The All India Bank Employees Association has joined a combined forum of central trade unions in calling for a statewide strike on March 28 and 29 to protest the Central government’s policies impacting employees, farmers, and the general public.
The decision comes after trade unions stated they would protest the Centre’s “anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people, and anti-national policies” at a meeting on March 22.
The bank unions are protesting the government’s plan to privatise public sector banks and the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2021.
Road workers, transportation employees, and electrical workers have all agreed to join the strike, according to a statement by the trade unions. The railway and defence industry unions would mass mobilise in favour of the strike at hundreds of locations.
Workers from a variety of other industries are anticipated to join the strike, including coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, copper, and insurance.
The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), has warned that the walkout could disrupt financial services.