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Bank Strike Latest News 2018: Against Bank of Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger, 10 lakh staff protest!

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Dec 26, 2018, 03:42 PM IST

Bank strike on 26th December 2018: Around 10 lakh employees of various public sector and some of the private and foreign banks are on a day-long strike today to protest against the proposed merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda. The strike has been called by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), which is an umbrella organisation of nine unions, including the All-India Bank Officers Confederation, the All- India Bank Employees Association and the National Organisation of Bank Workers, among others. ALSO READ -No strike in these lenders 

 

Why bankers are against the merger of the three banks and what their demands are following: 

 

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1. Bank strike on 26th December 2018: These services to be hit

1. Bank strike on 26th December 2018: These services to be hit

Bank strike on 26th December 2018: The nation-wide strike called by bankers would impact banking services like deposits and withdrawal at branches, cheque clearances and issuance of demand drafts, among others. Image: IANS File

ALSO READ | Bank Strike on 26th December 2018: 10 lakh employees to protest against Bank of Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger, hit services

 

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2. Bank of Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger

 2. Bank of Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger

Bank of Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger: The government had announced merger of state-owned Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda in September. The merged entity will have a combined business of Rs 14.82 trillion, making it the third largest bank after State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank. 

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3. Bank strike today: What bank unions say about Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger

3. Bank strike today: What bank unions say about Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger

Bank strike today: The bank unions claim that the merger is not in the interest of banks or their customers and will in fact be detrimental to both. The government wants banks to grow in size through this amalgamation but even if all public sector banks are bundled into one, the merged entity cannot find a place among the top 10 globally, said United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), which has called for the one-day strike.

"This merger will see a large number of branches getting closed and customers will have to face hardships as already banks are burdened with the implementation of various government schemes such as Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra, social security insurance, and Prime Minister's housing scheme, among others," the union said. Text: PTI/Image- PTI File

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4. Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger status

4. Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger status

Baroda-Dena Bank-Vijaya Bank merger status: Bank of Baroda said last week that the 'alternative mechanism' of the finance ministry had accorded in-principle approval for its merger with Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank. The 'alternative mechanism' headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had decided to merge the three banks with a view to create a lender with considerable size, which will be stronger and sustainable. (Text&Image: PTI)

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5. Bank strike on 21st December 2018: What happened?

5. Bank strike on 21st December 2018: What happened?

Bank strike on 21st December 2018: Last week, around 3.20 lakh bank officers from various state-run banks were on a one-day strike opposing the proposed merge and also seeking immediate wage revision. (Image: Reuters File)

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6. Bank strike today: Wage revision, hike demand

6. Bank strike today: Wage revision, hike demand

Bank strike today: The bank managements have mandated the industry lobby Indian Bank Association (IBA) to negotiate the wages for employees in the scales 1-3 but the unions want this to be raised up to scale 7. The wage talks are on for the past 13 months between the unions and IBA, the latter has offered a wage revision of 8 per cent. In the past wage settlement, which was for the period from November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2017, the employees got a 15 per cent hike.   (Text -PTI/Image-Reuters File)