Bank employees in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts struck work on Wednesday in support of their demands. In Thanjavur, nearly 200 employees and officers, including 30 women, gathered in front of the main branch of State Bank of India (SBI), and staged a demonstration. They demanded withdrawal of amendments to banking laws, opposed new bank licensing policy, opening of corporate banking sector, privatisation of banking sector, and early settlement of wage revision, improvement to the present medical scheme, and restoration of appointment on compassionate grounds. T. Tamilselvan, regional secretary, National Confederation of Bank Employees, Anbalagan, general secretary, Thanjavur District All India Bank Employees Association, and Mohanasundaram, assistant general secretary of All India Overseas Bank Officers Association, took part. In Tiruvarur district, 500 employees, including women, struck work at 72 branches of banks.
KARUR: More than 100 officials gathered in front of the State Bank of India main branch, and staged a protest. Ramamurthy, State vice-president of National Confederation of Bank Employees, led the demonstration. A total of 65 branches belonging to 30 banks are functioning in the district, and work in all of them was affected as a result of the protest in which over 1,500 officers and clerical cadre staff participated. The associations that took part included All India Bank Employees Association, All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, Bank Employees Federation of India, and National Confederation of Bank Employees.
In Pudukottai district, the strike was total as about 1,100 employees from 78 branches of nationalised banks participated in the day-long strike.
In Perambalur, 425 employees, including 70 women, attached to 60 branches abstained from work.