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SBT’s move to ban trade union activities in premises attacked

Thiruvanthapuram, June 24: Trade union leaders on Friday expressed their strong displeasure over a new circular issued by the State Bank of Travancore (SBT) here putting a break on trade union activities inside the premises of its branches and business units. The new directive came on Wednesday through a circular issued by the HR department of SBT as prelimiry steps taken by the magement ahead of the move by the State Bank of India board that has in principle with the approval of the central government to acquire its five associate banks, which includes-Kerala’s own bank SBT. The new circular says that the banks halls should not be used for union activities and also prevents putting up of any notices, flex boards or such materials in the bank premises including its branches and its business units. “Who does not know that this is part of tightening the rules to go ahead with the acquisition. These curbs are not acceptable so is the proposed acquisition. In no way will this deter our ongoing struggle as we have over the years been subjected to numerous such measures adopted by magements and have fought all that successfully,” said senior CPI-M leader Elamaram Kareem, a former state Industry Minister and secretary of the CITU’s Kerala unit. IANS

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