A bank employee unions’ federation has called upon bank unions to hold demonstrations Tuesday to protest against the merger of three state-run lenders –Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, a union leader said Monday.
“The sit-in will take place after office hours Tuesday. All our unions are requested to hold protest demonstrations in all state capitals and in all other towns on October 9,” C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary of All India Bank Employees’ Association said.
The demonstrations are against the government’s proposal to merge Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, he added.
The demonstration has been called under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU).
AIBEA in a statement said that it has learnt that the board of these three banks have approved the agenda and hence they may proceed further.
“The issue as discussed in the UFBU meeting held on September 29, 2018, and it has been decided to call upon all our unions to hold protest demonstrations,” it said.
AIBEA said that the issue will be further discussed in the ensuing UFBU meeting to be held on October 12 in Mumbai and the further course of action will be decided upon.
Separately, the National Organisation of Bank Workers (an industrial federation of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh), in a statement said that it will hold demonstrations across the country tomorrow to protest against government’s decision to merge the three banks.
It said the union do not agree with the government’s stance of creating six-seven large banks by merging existing banks.
Consolidation by way of merger will not solve the problem of non-performing assets in the banking system, it added.
The boards of three state-run banks Dena Bank, Bank of Baroda, and Vijaya Bank have approved the proposed merger.
The amalgamation of these three banks will create country’s second-largest PSU lender by assets and branches.