Six bank unions will participate in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by nine central trade unions on Wednesday

New Delhi: Six bank unions will participate in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by nine central trade unions on Wednesday to protest the “anti-people” policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre, reports said.

Bank employee associations such as All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA), Bank Employees’ Federation of India (BEFI), Indian National Bank Employees’ Federation (INBEF), Indian National Bank Officers Congress (INBOC) and Bank Karmachari Sena Mahasangh (BKSM), are said to be a part of the nationwide strike. As per some reports, the workmen staff of Reserve Bank of India will also join the protest.

Meanwhile, over 25 crore workers are expected participate in the nationwide strike on Wednesday.

The unions that will join the strike include Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Center (AIUTUC), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), Self Employed Women’s Assosiation (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), sectoral independent federations and associations.

The bandh will be a 24-hour all-India strike that would be valid from the first working shift starting at 6 am on Wednesday morning.

The workers will protest against Central government policies and press for 12-point common demands of the working class on minimum wage, social security, among others.

Moreover, about 60 student organisations and elected office-bearers of some universities have also decided to join the strike with an agenda to raise voice against increased fee structure and commercialisation of education.

Will banks be closed?

As per a statement by the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), six bank unions have decided to support the Bharat Bandh. Banking services such as ATMs and branch activities are likely to be affected. Online transactions such as IMPS or NEFT will not be affected.

What about schools?

Yes, some schools have announced holiday. But several others have not declared anything in that direction, at least as of now.

This is a developing story. More details will be added once received.

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