State Bank of India officers give strike call for June 6June 3rd, 2008 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 3 (IANS) Officers of the State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest bank, Tuesday called for a day’s nationwide strike June 6 to protest against various management policies and to demand resolution of pending issues. S.K. Haldar, general secretary, State Bank of India Officers’ Association (Bengal Circle) said: “We are forced to go for this agitation. We are sorry for the inconvenience the customers’ would have to face due to this strike. If our demands are not addressed after this strike, we will call for another strike June 10-11.”
SBI has 10,000 branches all over India.
The strike has been called to oppose unilateral decisions regarding implementations of circle re-design, unilateral alteration of service conditions of officers, opening of branches without proper infrastructure and required number of staff, disproportionate penalties and outsourcing of permanent and perennial nature of jobs.
Haldar said: “Permanent and perennial nature of work should not be outsourced.”
He said SBI is on a spree of opening branches but it should first recruit ample number of people and arrange for proper infrastructure before expanding.
The association’s demands include improvement in pension scheme, reimbursement of additional rent to officers staying in their own houses, recruitment of adequate number of officers, regulated working hours for officers, absorption of contract officers in the banks as regular officers and improvement in conveyance scheme.
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