Chain hunger strike ended


By: Mahesh Chander Sharma

Mandi (Nov 23): The 357-day-long chain hunger strike of part-time sweepers of Himachal Gramin Bank, Mandi ended today as the bank agreed to pay Rs 1,800 per month to these employees who were earlier getting Rs 750 per month.

President of All India Bank Officers Association DC Sharma offered a glass of juice to the persons who were sitting on chain hunger strike at Seri Manch and ended the chain hunger strike, which was started on December 1, 2009. He said the agitation had been deferred as their final demand had been accepted.He said the agitation was supported by the Himachal Gramin Bank Karamchari Sangh and Himachal Gramin Bank Officers Organization (Both affiliated with Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh). While addressing media persons on this occasion, he said that the affected126 part-time employees had been serving in the bank since 1987 for a salary of Rs 750.

Recently the bank advertised new posts and the BMS asked the bank to regularize the services of these employees who were working in the bank for last more than 20 years. The bank has agreed to pay them Rs 1,800 per moth till the dispute was finally settled.

Tej Parkash Gupta, general secretary, Himachal Gramin Officers Organisation, and Om Parkash Verma, general secretary, Himachal Gramin Bank Karamchari Sangh, were also present on the occasion.

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