Banking operations all over India came to a grinding halt
At the call of BEFI, AIBEA, AIBOA, INBOC, INBEF, NOBW and NOBO, the entire workforce enthusiastically observed ALL INDIA BANK STRIKE today to synchronise with the All India General Strike called on a 12-Point Charter formulated from the National Convention of Central Trade Unions held in New Delhi on 26th May 2015.
Employees of Reserve Bank and Nabard; Employees and Officers of Gramin Banks, Co-operative Banks have also joined the Strike.
The strike has been all pervasive and a total success; as a result, Banking operations all over the country came to a grinding halt with Bank Gates remaining closed for the day and no Clearing Operations anywhere.
Thousands of employees and officers, including many retired ones, gathered in front of bank gates from early morning shouting slogans against neo-liberal reforms of the Banking Sector; in many cities and industrial centres, they also held rallies and took out processions to highlight the pernicious effects of the impending reforms contemplated by the Central Government.
Since onset of the neo-liberal economic reforms regime in the 1990s, Bankmen of the country have already observed, prior to the present one, more than 50 days of All India Bank Strikes, including for two consecutive days on five occasions, to ventilate their persistent opposition to Banking Sector Reforms.
While reiterating the said opposition, the STRIKE TODAY is an undisguised warning to the Central Government that Bank Employees and Officers are united with the working class in general in its firm resolve to wage and undertake the fight against its anti-people, anti-labour and pro-corporate policies.
While congratulating the Bank Employees and Officers for making the strike today a huge success, we thank the Banking public for kindly bearing with us despite some inconveniences for which we regret sincerely.
We assure that their financial interests are uppermost in our mind and we shall continue to fight relentlessly for protection of their interests in the days ahead should the present Government continues to remain subservient to corporate-interests at the peril of our national economy.