Bank employees and the AIBEA have
agreed to participate in the state-wide strike on Tuesday. Banks
will not function and ATMs will not be maintained on Tuesday.
The strike called upon by different work unions has gained momentum
across the state. Joining the long list of Unions who are already
participating in the strike are Bank and Insurance employees. This
was announced to the press on Monday by AIBEA Chairman Mr.Venkatachalam.
This will affect private and banking sectors and their functioning
on Tuesday. As a result of this, ATMs run by these banks will not
be maintained as well. This is the case with Insurance companies
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, has released a statement
on Monday stating that state-run buses will function normally. "People
in the state will have access to basic amenities like water, milk
and medicine. People trying to create trouble or damage government
property during the strike will be severely punished", he warned.
Analysts feel that the production in the state will be affected
as trade unions in Coimbatore and Tiruppur have also agreed to participate
in the strike. Public sector companies like BHEL, NLC and Unions
like AITUS, AITC, AIUTUC are all staging this strike. This one-day
bandh is to protest against privatization, increase of salary and
opposing the new pension scheme.