Get ready for another bank strike on December 21
The bank unions' strike will severely affect banking services severely around the Christmas holidays.
The All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) said the strike call on December 21 against Indian Banks' Associations move to leave officers in scale IV and above out of the bipartite wage settlement ambit.
December 21 being a Friday, bank services will be severely hit till December 26 -- except for December 24 which is Monday -- as bankers will enjoy weekends holidays as well as Christmas on December 25. Banks will remain closed on December 22 as being the second Saturday.
"We demand full and complete mandate for officers (Scale I to VII) wage revision in 11th bipartite settlement," AIBOC said in its bank strike notice, a copy of which was marked to the Chief Labour Commissioner in New Delhi.
The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), the umbrella unit for nine bank associations including AIBOC, have similar demand. UFBU will be going on bank strike on December 26 against issues ranging from wage settlement and bank mergers.
UFBU rejected Indian Banks' Association's 8% wage hike offer. IBA proposed wage settlement for scale I to scale III bank employees and is in favour of bank wise wage settlement for senior employees of scale 4 and above.
"Wage revision for all scales of officers from scale I to scale VII has been the practice since 1979. It is unfair that IBA ignored the fact that the majority of the member banks have submitted the unconditional mandate," AIBOC general secretary Soumya Datta said.