Banking services across Tamil Nadu remained affected for the second day of Friday, with the workers’ union staging a protest against the government’s plans to privatize nationalized banks.
Several bank branches were closed following the two-day strike call by unions – All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), United Forum of Bank Union, All India Bank Officers’ Confederation and National Organization of Bank Workers – December 16 and 17. .
AIBEA Secretary General CH Venkatachalam called the strike a complete success on the second day and said bank employees were aware that privatizing the banks would not be in the country’s interest.
Bank transactions were affected while cash transactions could not be completed, resulting in an interruption in ATM services, he said.
In Tamil Nadu, the DMK extended its support for the strike by claiming that the BJP-led government at the Center wanted to pass the Banking Laws Amendment Bill (2021) in the winter session current Parliament.
The union representatives informed the chairman of the DMK and the chief minister, MK Stalin, of the reasons for the unrest.
Venkatchalam said older generation employees of private banks, and workers employed by foreign banks, as well as employees of regional rural banks participated in the strike.