ANDHRA PRADESH

Banking, insurance services hit

PROTEST MODE: Bank employees demonstrating in front of the Syndicate Bank on MG Road during the nation-wide general strike in Vijayawada on Thursday.

PROTEST MODE: Bank employees demonstrating in front of the Syndicate Bank on MG Road during the nation-wide general strike in Vijayawada on Thursday.  

Postal and railway services not affected with only one or two unions participating

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADAKHAMMAM: The banking, insurance and telecom services in the city were hit badly in view of the nation-wide general strike on Thursday. Postal and railway services were not affected with only one or two unions participating in the strike.

The banking services were the worst hit. Customers faced a lot of problems as public transactions would not be entertained on Friday also in view of the half-yearly closing of records. There would be no clearing as well.

No cash at ATMs

The ATMs of SBI at Gandhinagar and Andhra Bank at Moghalarajapuram went without cash on Thursday evening for lack of replenishment. Customers had to return without drawing any cash.

The offices of State Bank of Hyderabad, Bank of Baroda, Syndicate Bank and other banks on the Bandar Road wore a deserted look. The bank employees staged a demonstration at Syndicate Bank at Labbipet. The office bearers of the United Forum of Bank Unions criticised the Central Government for not sorting out the problems of bank employees. The Insurance Employees' Union (IEU) thanked the employees for making the strike a success.

IEU organising secretary Gurram Srinivas said that the participation of insurance employees in the strike called by LIC Employees Federation was complete. Mr. Srinivas accused the UPA Government of adopting anti-employee policies. Their demands including provision of a right to strike, lifting of ban on recruitment and stopping contract system.

The employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) also participated in strike in response to the call given by the National Convention of Central Trade Unions.

The employee gathered outside BSNL Bhavan at Chuttugunta and raised slogans against the Government. BSNL Employees Union district secretary K. Prasada Rao said that they were against privatisation of BSNL.

The Central Warehousing Corporation Employees' Union (Southern Region) participated in the one-day token strike. The union regional secretary, P.V. Satyanarayana, said that the strike was called to protest against the reduction of staff by surrendering of the corporation's main activities to contractors or private parties and other practices.

Miners join strike

VIJAYAWADAKHAMMAM: The CITU State president, M. Saibabu, has said that coal minors have observed a total strike in certain regions of the Singareni Collieries. He said that the production loss would be nearly 60 per cent. The coal workers participated in the strike voluntarily thus supporting the demand for infrastructure status to the coal sector.

He explained that the strike was total in the Bellampalli division. A majority of the 35000 workers stayed away from the operations in the area. In Bhopalpalli and Yellandu areras which have 8000 workers and 5000 workers respectively, the strike was near total.

In the 16 mines in Goavaraikhani area the production loss was 60 per cent. The bandh was partial in the corporate area.

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