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Strike at State bank of India in Britain

Issue No. 2123

Bank workers in the Unite union at the State Bank of India have voted overwhelmingly to strike over pay, and their terms and conditions.

Unite members voted by 82 percent for action following months of negotiations and talks at the Acas conciliation service, which failed to get anywhere.

The 100 workers are now set for three one-day strikes at the bank’s branches in London, with the first strike set for Friday of next week.

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite’s regional officer, told Socialist Worker, “There is lots of anger among workers after years of broken promises over pay and conditions.

“Management said that the workers would be transferred to a better pay system. But because this hasn’t happened people want to do something about it and they have pushed for industrial action.

“People have come to the end of their tether and it seemed that the only way forward for them was to vote for action. It’s unfortunate that this is the only language the company seems to understand.

“The union is still in talks with the company to avert the strike but this can only be done if the employees’ demands are met.”

State Bank of India has offered a 3.9 percent pay rise for its employees.

This does not address the issue of dozens of workers’ pay being held back.

The bank has quadrupled its profit in its British division since 2006.

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Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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