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Firm stand: Bank employees staging a protest against the move to merge public sector banks, in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Firm stand: Bank employees staging a protest against the move to merge public sector banks, in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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Employees did not attend work to highlight their demand

Bangalore: Nearly 40,000 bank employees in the State participated in a nationwide strike on Wednesday, protesting against the move to merge public sector banks. The strike was led by the All-India Bank Employees’ Association and the All-India Bank Officers’ Association. Among the immediate demands of the employees is dropping the plan to merge the State Bank of Indore with the State Bank of India.

‘Total success’

H. Vasanth Rai, president of the Karnataka Pradesh Bank Employees’ Federation, which is affiliated to the AIBEA, told The Hindu that the strike was a “total success”, although most of the constituents of the United Forum of Bank Unions, the umbrella body representing banking industry unions, stayed away from the protest.

However, he said workmen belonging to other unions refrained from clerical work in sympathy with the striking employees.

In Bangalore, striking workers and officers held a protest on the premises of the State Bank of Mysore on K.G. Road. Rallies were also held in Mangalore, Gulbarga Hubli, Davangere and Shimoga, according to Mr. Rai.

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