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RBI and PSU banks' employees too join two-day strike
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) employees have also decided to participate in the two-day nation-wide strike called by the trade unions from today, said a statement issued by All India Reserve Bank Employees Association. The striking bank employees are opposing banking sector reforms and outsourcing of non-core activities which they feel were affecting their operations adversely.

According to the union's statement, the RBI employees would support the strike and the Central Bank would remain closed for February 20 and 21. Trade unions in Delhi will stage sit-ins at Jantar Mantar and Central Secretariat. Income Tax, postal, public sector banks will remain closed in the capital city. However, several private sector banks, foreign banks and ATMs will operate as usual.

The strike call has also been made by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) that includes nine unions of employees and officers of Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks. In PSU banks, a majority stake, that is, more than 50%, is held by a government and the shares of these banks are listed on stock exchanges.

The two-day nationwide strike in which all major trade unions cutting across party lines is going to paralyze bank, postal and transport services in several states.

Kerala government has declared 'No Work No Pay' for state government staff going on strike, however, public sector banks and post offices will remain closed, it is reported.

In Delhi, the Metro will run as usual. But service may be hit thiugh the Delhi government has cancelled leaves of all DTC staff. Markets may open as usual unless forced to shut down by the strikers.

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