Thousands of Bank Employees as per the call of the United Forum of Bank Employees marched to Parliament on 15th September protesting against the anti-bank policies of the government and demanding to put a stop to Bank mergers and other such measures. Shouting slogans ‘Save Public Banks to Save the Nation’, ‘Peoples Money for Peoples Welfare’, Bank employees,including many women , ended the march with a big rally on Parliament street. Devidas Tuljapurkar, Joint Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association told The Citizen that the Unions have resolved to intensify the struggle if their demands were not met, and the government failed to adopt conciliatory measures.
Political leaders across the spectrum addressed the rally including the Shiv Sena, Left Parties, Congress, and Janata Dal(U) dissenting member Sharad Yadav. Com. Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPI(M), Tapan Sen, General Secretary CITU, D.Raja (CPI), Digvijay Singh(Congress) and others addressed.
The Parliament March was a declaration by the Bank employees that they will fight to the last to save the Banks, despite the attacks by the government. A Memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister after the rally and March.