Pending wage revision in banks has triggered over 50000 branches across India to go on a Zone-wise relay strike on 2,3,4 & 5th December 2014. United Forum of Bank Employees (UFBU) had earlier announced its plans to go on strike when talks with the Indian Banks’ Association failed to make any headway. The UFBU, an umbrella organization of 9 bank employees and officers unions including AIBEA, NOBW, NCBE, INBEF, BEFE, AIBOC, AIBOA, NOBO and INBOC represents over eight lakh bank employees and officers of 27 Public Sector banks, 12 Private Sector banks and 6 Foreign banks.
The UFBU went on one-day strike on 12th November, 2014. Dy Chief Labour Commissioner has called a conciliation meeting on 1st December, 2014 at Mumbai to avert the strike.
Shri Ashwani Rana, Vice President, National Organization of Bank Workers expressed hope that the IBA and Government combine, having understood the seriousness, would initiate positive steps to resolve the issues without further aggravation. “In the event our issues still remain unresolved we may be forced to resort to more strike actions including indefinite strike in the days to come”, said Shri Rana.
On the 2nd December, 2014, banks in southern zone in states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry will go on strike.
Northern Zone banks in states of Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan and Union Territory of Chandigarh will strike on 3rd December.
Banks in states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal, North Eastern States and Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands will join strike on 4th December while Western Zone states consisting States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Union Territories of Daman & Diu will go on strike on 5th December.
The wage revision for bank employees is since November, 2012.