Conciliatory talks on to avoid bank strike

September 23rd, 2008 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Sep 23 (IANS) Chief Labour Commissioner S.K. Mukhopadhyay Tuesday began conciliatory talks with leaders of banking unions in New Delhi to avoid the proposed bank strike Wednesday and Thursday.C.H. Venkatachalam, convenor of the United Forum of Bank Unions, told IANS: “Conciliatory talks between the chief labour commissioner and union leaders were to be held Friday but the meeting was adjourned. The talks are being held again today (Tuesday) in New Delhi.”

“Around one million employees of nationalised banks, old generation private banks and foreign banks will participate in the strike. We are against the government merging the banks and allowing foreign direct investment in the banking sector. We also want early settlement of employee benefit issues,” Venkatachalam said.

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