10 lakh bankers to strike work on Dec 26 against mergers
"No assurance came from either IBA or the government. Hence the conciliation talks failed and the December 26 strike stands," Venkatachalam added.
The AIBEA is part of the nine unions in the banking sector under the umbrella body of United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU).
According to Venkatachalam, the strike was only against the bank mergers and there was no deadlock on the wage revision talks with IBA.
India is largely unbanked or underbanked with low density of banks. Mergers will kill bank branches while the focus should be on recovering the huge outstanding loans, the AIBEA said.
With Christmas on December 25, banks would effectively be closed for two days, affecting the banking public.
Though the bankers had wanted the strike on December 24, a Monday, for a bigger impact as the banks would then be closed for four consecutive days (December 22-25), the unions decided to strike on December 26 to lessen the impact on public.