New Delhi: Banking operations in SBI and private sector banks remained unaffected on Tuesday as seven unions in the banking sector refrained from participating in the two-day nationwide strike. The ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by 10 central trade unions was an attempt to protest against the alleged ‘anti-labour’ policies of the government. The two unions in the banking sector which supported the strike were All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees’ Federation of India (BEFI).

However, in some parts of the country, the banking operations were affected as a section of employees refrained from working in support of the two-day strike. Most of the public sector banks have informed about the consequences of the strike to their customers in advance. According to a statement issued by the Indian Bank, “If the strike materialises, a section of the bank’s employees may take part in the proposed strike on the said dates, in which case, the normal functioning of the branches/offices of the bank may get affected.”

According to a report by a leading daily, the banking operations in all the 85,000 branches of SBI will not be hindered as the employees of SBI employees did not participate in the strike. The report added that daily activities will be carried on during January 8, 9 in other banks such as ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Yes Bank. United Forum of Bank Unions West Bengal Convener Siddhartha Khan told PTI, “All the SBI branches will remain operational. Out of nine union constituents, only two have called the strike and rest are not supporting it this time.”

“This is the largest number of workers from formal and informal sectors joining the strike against anti-people and anti-worker policies of the BJP-led central government,” said Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary of AITUC, at a joint press conference of the 10 central trade unions (CTU).

(With Agency inputs)