Kolkata: A strike has been called for on December 21 by one of the bank officers’ union insisting to hold talks on the XIth bipartite wage revision, stated officials on Wednesday. This strike has been demanded ahead of the strike called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) which is scheduled to take place on December 26.

The banks will remain closed from on December 22 and 23 on account of fourth Saturday and Sunday, and on December 25 due to Christmas. The banking services will be severely disrupted due to strikes and holidays.

All India Bank Officers Confederation’s (AIBOC) Assistant General Secretary Sanjay Das reportedly said, “We called the strike on December 21 demanding a full and unconditional mandate for the XIth bipartite wage revision talks based on a charter of demands submitted in May 2017. No headway has been made in the process so far even after 19 months since the discussion on wage revision began.” According to Sanjay Das, over 3.2 lakh officers of the union is likely to take part in the strike as “no perceptible initiative” was taken by the Indian Banks’ Association to ensure that the five banks submit the unconditional mandate.

The union opposed the current move to restrict the salary settlements only up to Scale III by citing non-receipt of the ‘unconditional mandates’ from five banks as a reason whereas 15 banks from the public sector and two private banks have already given ‘unconditional mandates’.

“AIBOC believes that it is nothing but a farcical logic to restrict the wage negotiations up to the officers in scale III whereas the entire officer community is covered under unified Service Regulations,” the statement said.

While Friday’s strike is least likely to affect the ATMs, the strike on December 26 would affect the ATM services.

Yet another feature of the strike is the merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW), stated union’s West Bengal unit President Subhujyoti Chattopadahyay.

(With IANS inputs)