The All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) said that it would be joining the one-day nationwide strike on November 26. Ten central trade unions, except Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, will observe a nationwide general strike on November 26.


“Lok Sabha in its recently held session has passed three new labour enactments by dismantling existing 27 enactments in the name of ‘Ease of Business’, which are purely in the interest of corporates. In the process, 75 per cent of workers are being pushed out of the orbits of labour laws since they will have no legal protection under the new enactment,” the AIBEA said in a release.

 

The association represents the majority of the banks except for State Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank. It has four lakh bank employees from the various public and old private sector and a few foreign banks as its members.

In Maharashtra, around 30,000 bank employees from 10,000 bank branches of public sector banks, old generation private sector banks, regional rural banks, and foreign banks are observing the strike, the release said.

The union said bank employees on November 26 will also focus on their demands such as opposition to bank privatisation, opposition to outsourcing and contract system, adequate recruitment, stern action against big corporate defaulters, increase in rate of interest on bank deposits and reduction in service charges.

“The present government is pushing its agenda of privatisation in the name of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’, and is resorting to large scale privatisation in core sector of the economy which includes banking,” the release said.

Key demands of Strike on 26 November 2020:

As per the union leaders, here are the major demands:

Abolition of anti-labour and anti-farmer bills
Payment of Rs 7,500 in the accounts of each non-tax paying family
Monthly supply of 10 kg of food grains to needy families
MGNREGS expansion to give 200 workdays every year, higher wages and the scheme’s implementation in urban areas
End to privatisation in sectors such as railways, ports, defence, power, aviation, mining and finance
No forced dismissal of employees in PSUs and pension for everyone

All-India strike: Participants
The unions who are participating in November 26 strike are All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).

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