Bank staff stage protest against anti-labour policies of Centre

Mysuru, January 8:- Bank employees across the country staged a protest on Wednesday, condemning the anti-labour and anti-people policies of the central government.

All India Bank Employees’ Association, All India Bank Officers’ Association, Bank Employees’ Federation of India, INBEF, INBOC organisations staged a protest near Sri Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall on Ashoka Road here. The bank employees shouted slogans against the Modi government.

“The anti-people financial policies of the Centre have affected the lives of all classes of people. The central government is raising emotional issues, national security issues and religious issues to sidestep the problems of the labour class. The central government is converting present laws into acts. The Centre is allowing 100% foreign direct investment in railways, mining, defence and coal sectors and is privatising the public sector units. They have merged banks despite opposition. The central government is trying to completely privatise the banking sector. Centre has announced Rs 1.45 lakh crore tax waiver. This is against the economy of India,” the protesters said.

“We are demanding payment revision, 5 days of the banking system, the old pension scheme for employees joining after 2010, the appointment of vacant posts, the higher interest rate on investment and reduction of the service price. But the government is not responding to our pleas. That’s why we are staging the protest,” they said.

Anganwadi and ASHA workers and AITUC volunteers also joined the protest to press home some of their demands.

Various labour organisations of India have called for a nationwide protest on Wednesday. Various organisations have extended support to the protest in Mysuru as well. A protest rally is being held from JK Grounds to Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall. Police have tightened security throughout the city. (MR/KS)

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