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“Bharat-bandh” had mixed effect on people’s lives in Mysore

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By Nithin Sridhar

The day-long nationwide strike called by various central trade unions and many other organizations had a mixed effect in Mysore.

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Almost all schools and colleges declared a holiday for the day. Most of the banks remained closed as well.

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In the central areas of Mysore, though most of the shops remained closed, many were kept open as well. The traffic too was dried up in areas of importance like Ramaswamy Circle, City Bus stand, etc. where heavy traffic could be seen on normal days.

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But the strike showed no significant effect in the residential areas. Shops remained open but the traffic was a little leaner than usual.

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Buses were stopped from plying till around 6 PM, though the Auto Rickshaws ran without any hindrance.

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In the morning, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) workers’ union marched in a rally starting from the Mysore Suburban Bus Stand to the Mysore City Bus Stand. The union was heard shouting slogans against union government’s proposed amendments regarding the motor bills.

Protest at Ramaswami circle by AIDSO and other student organisations 3

The student unions gathered in the morning near Ramaswamy circle in a symbolic protest against the union government’s policies regarding education.

Protest at Ramaswami circle by AIDSO and other student organisations

As a whole, even though the services like public transport, banking, and schools remained closed for the day, there were no disruptive effects on the lives of people, especially in the residential areas.

A Bank of Baroda branch in Kuvempunagar remained closed

Protest at Mysore City Bus Stand by KSRTC workers and drivers

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Protest at Mysore City Bus Stand by KSRTC workers and drivers 2

 

Protest at KSRTC Bus Depot near Vivekananda Circle

A State Bank of India branch in Krishnamurthypuram as well as a State Bank of Mysore branch in Kuvempunagar remained close

 

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Over 10 Lakh Bankers to go on Strike, Wants IBA to Improve Offer

In the last 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement that was made effective from November 1, 2012, IBA had agreed for a hike of 15 per cent increase over the total wage bill.

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Over 10 lakh bankers in government and private banks will go on a two-day strike by the end of May if the government does not ask the Indian Banks Association (IBA) to make an improved offer, said a leader of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA).

“It is a matter of shame that while thousands of crores of rupees are written off from profits towards bad loans of big corporates, the genuine demands of bank employees are being denied in this fashion,” C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA, said on Sunday.

“If the Finance Ministry does not intervene to make the IBA to make their improved offer, it has been decide to call for a 48-hour continuous strike by end of this month,” he said.

Over 10 lakh bankers in government and private banks will go on a two-day strike by the end of May if the government does not ask the Indian Banks Association (IBA) to make an improved offer, said a leader of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA).
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Wage revision talks between the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) — an umbrella body of bank unions — and IBA representing various banks held in Mumbai on Saturday ended in a failure.

Venkatachalam said the IBA offered an increase of 2 per cent over the total wage bill of the banks as on March 31, 2017.

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In the last 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement that was made effective from November 1, 2012, IBA had agreed for a hike of 15 per cent increase over the total wage bill.

The unions rejected the IBA offer of 2 per cent hike, Venkatachalam said.

While the government had asked the IBA to conclude the wage revision settlement before November 1, 2017, the latter has been delaying, Venkatachalam added.

Wage revision for bankers is due from November 1, 2017. (IANS)