Em­ploy­ees’ strike paral­y­ses life

Banks across city re­main closed on a na­tion­wide strike call; CTU sus­pends ser­vice for two hours

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY - HT Cor­re­spon­dents chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ CHANDI­GARH: Fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions and bank­ing ser­vices came to a stand­still on Tues­day as over 12,000 em­ploy­ees of about 3,000 branches of public sec­tor and na­tion­alised banks in Pun­jab, Haryana and Chandi­garh went on strike.

The em­ploy­ees were hold­ing the protest against ris­ing prices, dis­in­vest­ments of profit-mak­ing Public Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings (PSUS) and vi­o­la­tion of labour laws.

The Em­ploy­ees' unions of banks had given a call for na­tion­wide strike, de­mand­ing strin­gent mea­sures to re­cover bad loans and op­pos­ing out­sourc­ing of non-core ac­tiv­i­ties in the pri­vate sec­tor.

In the city, nearly 700 em­ploy­ees of 45 banks be­long­ing to five trade unions - All In­dia Bank Eem­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBEA), All In­dia Bank Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBOA), Bank Em­ploy­ees Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (BEFI), Na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bank Em­ploy­ees (NCBE) and In­dian Na­tional Trade Union Congress (INTUC) - stay­ing away from work.

Em­ploy­ees gath­ered at bank square and raised slo­gans agaisnt the gover­ment.

“We are with cen­tral trade

We are with cen­tral trade unions and op­pose the gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed Khan­del­wal panel. Be­sides, we have a few de­mands for our em­ploy­ees work­ing

in the banks SAN­JEEV BANDLISH SBI staff fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent

unions and op­pose the cen­tral gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed Khan­del­wal panel. Be­sides, we have few de­mands for our em­ploy­ees work­ing in the banks,” said San­jeev Bandlish, pres­i­dent SBI All-in­dia Staff Fed­er­a­tion.

“The fed­er­a­tion is de­mand­ing com­pas­sion­ate ap­point­ment in the banks and bonus for all em­ploy­ees.”

Peo­ple were put through in­con­ve­nience as all bank­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­mained paral­ysed.

“Due to the strike, I was un­able to with­draw cash. I was sup­posed to make an ur­gent pay­ment but now it has been de­layed,” said Ravin­der Bassi, a businessman.

The na­tion wide strike also af­fected health ser­vices in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals of the city. Con­tract work­ers from Post­grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGIMER), Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal, Sec­tor-32 (GMCH-32), Gov­ern­ment Multi Spe­cialty Hospi­tal, Sec­tor-16 (GMSH-16) left work and or­gan­ised a protest in rally ground of Sec­tor 25.

How­ever, hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties had al­ready made the al­ter­nate ar­range­ments in ad­vance.

STRIKE HITS NOR­MAL LIFE IN PANCHKULA

Trans­port and Banks were the worst hit on Tues­day in Panchkula fol­low­ing the na­tion­wide strike called by 11 trade unions.

About 300 branches of var­i­ous banks re­mained shut and no trans­ac­tions were car­ried out. The Haryana Bank Em­ploy­ees Fed­er­a­tion de­manded that strict mea­sures be taken against non-per­form­ing as­sets.

Be­sides, Bharat San­char Nigam Limited (BSNL), in­come tax depart­ment, mid-day meal work­ers union and Sarv Karam­chari Sangh also ob­served a strike.

Em­ploy­ees of Haryana Road­ways Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (HRTC) gath­ered at Sec­tor 5 bus stand and held a demon­stra­tion. San­i­tary work­ers, electricity depart­ment em­ploy­ees and those work­ing in tourism depart­ment also went on strike.

A BSNL union leader Vi­jen­der Singh said that the gov­ern­ment should pro­vide as­sis­tance to them to tide over losses and should not think of dis­in­vest­ment. He de­manded that con­trac­tual work­ers be reg­u­larised and salaries must be re­vised.

CTU SUS­PENDS SER­VICE FOR TWO HOURS

On the strike call given by the var­i­ous trade unions , the Chandi­garh Trans­port Work­ers Union on Tues­day sus­pended bus ser­vices for two hours from 12 noon to 2pm.

Dur­ing these two hours, bus ser­vices on all the in­ter-state and city routes from ISBT sec­tor-43 was halted. The work­ers of CTU and trans­port work­ers of Pun­jab jointly or­gan­ised the strike.

RS Hans pres­i­dent of the work­ers union said the strike was or­gan­ised to show sol­i­dar­ity with hun­dreds of other trade unions, which were ob­serv­ing strike across the coun­try.

The lead­ers added that the buses were al­lowed to leave the bus ter­mi­nus only af­ter the joint rally or­gan­ised by the trans­port work­ers of Pun­jab and Chandi­garh.

Mean­while, em­ploy­ees of depart­ment of electricity of Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion also ob­served strike un­der the ban­ner of UT Pow­er­men Union.

The em­ploy­ees boy­cotted all re­pair and main­te­nance works.

AMBALA BANKS WEAR DE­SERTED LOOK

The Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee, All In­dia Bank Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion and North­ern Rail­way Men Union ob­served a one-day strike in Ambala on Tues­day.

The func­tion­ing in na­tion­alised banks was hit, while in­come tax, in­sur­ance, Mil­i­tary En­gi­neer­ing Works (MES), Post and Tele­graphs, RMS of­fices wore a de­serted look.

WHAT HAS KHAN­DEL­WAL PANEL SUG­GESTED?

The cen­tral gov­ern­men­tap­pointed Khan­del­wal panel had sug­gested a slew of mea­sures, in­clud­ing out­sourc­ing more non-core ac­tiv­i­ties in a time-bound man­ner.

The panel had also rec­om­mended rais­ing the stan­dard of re­cruit­ment, in­clud­ing the method­ol­ogy and con­tent for tests, be­sides mak­ing the test­ing of com­puter skills manda­tory for both of­fi­cers and clerks.

Em­ploy­ees of the Chandi­garh Trans­port Union rais­ing slo­gans at the Sec­tor-43 ISBT; and (left) the doors of a na­tional bank re­main locked in Chandi­garh.

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