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Bank employees association defers December strike

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The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) said on Wednesday it has deferred the all India bank strike proposed for December 1-2.

Bank employees under the banner of State Sector Bank Employees Association (SSBEA) are opposing imposition of the career progression scheme of the country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), on its associate banks.

The strike was deferred following the intervention of Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner M.K.Choudhary, who had called for a conciliation meeting here on Monday.

“The scheme includes additional duties and powers, increased working hours, enlarged mobility, abolition of entire posts of permanent sweepers and outsourcing them, among others, which we are opposing,” AIBEA general secretary C.H.Venkatachalam told reporters after the meeting.

“Issues like duties and powers of staff, allowances, working hours and mobility were discussed in the recent industry-level bipartite settlement and resolved mutually, and associate banks, being a party to it by giving authorization and mandate to IBA, cannot violate the same,” he said.

Venkatachalam also said the SBI management is denying associate banks employees’ demands like enhancement in staff house-building loan, implementation of compassionate appointment scheme as per Indian Banks’ Association and government guidelines.

SSBEA comprises unions in SBI’s associate banks – State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Patiala.