Next strike in banks all over the country is scheduled for 22nd and 23rd August as per call given by the UFBU (United Forum of Bank Unions). Demands wise, there is nothing much new except certain fringe areas here and there like the new licencing policy of the Government which, as the unions say, is aimed at disrupting the very basic functionality of the banks. They have not yet elaborated the over-all package of their demands as such. Strikes in banks or any where else occur when negotiational channels fail, and the channels as such normally fail in the absence of a to-the-point and logical arguments offered by the respective unions as a result that there is no vigorously effective a follow-up of the issues. As it is seen very often, there is a cycle of yeses and noes –the unions give a call for strike, the management concerned comes out with with an assurance ‘to look into the matter’ and the call for strike so given is withdrawn. This process is repeated after some gap of time, and it goes on as a series of events. Hardly any thing tangible emerges.
The issues relating to pension for the retirees are the ones taken in a slipshod manner by the serving employees unions and they too get obviously lost into the process of the said cycle. Pension issue relating to retirees from State Bank of India is pending before the Supreme Court of India for too long a period. Some date is fixed as a final date to conclusively decide the case, but that too gets deferred on some pretext or the other. Courts in our country have their own method of working, at times gloomed over by political compulsions, and the affected retirees are left with no option but to undergo an unending wait. Why concerned unions can’t take these matters up more assertively is only a matter of suspense.