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Bank merger opposed: Bank employees staging a dharna in front of the Andhra Bank in Kochi on Wednesday in protest against the move to merge the State Bank of Indore with the State Bank of India. —
KOCHI: Banking operations in the State were affected on Wednesday as large sections of bank employees went on a one-day strike.
The strike was observed in response to a call given by the All India Bank Employees Association and All India Bank Officers Association as part of a nation-wide agitation against the reported move to merger State Bank of Indore with State Bank of India and other issues. Some banks where the striking unions had no presence functioned. These included State Bank of India and a few private sector banks.
The striking employees organised a dharna in front of the Andhra Bank branch on M.G. Road in Kochi. AITUC district president K. Vijayan Pillai, AIBEA joint secretary P.P. Varghese, AKBEF general secretary V.J. Johnny, AIBOA State general secretary K. Sathyanathan and AKBEF district secretary K.S. Krishna addressed the gathering.
Convener of Kerala unit of the United Forum of Bank Unions V.J. Johny said the strike was successful. Though the officers owing allegiance to certain other employees’ organisations were present in some of the banks, normal operations could not be carried out there, he said.
He also alleged that the government was going ahead with its agenda for consolidation in banking sector which would harm the interests of the people.
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