We congratulate the entire banking fraternity for successful observance of 2-day country wide bank strike on 15-16 March 2021 at the call of UFBU against proposed privatization of two public sector banks and retrograde banking sector reforms. Huge number of bank employees participated with rare enthusiasm in the picketing in front of bank branches/offices; centralised demonstrations; rallies; dharnas on both days of strike which created an environment of carrying the struggle forward with zeal and determination. Solidarity programme in support of our struggle were organised on strike day by CTUs particularly CITU, Kisan Sabha, Insurance employees, RBI employees, BSNL employees, Nabard employees.
We are happy to note that as per call of UFBU, dharna took place at hundreds of centres in different States throughout the country participated by bank employees and officers, both working and retired, which created awareness about the impending danger among large section of common customers and general public.
The Unions/Associations of GIC employees and LIC employees are going to observe strikes on 17th and 18th March 2021 respectively. We have already extended our support to these strikes and would like to take opportunity in advising our Units and Affiliates to take necessary initiatives to organise solidarity programme.
Even in this situation the Union Finance Minister on 15th March 2021 introduced Insurance Amendment Bill 2021 in Rajya Sabha that seeks to amend the Insurance Act allowing 74 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector. This exposed the desperation of the Govt. to push through its neo liberal agenda. Hence, there is no scope of complacency for successful observance of 2-day strike, rather we should be prepared for intensified action programme to thwart the evil designs of the Govt. in the days to come.