As many as 27 public sector banks, 18 private banks, eight foreign banks and 48 regional rural banks have joined the industrial action that was called for by the
The decision to strike came after their primary demand of a wages increase of at least 10 per cent failed.
"The strike is unanimous and fully justified," Vishwas Utagi,
However, customers were little impressed with this apology as even day-to-day transactions were affected. Even automatic teller machines (ATMs) stopped functioning as most ran out of cash or the unions stopped the server, making them unusable.
"If they are so concerned about our inconvenience they should ensure functioning of ATMs where basic services are rendered," said
Now even the railway employees union
"We will decide the course of action on
Analysts believe that the unions are deploying a well-used tactic of taking advantage of a general election to force the government to accept their demands.
"Its election season and the politicians vis-a-vis the government are at its weakest," said
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