Banking services, transport likely to be hit by strike

City residents might have to postpone their visits to banks on Wednesday as a majority of nationalised banks employees and more than half of private bank staff will join the nation-wide strike against the proposed amendments to various labour legislations.

The crew of Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will be supporting the strike, but government sources said regular services would not be affected. Trains would run as usual and schools would remain open, officials said.

The strike is expected to cripple banking operations in most parts of the city on Wednesday. C.H. Venkatachalam, general secretary of All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), said nearly 15,000 employees of various banks in the city would join the strike.

Members of the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Bank Employees’ Association will also be part of the strike called by the AIBEA and All India Cooperative Bank Employees’ Federation. Association general secretary P. Balakrishnan said the proposal to make Provident Fund optional would affect workers.

J. Seshayanam, State secretary, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), said autorickshaws affiliated to the union would not ply. In the city, the union members have proposed to organise protest meetings at six places, including near the Central railway station, Ambattur bus stand, Tiruvottiyur, Saidapet, Sholinganallur and Panangal Park.

Thousands of drivers and conductors of MTC buses coming under the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) would be participating in the strike, affecting the public transport operations in the city. M. Chandran, vice-president, CITU, said the union members would be participating in the protest meeting to be held at six places.

There will be no disruption of suburban train services as members of many trade unions are not part of the strike.

However, unions affiliated to All India Railwaymen Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen have proposed to go on an indefinite strike from November 23.

Officials, however, said trains would run as usual and schools would remain open

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