In the wake of currency ban by Narendra Modi government, bank employees worked day and night to even the burden of demonetisation in the entire country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lately, in one of his speeches, praised the bank employees for the hard work done during the demonetisation period.
Soon after, a bank union demanded overtime for the extra hours put in by staff during the 50-day window that ended on December 30.
National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW), an affiliate of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Bank employees have worked 12 to 18 hours a day during the last 50 days. Only few banks have considered overtime for extra working. Kindly advise the management to consider the overtime for beyond working hours worked by bank employees.”
The letter also drew the attention towards the problem of understaff and called for stepping up recruitment activities.
NOBW vice president Ashwani Rana also pitched for decent salary hike in the wage revision due in November this year.
“Wage revision of bank employees is due in November 2017. Your government has already advised IBA to implement it on due date. We wish to bring to your kind notice that bank employees are far behind government employees in salary structure. Kindly give a good rise to bank employees and bring them at par with Govt employees,” it said.
PM Modi in his address to the nation had said, “during this period, bank employees have worked day and night. Female employees too worked till late hours as part of this mission”.
He had also hailed Post office staff, banking correspondents who all did exceptional work during the demonetisation period.