Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The United Forum of Central Bank Unions, an umbrella organisation of trade unions of Central Bank, will strike work on August 10 and 11 against the "anti-labour" policies of the bank management.

"The new management of the bank is attempting to do away with bilateralism that existed in the bank for the past 50 years and implement its decisions without consulting the trade unions," said N.S. Ravindranathan, forum leader.

There has been an "unpardonable" delay in disbursing the pension benefits to employees. The management has also been denying the dying in harness benefits to the dependents of employees. The management is also reluctant to confirm the service of several casual labourers, who have been serving the bank on contract basis for years together, he said.

Mr. Ravindranathan alleged that the management was attempting to transfer trade union leaders violating the agreements that were earlier entered into between the bank and the unions.

"If the management refuses to correct its wrong policies, the employees will be forced to go in for an indefinite strike," he cautioned.

Forum leaders P.J. Joseph and D. John were also present at the press conference.