All India Bank Employees Association to observe strike in TN

The strike will be in support of demands of central trade unions besides opposing the implementation of Centre-appointed Khandelwal Committee recommendations.

Written by Agencies | Chennai | Published:February 27, 2012 7:46 pm

The All India Bank Employees Association,an industry body representing the banks,will observe a one-day strike in Tamil Nadu tomorrow demanding stringent measures to recover bad loans and opposing various recommendations by the Centre-appointed Khandelwal Committee.

The strike will be in support of demands of central trade unions besides opposing the implementation of Centre-appointed Khandelwal Committee recommendations,and the banking law (amendment) bill and other reform measures,AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatachalam told reporters.

As many as seven employees’ unions of banks had yesterday given a call for strike across the country tomorrow,demanding stringent measures to recover bad loans and opposing outsourcing of non-core activities to the private sector.

Venkatachalam said the association was also opposing the government’s move to outsource the regular bank jobs.

“There are about Rs two lakh crore of bad loans in banks which we demand stringent measures by banks to recover them,” he said.

About the Khandelwal Committee,he said it has given various recommendations like abolition of industry-wise common wage revision settlement existing since 1966 and introduce bank-wise wage revision,no recruitment of clerks in metro and urban areas and compulsory rural service of three years for clerical staff in banks. “We strongly oppose it,” he said.

As part of the agitation,he said they would stage a rally at Memorial Hall in Chennai.

“About 16,000 branches of various banks and 50,000 employees would participate in the strike in Tamil Nadu.We will decide the further course of action later,” he said.

The Khandelwal panel had suggested a slew of measures,including outsourcing more and more non-core activities in a time-bound manner.

The panel had also recommended raising the standard of recruitment,including the methodology and content for tests,besides making the testing of computer skills mandatory for both officers and clerks.

The Khandelwal committee on human resources (HR) had also suggested that the minimum qualification for clerks and sub-staff should be graduation and class 10,respectively.

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