Mumbai: Operations at all branches of State Bank of India across the country are likely to be hit on 8 June 2007 as its officers’ federation has called a day-long strike.
The All India State Bank of India Officers Federation has called the strike demanding recruitment of adequate number of officers and clerical staff in branches and withdrawal of “harsh punishments for minor offences.”
“Lack of adequate staff at the branch level not only affects normal work but customer service is also badly affected,” A R Kolhatkar, organising secretary of the federation, told PTI here today.
According to him, the management was withdrawing staff from the branches and placing them in the corporate offices and processing centres “which affects our level of customer service. A branch is a retail outlet and customer service should deserve paramount attention,” he said.
“We tried to avert the strike and till yesterday (6 June 2007) evening were in negotiations with the management. There was also a conciliation meeting held at the office of the Labour Commissioner, but the management turned down all our initiatives,” Kolhatkar added.
The officers also alleged that the bank’s management took major decisions without consulting the federation.
Around 60,000 officers from all the 14 circles of the bank, including 6,000-plus officers from the Mumbai circle would participate in the strike, Kolhatkar said.
“We want the management to take a reasonable view — they must not withhold 4-5 increments for minor offences,” he said.