Banking operations across the nation were affected as at least 10 lakh employees of private and nationalised banks struck work for a day to protest against Centre’s policies for the sector.
"The strike has evoked a good response nationwide as around ten lakh have participated in it. Most of the nationalised banks are closed," C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), told news agency IANS in Chennai.
Few days back, major bank unions deferred a two-day strike call for July 12 and 13 following a restraint order by the Delhi High Court.
Unions had given the strike call protesting against the merger of the five associate banks of the State Bank of India (SBI) with the parent and the privatisation of IDBI Bank.