the wage revision to bankmen.
Asking the bank employees to unite and voice together, he said “Only a resounding strike will push the government and IBA to come to terms.”
“The IBA negative attitude towards the bankers is intolerable. We may call further agitation if our two days strike does not yield any positive reply from IBA,” he said.
The strike will conclude tomorrow. (Page News Service)