India’s central bank employees strike over pensions

India's central bank-business-people re-el magazine

India’s central bank has been in a debate with the government over its interest rate setting process

20 November 2015

Tags: business, business news  financial news, business finance, small business websites

Most of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) 17,000 employees went on strike on Thursday in what the central bank described as “mass casual leave”.

The walk out resulted in “some interruptions” to clearing and settlement operations at the central bank, but it said that its systems were largely operational.

Four unions had called for the strike to demand better pension benefits.

It was also against reforms that would reduce the RBI’s regulatory powers.

The central bank has been in debate over its policy independence with the government, which has been trying to assert more influence over the RBI’s interest rate setting process.

The government wants to create a rate-setting board with its appointed members to vote on such decisions.

The RBI has cut interest rates four times this year, with the latest move in September to boost growth as inflation hit a record low on tumbling commodity prices.

‘Losing independence’

Union leaders said the dispute over retirement benefits showed that the bank was losing its independence, because it used raise pensions without approval from the government.

Workers want their pensions to be increased to reflect rising costs and payments to former employees raised by $75 (£49) a month so that they can afford healthcare.

The unions have warned of longer strikes in the near future if the central bank does not meet its demands.

Tags: business, business news  financial news, business finance, small business websites





Business see also….


UK’s coal plants to be phased out within 10 years

18 November 2015

rudd_pa-business news-people re-el magazineThe UK’s remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023,….read more



Narendra Modi praises Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘impressive’ technology

16 November 2015

india-s combine-business-people re-el magazineIndia’s prime minister has praised the Indian-owned carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) during a visit to the plant….read more



US personal lenders Springleaf and OneMain to combine

14 November 2015

dollars-business-people re-el magazineThe second largest provider of personal instalment loans in the US is to buy its biggest competitor… more



Poor China data, lower oil hit US share prices

10 November 2015

7cff073d94f031857d8d0b562aca90b562e494bf_originalUS stocks sank about one percent Monday as poor Chinese trade data and another fall in crude oil prices hit the….read more



Maggi noodles go back on sale in India after recall

9 November 2015

magginoodlepack-business-people re-el magazineNestle has relaunched its popular Maggi noodles in India, five months after a food scare saw them taken off shelves….read more