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SBI staff union plans agitation

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Nov. 11

THE State Banks' Staff Union, Kerala Circle, has chalked out an agitational programme in protest against the "anti-labour policies'' of the State Bank of India (SBI) management.

At an emergency central committee meeting of the union, it was decided to observe a day's token strike in the first week of December and go on an indefinite strike thereafter if the issues are not settled.

Mr V.G. Sidhardhan, General Secretary, said that the Circle had been experiencing shortage of staff consequent to the implementation of voluntary retirement scheme by the management.

Under the scheme, 246 employees had gone out of service, while 302 clerical staff members were promoted to officer grade. Combined with the already existing vacancies, this had caused shortage of 1,000-odd clerical and subordinate staff in the Circle, the statement said.

Despite this, the employees had been extending full co-operation for the all-round progress of the bank.Last year, the Circle registered 150 per cent increase in profit, which was made possible by the employees working overtime in many branches without extra wages, the statement said.

Currently, 229 branches are facing shortage of attendants, security personnel and subordinate staff, it added.

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