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Circular No.7:VI:2014

March 17, 2014

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

WAGE REVISION – 10TH ROUND

DISCUSSION ON NON-MONETARY ISSUES

 

The 10th round of wage revision discussion with IBA core committee was held at Mumbai on 14th March, 2014 at 14.30 hrs.  As usual, all the eleven unions have participated in this round also.

 

2.         IBA committee was headed by Shri  R.K.Dubey, CMD, Canara Bank, Shri Rajiv Rishi, CMD, CBI, Shri Rakesh Sethi, CMD, Allahabad Bank, Shri Shailesh Verma, GM, SBI, Smt.Sushmalbali, GM, PNB, Shri Raj Kiran Rai, GM, CBI, Shri M.V.Tanksale, CEO, IBA, Shri K.Unnikrishnan, Dy.CEO, IBA, besides the HR officials from IBA.

 

3.         Since this round of their discussion is held after 5th March meet with Government authorities, the representatives of the IBA more or  less concurred with the press information appeared in the “Economic Times”.  The initial opening remarks of the IBA team on percentage of wage rise were only 10% of payslip components.

 

4.         As this meeting was specifically meant for discussion on non-monetary issues which were taken up for discussion in the previous round coupled with some issues listed in the joint Charter of Demands.  The issues are:

 

[a]        5 DAYS WEEK: It was informed that this issue was taken up with Govt. of India earlier, who have refused to see reasons solely because of financial inclusion.  However, the issue was effectively placed, based on the total transformation from brick and mortar banking to digitalisation era coupled with other similarly placed Institutions working for 5 days made the IBA to concede our request for re-presenting the same to higher authorities for necessary action.

 

[b]        REGULATED WORKING HOURS: On our presentation based on the Goipuria Committee report on customer committee, IBA representatives, while appreciating our concern, suggested to the team to present the same by way of a note specifically containing the alternatives to provide the comfort zone to officers in the Banking system.

 

[c]        PENSION RELATED ISSUES:

 

[i] Family Pension [ii] 100% DA to all retirees prior to 01.05.2005 [iii] Updation of pension

                       

IBA was also sharing our concern in the matter of issues of the Pensioners, however, agreed to address the first two issues as a priority one followed by the third as all the three items carry a cost.

 

5.         Housing to new Recruitees: In view of the large scale recruitment in clerical cadre, housing accommodation has become a serious problem because of high rental.  It was insisted in the discussion to favourably consider the demand.

 

6          Hospitalisation Expenses enhancement: It was reiterated again in this round that upward revision in the Hospitalisation enhancement should be favourably considered by IBA.

 

In response, IBA, has urged the representatives to reconsider the stand on the proposal of hospitalisation linked to Mediclaim Insurance Scheme.  Further all relevant clarification required will be certainly addressed by IBA.

 

7.         Compassionate Ground Appointments:  UFBU, vide its letter dated 30.10.2012, has requested IBA to recommend to Govt. of India for the compassionate ground appointments only.  This issue is hanging on fire right from 31.07.2004 in all the Banks.  There was also a commitment before the CLC in the month of January 2008 to consider the issue favourably along with the last wage revision exercise itself.

 

After our reiteration  of the demand of appointment only, IBA assured to take up the matter with Govt. of India for favourable consideration.

 

8.         Review of provision of Discipline and Appeal Regulation for officers:  It was agreed by IBA to go into details related [D&A] Regulations for officers, in a small committee meeting.  The dates will be finalised shortly for the same.

 

9.         Issues concerning Lady officers: Placement and postings of female officers, crèche facility and leave facilities were also taken up for discussion.  There is no finality arrived at.  However it will be taken up further for discussion with IBA with some more required and relevant inputs.

 

10.       Extension of NER allowance to officers belonging to the seven states: It has been brought to the notice of IBA, that RBI,  based on Govt. guidelines,  have extended the NER facilities to officers belonging to the States who are promoted and retained in NER itself.

 

IBA has agreed to examine the issue.

 

To conclude, this is the first time that the issues of non-monetary in nature have been taken up for discussion simultaneously with the financial issues.

 

The next round of discussion is expected to be held in the second week of April 2014, when the Nation will be in “Election mode”.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

Circular No.6/VI/2014

March 4, 2014

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

WAGE REVISION 9TH ROUND

STUCK AT MID WAY

 

The talks scheduled to be held on 13th February 2014, after our 48 hours strike, was to be postponed due to the preoccupation of the Chairman Negotiating Committee, IBA  with the external authorities outside the country.  Hence the 9th round of wage talks, was held at Mumbai, with all the eleven unions, as usual yesterday.

 

2.         The IBA team was headed by Shri T.M.Bhasin, Chairman, Negotiating Team, Shri Rajiv Rishi, CMD, CBI, Shri R.K.Dubey, CMD, Canara Bank, Dr.J.N.MIshra, DMD, SBI, Shri Shyam Srinivasan, CEO, Federal Bank, Shri Rakesh Sethi, ED, PNB, Shri M.V.Tanksale, CEO, IBA and Shri K.Unnikrishnan, Dy. CEO besides IR department officials of IBA.

 

3.         It was bolt from the blue IBA stuck to 10% wage increase on payslip components by reasoning alarming increase of bad loans in the Bank, huge provisioning for  pension as per the AS15 besides other external compulsions though it is not mandatory.  The 48 hours strike in February 2014 clearly demonstrated the seething anger of the workforce who are denied to have the share in the Gross profit cake ie; a minimum of 10% on the gross profit for the year ended 31.03.2012.

 

4.         The offer of the IBA was rejected by all the representatives of the Unions in one voice.  The other issues prioritised by UFBU in the morning meeting, were effectively placed to IBA team viz.,[i] 5 days Banking [ii] Regulated Working hours for officers [iii] improvement in Pension related issues [a] updation of pension [b] 100% DA Neutralisation and [c] Family Pension [iv] 100 reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses [self, spouse and dependents].

 

5.         The IBA proposal of 10% [ie] in quantum wise, payslip component of Rs.3150 crores together with Rs.260 croes for allowances etc., resulting in an overall cost of Rs.6740 crores with a condition tagged in the matter of loading of 2% for construction of pay scales.  The new emerging external environment in the matter of release of 10% to Central Govt., Employees and retired employee [to benefit 50 lacs + 30 lacs] coupled with merging 50% DA with basic pay as one of terms of the reference  in the 7th Pay Commission having a financial impact of over Rs.11000  crores, besides an agreement recently arrived in the steel sector exclusively for [BP + DA] increase and an interim relief of 27% considered by A.P.Govt.

 

6.         Tomorrow, the Chiefs of the PSBanks are scheduled to have a meeting with Hon’ble Finance Minister and also Secretary, DFS.  As per the reliable information one of the items listed for discussion is wage revision in the Banking Industry.  IBA has informed that they will revert back after the meetings to inform the position to unions

 

7.         AIBOA, as already expressed in clear terms, in retaliation to the FM statement on 11.02.2014, that we need reasonable respectable wage increase considering the four factors-risk, responsibility, accountability and transferability and also wage differentials earlier arrived at on account of Pay Commission from PCR period 1974.

 

8.         Every item is linked to a cost.  In the absence of the quantification of the cost on the issues raised in this round, IBA sought time to respond to our basic demands.

 

If we put it, the talks are stuck at midway, it is not an exaggeration.

 

Await  developments.

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


TALKS HELD TODAY 03.03.2014

 UFBU raised others issues like

                                              

                                                5 day Banking

                                                Regulated Working hours 

                                  Improvements in pension related issues including switch over from NPS to Old pension scheme 

                                                             Housing & Hospitalisation and also

                                                             Demanded  adequate wage increase

 IBA assured that

                                                              these matters will be discussed with Finance Ministry on 5th instant

                                                              And thereafter hold negotiations within 10 days – Circular follows-


 

Circular No.5/VI/2014

February 11, 2014

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

Dear comrades,

Congrats !  Bankmen!!

You have made it

The strike of 48 hours,  a resounding success

 

In the background of the 8th round of wage talks inching from 9.5% to 10% against the UFBU expectation of substantial increase necessitated to reply their rigid action on 27th JANUARY 2014 on the negotiation table, by serving 48 hours strike notice.

 

Reports are flowing uninterruptedly from the all over the country about the successful observance of strike call, as the entire workforce have felt the insult inflicted by IBA, who have failed to live upto the expressions made by IBA Chairman in the first round of discussions held on 22.02.2013 that the settlement would be concluded on 14th August 2013 with the reasonable, respectable and comparable wage revision compared with external factors.

 

Having earned a gross profit of Rs.1,12,290 crores [2011-12], the offer of IBA is too meagre as against the UFBU’s minimum demand of 30% on payslip components, submitted with sufficient details to IBA.  In the CLC[C] discussions at Delhi on 6th February 2014 too, the approach of IBA was too rigid.

 

Adding fuel to fire, the statement of Hon’ble Finance Minister in the meeting at Delhi yesterday, painted a picture that the entire profit earned are to be set apart for the wage increase for the Bankmen.  The expressions of the FM is really unfortunate and a provocative one.

 

If the Government and Banker set apart of 10% of the gross profit earned as at 31.03.2012, towards payslip components that step will be appreciated.  If the four defaulters of the country [ie] Kingfisher Airline Rs.2673 crores, Winsome Diamond and Jewellery Co., Ltd., Rs.2660 crores, Electrotherm India Ltd., Rs.2211 crores and Zoom Developers P Ltd., Rs.1810 crores amounting Rs.9354  crores would also suffice the minimum demand of the entire Banking workforce.

 

As per the practice, UFBU is to take call on the developments in toto and expected to chalk out the further agitational programmes of higher form.

 

Bankmen! You have done it !!

AIBOA shall live upto the expectation along with other Unions

In the Banking Industry.

 

With warmest greetings of the struggle.

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.4/VI/2014

January 31, 2014

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

Comrades,

 

COM.NARENDRA KOTIAWALA, JOINT GENERAL SECRETARY

ALL INDIA ORIENTAL BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION

APPOINTED AS OFFICER DIRECTOR

ON THE BOARD OF ORIENTAL BANK OF COMMERCE.

 

Government of India vide its notification F.No.6/5/2013-BO-I dated 30.01.2014 have appointed Com.Narendra Jivaraj Kotiawala, Joint General Secretary of AIOBOA as officer Director in the Board of “OBC” with effect from 30.01.2014 as AIBOA nominee for a period of three years.

 

All India Oriental Bank Officers’ Association represents 100% officers in the Bank led by our National President Com.S.S.Shishodia as General Secretary too.

 

Com.Narendra succeeds Com.S.S.Shishodia who was the representative of officers in the Bank’s Board for a period of 3 years upto third week of July 2013.

 

Com.Narendra is the General Secretary of Maharashtra State Committee of AIBOA and also Joint Secretary of AIBOA.  At present, he is the Faculty Member of the OBC Training College at Mumbai.  Good at academic besides a fine social worker too, he leads the Western Region unit of AIOBOA.

 

AIBOA congratulates AIOBOA for its contribution successively to the officer’s community in OBC coupled with holding the banner of AIBOA in the Industry.

 

Red Salutes to AIOBOA and its leadership.

 

Com.Narendra shall continue to perform the assigned tasks in his style within the Board of Bank and also to secure the best benefits to officer’s workforce of OBC during his tenure, of course besides the prime job of contributing his best in the decision making of the highest policy making today of the Bank on the rich traditions of AIBOA and come out with flying colours.

 

We wish him all the best in the new assignment.

 

Congrats Com.Narendra.

 

Yours comradely,

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

Circular No.3/VI/2014

January 27, 2014                                                                                                                              

  CAMP: MUMBAI

TO :

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

Dear Comrades

 

-                      8th Round talks – Result

-                      48 hours strike  Revived

-          10th Feb  2014 6 am to 12th Feb 2014 6 am.

 

In order to comply with the recorded minutes before CLC (C) on 13th Jan 2014, the 8th  round of wage revision talks was held at Mumbai today.  IBA team was captaioned by Shri T M Bhasin ,Chairman Negotiating Committee accompanied by Shri SL Bansal CMD OBC, Shri R K Dubey CMD Canara Bank, Shri Rajiv Rishi, CMD CBI, Dr J N Mishra DMD SBI, Shri Rakesh Sethi, ED PNB, Shri MV Tanksale, CEO IBA, Shri K Unnikrishnan Dy CEO, IBA besides HR department Officials of IBA.  All the eleven Unions participated in this round.

 

2. Preceding the meeting, UFBU held its meeting at SBI Central Office to discuss the plan of action to achieve the goal set.  AIBOA was represented by Com Alok Khare Vice Chairman, Com S S Shishodia President, Com Narendra Kotiawala, Jt Secretary and the undersigned in the meeting.  We have reiterated that the issues raised by the management should be rejected as they affect the basic service conditions of the entire workforce directly or indirectly.  Further it was also placed that “Regulated working hours for Officers, 5 days a week and Compassionate ground appointment” should not lose sight of.

 

3. IBA , while initiating the dialogue, reminded the participating unions to respond to the issues listed earlier ie i) C2C, ii) Hospitalisation linked to Insurance, iii) Negotiations upto Scale III Officers, as they have already  offered from 5% to 9.5% though they were not having the clearance  from the owners.  It was categorically made clear to IBA that the issues raised by them have been already replied in earlier rounds and reiterated that the proposals are totally unacceptable to UFBU.

 

4. After a prolonged exchanges, as the paying capacity is restricted on account of growing NPA in the Balance Sheet coupled with provisioning of pension liability, IBA expressed that they have to  stick to the offer of 10% a meager increase, against the demand of 30% increase in the pay slip component.

 

5. The net result of the entire exercise is to revive the 48 hours strike deferred earlier, from 6 am on 10th February 2014 to 6 am of 12th February 2014.

 

MARCH ON TO 48 HOURS STRIKE!

MAKE ALL OUT EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE TOTAL SUCCESS OF THE AGITATION !!

 


 

Yours Comradely

  

S NAGARAJAN

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.2:VI:2014

January 17, 2014

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 

Ø                  Wage Revision talks – 7th round- Developments

Ø        48 hours strike deferred

 

In the background of the conciliation proceedings held at the office of CLC[C] on 13th January 2014, the 7th round of talks was held at IBA office, Mumbai today.  IBA was represented by Shri T.M.Bhasin, Chairman, Negotiating Committee, IBA, Shri S.L.Bansal, CMD, OBC, Shri Rajiv Rishi, CMD, CBI, Dr.J.N.Mishra, DMD, SBI, Shri Rakesh Sethi, ED, PNB, Shri M.V.Tanksale, CEO, IBA, Shri K.Unnikrishnan, Dy.CEO besides the officials of HR department, IBA.

 

2.         The representatives of constituent unions met prior to IBA meeting for deciding the collective course of actions to move forward in the negotiations of wages and other issues listed in the Charter of Demands.

 

3.         As this meeting was the first one in 2014, pleasantries were exchanged.  Chairman, Negotiating Committee IBA initiated the dialogue by chronologically listing out the progress made in the earlier six rounds of discussions.  Taking forward the discussion, CEO, IBA reminded the constituent unions to respond to the three issues viz., [i] C2C [ii] negotiations for officer upto Scale III and [iii] Hospitalisation to be linked Health Insurance package.  While IBA is positive to move the matter further, sought to know the UFBU’s approach on the proposed strike on 20th/21st January 2014, saying that the owners are unhappy of declaring strike in the Industry.

 

4.         The Union’s representatives made it clear that unless there is substantial improvement in the offer already made, it would be difficult to take a call on the strike declared.  After repeated reiteration from our end, the IBA made an offer of “9.5%” increase on payslip components amounting to around Rs.3000 crores with an assurance to improve further.  The next date for discussion has been fixed to be held at Mumbai on 27.01.2014.

 

In view of the forward movement in the talks, it was decided to defer the “48 hours strike” on 20th & 21st January 2014.

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.1/VI/2014

January 2, 2014

 

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 

 YEAR  2014

OUR  HOPES  LIES,  DESPITE  UNCERTAINITY

 

The calendar events of 2013 unfolded the highs and lows of the political system in the world.  Election of Mr.Barrack Obama, second time to lead USA tagged with stiff resistance by the Democrats not allowing the senate to clear the “Health care law” thereby pushing the USA Government to pack off the workers for an unpaid holiday of 17 days working in all Government establishments of essential in nature.

 

In the last month of the yester year, the world lost one of the elderly statesmen, the leader of anti apartheid and National Liberation movement of South Africa Com.Nelson Mandela. He experimented the principle of non-violence, practiced by “Father of our Nation” Mr.Gandhi equally united the communists, democrats and anti-apartheid sections and tribes of South Africa.  He was successful in bringing peace between the two groups of people and also awarded the Noble Prize shared by him with Mr.F.De Clark.

 

Our nation suffered one of the worst hit natural furies in Uttarakhand and devasting storm “Phailin” in “Andhra” and “Odisha”.  Likewise the attack of “typhoons” in Philippines.  In the global economy performance of external economises, have more of direct impact / influence in our National economy.  USA, the main contributor is attempting to cover up the “opportunity lost curve”.  The immediate impact on account of USA was on Europe, Japan and also in other nations.

 

In the economy of our Nation, GDP growth has declined from 10.5% [2010-11] to 3.37 in 2013.  Industrial growth which led to the growth in the past had collapsed.  The payment deficit was at $27 billion dollar 50% was adjusted through reserves, foreign investment inflows were not enough to bridge the minimum deficit.  Inflation in consumer prices at 10% causing concern to each and every individual citizen of our dear Nation.  The working people of the country organised by the “CTUs” resorted to two days strike call on 20th and 21st February 2013, bringing the nation’s functioning to a grinding halt.  The participation by the entire banking workforce in the “12 crore participation”  in the strike call, over shadowed the press coverage.  It was followed by the reiteration in the meeting held at Delhi on 6th August 2013, culminating in a “Parliament Morcha” by workers in which, our organisation also participated with our strengthen drawn from the various states.

 

The Industry in which, we are placed, the lifeline of the Nation, is saddled with larger amount of Bad loans.  The reasons are very many, but “wilful defaulters” numbering 50 contributed a huge sum of Rs.41,000/- crores.  Performance of the national economy is truly reflected in the performance of the banking system.

 

The Banking Industry also saw appointment of Ms.A.Bhattacharaya, the first Woman Chairman of the 200 year old State Bank of India which handles 1/4th of the total Banking business.  Further, 2013, a new Banking outfit exclusively to cater the need of women predominantly has been established on 19th November 2013 at Mumbai and the responsibility has been entrusted to Ms. Usha Ananthsubramanian with “125” workforce, all women.

 

The past elections are of any indication based on the performance of 5 State assemblies, certainly surprise are to be witnessed  coupled with middle class segment prefer to exercise the “right to elect” a clean and good candidate to participate in the democratic process.  But, will it provide a stable Government at the centre is to be seen?  The common man of this country really need a change where a transparent and accountable Government emerges from this crisis.

 

On the wage front, this year in the background of National elections scheduled to be in 5 phases would be realised or not is a million dollar question.  Certainly uncertainty looms large.  Attack on Bankers and its workforce is the order of the day.  Denial of basic right to organise the Banking workforce in a leading Bank is an eye opener.  Dividing the officers and attempting to rewrite the slogan of “divide and rule” inspite of the “PCR” implemented in Banking in two doses in July 1979 and October 1979, in our Industry needs to resisted, repulsed and rejected.  Looking to the large scale retirement in the Banking Industry, new norms of wage fixation is being proposed.  Having contributed a substantial quantum as gross profits as at 31.03.2012 and the meagre offer of Rs.1575 crores in the sixth round of talks by the IBA provoked an action of retaliation.  It has to be jacked up further.

 

In the year 2014, as Chinese Philosopher Confucius has said

 

 

“ When it’s obvious the Goals can not be reached

Don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action”

 

 With NEW YEAR GREETINGS,

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 


 

Circular 20/VI/2013

December  24,  2013

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

v        SECOND  PHASE  OF  AGITATIONAL  PROGRAMMES

v        48 HOURS  STRIKE  –  20TH AND 21ST JANUARY  2014

 

As decided in the earlier meetings held at Chennai and Mumbai to review exercise of the successful implementations of decision to observe the strike on 18.12.2013 was undertaken in the meeting held at Hyderabad on 23.12.2013 under the Chairmanship of Com.K.K.Nair, Chairman, UFBU.  AIBOA was represented by Com.V.Anilkumar, Secretary and General Secretary, A.P.State Committee along with Com.Giri Srinivas, Secretary, A.P.State Committee.

 

The meeting expressed its condolence over the sad demise of Hon’ble Minister of Labour Sri Sis Ram Ola, who passed away recently.

 

The meeting recorded its appreciation for the wholehearted participation of entire workforce of the constituent unions in making the 18th strike a massive success.  Further, it also placed on record for the solidarity support extended by the “CTUs”, United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees and also from AIIEA.

 

In the event of IBA failing to improve the offer and also conclude the wage revision within a specified timeframe, after due deliberations, it was decided to observe the following action programmes.

 

JANUARY 2014

Month long preparatory meetings, rallies, protest demonstrations, postering, badge wearing etc.

 

ON OR BEFORE

10.01.2014

Submission of memorandum by all employees demanding wage revision addressed to – Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Chairman IBA

 

48 hours strike

06.00 am – 20.01.2014  to  06.00 am – 22.01.2014

 

FEBRUARY 2014

Signature campaign by all employees and also by the Public against Banking Sec tor reforms.

FEB 2014 / MARCH 2014

More strike actions including indefinite strike.

 

 

This situation has been forced upon us by the Bankers and the owners.  The reply to their response  should be through a sustained programmes of actions culminating in a “48 hours strike action from 06.00 am of 20.01.2014 to 06.00 am of 22.01.2014”.

 

Onward march to execute preparatory exercise for the 48 hours strike.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

It always seems impossible until it’s done

=Nelson Mandela=


Circular No.19/VI/2013

December 19, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

Comrades,

 

WORKERS MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

 

As decided by the “Workers Parliament” on 4th September 2011 at Delhi, two All India Strikes were held ie; one in February 2012 and another in February 2013 along with the “CTUs”, to draw the attention of the Central Government to consider the demands of the citizen of the country.

 

2.         On 18th February 2013, the CTU leaders were invited for a meeting by the Government to have interaction with group of Ministers.  “GOM”, as we normally experience in any negotiation, sought time to go into the demands and to respond the same, they sought time from CTUs.  The strike in February 2013, was a resounding success and role of the financial sector workers was stupendous in making the Govt., at the centre to experience the heat and the anger of a common man of this Nation.

 

3.         On 12th December 2013, the first and pioneering Trade Union of the country “All India Trade Union Congress” contact with the grass root level workers of all categories, was manifested with largest participation in the march, drawn from all over the country.  Members belonging to other Central Trade Unions were also participated in the long march from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar.  The leader of the working class appealed to the workers assembled to maintain the unity amongst toiling masses and also prepare for the further struggles.

 

4.         Financial Sector workers play a dominant role in the  growing economy.  In India, they are the wealth creators in true sense of terms.  RS.130 lac crores is the business handled by the Bankmen of this country.  Huge bad loans are the speed breakers in the system.  Wilful defaulters list is long, those who owe Rs. one crore and above to the Banking system.

 

5.         The first Banking Trade Union in the Country, AIBEA, was the first to publish the book on Bank defaulters of our Nation in the first decade of reform period.  Publishing the names of the defaulters, bringing them under the criminal law provisions etc., are the main demands.  AIBEA on 5th December 2013 published the list of top 50 defaulters who totally owe a sum of Rs.41000 crores.  It had also demanded to fix the responsibility on the top brass of the Banks as they are the functional and fountain heads of the financial body.  As Public Sector Banks are national building instruments, it should be preserved, protected and promoted.  In retaining the Public Sector character of Banks, the struggles are also participated by AIBOA men and women, continuously.  The long march on 11th December 2013 was fifth in the series, in fighting  the reform agenda of the present Government.

 

6.         On both days, organising the rally for participation was meticulously done and executed by Delhi State Committee headed by Com.S.S.Shishodia, President, AIBOA ably assisted by the other leading comrades of the State Committee.

 

Our Office Bearers Com.Alok Khare, Com.S.S.Shishoida, Com.Dr.Kumar Arvind,  Com.R.Venkatesh Babu, Com.S.N.Dutta, Com.V.P.Ponkshe, Com.T.R.Verma, Com.Sanjay Khan and Com.P.G.R.Banninthaya had attended the morchas.  In the rally held on 11.12.2013 on behalf of our organisation Com.S.S.Shishodia and the undersigned addressed the participants for a brief time.

 

Yours comradely,

 

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.18/VI/2013

December 18, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL  UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

AGAIN, YOU  HAVE  MADE  IT

TODAY’S STRIKE ACTION

A   MASSIVE  SUCCESS

 

We have on our hand the reports of overwhelming response to the call for strike today observed from all over the country.  Congratulations, you have made it to happen.

 

The inadequate offer of 5% wage increase representing a quantum of Rs.1575 crores by the IBA in the negotiation held at Mumbai  on 14th December 2013 followed by the rigid approach exhibited before CLC[C] on 16.12.2013 at New Delhi, provided the concrete background to unleash the warm up exercise of agitation.

 

The mood of total workforce is expecting for a sustained struggle against twin points agenda for serious follow up, to get the reform agenda of the Government folded up and also to get a reasonable,  respectable wage revision, as we, the workforce have contributed for the manifold growth of the Banks business and also substantial operating profit for the year ended 31.03.2012.

 

The message is loud and clear.  The united struggle can alone provide relief to the workforce in the Banking Industry.  The manifold business increase with tremendous pressure on the field level working force is necessarily to be compensated adequately.

 

To steer the change in any system the need of the hour is united strength of the workforce.  Hence await further information from the Hyderabad meet on 23.12.2013.

 

With greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

 

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

 

Circular letter No.10/VI/2013

December 4, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

v        ALL INDIA STAY OUT STRIKE ON 18.12.2013

v        ISSUES  - IMMEDIATE WAGE REVISION – TO STOP BANKING REFORMS

v        CALENDAR OF PROGRAMMES

 

As per the decision arrived at in the meeting held on 20.11.2013 at Chennai,  the notice of strike dated 02.12.2013 was served by UFBU to Chairman, IBA with a copy to CLC[Central], New Delhi and Chiefs of all Banks, for realising the demands mentioned herein above.

 

The following programmes of actions are to be adhered to by our State Committees/Units

 

05.12.2013

Letter to IBA, by State Committees and affiliated Units

06.12.2013

Mass demonstration in State Capitals and other major centres

16.12.2013

Badge wearing

17.12.2013

Mass demonstrations, rallies, processions in all centres

18.12.2013

ALL INDIA STRIKE – Rallies/Demonstrations

 

While the constituent Unions have submitted the Joint Charter of Demands on 30.10.2012 to IBA, IBA assured to settle the issue of wage revision at the earliest and even the date of concluding the wage settlement was set on 14.08.2013.

 

The attitudes of the IBA, Government of India and Reserve Bank of India are clearly against the interest of Bank workforce, interest of the Nation and above all interest of depositors, who have invested hard earned savings in the Public Sector Banks.

 

Inspite of “Standing Committee of Finance” have opposed the proposal of granting new licences to corporates, RBI is bent upon going ahead with the exercise.  Public  Sector Banks have stood the test of the times under the Regulatory regime and they are the nation buildings instruments.  These  Institution are to be protected, preserved and also promoted.

 

Hence, we call upon the affiliates and State Committees to implement the programmes with utmost seriousness, so as, the authorities to feel the heat of the agitation in full measure.

 

ONWARD MARCH TO ALL INDIA BANK STRIKE ON 18.12.2013.

 

Unity, Struggles, Progress our watchword

Let us face the challenges unitedly.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

EncL: draft letter


Dt. 5-12-2013

 

From: [Unit / SC Address]

 

 

 

Fax: 022-22184222/22154131

 

                                                     

To

Chairman                                                        

Indian Banks Association   

6th Floor, Centre 1,                                                                                                                  email:[1] tanksale@iba.org.in [2]webmaster@iba.org.in

World Trade Complex,

Cuffe Parade, Mumbai-400005

 

Dear Sir,

 

You are well aware that the previous wage settlement has expired on 31-10-2012 and hence a revised settlement has become due from 1-11-2012.  In order to negotiate  the revised wages and service conditions of bank employees and officers, all the Unions under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions have submitted their common charter of demands in October, 2013.  Even the formal negotiations were started in February, 2013, so far only 5 rounds of discussions have taken place and further, IBA has not so far come out with their offer on the demands raised by the Unions.

 

It will be appreciated that the alarming and unabated price rise have seriously eroded the income of the employees and hence the wage revision has become all the more important.  The Consumer Price Index has gone up by almost 2400 points under (1960=100) Index series since November, 2007.  Hence wage revision to catch up with the high inflation and price rise has become an urgent necessity.

Similarly, the workload in the bank branches has gone up substantially due to increase in total volume of business and also due to non-provision of adequate staff and officers in the branches.  Employees and officers are working under a lot of stress and strain.  The job profile of the staff has also undergone a change and all these require to be properly remunerated with adequate increase in wages.  For this reason also the wage increase has become important.

 

But unfortunately, the IBA is delaying the Settlement and during the last one year, not even their minimum offer has been indicated to the Unions. 

 

In view of the delay and the casual approach of the IBA, it has become necessary to express our protest over the delay and to demand wage revision settlement.

 

Accordingly, at the call of United Forum of Bank unions, all the employees and officers in the Banks will be observing a day’s protest strike on 18th December, 2013.

 

While endorsing the strike call, we demand of the IBA to expedite the negotiations in a time-bound manner and conclude the settlement immediately.

 

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

 

 

[GENERAL SECRETARY]

copy to: 

 

Convener, UFBU, Hyderabad [ufbu.hyd@gmail.com]   

AIBOA, Central Office, Chennai [aiboa.hq@gmail.com]

 


 

Circular No.17/VI/2013

November 22, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

 

UNCONCERNED ATTITUDE FORCE

THE UNIONS TO GIVE THE STRIKE CALL

ON 19TH DECEMBER 2013.

 

 

The meeting originally fixed to be held on 21st November 2013 at Mumbai was preponed to the Wednesday the 20th November 2013 at 15.00 hrs at Chennai.  The representatives of Unions had the benefit of the sharing of the information of the meeting held with Government of India at Delhi on 14th November 2013.  Between the last meeting held on 11th October 2013 and till this meeting, the development in the Banking arena and also the oft repeated proposals of mergers and takeovers echoed through the press by the Controller of the financial system, forced the representatives to resist the proposed moves through collective and decisive strength of Bankmen.

 

As the issues affecting the Industry and also the workforce are equally important, it was decided unanimously to call upon the entire workforce to observe the Strike on 19.12.2013.

 

We call upon the members and Units to make all out preparations to execute the call of strike with seriousness.

 

Onward to strike on 19th December 2013.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

 

The content of the communication released by the Convenor UFBU is reproduced:

 

“A meeting of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) was held in Chennai yesterday i.e., 20th November 2013 under the chairmanship of Com. K K Nair, Chairman of UFBU and the representatives of all constituent unions/associations of UFBU were present.

 

The developments in the areas of wage negotiations, reform policies of the Government in the banking sector, the speed with which the Government is proceeding in implementation of reforms were reviewed and extensive deliberations were made on the issues confronting the bank employees.

 

The meeting noted with concern, the lackadaisical attitude of the Government/IBA in the area of wage negotiations that resulted in inordinate and undue delay in the process of negotiations.  Taking into consideration the insignificant progress in the process of negotiations despite a lapse of more than a year since commencement of the process and the financial pressure on employees due to high inflation, the representatives of all constituent unions of UFBU unanimously decided to press the demands through agitation programmes including strike action as there is no positive response from the Government/IBA to settle the 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement at the earliest.

 

The meeting also expressed its strong protest against the various measures being taken by the Government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the name of financial reforms inasmuch as the proposals like allowing foreign banks to enter India in a big way with near ‘national treatment’, which would enable them to take over our banks, the discussion paper released by RBI recently on Banking Structure in India and the thinking of RBI to consider granting of licenses to open Private and Foreign Banks under New Bank Licensing Policy, etc., are designed to eliminate the public sector character in the Country which are not in the interests of general public, who have faith and feel more secured with the Public Sector Banks. 

 

Further, the meeting condemned the recent decision of NABARD to convert the Primary Agriculture Co-operatives (PACs) as Business Correspondent (BC) of District Co-operative Credit Banks (DCCBs), thereby around 2.2 lac permanent employees working in PACs would be affected and adopted a resolution extending solidarity support to the agitating employees of PACs.

 

Considering all the above aspects, the meeting decided to give a call for     

All India Bank Strike for one day on 19th December 2013 demanding

 

·         IMMEDIATE WAGE REVISION

·         TO STOP BANKING REFORMS

 

Details of agitation programmes will be issued in due course.

 

The representatives of all the constituent Unions of UFBU further decided to meet on 23rd December 2013 to review the position and chalk out further agitation programmes, if need be.

 

Comrades, there is no significant progress in the 10th Bipartite Wage negotiations even though it was initially assured by IBA to conclude the wage negotiation process at the earliest.  It is disappointing to note that even the rate of increase is not yet offered by the negotiating authorities despite the lapse of more than a year.  We are left with no option except to resort to agitation programmes including strike action.

 

Comrades, let us march on with all the strength at our command and make agitation programmes a grand success not only to achieve reasonable wage increase at the earliest but also to thwart the anti-public and anti-national moves of the policymakers in the name of financial reforms.”

 


 

Circular letter No.10/VI/2013

December 4, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

v        ALL INDIA STAY OUT STRIKE ON 18.12.2013

v        ISSUES  - IMMEDIATE WAGE REVISION – TO STOP BANKING REFORMS

v        CALENDAR OF PROGRAMMES

 

As per the decision arrived at in the meeting held on 20.11.2013 at Chennai,  the notice of strike dated 02.12.2013 was served by UFBU to Chairman, IBA with a copy to CLC[Central], New Delhi and Chiefs of all Banks, for realising the demands mentioned herein above.

 

The following programmes of actions are to be adhered to by our State Committees/Units

 

05.12.2013

Letter to IBA, by State Committees and affiliated Units

06.12.2013

Mass demonstration in State Capitals and other major centres

16.12.2013

Badge wearing

17.12.2013

Mass demonstrations, rallies, processions in all centres

18.12.2013

ALL INDIA STRIKE – Rallies/Demonstrations

 

While the constituent Unions have submitted the Joint Charter of Demands on 30.10.2012 to IBA, IBA assured to settle the issue of wage revision at the earliest and even the date of concluding the wage settlement was set on 14.08.2013.

 

The attitudes of the IBA, Government of India and Reserve Bank of India are clearly against the interest of Bank workforce, interest of the Nation and above all interest of depositors, who have invested hard earned savings in the Public Sector Banks.

 

Inspite of “Standing Committee of Finance” have opposed the proposal of granting new licences to corporates, RBI is bent upon going ahead with the exercise.  Public  Sector Banks have stood the test of the times under the Regulatory regime and they are the nation buildings instruments.  These  Institution are to be protected, preserved and also promoted.

 

Hence, we call upon the affiliates and State Committees to implement the programmes with utmost seriousness, so as, the authorities to feel the heat of the agitation in full measure.

 

ONWARD MARCH TO ALL INDIA BANK STRIKE ON 18.12.2013.

 

Unity, Struggles, Progress our watchword

Let us face the challenges unitedly.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

EncL: draft letter


Dt. 5-12-2013

 

From: [Unit / SC Address]

 

 

 

Fax: 022-22184222/22154131

 

                                                     

To

Chairman                                                        

Indian Banks Association   

6th Floor, Centre 1,                                                                                                                  email:[1] tanksale@iba.org.in [2]webmaster@iba.org.in

World Trade Complex,

Cuffe Parade, Mumbai-400005

 

Dear Sir,

 

You are well aware that the previous wage settlement has expired on 31-10-2012 and hence a revised settlement has become due from 1-11-2012.  In order to negotiate  the revised wages and service conditions of bank employees and officers, all the Unions under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions have submitted their common charter of demands in October, 2013.  Even the formal negotiations were started in February, 2013, so far only 5 rounds of discussions have taken place and further, IBA has not so far come out with their offer on the demands raised by the Unions.

 

It will be appreciated that the alarming and unabated price rise have seriously eroded the income of the employees and hence the wage revision has become all the more important.  The Consumer Price Index has gone up by almost 2400 points under (1960=100) Index series since November, 2007.  Hence wage revision to catch up with the high inflation and price rise has become an urgent necessity.

Similarly, the workload in the bank branches has gone up substantially due to increase in total volume of business and also due to non-provision of adequate staff and officers in the branches.  Employees and officers are working under a lot of stress and strain.  The job profile of the staff has also undergone a change and all these require to be properly remunerated with adequate increase in wages.  For this reason also the wage increase has become important.

 

But unfortunately, the IBA is delaying the Settlement and during the last one year, not even their minimum offer has been indicated to the Unions. 

 

In view of the delay and the casual approach of the IBA, it has become necessary to express our protest over the delay and to demand wage revision settlement.

 

Accordingly, at the call of United Forum of Bank unions, all the employees and officers in the Banks will be observing a day’s protest strike on 18th December, 2013.

 

While endorsing the strike call, we demand of the IBA to expedite the negotiations in a time-bound manner and conclude the settlement immediately.

 

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

 

 

[GENERAL SECRETARY]

copy to: 

 

Convener, UFBU, Hyderabad [ufbu.hyd@gmail.com]   

AIBOA, Central Office, Chennai [aiboa.hq@gmail.com]

 


Circular Letter No.9/VI/2013

November 23, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

PROFIT NOT AT THE COST OF PUBLIC

 

Any Time Money [ATM] the alternative delivery channel brought into the Banking system, during first decade of reform in India, has unleased new working environment [ie];

 

i]          The service providers are entrusted with the contract of cash management, maintaining sufficient cash in the ATMs, watch and ward staff appointed on contract.

ii]         Installation of ATM machines by the firms with Global exposure

iii]        Access to money by any passerby etc.

 

            The recent attack of a female officer staff working in “Corporation Bank, Bengaluruwhile remaining inside the ATM, clearly expose the lackadaisical attitude of the Bank managements in providing safety and security to the public at large and also the staff appointed on contract or otherwise to attend to the assignment.

 

There is a definite disconnect between the Branch and the ATM outfit in all respects. ATMs have been programmed to deal with a dozen jobs handled by the present workforce at the counter.  With no immediate liability to the service provider to compensate the user on account of the physical assault as that of the one happened at Bengaluru, public at large are always at risk and loss of peace.  The safety and security of the property and also of human lives are necessarily to be protected and preserved.

 

            The outsourcing business model agreed by the Bank management is necessarily under the “cost cutting exercise dictated and directed by the controller and also the owner of the Public Sector Banks.  Visible job losses, now attack on the security of life of the customer and also of the staff, are more and more becoming the order of the day.  This menace has to be fought tooth and nail.

 

            The tendency of the Bank managements to shift their responsibility in the event of calamity is well known and also experienced by the public time and again.  As the saying goes, People money for People welfare, it is time for the Bank managements to reasonably respond to this grave situation created due to poor execution of service contracts by out sourced agencies.

 

Our Organisation congratulates the Govt. of Karnataka for its immediate steps to secure the life of the citizens in the state and also directed the Bank managements to provide adequate security in the  ATMs within three days lest to close the ATMs in the State.

 

AIBOA directs the affiliated units and State Committees to take up with Central office of the Banks having the headquarters in their State to provide adequate security and safety to the public transacting through ATMs.

 

Yours comradely,

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

 

Circular No.17/VI/2013

November 22, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

 

UNCONCERNED ATTITUDE FORCE

THE UNIONS TO GIVE THE STRIKE CALL

ON 19TH DECEMBER 2013.

 

 

The meeting originally fixed to be held on 21st November 2013 at Mumbai was preponed to the Wednesday the 20th November 2013 at 15.00 hrs at Chennai.  The representatives of Unions had the benefit of the sharing of the information of the meeting held with Government of India at Delhi on 14th November 2013.  Between the last meeting held on 11th October 2013 and till this meeting, the development in the Banking arena and also the oft repeated proposals of mergers and takeovers echoed through the press by the Controller of the financial system, forced the representatives to resist the proposed moves through collective and decisive strength of Bankmen.

 

As the issues affecting the Industry and also the workforce are equally important, it was decided unanimously to call upon the entire workforce to observe the Strike on 19.12.2013.

 

We call upon the members and Units to make all out preparations to execute the call of strike with seriousness.

 

Onward to strike on 19th December 2013.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

 

The content of the communication released by the Convenor UFBU is reproduced:

 

“A meeting of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) was held in Chennai yesterday i.e., 20th November 2013 under the chairmanship of Com. K K Nair, Chairman of UFBU and the representatives of all constituent unions/associations of UFBU were present.

 

The developments in the areas of wage negotiations, reform policies of the Government in the banking sector, the speed with which the Government is proceeding in implementation of reforms were reviewed and extensive deliberations were made on the issues confronting the bank employees.

 

The meeting noted with concern, the lackadaisical attitude of the Government/IBA in the area of wage negotiations that resulted in inordinate and undue delay in the process of negotiations.  Taking into consideration the insignificant progress in the process of negotiations despite a lapse of more than a year since commencement of the process and the financial pressure on employees due to high inflation, the representatives of all constituent unions of UFBU unanimously decided to press the demands through agitation programmes including strike action as there is no positive response from the Government/IBA to settle the 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement at the earliest.

 

The meeting also expressed its strong protest against the various measures being taken by the Government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the name of financial reforms inasmuch as the proposals like allowing foreign banks to enter India in a big way with near ‘national treatment’, which would enable them to take over our banks, the discussion paper released by RBI recently on Banking Structure in India and the thinking of RBI to consider granting of licenses to open Private and Foreign Banks under New Bank Licensing Policy, etc., are designed to eliminate the public sector character in the Country which are not in the interests of general public, who have faith and feel more secured with the Public Sector Banks. 

 

Further, the meeting condemned the recent decision of NABARD to convert the Primary Agriculture Co-operatives (PACs) as Business Correspondent (BC) of District Co-operative Credit Banks (DCCBs), thereby around 2.2 lac permanent employees working in PACs would be affected and adopted a resolution extending solidarity support to the agitating employees of PACs.

 

Considering all the above aspects, the meeting decided to give a call for     

All India Bank Strike for one day on 19th December 2013 demanding

 

·         IMMEDIATE WAGE REVISION

·         TO STOP BANKING REFORMS

 

Details of agitation programmes will be issued in due course.

 

The representatives of all the constituent Unions of UFBU further decided to meet on 23rd December 2013 to review the position and chalk out further agitation programmes, if need be.

 

Comrades, there is no significant progress in the 10th Bipartite Wage negotiations even though it was initially assured by IBA to conclude the wage negotiation process at the earliest.  It is disappointing to note that even the rate of increase is not yet offered by the negotiating authorities despite the lapse of more than a year.  We are left with no option except to resort to agitation programmes including strike action.

 

Comrades, let us march on with all the strength at our command and make agitation programmes a grand success not only to achieve reasonable wage increase at the earliest but also to thwart the anti-public and anti-national moves of the policymakers in the name of financial reforms.”

 


 

Circular Letter No.8:VI:2013

October 30, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 

®     Workers Parliament – Follow up Measures- Convention held on 6th August 2013

®     C.T.U.s Parliament March on 12th December, 2013

®     Parliament March on 11th December 2013 organised by AIBEA on Banking Sector Issues

 

On 4th September, 2011, the Central Trade Unions viz., BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF, SEWA  organised a “Workers Parliament” at New Delhi and unanimously resolved to escalate the programmes of actions against the anti-people and anti-labour policies of the Central Govt., highlighting the following points.

 

 

1.     No Contractorisation of work of permanent / perennial nature and payment of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry / establishment.

2.     Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the  schedules  and  fixation  of  statutory  minimum wage at not less than Rs. 10, 000/- linked with cost price index.

3.     Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; Increase the quantum of gratuity.

4.     Assured Pension for all

5.     Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Conventions Nos. 87 and 98

 

Accordingly, AIBOA along with AIBEA, particpated in the “All India Stay out Strike” on 28th February 2012 and demonstrated our concern in common cause with Central Trade Unions.

 

The Government of India continued to be callously indifferent and was absolutely unconcerned with the massive response of the common people of our dear Nation.  While reviewing the performance of action by the “CTUs”, the following additional points to the earlier 5 point agenda making it 10 point charter.  The strike of 28.02.2012 received worldwide coverage too.

 

1.     Concrete measures to contain price rise

2.     Concrete measures for employment generation,

3.     Strict enforcement of labour laws,

4.     Universal social security cover for organized and unorganized workers and creation of National Social Security Fund

5.     Stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State PSUs / Undertakings

 

Once again, AIBOA gave a call for a strike as per the decision of Office Bearers meeting held at Delhi on 5th February 2013.  During the interim period of one year the living condition of the citizen of the country deteriorated steeply.  As if the Govt., wanted to avert the “2 days strike”,  having sensed the mood and serious preparations by the total CTUs, a meeting of “G.O.M”. with TU leaders was arranged on 18.02.2013 at 8.00 pm.  The last minute attempt of the Government was nothing but an eyewash.  The strike on “20th & 21st February 2013” was a resounding success.  Unions in the Financial sector stole the show, as the lifeline of the economy was choked.

 

On review of the situation by the CTUs in the convention held at Delhi on 6th August 2013 Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman and Com.Sanjay Khan, Joint Secretary, represented AIBOA.  The convention decided the two stages of programmes of action ie; on 25th September 2013[Dharna] and the next one on 12th December 2013.[Morcha to Parliament]

 

AIBOA having always identified with the common people causes/issues and participated in the one/two days strike on”28.02.2012 and on 20th and 21st February 2013, naturally shall participate in the Morcha organised by CTUs on 12th December, 2013.

 

The lifeline of the economy is the Banking activities.  Having the capacity to handle a total business of the Rs.131 lacs crores business as on 20.09.2013, the importance given by the owner and the controller to the Financial system is absolutely scanty.  “New Licensing policy”, foreign Banks have been indicated to take over Private Sector Banks “Specialised Banks” and Banks are free to open Bank branches are some the pronounced approach of the RBI.  Non performing Assests – Bad loan portfolio of each Bank is on the rise and hence alarming.

 

AIBOA in its sixth conference held at chennai in December 2011, resolved to fight against the Government anti people, anti labour and also the Reforms policy that affects the Banking Industry too.

 

AIBEA,in its 27th conference held at Kochi, resolved to take up the issues affecting the Banking system to draw the pointed attention of Government of India through a “Parliament Morcha” on 11th December 2013.  Keeping up the tradition of fighting for the common cause in Banking Industry along with AIBEA, all our units are advised to participate in the Parliament Morcha on both days without fail.  More focussed attention shall be by the State Committees of “Delhi”, “Rajasthan”, “ Haryana”, ”Punjab” and  “UP” and hence they have to organise the officers for the Morcha in a big way.  Please take all steps to make the participation a meaningful and effective.

 

Yours comradely,

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


CircularNo.16/VI/2013

October 12, 2013

 

 

TO                                                                                                                

ALL UNITS/STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades

 

                  > WAGE REVISION 5TH ROUND

      >NO HEADWAY MADE  ON LOAD FACTOR

               > DEMONSTRATION ON 22 -10-2013

 

The 5th round of Wage talks on 11-10-2013 was held at IBA Office , WTC Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.The IBA team was headed by Sri R K Dubey , Chairman Core Group under Negotiating Committee , Sri Balakrishna V Chabubal DMD of State Bank of India, Sri S K Das, ED Bank of Baroda, Sri Rakesh K Sethi , ED PNB, Sri K Unnikrishnan, DY CEO, IBA besides the IBA Officers associated with the back up team.  Eleven Unions’ representatives were present in the discussions.

 

2.         Preceded by this meeting , was the meeting of 9 unions at the Office of All India State Bank of India Staff Federation, 2nd Floor State Bank of India H Q Nariman Point Mumbai to draw the collective and cohesive plan of presentation of views of all the participants.  The issues taken up for discussion were

 

 a)        Hospitalisation Scheme IBA Proposal,

 b)       Compassionate ground appointment Status

 c)        Uniform holidays cheque truncation system (CTS)

 d)       Wage Load ,

 e)        Expeditious conclusion of  talks

 f)         Increase in the number of participants in the negotiation

 g)       Change in the D A Pattern  - Index and also monthly payment  of

per point rise

 h)       keeping the  superannuation cost outside the wage calculation etc 

 i)         Officers’ Unions’ demand of negotiating for all the officers up to scale VII instead of upto  scale III as proposed by  IBA and

 j)         5days a week.

 

3.         As per the practice of IBA, the meeting was used to be held in three sessions  i.e. one common session with all the eleven unions, one exclusive session with Officers unions’ and the next one with workmen unions’ with a lunch break.  But this time it was clubbed to only one session spreading over a period 120 minutes from 12.15 hours.

 

4.         IBA side was more keen to have a dialogue reinitiated on hospitalisation scheme along with the response to the clarifications sought by the unions and also to draw up the components for filling up the “wage  basket” for proceeding further in the wage talks.

 

5          Since the entire exercise was more of sharing informations and viewpoints from both the sides, with no conclusive decision on issues raised by us with particular reference to wage load in the background of external developments taking place like appointment of 7th pay commission ahead of the commencement day ie 1 1 2016 and the Port and Dock workers issues getting underway, it was felt necessary that the participating unions are forced to the wall to pursue the path of agitation as   “ united struggles can alone provide the progress in the matter”.

 

6.         Assessing the mood and the restiveness of the rank and file , it was decided by the 9 Unions to hold a demonstration on the Tuesday, the 22-10-2013 at all the State Capitals and Major centres with  a single point agenda of “Expeditious wage settlement”.

 

7. AIBOA,  directs all State Committees and affiliated units to participate in the demonstration to be held on 22-10-2013 (Tuesday) throughout the country and make it a grand success.

 

With greetings

 

 

Yours comradely

 

/S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

Circular Letter No. 6/VI/2013

September 24, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

Comrades,

 

PROGRAMMES OF ACTION STAND DEFERRED

KUDOS TO RAJASTHAN AND PUNJAB STATE COMMITTEES

 

From August 2010, the threats of “mergers and acquisitions” had gained the momentum, when State Bank of India and erstwhile State Bank of India Boards were compelled to fall in line with the thinking of Government of India on amalgamation of Banks.

 

We, from AIBOA along with AIBEA and BEFI observed the strike call in December 2010 against the “forced merger of State Bank of Indore, though, it was committed that UFBU would give a strike call against mergers of Banks.  But in 2010, the decision of UFBU to observe the Strike call remained unimplemented.

 

The State Bank administration is in the process of examining the pros and cons of the exercise of merger of Associates with SBI and job has been entrusted to one of the top functionary of the bank.  “Prevention is better than cure” the saying goes.  Keeping in view of the changing and dynamic situation of the present financial systems, AIBOA directed the six State Committee viz., Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and also at four Metro centres to observe the Dharna, according to the local convenience, on or before 25th September, 2013 “opposing the proposed merger of Associate Banks”.

 

On 23rd, September, 2013, our Rajasthan State Committee conducted the Dharna which was inaugurated by Com.Lokesh Mishra, President, RBEU by garlanding the leaders in which nearly more than 30 comrades participated in the Dharna.

 

Today our Punjab State Committee has conducted the Dharna at Patiala in which good number of officers have participated.

 

We learn that the Strike action on 25th September 2013 has been deferred.  Though mergers continue to haunt the workforce of the Banking Industry every now and then,  the functional regrouping of Public Sector Banks is already underway.  We advise the State Committees to put on hold the Dharna to be held on 25.09.2013.  An explanatory meeting on impending threat should be conducted at the earliest.

 

Banking has become the “Central subject” to Government of India, due to the strikes.  Equally, it is time that “mergers and acquisitions” should be the main topic in the UFBU, as the jobs and job security are under attack.

 

KUDOS !  Rajasthan and Punjab State Committees for having implemented our directions with seriousness.

 

With greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

MIN:RBI:99:2013

September 14, 2013

 

 /Confirmation of FAX]

The Secretary

Department of Financial Services

Ministry of Finance

Govt. of India

Jeevan Deep, 3rd Floor

Parliament Street

NEW DELHI-110 001

 

 

Sir,

 

REG:  Collection of Advance Tax- Extension of Working hours on 14.09.2013 and

            Holiday working on 15.09.2013

 

Our attention has been drawn to the instructions of Ministry of Finance given to RBI with a copy endorsed to the Chairman, Indian Banks’ Association that Bank branches are to be kept open on the Saturday the 14th September 2013 as well as on the Sunday the 15th September 2013 to facilitate the Tax payers to pay the Advance Tax for the quarter ending 30.09.2013.

 

Payment of quarterly Tax payment is a statutory obligation / requirement by such tax payers.   They are expected to clear the payment well in advance and not at the last day fixed already by the authorities and also notified to all concerned.

 

The instructions of Government directing the functioning of Bank offices in Kerala in particular has certainly affected the religious sentiments of the workforce as the “State Festival - ONAM” is falling on that day ie; 15th September 2013.

 

While facilitating the tax collection at the designated Bank branches is considered as nation building exercise, still the following alternatives are to be considered by the Government, to avoid the reoccurrence once again.

 

A]                        a] Extension of the date from 15.09.2013 to 16.09.2013 for payment of Advance Tax.

 

B]                        b]Officers who undertake the job to attend to the assignment on 14th and 15th September 2013 should be adequately compensated in the form of out of pocket expenses on both days coupled with one day compensatory off for working on “SUNDAY”.

 

C]                         c]Once the first option is considered the workforce at Kerala would be automatically relieved of the peculiar situation.

 

 

We request you to consider our suggestions and appropriate instructions to RBI and to IBA Chairman may please be sent, for which, we shall ever remain obliged.

 


Yours faithfully,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

Copy to:

 

The Chairman, Indian Banks’ Association, Mumbai

The Chairman & Managing Director of Public/Private Sector Banks


 
Circular Letter No.5/VI/2013

August 27, 2013

 

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDUM

 

We have advised to submit the letter to SBI Chairman, Governor RBI and also to Hon’ble Finance Minister, Govt. of  India, on 29th, 30th and 31st August 2013 respectively through e mail and fax as well as hard copies under intimation to our Central Office of AIBOA.

 

Please treat this as urgent and important organisational tasks.

 

Yours comradely,

   

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

Encl: Three Memorandums


 

FROM:

                                                                Date:

 

 

 

e mail: chairman@sbi.co.in

To:

The Chairman

State Bank of India

Corporate Centre

Madame Cama Road

MUMBAI-400 021

 

 

Sir,

REG:  ASSOCIATE BANKS MERGER WITH STATE BANK OF INDIA

 

As per the direction of our apex level organisation viz., ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION [AIBOA] we submit this communication.

 

1.     1. There are oft-repeated expressions by top administrative authority of State Bank of India, to merge the remaining five Associate Banks / subsidiary Banks with State Bank of India.

2.     2. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur [1963], State Bank of Hyderabad [1959], State Bank of Mysore [1960], State Bank of Patiala [1.4.1960], State Bank of Travancore [1960] had been brought under State Bank of India [Subsidiary Banks] Act 1959.

3.     3. These Associate Banks have the share capital from State Bank of India hardly Rs.482 crores, a token participation in the capital of Associate Banks.  These Banks have their own historical background and geographical importance.  Their performance in the respective states is better than State Bank of India.  The policy of financial inclusion can be achieved by freeing the associate Banks from the control of State Bank of India firstly and allowing them to expand as an independent identity to serve the community.  The total business handled by 5200 branches of Associate Banks is more than Rs.7,50,000 crores, earning a gross profit of Rs.8800 crores with a net profit of RS.3700 crores.

4.     4.The responsibility to go into the merger exercise has been entrusted to Mr.S.Vishvanathan, M.D. and G.E and the ball has been set in motion by State Bank of India management.

5.     5. We strongly protest against the move of your Bank in initiating the exercise of merger of Associate Bank with State Bank of India.

 

We urge upon you to shelve the move of merger of Associate Banks with SBI and allow them to grow independent of State Bank of India.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

/GENERAL SECRETARY/

 

 

cc to:

 

The General Secretary, AIBOA, Chennai [ aiboa.hq@gmail.com]

 


 

FROM:

                                                                Date:

 

 

 

e mail: governor@rbi.org.in

To:

The Governor

Reserve Bank of India

Central Office, Shahid Bhagat Sing Marg

MUMBAI-400 001

 

Sir,

REG:  ASSOCIATE BANKS MERGER WITH STATE BANK OF INDIA

 

As per the direction of our apex level organisation viz., ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION [AIBOA] we submit this communication.

 

1.     1. There are oft-repeated expressions by top administrative authority of State Bank of India, to merge the remaining five Associate Banks / subsidiary Banks with State Bank of India.

2.     2. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur [1963], State Bank of Hyderabad [1959], State Bank of Mysore [1960], State Bank of Patiala [1.4.1960], State Bank of Travancore [1960] had been brought under State Bank of India [Subsidiary Banks] Act 1959.

3.     3. These Associate Banks have the share capital from State Bank of India hardly Rs.482 crores, a token participation in the capital of Associate Banks.  These Banks have their own historical background and geographical importance.  Their performance in the respective states is better than State Bank of India.  The policy of financial inclusion can be achieved by freeing the associate Banks from the control of State Bank of India firstly and allowing them to expand as an independent identity to serve the community.  The total business handled by 5200 branches of Associate Banks is more than Rs.7,50,000 crores, earning a gross profit of Rs.8800 crores with a net profit of RS.3700 crores.

4.     4. The responsibility to go into the merger exercise has been entrusted to Mr.S.Vishvanathan, M.D. and G.E and the ball has been set in motion by State Bank of India management.

5.     5. We urge upon you to direct the management of State Bank of India to shelve the exercise of merger initiated by entrusting the same to an Executive in SBI forthwith, as merger of Associate Banks  is an anti thesis to the financial inclusion exercise that is being carried out to extend banking facilities to the remaining population of this dear nation.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

/GENERAL SECRETARY/

 

 

cc to:

The General Secretary, AIBOA, Chennai [ aiboa.hq@gmail.com]


 

FROM:

                                                                Date:

 

 

FAX:011-23742207/23747018

To:

Shri P.Chidambaram

Hon’ble Finance Minister

Govt. of India

NEW DELHI

 

Sir,

REG:  ASSOCIATE BANKS MERGER WITH STATE BANK OF INDIA

 

As per the direction of our apex level organisation viz., ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION [AIBOA] we submit this communication.

 

1.     1.There are oft-repeated expressions by top administrative authority of State Bank of India, to merge the remaining five Associate Banks / subsidiary Banks with State Bank of India.

2.    2. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur [1963], State Bank of Hyderabad [1959], State Bank of Mysore [1960], State Bank of Patiala [1.4.1960], State Bank of Travancore [1960] had been brought under State Bank of India [Subsidiary Banks] Act 1959.

3.     3. These Associate Banks have the share capital from State Bank of India hardly Rs.482 crores, a token participation in the capital of Associate Banks.  These Banks have their own historical background and geographical importance.  Their performance in the respective states is better than State Bank of India.  The policy of financial inclusion can be achieved by freeing the associate Banks from the control of State Bank of India firstly and allowing them to expand as an independent identity to serve the community.  The total business handled by 5200 branches of Associate Banks is more than Rs.7,50,000 crores, earning a gross profit of Rs.8800 crores with a net profit of RS.3700 crores.

4.     4. The responsibility to go into the merger exercise has been entrusted to Mr.S.Vishvanathan, M.D. and G.E and the ball has been set in motion by State Bank of India management.

5.     5. As per the Reserve Bank of India data 52% of the population is unable to have the Banking access and the financial inclusion is to be extended to cover all the 6,00,000 villages of our dear nation.

Our country needs branch and banks expansion and not contraction through merger exercise of Banks.

We urge upon you to advice the State Bank Administration not to initiate the process of merger of Associate Banks with the State Bank of India and further freeing the administration of the Associate Banks from the direct control of State Bank of India.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

/GENERAL SECRETARY/

 

 

cc to:

The General Secretary, AIBOA, Chennai [ aiboa.hq@gmail.com]


 

Circular No.15/VI/2013

August 26, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

ISSUES  CONFRONTING  BANK  OFFICERS.

 

Our organisation, right from the introduction of Joint note for the wage revision for officers from 1985 successively till the last one signed on 27.04.2010, is a party at the Industry level exercises.  We were able to deliver one increment in lieu of introduction of Technology as that of the workmen with effect form 01.11.1993, independent of other officers’ organisation followed by an amendment to the Regulation 20 through highest court intervention, enabling provision on Rural Service completion for Bank officers are some of the remarkable contributions made during the past three decades.  Amendment to the promotion policy for officers in the past, our organisation was directly a party to the conciliation proceedings held at IBA office before Conciliation Officer.  The best of our achievement is getting the “cradle to grave” benefit of Pension in the year 1993 and once again in 2010 to the entire workforce of the Banking Industry.

 

2.         Inspite of these industry level achievements, individual Bank managements have drawn their own plan of action in the matter of promotion policy for officers, Transfer policy for officers and Departmental action procedures concerning the Bank officers as a whole.

 

3.         Regulated working hours, compassionate ground appointments pending from 31.07.2004 and also engaging the services of retired officers for the purpose of defence in the banks are some of the urgent problems faced by the officers and our organisation in the individual Banks.

 

4.         Keeping the urgency of the matter, our organisation taking advantage of the visit to Delhi for Secretariat meeting to decide our course of action in the matter of “Associate Banks merger with SBI” met the Secretary, Department of Financial Services for a brief time.

 

5.         The meting was held in a cordial atmosphere and the response too was positive and reflection of his concern to address the issue was visible.

 

We take note to communicate the developments in this connection to all officers, in due course.

 

Yours comradely,

 

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

Circular No.14/VI/2013

August 26, 2013

 

 

TO

ALL  UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

Ø        ASSOCIATE  BANKS  MERGER  WITH  STATE  BANK OF INDIA

    GOVERNMENT AND SBI ARE IN FAST FORWARD MODE

 

Right from Narasimham Committee I (NARA –I) in 1991 the agenda of “Consolidation of Banking” had been seriously pursued by Govt. of India.  The first fall out of the same was merger of “New Bank of India” (NBI) with “Punjab National Bank” (PNB) on the 4th September 1993.  Such a forced integration of NBI with PNB had its own telling effects on employees’ morale and also the resistance level, as jobs and job security were and are prime concern of the work force, from time in immemorial.

 

In the past 2 decades more than a dozen private sector banks have been allowed to open their branches, out of which 4 had to be merged with other entities and 1 had to merge with Oriental bank of Commerce (OBC), digesting heavy volume of NPAs in their Balance Sheet.  During the same period State Bank of Saurashtra, had its headquarters at Saurashtra due its wrong policy of investment involved in Harshad Metha Scam accepted by the workforce of SBS at that time, the “meaningless mercy killing” in the year 2008 with SBI for no fault of them. The profit making, technology driven and the No 1 performing Bank headquartered at Indore, State Bank of Indore was acquired by force by State Bank of India in December 2010, in spite of strong resistance from the State Government and also from the work force of the erstwhile SB Indore. 

 

The agenda of merger and consolidation of the Banking Industry is getting more focused by the Government of India.  The Government had issued the guidelines in September 2012, enlisting the functional regrouping of all Public Sector Banks including IDBI, a prelude to merger.  The group heads are having their periodical monthly meetings with other entities to work out the smooth transistion plan, as they are placed on the same technology platform. The Government of India is in the “Fast Forward mode” of initiating the Mergers & Acquisitions exercise in the financial Sector unmindful of consequences. State Bank of India , has entrusted Sri S Viswanathan M D & GE (Associate and Subsidiaries) with the responsibility of the merger exercise.  The process is already underway.

 

State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Patiala (SBP), State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Travancore (SBT) and State Bank of Mysore (SBM) having their presence in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala and Karnataka are under attack, as they are already integrated in the technology platform, besides the common treasury operations.  Their performance is extremely satisfactory in all parameters than the State Bank of India in the respective states, more in particular.

 

State Sector Bank Employees’ Associations [SSBEA], having sensed the imminent danger of disentitlement of individual entity as banks and forced to fall in the trap have “Chalked out agitational programmes”  culminating in an All India Stay out Strike on 25 9 2013 fully backed by AIBEA  in line with their organizational decision.

 

The wolf is at our doorstep to eat our jobs.  AIBOA strongly sensed the danger and correctly projected the issue in the two days Industrial strike in February 2013.  The international experience is also of the same velocity.

 

AIBOA has taken up with UFBU to consider the proposal of collective resistance movement against the move of the State Bank Management and Government of India combine. It was also decided in the CC meeting held on 4th and 5th August 2013 to take up the issue of Associate Bank Mergers with SBI, with all concerned in the Government as well as with the peoples’ elected representatives urging upon the authorities to go into the detail by referring to a specific committee for this purpose.

 

Keeping the grim situation in view, it has been decided by the “Secretariat Meeting” held at Delhi 23.08.2013 to unleash the following programmes of actions

 

DATE

PROGRAMME TO BE UNDERTAKEN

 

29.8.2013

LETTER TO CHAIRMAN SBI BY ALL AFFILIATED UNITS AND STATE COMMITTEES

30.8.2013

LETTER TO GOVERNOR RBI BY ALL AFFILIATED UNITS AND STATE COMMITTEES

31.8.2013

 

LETTER TO FINANCE MINISTER GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

 

5.9.2013

BADGE WEARING ‘ ANTI MERGER DAY’

 

 

16.09.2013 TO]

    23.09.2013]

 

 

DEMONSTRATIONS  AT ALL CENTRES

 

25.9.2013

 

DHARNA – AT DELHI, KOLKATTA, MUMBAI, CHENNAI, HYDERABAD, PATIALA, TRIVANDRUM, JAIPUR  BENGALURU and INDORE BY STATE COMMITTEES.

 

No Clerical Duty will be discharged by Officers on the strike day.

 

 

Let us extend our solidarity to the agitating workforce in our Industry, true to our commitment.

With greetings

 

Yours comradely

  

/ S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.13/VI/2013

August 17, 2013

 

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

  

Comrades,

  

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2nd CENTRAL COMMITTEE

DECISIONS ARRIVED AT FOR IMPLEMENTATION

 

 

The meeting of second central committee of our organisation was held at Tarak Institute of Banking & Trade Union Research at Mamallapuram on 4th and 5th August, 2013 as per the decision taken at the extended Office Bearers meeting held at Chennai on 21.06.2013 in the background of the sad demise of our respected leader Com.R.J.Sridharan, Chairman of AIBOA.

 

2.         The meeting was presided over by the Joint Presidium consisting of Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman, Com.Dr.Kumar Arvind, Com.Venkatesh Babu and Com.Dayal Babu, Vice Presidents of AIBOA.

 

3.         After unfurling the flag of AIBOA at the meeting venue, followed by the floral tributes by the entire committee to the departed leader of officer’s movement under the banner of AIBOA Com.R.J.Sridharan, the photograph of Com.RJS was also unveiled at the entrance of the Institute, by Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman of our organisation.

 

4.         The meeting proceeded with the agenda listed in the notice one by one.  The first being the homage to the departed leader of our movement – Com.RJS.  The presidium directed that those office bearers and State Secretaries who could not remain present on 21.06.2013 should come forward to pay the homage and accordingly almost all the State Secretaries and CC members placed their personal experience with Com.RJS and paid rich tributes to his extraordinary human virtues he possessed and also put into practical application in day do day walk of life.

 

5.         Com.G.Gunasekaran, as the President of Tamilnadu State Committee of AIBOA, presented the resolution to name the building at Mamallapuram as COM.RJS BHAVAN.  It was accepted unanimously.

 

Further Com.Narendra Kotiawala and Com.Rajan Chandorkar, of AIBOA-Maharashtra State Committee requested the house to install marble bust of COM.RJS and an amount of Rs.1,00,000/= will be paid by their State Committee.  Com.S.K.S.Sengar, Joint Secretary, AIBOA, has assured to take up this assignment for its fulfilment at the earliest.

 

The CC thereafter adopted the condolence resolution in the memory of Com.RJS.

 

6.         Com.M.A.Srinivasan, Deputy General Secretary, AIBOA read out the minutes of the Bengaluru CC meeting held on December 2-3, 2012 which was adopted unanimously.

 

7.         The developments after our Bengaluru CC meeting were reported to the benefit of the members.  The details are [i] Participation in the strike by AIBOA on December 20, 2012; [ii] exemption granted to Branch Managers from the participation in the strike on 20.12.2012; [iii] All India Strike on February 21-22, 2013 by CTUs and AIBOA’s participation and also decision to focus the issues [iv] regulated working hours; [v] 5 days week [vi]  Associate Bank mergers with SBI [vii] Functional merger of Public Sector Banks based on technology platform and  [viii ]Attack on Trade Union rights.

 

Com.C.H.Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA who had participated in our CC, presented the birds eye view on economy, national scene, role of CTUs and response from the Government and the imperative need to be vigilant to fight back the offensives of the Government by our active participation in the activities and action programmes of CTUs.

 

On presentation by the undersigned the views of AIBOA were expressed in a candid and capsule way, to uphold the organisational ethos and also the commitment in dealing with the decisions of both the organisation, with sincerity.

 

After a meaningful deliberations participated by the 19 all India Units and 17 State Committees representatives, it was decided as under:

 

  1. Addressing a communication to Govt. of India, RBI and Secretary, Department of Financial Services about the mismanagement of Banking affairs in the United Bank of India by the present administration.

 

  1. On strike participation, Office Bearers will be consulted prior to the announcement by AIBOA.

 

  1. On “Regulated Working Hours, 5 days week, Merger of Associate Banks with SBI, Functional merger of Public Sector Banks based on technology platform and attack on trade union rights” other Officers Organisations are to be approached to develop a common programme of action and the CC authorised the General Secretary to chalk out the programmes for its implementation.

 

  1. A detailed document on “DOS” and “DONTS” while discharging the official duties, “why to join AIBOA” and also the Service Regulations applicable to officers with particular reference to new Probationary officers will be displayed in our website, for the benefit of the officers.

 

  1. On uniform holiday due to Grid Based System of clearing, AIBOA would take up with appropriate authorities and the menace of the outsourcing has to be halted without any lapse of time since it would be adversely  affecting the confidentiality of the customers.

 

  1. On the points raised in the earlier committee held at Bengaluru and decisions arrived at for implementation an action taken report will be submitted in a short time.

 

  1. On the inconsistency in the guidelines on Promotion and on transfer, the CC has authorised the Secretariat to take up the same with the Government of India.

 

  1. It was decided to establish [i] Private Sector Cell [ii] All India Women’s Council and also to understand the Officers problems in Cooperative Sector through a meaningful dialogue with AICBEF and AIBEA.

 

  1. On the Charter of Demands, the CC was briefed about the present lullness prevailing at the Bankers level and efforts are afoot to focus the need to move the wheel ahead for progress.

 

  1.  After careful consideration of the reporting on the harassments meted out to the officers in the matter of departmental actions, the long felt desire of the officers to be governed by a judicial redressal system as that of C.A.T. to Govt. officers, should be actively pursued / taken up with Government authorities on priority basis.

 

  1. The CC has directed the affiliates in Punjab National Bank and Dena Bank to take appropriate actions with reference to the role of award staff federations and their functioning which are not in consonance with the apex level understanding.

 

  1. TARAK INSTITUTE – The decision to utilise the premises at least for 100 days in a year and the earlier decision to reiterate that the affiliated Units are to utilise the same by conducting one CC or defence class or Study exercises once in 18 months.

 

  1. TWO ROSES – The present status of the official magazine was reported to the CC and present level of subscription should be enhanced to 10000 as the same was decided in our Hyderabad extended Office Bearers meet.  The publication was well received by the subscribers.

 

  1. ACCOUNTS – The audited Statement account for the period ending 31.12.2012 was placed and the same was adopted unanimously.  The receipts and payments for the period 01.01.2013 to 30.06.2013 was placed for the information of the CC members.

 

  1. The CC decided unanimously to meet out the medical expenses upto 50% incurred for the treatment of late Com.RJS.  Further the General Secretary was authorised to take appropriate steps to extend all possible help to the dependents, as they belong to the AIBOA team, to the fullest measure.

 

  1. Good work done by AIBOA-TNSC – The CC placed its whole hearted appreciation for the successful conduct of the two days session and the excellent arrangements made by AIBOA-Tamilnadu State Committee backed by the back office staff of AIBOA Central office and also the Institute caretaker.

 

With greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 


 

Circular No.12/VI/2013

August 12, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 

 

WAGE REVISION TALKS WITH IBA

IV  ROUND : A RAY OF HOPE

 

The fourth round of the  Officers Wage Revision talks with the representatives of the Indian Banks Association [IBA] was held at Mumbai on 12thAugust 2013. In fact the discussions were held in two sessions, separated only by lunch in between at 1 pm.

 

The IBA team was headed by Chairman of the Negotiating Team of IBA, Sri T M Bhasin  along with Sri H Upendra Kamath CMD Vijaya Bank; Sri R K Dubey CMD Canara Bank; Sri Balakrishna Chaubal DMD SBI; Sri Rajiv Rishi, CMD CBI; Sri R K Sethi ED PNB; Sri A K Dutt, ED of Dena Bank; Dr Ramakrishnan CEO IBA and Sri K Unnikrishnan Dy. CEO IBA  besides other members of the back up team of the IBA.

 

The representatives of the 4 Officers’ organizations  and 7 workmen Unions  participated in the discussions. Representing the Unions, Com M V Murali, Convenor of UFBU informed IBA of the change in composition of the UFBU as Com K K Nair General Secretary INBOC has been elected as the Chairman of the UFBU. The meeting recorded the deepest condolence in memory of Com R J Sridharan, Chairman AIBOA, and who was a member of the negotiating team on behalf of AIBOA till the 6th Joint note exercise with IBA,who breathed his last on the 15th June 2013 at Chennai.

 

While initiating the dialogue, the Chairman of the Negotiating team informed the efforts taken by IBA in setting the negotiation in motion by taking up the matter with the Government of India. In his presentation he was making an appeal  that the discussions held should be kept as sacrosanct and till the finalization of the issues , approaching the print media  by unions should be avoided.

 

Compassionate Ground appointments: This issue is pending for resolution from March 2006. In the conciliation meeting  held at Delhi in the third week of January 2008, it was assured to address and resolve the issue by taking up with Government of India. This matter was vigorously taken up on 23rd May 2013 in the meeting held with Sri KR Kamath Chairman IBA at PNB Headquarters Delhi, along with host of other issues. Once again,on  6thAugust 2013, when the 9 unions representatives met the Hon’ble Finance Minister it was reiterated for an early resolution of this issue. In this background, Sri T M Bhasin, Chairman Negotiating committee, IBA, informed that the Government guidelines on compassionate ground appointments coupled with monetary compensation slab wise has been recommended to the Government for their approval.

 

Hospitalisation Scheme  : Upon the request made by IBA,  for a presentation by the experts on  Health Insurance  for the benefit of the Unions, a hour long  power point presentation was made by the team. It was agreed to have the response from the Unions, in the matter of entertaining the proposals suggested by one of the leading Public Sector Insurance Companies who had already discussed the matter with one of the leading public sector banks in India.  The matter is at the nascent state .

 

UFBU Convenor Com M V Murali insisted for the response of IBA, on the 3 issues  pending with IBA. i.e Date of effect, Merger Points and the load  factor . While iBA, responded positively, in the matter of date of  effect of the current settlement from 1 11 2012, insisted for our response, on cost to company proposal of the IBA. An effective and convincing arguments were presented from the unions side. The discussion stood adjourned for lunch.

 

On resumption, IBA did present the huge pension liability on account of AS 15 application  and proposed to stick to DA Merger at August 2009 level in the initial stage. There was a hard bargaining from the Unions side and ultimately it was agreed to follow the earlier  pattern of merger of DA. i.e. one year prior to the wage revision i.e. November, 2011  - 4440 points which would mean merger of DA @60.15%  to facilitate construction of payscales.

 

The discussions on the Management issues were inconclusive. However, the representatives of the four Officers organizations presented a collective expression that the negotiation should not be restricted up to Scale III and emphasized the same as was  done earlier in the 3rd round i.e on 7th June 2013.  It was also further insisted that the total break up of stage wise and scale wise distribution of the Officers establishment expenses data for all the scale i.e. Scale I to Scale VII should be provided by IBA to the Officers organizations to enable them to commence the calculation work.

 

Comrades, with the clinching of two significant and important issues that constitute the base of the wage revision exercise, in this round of discussions, there is  certainly a ray of hope that the matter would move forward. Further developments in this regard, as and when it emerges, will be informed in due course to all our units/members.

 

With Greetings,

 

Yours comradely

 

 

 /S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

MEMORANDUM TO SHRI P.CHIDAMBARAM, HON’BLE FINANCE MINISTER

Camp: New Delhi

6th August, 2013

To:     Shri. P. Chidambaram, Hon. Minister for Finance, Government of India,  New Delhi.

 Dear Sir,

First of all, we thank you for sparing your valuable time to meet our delegation today amidst your busy schedule of work and engagements.

 

At the outset, we convey our heartfelt condolences on your recent bereavement over the demise of your beloved mother. 

 

On behalf of the United Forum of Bank Unions, the umbrella platform consisting of 9 trade unions in the banking sector and representing about one million employees and officers, we submit the following memorandum to you for your kind attention, positive consideration and favourable dispensation.

 

 

We wish to draw your attention to some of our own important issues and demands which we feel need your intervention as well certain broader policy matters which are of concern to us.

 

1. Compassionate ground appointment scheme in Banks :

 

For the past more than ten years, the scheme on compassionate ground appointments to the widow or an eligible family member on the death of an employee or officer that was in vogue in the Banks as per Government guidelines since 1978 has been negated and an unilateral financial compensation scheme has been implemented.  With your intervention, the family of employees who die while in performance of duty due to dacoity, robbery, etc. and those who die within 5 years of joining the Bank are alone considered for compassionate employment.   Your suggestion that compassionate appointments may be considered upto a prescribed ratio against vacancies and recruitments in an year remains unconsidered so far by the managements.

 

In the meantime, in the wake of large scale retirements, recruitments are taking place in the Banks.  The instances of death while in service has also dwindled and is very sparse.  Hence it would not be difficult for the Banks to restore and extend compassionate ground appointments on the unfortunate death of an employee or officer while in service.  Moreover, these jobs are given only if the compassionate appointee has the required and prescribed educational qualification. Hence any apprehension on dilution of efficiency or quality will also be misplaced.

 

In view of the above, we have submitted and represented to the Indian Banks’ Association to extend the compassionate ground appointment scheme as is available for the Government employees to the banking sector.

 

The issue needs sympathetic and expeditious consideration as the same is hanging for the past one decade.  We seek your personal attention and intervention in the matter to advice the IBA accordingly.

 

 

2.  Wage revision for employees and officers in the Banks:

 

The last wage pact in the Banks expired in October, 2012 and hence we have submitted fresh charter of demands for revision of wages and service conditions. More than nine months have elapsed but except some preliminary discussions, no serious negotiations have been held by the IBA on our demands.  This is causing lot of concern and anxiety amongst the banking staff and hence there is need to expedite the negotiations with more meaningful and serious discussions on our demands to enable early conclusion of the revised wage settlement.

 

Here also, we seek your intervention and request you to advice the IBA to speed up the negotiations for early wage revision in the Banking industry.

 

3. Introduction of 5 Day Banking:

 

It is not only the Central and State Government ministries and departments but even the Reserve Bank of India, LIC, etc. are following the 5 Day working.  Already in the banking sector, with the advent of technology based services, proliferation ATMs,  internet banking system, etc., the delivery channels for customer services in the Banks have multiplied and manifolded and hence it is possible to introduce 5 Day Banking with suitable adjustments in the total working hours per week.  

 

Our representations to the IBA have not yielded or evoked any positive response and hence we request you to bestow your kind attention to this genuine requirement and expectations of the bank employees and officers.

 

4.  Grievances of the Bank retirees: 

 

We gladly recall our meeting with you on 19-2-2008 when we submitted to you about the need to extend another option to the bank employees to join the pension scheme.  At your intervention, not only the two days strike on 25/26 February, 2008 was averted but through mutual discussions with the IBA, a Settlement could also be arrived at by which the remaining employees have been extended another opportunity to join the pension scheme.  We are thankful to you for the same.

 

However, there have been quite a few grievances of the bank retirees that are still pending consideration by the IBA and the Government. 

 

a)     Pre- 1986 Retirees:  Those who retired from the Banks prior to 1986 are being paid an Ex-Gratia of Rs. 300 per month and the spouse of such retirees when they die are paid a lumpsum of Rs. 1000 per month.  These amounts were fixed 15 years ago and hence there has been a very genuine expectation to revise this ex-gratia amount paid to them.  The total number of pre-1986 retirees is very less in the entire banking sector and hence the revision in their Ex-gratia would hardly cost anything substantial to the Banks. We request you to consider this most genuine representation sympathetically.

 

b)     Revision in Family Pension:  The rates of Family Pension fixed in the Banks’ Pension Regulations in 1995 at 15% to 30% with applicable ceilings has been found to be inadequate in view of the high cost of living and a suitable revision in the rate of Family Pension is a dire necessity.

 

c)     Periodical updation/revision of pension:  In the case of Government employees pension scheme, the pension gets updated and revised on occasions of every wage revision but even though the Bank pension Scheme is on the lines of the Government pension scheme, our pension does not undergo any revision than what is fixed at the time of retirement.  There is a case of periodical updation of pension for the retirees in the banking sector also. 

 

d)    Uniform DA on Pension:  In the banking sector, earlier Dearness Allowance was paid on a tapering basis and hence the Pension also attracted DA on the same basis.  However, from November, 2002, the DA is being paid to all the employees/officers with 100% neutralization against inflation as in the case of the Government employees.  While the post-Nov. 2002 retirees are paid DA on pension at 100% neutralization, the pre-Nov.2002 retirees are being denied the same.  There is a need to make the DA rate on pension uniform for all retirees.

 

e)     Staff Welfare Schemes :  As per the government guidelines,  3% of the published net profits of the Banks are earmarked for extending some welfare schemes for the employees including the retirees.  While the guidelines mentions that a portion of the allocated amount be utilised for extending some benefits like medical scheme, etc, for the retirees, a need is being felt to give a uniform guidelines for apportionment from the fund towards retirees’ schemes.  A suitable guidelines may be issued to the Banks in this regard to adopt a uniform percentage of the funds to be allocated for the welfare schemes pertaining to the retirees.

 5. Industrial Relations in State Bank of India:  

 

For the past almost one year, the industrial relations situation in State Bank of India, especially relating to the officers, has not been cordial, rather it is highly vitiated due to some of the standpoints and attitude of the top management of the Bank.  Basic trade union rights are being denied and vindictive actions are being pursued.  This has resulted in demoralization of the workforce in SBI and there is need to restore cordial industrial relations in the Bank and sorting out the issues through mutual discussions. 

 

We seek your kind intervention in the matter in the larger interest of industrial harmony in the banking sector since SBI happens to be the flagship banking institution in our country.

 

 

6.  Proposals of SBI management to merge Associate Banks :

 

It is observed that the SBI management is proposing to merge the 5 Associate Banks with it in the name of consolidation.  It is needless to inform you that these Associate Banks have their own historical and geographical evolution and have been playing a very leading role in the economic development of the concerned States.  Their performances have been impressive and consistent.  In fact, we feel that de-linking them from SBI and making them independent Banks will enable them to grow faster and better.  There are also reports that the merger of these Associate Banks will add to the financial burden of SBI at a time when SBI itself needs to become more stronger in the wake of challenges like higher levels of bad loans, etc.  Hence we strongly feel that merger of the Associate Banks with the SBI would be unwarranted and avoidable.

 

7. Proposals of RBI to permit corporates and business houses to start their own Banks:

 

The decision and proposal of the Reserve Bank of India to permit the various big corporate houses and business houses to start their own Banks, according to us, would, in the name of competition, result in multiple challenges to the banking system and also wrought with undue risks since the track record of various private business houses running banking institutions in the past has not been appreciable.   At a time when the Government’s priority is to ensure total financial inclusion, these proposals would only divert the entire attention of the public sector banks who are already working under various constrains and challenges.

 

On the other hand, we strongly feel that the RBI must be advised to ensure that the public sector banks are further strengthened and expanded in order to achieve the objectives of bank nationalisation, a water-shed decision taken by then Government in 1969 under the bold initiative of Smt. Indira Gandhi.  We request the Government to take a serious note of our concerns and viewpoints in this regard.”

 

Thanking you,

      Sd..                                                                      Sd..                                                               Sd..

   (AIBEA)                                                       (AIBOC)                                                        (NCBE)                                         Sd..                                                                      Sd..                                                               Sd..

  (AIBOA)                                                              (BEFI)                                                            (INBEF)

     Sd..                                                                      Sd..                                                                Sd..

  (INBOC)                                                             (NOBW)                                                         (NOBO)    


 Circular Letter No.4:VI:2013

July 12, 2013

 

 

TO

ALL  UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

 

7 days working.

 

World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in its October 3, 2011 declaration emphasized  that “8 Hours Work” and “ Collective Bargaining” should be achieved throughout the world by working masses, as the quality of life is getting affected due to the work pressure

 

2. In the Silver Jubilee Conference of AIBOA held at Delhi  in Feb 2006, the call to achieve “ Regulated working Hours” for Officers was given and the same was also incorporated in the Joint Charter of Demands submitted to IBA Chairman Mr MBN Rao on 28 10 2007 at Hyderabad.  This issue is still unresolved by the Bankers.

 

3. Under the specious plea of shoring up  the performance of the one of the Big Banks, the Chairman of that Bank unilaterally declared that the workforce of that bank would stand up to the “Call of the Bank” for “ 7 days Banking”.  The unilateral announcement was retaliated by the Officers’ Organization  and the management in a rebuff mounted offensives against the organization in an unprecedented  fashion .

 

4. The apex level Unions in their  memorandum incorporated the demands of 5 days  week and regulated working hours and submitted the same to Chairman IBA.  When we are pursuing these demands at the industry level, the big bank’s  approach of  introduction of 7 days banking is  viewed as a thaw and premeditated in order to pre-empt and prevent a positive result.

 

5. Probably taking the cue from the big bank, United Bank of India and Canara Bank managements have advised the branches to work for 7 days to improve the business.  In our extended office bearers meeting held on 21st June 2013, it was decided to take up the  matter  with these two banks and urge upon them not to go ahead with the proposal of 7 days working.  AIBOA has already addressed the communications to the Chairperson and Chairman and Managing Director of United Bank of India and Canara Bank respectively.

 

6. The Unions operating in united Bank of India had already held a demonstration and had a meeting with the Executive directors of the Bank after which the decision is deferred for the time being.  Recently the  nine unions meet was held at Chennai, in which the matter of “7 days working” was brought to the notice of the constituents by AIBOA and Com P K Sarkar  the then President of AIBOC, informed about the United Bank of India Unions’ collective resistance and also its outcome to the benefit of the workforce.

 

7. The issue which was resting with the Chairman and Managing Director Canara Bank unresponded has to be taken forward by the Officers Union, an affiliate of our Organization  in Canara Bank.  To achieve the goal, it was taken up again with the newly elected Convenor of UFBU Com M V Murali, to advise AIBOC  constituent to respond to  the requirement.

 

8. We are overwhelmed with the response from the Convenor UFBU coupled with General Secretary AIBOC advising Mr G V Manimaran , General Secretary CBOA, to coordinate with our affiliate in Canara Bank.

 

Hope the seriousness of situation would be addressed by the AIBOC affiliate in Canara Bank with utmost urgency as the interest of the Officers are under  severe attack.

 

Will they come forward to uphold the right of the Officers in Canara Bank?

 

 

Yours comradely

 

 /S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.11/VI/2013

July 9, 2013

 

 

TO

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

OBSERVE THE BANK NATIONALISATION DAY – 19 07 2013 

ALL INDIA DEMANDS DAY

 

 

The Nine Unions’ meet at Chennai on 4th July 2013,  in the background of Com P K Sarkar, convenor UFBU laying down the Office on his superannuation from Bank’s Services on 30 06 2013,  was held at Hotel Benz Park, T Nagar, Chennai  under presidentship of Com Vinil Saxena President  NCBE.

 

2.         AIBOA was represented by Com S S Shishodia, President, Com M A Srinivasan Dy General Secretary , Com G Gunasekaran Treasurer and the undersigned in the Nine Unions’  Meet.

 

3.         The meeting paid homage to Com R J Sridharan Chairman AIBOA on  his untimely demise on 15 6 2013 , lauded the services  rendered during his tenure right from the days of formation of UFBU in 1997. The meeting also paid homage to countless number of victims of nature’s fury in Uttarakand  flash flood.

 

4.         While the constituents approved the minutes of the meeting held at Delhi on 23 5 2013, had a detailed discussion on the report submitted on Bank Mergers , New Banking Licensing Policy  and outsourcing of permanent jobs.  After a meaningful exchange of views expressed by the representatives, the following programme was chalked out.

 

1.           1.To adopt a resolution on New Banking Licensing Policy and to send it to Governor RBI , FM Government of India.

2.           2. Nine Unions representatives delegation to the Governor, RBI, Finance Minister, Government of India and President of India.

3.           3.  Delegation to Parliamentary Standing Committee to present our view points on the above issues.

4.           4.To seek the support of the CTUs in realizing our demands

5.          5. To observe the “ ALL INDIA DEMANDS DAY” on Bank Nationalisation Day ( 19 7 2013) and to conduct campaign meetings at various centres.

 

5.         The meeting also had the benefit of information of the Chit funds cheating the common   man and also the inept handling of the situation by the Governments at the States and Centre besides the  none too impressive handling by the Controller of the Financial system of this country in safeguarding innocent investors.

 

6.         The disinvestment decision  by the Centre in the matter of NLC was opposed and it was decided to extend the fraternal support to NLC workers who are  opposing the decision through various programmes of agitation.

 

7.         On the vexed issue of Wage revision the meeting noted with concern, the slow pace movement in  the 3 rounds of discussion.  It was decided to prevail upon the IBA to expedite the wage revision dialogue on the COD submitted by the unions first.  From AIBOA it was submitted that each constituent should have minimum two representatives in the Negotiation and depending upon the membership, the representatives can be enhanced, further.

 

8.         The meeting placed on record the services rendered by Com P K Sarkar during his short stint of less than a year as Convenor of UFBU. Consequent upon his relinquishment coupled with the situation to be effectively addressed, it was decided to have unanimity in entrusting the responsibility to carry on the activities to Com K K Nair General Secretary INBOC as Chairman and Com M V Murali General Secretary NCBE as Convenor of the UFBU.

 

9.         After completing the listed issues in the Agenda, the meeting of representatives of all retirees organizations was held in the post lunch session.  Since the issues raised by the retirees organizations in the meeting were already incorporated in the COD submitted by the unions to  IBA and the UFBU  assured  them that it would  take up these  at an appropriate juncture for effective resolution.

 

 

ONWARD MARCH TO BANK NATIONALISTION DAY

 

WITH GREETINGS

 

 

Yours comradely

  

/S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 


 Circular Letter No.3:VI:2013

22 06 2013

 

 

TO

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

-          CONTRIBUTE TO PM RELIF FUND-

 

All of you are aware that the pilgrims are stranded at various places in the Uttarkhand State  due to nature’s fury in the form of “CLOUD BURSTING”. Number of pilgrims standed are 10000 and pilgrims declared dead are 550 as per paper reports.

 

AIBOA, our organisation is committed to the welfare of society and strongly believe and practices the philosophy of “PEOPLE CENTRIC: approaches.  It is time  to extend support and help the suffering citizens of dear nation.

 

We have already taken up with IBA too to advise the member banks to debit one day Privilege Leave of the Officers and contribute to PM Relief Fund as a priority task.  All state committees and affiliate units are to take up this matter, independent of the instructions that may flow down from individual banks.

 

Situation is grim and demanding.  AIBOA men has to respond the call of the Nation.  Please do discharge your duty by financial contribution to PM Relief Fund.

 

Please act instantly and independently.

 

 

Yours comradely

  

/S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

 

 

Circular No.10:VI:2013

15.06.2013

 

 

 

ALL UNITS/STATE COMMITTEES          

                                                                       

 

                        ……    LIGHT HOUSE OF AIBOA GOES OFF

 

                        ……    COM R J SRIDHARAN (RJS) PASSES INTO HISTORY

 

With profound grief and sorrow we convey the sad news of the demise of our beloved leader, Com R J Sridharan, Chairman of AIBOA at about 12.30 noon today at a city hospital in Chennai. He was admitted for check up on 22nd April 2013 and was recovering well. But sudden deterioration of the functioning of various organs this afternoon ended his life. He leaves behind his octogenarian mother, his beloved wife, son & daughter.

 

Born on 26th October 1948, he joined Canara Bank as Clerk at Madurai on 21st    July 1969. He evinced serious and sincere interest in Trade Union way of life within a year of his joining the Bank. He was elected as Branch Secretary of Canara Bank Employees Union in 1970 itself and when he was transferred to Chennai City ( T C Street branch), he continued his determination to be very active in Chennai, the citadel of CBEU. Amidst the galaxy of tall leaders & stalwarts like Com C S, Com KRN he grew steadily playing useful roles. He became the Zonal Secretary of CBEU under the aegis of the dynamic and  charismatic leader Com C S. 

 

In the foundation conference of AIBOA held at Nagpur on 14th Feb 1981, Com RJS was elected as one of the Assistant Secretaries. During the Mumbai conference of AIBOA held in Jun 1986, Com RJS was unanimously elected as President at a very young age of 37 when the then General Secretary Com P K Menon was 60 years old. He was elected as the General Secretary of AIBOA in the Chennai conference held in July 1991, in which position he continued till laying down the office again at the same venue during the 6th Conference held in Dec 2011 when he was elected as the Chairman of AIBOA.

 

But the sagacity that Com RJS personified enabled a fine discharge of the role at a crucial juncture like entering the Bilateral table and ensuring the views and voice of AIBOA got recognized from everyone, from the great & tall leaders like Com Tarak, Com Chadda, Com Menon, AIBEA and Management’s representatives at IBA level.

 

Com RJS has taken the AIBOA to this great stature by his organizational ability. Oratorical skill, negotiating acumen, prolific writing and his capacity to convince even adversaries through his matured way of handling of even things which were hard to get through.

 

Com RJS, who has strolled as a Gentle colossus in the last over 30 years among Bank Employees & Officers in the country, had never hesitated to play the role expected of him. Undeterred by his fragile health – with congenital heart valve disfunction – he moved dauntlessly throughout the country organizing units under AIBOA.

 

If Com P K Menon could be credited with the thought of ushering in introduction of pension in the industry in 1989 itself, Com RJS, tirelessly, ceaselessly & relentlessly campaigned alongwith Com Tarakda and ultimately achieved implementation of Pension  for bankmen in 1993. Com RJS was always a man looked upon to offer solution for several crisis that had occurred in wage negotiations and he came out every time with grand ideas. Thus Com RJS was path finder, pace setter and clincher of the difficult issues.

 

The last decade of Com RJS’s life was full of ambition to achieve all the issues that one wanted. While the first one was foreseeing the monstrous & dreaded outsourcing which he rightly felt would be a disastrous job killer. He ensured that the AIBOA conference in Delhi in 2006 gave a clarion call to bank men to carry on the struggle. In the same conference, Com RJS was instrumental in AIBOA declaring that bank officer’s should have regulated working hours.

 

 The compassion, concern, conviction and commitment that Com RJS had, to work to lift the under privileged, underdogs, have-nots and weaker sections of the society was eventually manifested in all his words & deeds in the last 30 years. Com RJS ensured the Unorganized Sector Welfare Relief Fund that AIBOA started created a thrust and co-ordinated the benevolence in a humble way. What governments, NGOs and bigger Trade Unions of even CTUs could not even imagine this, Com RJS implemented it. This has given AIBOA edifice a big momentum.

 

To enable the bank Officers to equip themselves to handle the new banking practices, his dream project of establishment of Tarak Institute of banking and Trade Union Research was established in the year 2007 at Mamallapuram.

 

Revival of our house magazine “Two Roses” which Com RJS had started in 1990 was another issue that was working in his mind. He saw to it that the resumption of application started on 14th feb 2013, the foundation day of AIBOA.

 

Com RJS wanted the AIBEA/AIBOA co-ordination to function in full throat to ensure both the organization achieved what they have been campaigning and carrying on struggle. He was emphatic that none can cut the umbilical cord of AIBEA & AIBOA. He used to say “Unity in action, Unique in thought and uncompromising in ideals that both organisations personified” should take us forward. Com RJS ‘s candid, transparent and without mincing words that both organizations should practice mutual trust, confidence and respect taking into account the dimensions and the direction we have to navigate cruising smoothly to anchor in our destined place.

 

Com.RJS has to be remembered by a million family of Pensioners who have retired and those who are in service now through his path finding role in 1993-1995 Pension campaign against the short sighted  organisations JACKAL like activities and achieving it  then and again in 2009-10 when one more option for pension was in the brink of precipice,  it was Com.RJS’s game changer role that retrieved the whole issue thus benefiting  330000 workmen and officer employees

 

Comrades a vivid vacuum created with Com.RJS passing away at a crucial time when we needed  most and when there is a big gulf in the leadership at the helm in negotiation with IBA and the latter assuring  a demon like proposition and trying to impose all those that Com.RJS opposed and ensured are not implemented in his life time.

 

Com.RJS’s speeches of last three decades would always reverberate in our ears for ever and his ever smiling face will be greenly reminisced for memory more decades giving us strength, courage, support, inspiration and motivation which he used to always show inplenty when he was alive.

 

Comrades!  The best way to perpetuate the memory of the greatest leader of all times we have been is only to work stead fastly in the path shown to us by Com.RJS and work with unflinching loyalty and unbridled unity to achieve the unfinished tasks.

 

Comrades!  Man is mortal and none can  claim to be immortal in this world.   Com.RJS’s  mortal remains might have been consigned to flames but his contribution to the Country, Society, Industry, Banks and Bankmen – Employees and Officers shall always remain immortal.  In a world where even a small men portray themselves in a larger than lifestyle Com.RJS was humble and simple.  Com.RJS is one who willz live beyond death and hence “O death be not proud that you consumed the life of Com.RJS”.

 

Com.RJS in his 43 years of Trade Union life has transgressed some patterns deserved to be so sometimes, transcended all barriers with his broad shoulders to accommodate all many a times but he traversed a path which Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda to lead the path unswervingly, unmindfully of what others say if you believe you are right.

 

Com.RJS AMAR RAHE

 

Yours comradely,

 

 

 

/S.S.SHISHODIA/

PRESIDENT

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 


 

CONDOLENCE

 

PROGRAMMES TO BE OBSERVED

 

BY UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

 

17.06.2013 [Monday ]-19.06.2013-

[ Wednesday]

 

Three days mourning

BLACK BADGE

wearing

 

 

 

 

Within a week’s time,

on or before  23.06.2013

 

 

Condolence meeting to be held by the State Committees throughout the country

 

 

 


COM.R.J.SRIDHARAN

 Ø  Born 26th October 1948 in a small village Sikkalnaikenpettai near Thirupananthal in then Thanjavur District Tamilnadu as the son of late Shri R.S.Jagannathan andSmt.R.Jayalakshmi.

Ø  Graduated from St.Joseph’s College, Tiruchy

Ø  After a brief stint in a private company, he joined Canara Bank as a clerk in the year 1969

Ø  He was elected as Branch Secretary of Canara Bank Employees' Union in 1970

Ø  He was nominated as Zonal Secretary of the Canara Bank Employees’ Union

Ø  He was promoted in the year 1976 – After serving in the north and upcountry branches in Tamilnadu he returned to Chennai in 1981

Ø  With formation of AIBOA, by the conscious decision of AIBEA, at the young age of 38 was elected as President of AIBOA in the year 1986

Ø  In the year 1991 he was elected as General Secretary of AIBOA and he was elected as Chairman of AIBOA in the year 2011.   Chief of the Negotiating Team of AIBOA for Bank Officers since 1991.

Ø  He was also elected as Founder General Secretary of Canara Bank Officers’ Union in which position he excelled till the year 2006.  Today he is the Chairman of Canara Bank Officers’ Union

Ø  His love for the ordinary worker and his concern for promoting their interest is ever obvious.

Ø  It is the fort of Com.RJS that he is one step ahead of others in thought and in action. He is a true trail blazer.  The pension issue is a case in point.  He was one of the pioneers in realizing the demand for pension to the bank employees.

Ø  Com.RJS was instrumental in launching “Com.CS & Com.KRN Memorial Community Medical Clinic promoted by Canara Bank Officers’ Union at Kovaipudur, Coimbatore in 2001.

Ø  He has got broader vision and visualized that an institution established on professional lines alone would fill the gap and thus the dream project of Com.Tarak Institute of Banking & Trade Union Research at Mamallapuram near Chennai by AIBOA.

Ø  The army of unorganized sector workers remains in large with little or no service conditions.  The trade union movement has not made much of an impact in their way of life.  They need all the care and concern of fraternally organized trade unions.  True to the spirit, under the aegis of AIBOA, Com.RJS proposed creation of Trust exclusively for the welfare of the unorganized workers by funding them.

Ø  The benign nature has bestowed Com.RJS with many faculties other than health.  But it is to the credit that his commitment never allowed his physical discomfiture to come in the way of discharging his organizational obligations.

Ø  The courage and the conviction, the commitment and the approach of Com.RJS in resolving issues will continue to inspire us in carrying forward the joint movement.


Circular No.9:VI:2013

June 8, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

Dear comrades,

 

WAGE REVISION TALKS WITH IBA – 3rd ROUND

 

As indicated in the letter by IBA for the discussion on 07.06.2013 at Mumbai, the 3rd round discussion was held in three parts [ie] discussion with Officers’ Unions, discussions with 9 Unions + 2 Unions and the third one was with workmen organisations.  IBA negotiation team was led by Shri T.M.Bhasin, Vice Chairmen of IBA.

 

In the hour long presentation by the IBA team, a sample presentation on “cost to company” of Scale I officer was made and insisted that the negotiation upto Scale III only can be held with the Unions.  We have clearly presented that “C2C” is a new concept presented by them, needs time to respond.  Further it was insisted that the negotiation should be on all scales as certain modifications conceded in the last wage revision has led to aberrations in the construction of scales of  IV/V/VI/and VII and resulting in heartburning .  Other officers’ organisations too had their view points more or less concurring with our submission to IBA.

 

In the post lunch session participated by 4 unions of officers and 7 unions of workmen, representatives presented the demands viz.,[i] DATE OF EFFECT [2] MERGER POINTS AS AT SEPTEMBER 2012[4876 points] [3] EXCLUSION OF TERMINAL BENEFITS and [4] HOSPITALISATION EXPENSES FROM THE WAGE COST.

 

IBA team responded on merger points as at August 2009 which was unacceptable to the Unions.  Further IBA stated that they will be taking up matter with the Government of India and informed that the developments will be shared with the unions in the next round of discussions.

 

We shall keep the units informed of the developments.

 

With greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.8:VI:2013

June 4, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

OUR AFFILIATE IN BANK OF MAHARASHTRA

EXTENDS SOLIDARITY SUPPORT TO

ALL INDIA BANK OF MAHARASHTRA EMPLOYEES’ FEDERATION

FIRST PHASE OF AGITATION

 

All India Bank of Maharashtra Employees’ Federation, the recognised majority union of Award Staff has already launched a campaign echoing the national slogan of “Peoples money for Peoples “welfare”.  The organisation has consistently taken up the issue of “Health of the Bank” right from the period of “introduction of New Accounting Policy” in the background of NARA I-Committee Recommendations.

 

2.         Bank of Maharashtra Officers’ Association, led by Founder leaders like Com.Dada Dhodopakar, Com.Anna Karandikar, and present leaders Com.Vasant Ponkshe and Com.Ramesh Patil, realising the need of the situation to champion the cause of the Welfare of the Bank by good governance, synchronised the steps cautiously and meticulously and played its due role in protecting the interest of workforce at large.

 

3.         “Diversification of funds” is one of the methods to put the group entities to function in any financial system, more so, in Private-Public ownership pattern of a company.  It was a repeated expression of concern that the money mobilised through Public Sector Banking is being used, misused and abused by the governing authorities and its should be arrested and halted once and for all.  Efforts are on by the Banking Trade Unions too.

 

4.         In this background, AIBOMEF has unleashed a campaign, which ultimately resulted, in retaliation by the Bank management and the attacks are aimed at the representatives leading the National movement as well as at the Maharastra State level.  To enable our affiliate to arrive at a democratic and unanimous decision to extend support to the agitation of AIBOMEF [first phase], the Central Committee of BOMOA met on 02.06.2013 at Pune, in which the undersigned participated.

 

5.         Com.V.R.Utagi, President and Com.Devidas Tuljapurkar, General Secretary, AIBOMEF participated in the CC and presented the developments in a cogent way so as to enable the CC to understand the situation in which AIBOMEF is positioned.

 

6.         The meeting held on 02.06.2013 at Pune, the BOMOA has decided unanimously and adopted the resolution for submission and to adhere to the programme listed hereunder in support of AIBOMEF.

 

04.06.2013

Participating in the programme in the evening held before the administrative offices of Bank of Maharashtra

 

10.06.2013

Submission of the resolution adopted in CC of BOMOA to administrative heads throughout the country

 

17.06.2013

ð  Badge wearing

ð  Not to attend clerical duties, when the strike will be observed by the members of AIBOMEF

 

 

It was also decided by our affiliate to meet after the first phase of agitation of AIBOMEF to plan further.

 

Please extend support to the agitation programmes of AIBOMEF and also BOMOA action plans by participating in these programmes held outside office hours, viz., Demonstrations/Dharnas.

 

With greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.7/VI/2013

May 27, 2013

  

 

TO

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

MEETING WITH    I B A    CHAIRMAN AT DELHI

 

While folding up the discussions on 22 4 2013 at IBA Office, Mumbai, it was submitted to the IBA negotiating team the following issues for further taking up with the IBA Chairman.

 

a)         [a]   Compassionate Ground appointments 

             [b]  Problems arising out of Cheque Truncation System/Southern Grid and 

             [c]  Increase in the number of participants in the negotiating team on  behalf of the unions.

 

According to the above, a meeting with IBA Chairman at PNB head quarters at Delhi on 23/5/2013 in the afternoon was held.

 

2. Preceding the meeting the 9 unions meeting was held at the Delhi State Bank Employees Federation  Office  at 11 A M.  The meeting was presided over by Com Ashwini Rana General Secretary NOBW.

 

3. The meeting had  the benefit of the presentation of the proceedings of the earlier meetings held on 31/1/2013, 22/02/2013 and 22/4/2013 by  Com P K Sarkar Convener UFBU.

 

4.A brief presentation on the recent  developments in Banking sector  with particular reference to “Mergers of Banks”, “Associate Banks merger with SBI” , “disinvestment of capital in RRBs”, “ issuances of Banking licences to Private players” and  “attempts to amend the Banking laws to  indulge in speculative business  besides the approach of the IBA in the second round of the discussion with negotiating unions on 22 4 2013 took place.

 

5. After a thread bare deliberations by all the representative of nine unions, it was broadly decided to take up the following issues with  Chairman IBA.

 

i)                I]    Expeditious conclusion of wage talks in a time bound manner.

ii)                II]  Compassionate ground appointments ( as per the letter submitted on 30th October 2012 to Chairman IBA preceding 

                         submission of    the Charter of demands).

iii)             III]    Enhancement in the number of participants in the negotiation team on behalf the Unions as available   during  8th

                         Bi partite   discussion.

iv)             iv]   Functioning of the Southern grid on account of introduction of Cheque Truncation System in clearing operations and

                          infringements on rights of Officers

v)               v]   5 days week

vi)              vi]  Pattern of discussions with 9 Unions by IBA should be continued with out any change.

vii)            vii]  Strict adherence of KYC norms.

viii)          viii]   Attack on Trade Unions in SBI

 

6. In the meeting held at PNB head quarters at Delhi, IBA team was led by Sri K R  Kamath Chairman, IBA, Sri TM Bhasin, Chairman of negotiating team,  Shri Rajiv Rishi ED Indian Bank, Sri Srinivasan CEO  Federal Bank and Sri R K Sethi ED PNB.

 

7. After the brief presentation, the response from IBA was more of non committal except on compassionate ground appointment , an indication to address the issue.

 

The next meeting with IBA is slated  on 7/6/2013 preceded by a meeting of  9 Unions on 6/6/2013.

 

We shall keep the developments posted.

 

Yours comradely

  

/S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


MIN:RBI:42:2013

May 15, 2013

 

 

Hon’ble Finance Minister

Govt. of India

North Block

NEW DELHI

 

 

Sir,

 

REG:              Unwarranted harassment to Bank Officers working in Public Sector Banks – Demand for revocation of suspension.

 

 

Our dear nation is embroiled with lot of contradictory stand points in Good governance in the matter of involving  Public Sector Units as well as probity  in Public life of men who are considered as “Brand Ambassadors”  of the Institution or the  Office they represent.

 

2.        In that exercise , Public Sector Banks are considered as Nation building instruments and by its performance during the period of more than four decades excelled exceedingly well.  It is not an exaggeration that our Public Sector Banks have proved  to the hilt  that our Banking System stood the  test of the times during the downturn   economic recession  (2008) in the   financial activities  across the  Globe.

 

3.       The basic functioning of “Brick and Mortar” banking was purely of “Vanilla Banking” . Due to various steps taken by the controller as well as owner of the Banking system, today. Banking institution are compelled to branch out to, transact the business to sell Insurance products as well as mutual funds.  The core of the  banking business relates to taking the deposits and lending the same to prospective borrowers.  Due to the diversified activities, the core business gets diverted, diluted  and therefore suffers a lot.

 

4.        Keeping an eye on the target to be achieved, the Branch managers have  to acquire the business of bulk deposits and no person who is to deposit money in bulk ever accepts the “Card Rate” or normal rate on deposits.  Transactions  of above one  crore, are being referred to the higher committee of the Bank before accepting the same as deposit as higher rates are cleared by the committees only.

 

5.        Over an amount of Rs, 50,000 if accepted  to be deposited, the “PAN” number of the depositor is duly obtained at the counter itself.  Rs. 10 lacs or above cash transactions are immediately reported to higher authority for onward transmission to controlling authority of the individual bank.  While opening an account, proof of residence ( through various documents) and “photo identity” are duly insisted upon by the front office staff thus establishing scrupulous governance of KYC norms.

 

6.        Government of India has promoted the idea of financial counseling  in the matter of filing up of Tax Returns now a days.  A branch manager is also to provide suggestion to acquire the business as the customer expects” one stop-shop” exercise including on tax deduction to the customer.

 

7.       Owing to the sting operations by an external agency and  the paper reports reveal that the Finance Secretary Shri Rajiv Takru has advised to suspend the employees pending investigations.  The direction given by the Finance Secretary has created sufficient suffocation in the minds of the Officers Community as the instructions are directly damaging the sagging morale of the Bank Officers serving the Banks.

 

While our organization stands for observing all rules and norms in strict sense  as per the requirement of law by the Bank Officers, equally urges upon you to review the decision of placing the Officers under suspension . Instead of inflicting such a scar on the individual as well as Banking community, it is suggested that the officers can be placed in an innocuous  position till the matters are thoroughly investigated internally as well as by the controller.  A banker cannot have a “hawk eye” approach on customer but for an extraordinary deviation from the laid down procedure.

 

Expecting a prompt action.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 /S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

CC :

1.The Finance Secretary, DFS,  Finance Ministry GOI, New Delhi.

 

2. Chairman & Managing Director, All Public Sector Banks.


 

Circular No.6:VI:2013

April 25, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 

SECOND ROUND OF DISCUSSION ON OUR

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

 

While parting from the first round of discussions on 22nd February, 2014, it was committed by IBA to have the second round of discussions on 4th March, 2013.  The said date was postponed to 22nd April 2013.

 

2.         In the discussion held in the afternoon of 22nd April, 2013, the IBA negotiating team was headed by Shri T.M.Bashin, CMD, Indian Bank along with team members.  From the AIBOA, the undersigned along with Com.S.S.Shisodia, President of our organisation participated, in the less than an hour exercise, along with seven workmen Unions and three Officers’ apex level organisations.

 

3.         While presenting the following issues of the management concerning officers and workmen, the constraints faced by the Industry were listed in a nutshell, falling net income due to growing non-performing assets; pension provisioning due to AS -15 standard compulsions etc.  The concern of the authorities to expedite the exercise in a time bound manner, was also expressed.  The establishment expenses as at 31.03.2012  was Rs.56292 crores as provided by IBA.

 

OFFICERS-

ISSUES

[i] C2C introduction [ii] Performance linked variable pay and [iii] upto Scale III only unions can negotiate

 

WORKMEN-

ISSUES

In addition to the first two issues listed herein above as common for the both the section of the workforce, the specific issues are-

 

 

a-    Deployment of staff in the language area

b-    Rationalisation of special allowances carrying posts

c-    Disciplinary action even after retirement

d-    Premature retirement with age and years of service specifications

e-    Simultaneous Disciplinary Action exercise and also the judicial proceedings

 

4.         To enable to present the view points of Bank Managements, three groups have been formed to go into the details.  It is expected to have the same, in the mid May 2013 exercise.  In response to the IBA’s approach, it was expressed that there is need to address and resolve the issues with positive outlook.

 

5.         On completion of the exchange of management information with the participant Unions on bipartite issues a submission on issues concerning [i] compassionate ground appointments [ii] cheque truncation system [CTS] and [iii] increase in the number of participants in the negotiations have also been made by the representatives of 9 Unions.  IBA team took note of the same.

 

To conclude, the IBA is attempting to experiment new wage concepts related to performance.  In Banking a service Industry, measuring performance is difficult and bound “to create dissatisfaction” amongst the workforce.  Banking workforce is a “wealth creator” consistently and they deserve certainly encouragement in the form of respectable wage revision commensurate with the risks they carry and face in the day to day to Banking operations.

 

With greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

 

 /S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

Circular letter No.2:VI:2013

April  10, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

COURT CASES – PENDING FOR DISPOSAL

 

Units are aware that in the background of Government of India and Central Board of Direct Taxes directing the method of calculation of “value of perquisites” benchmarking  State Bank of India lending rate as the base rate, our organisation had filed a Writ petition in the High Court of Judicature of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur [W.P.No.4013/08 of 2008].

 

On 31.03.2008 based on the decision rendered in the case of Arun Kumar and Others vs Union of India [2008] 286 I.T.R. 89[SC] by Supreme Court, we had obtained the Stay on deduction of “IT” on perquisites.  To keep the units informed about the present status of the case, we had got in touch with Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman of our organisation today.  We have been informed the said stay had been already vacated.

 

As on date, there is only one case pending in the High Court Judicature at Madras [Special Original Jurisdiction] in the matter of recovering 2.8 times towards the Pension fund by the PF optees and seeking tax exemption on the contribution made by the individual employees.

 

Please keep the comrades updated in the matter of pending court case.

 

Yours comradely,

  

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


 

Circular Letter No  1 : VI :2013

March 30, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

Ø      TWO ROSES – CONSTITUTION OF EDITORIAL BOARD

    ENROLMENT OF SUBSCRIPTION

 

 In pursuance of the extended Office Bearers meeting held at Hyderabad in July 2012, re-launching of house magazine “TWO ROSES” was done on 14 2 2013, on the 33rd Foundation day of our dear organization, in a modest way in a function held at Madras Stock Exchange Building, 3rd Floor, 2nd Line Beach Chennai  in the hands of Sri V Balasubramanian Resident Editor, Economic Times Chennai.  The function was well attended by the elders who have built the movement consciously. The first copy was handed over to Com M Janardhana Rao, a senior time tested Comrade of our movement.

 

2.         2.The Editorial Board has been constituted to oversee the entire affairs of the publication of our house magazine regularly.

 

1.      Com R J Sridharan   - Editor

2.      Com Alok Khare  - Vice Chairman

3.      Com S S Shishodia – President

4.      Com S N Dutta  - Deputy General Secretary

5.      Com V P Ponkshe – Secretary

6.      Com V Ramabadhran – Jt Secretary

7.      Com D S Ganesan – Jt. Secretary

8.      Com S Lakshmi Narasimhan – Chairman AIBOA – TNSC

 

3.         3. The second issue (ie) March 2013  has been already rolled out and instant response to register for the magazine is encouraging.

 

                 All India Oriental Bank Officers’ Association             1500

                 Canara Bank Officers’ Union                                         1500

                 Corporation Bank Officers’ Association                     1000

                 Central Bank Officers’ Union Chennai                        300

 

4.         4. We have priced a copy of our house magazine “TWO ROSES” for Rs.120 (Annual Subscription) and Rs.1000 (life subscription).

 

5.         5. The publication exercise/assignment is entrusted to Com S Lakshmi Narasimhan Chairman AIBOA Tamil Nadu State Committee who is right earnestly executing the work with precision.

 

6.         6. One more organizational  task has been executed/implemented by us.  Units are advised to provide with the information, photos and materials pertaining to the organizational  activities for considering the same for publication in our house magazine “TWO ROSES”.

 

7.         7.The task of making the publication of the magazine is a collective task of our organization and our Units and State Committees are requested to reach out to all and beyond for the success of the publication. Unless a collective work is taken up by one and all, such a huge publication work will be taxing.

 

8..        The email addresses for the purpose of communication is as under.

 

> tworoseseditor@gmail.com

> aiboa.hq@gmail.com

> aiboatnsc@gmail.com.

 

The specimen copy of the subscription form is also sent herewith.

 

9.         We appeal to all the units/State Committees to ensure maximum enrolment of subscription to our house magazine “TWO ROSES”.   Enrolment for the magazine is also an organizational task to be fulfilled.

 

  

Yours comradely

   

/S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

Encl: Specimen Enrolment form for subscription.


 

 

To:                                                                                                                                                                                                 Date:

The Editor

TWO ROSES

ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

A.K.Nayak Bhavan

14, Second Line Beach

CHENNAI-600 001

 

 

Dear comrade,

 

Please enroll me as a SUBSCRIBER to your Monthly English Magazine “TWO ROSES” for ONE YEAR/LIFE MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION from__________to__________.  I am enclosing herewith a Demand Draft / Cheque /Cash for Rs.120/=[Rs.One hundred and twenty only] / Rs.1000/- [Rs.One thousand only] towards ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION / LIFE MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION [strike which ever is inapplicable] favouring the TWO ROSES.  Please enrol me and send me the monthly copies of the magazine TWO ROSES to the following address.

 

Yours comradely,

 

 

/SIGNATURE/

Address:

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PIN:

 

E mail id:

Mobile No.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

We hereby acknowledge receipt of Rs.120/=[Rs.One hundred and twenty only] / Rs.1000/-[Rs.One thousand only] by Demand Draft / Cheque No.                      Date                  cash favouring TWO ROSES towards ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION/LIFE SUBSCRIPTION from Com._____________________________and the monthly magazine would be sent from____________

 

 

DATE                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EDITOR


MIN:RBI:21:2013

March 25, 2013

 

 

SRI P CHIDAMBARAM

HON’BLE FINANCE MINISTER

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI

 

 

Sir

 

Reg : SPECIAL DRIVE BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA FOR TAX COLLECTION

THROUGH BANKS.

We have on our hand the circular issued by the controller of the Banking System that in order to comply with directions of the Government of India and some of the State Governments to collect the tax revenues,  the last three days of this month have been dedicated to facilitate tax payers to remit the tax dues to the authorities.

 

In this regard, we would like to submit the following .

 

1.      The Holidays are declared by the State Governments in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India in the beginning of the year under Negotiable Instruments Act.

2.      2.  The March 29th and 31st are the important days for the Christian Community as these dates are linked to Good Friday and Easter Days.

3.      Banking is the Life Line for the economic activities, the work force belonging to the above community should be exempted to attend the job on these days.

4.      3.  Since the collection of tax is a partial assignment involving cash as well as clearing of cheques, the officers who are entrusted with the work are to be granted compensatory off of two days to be availed by them as per their choice without time restriction by the individual banks.

5.      4,  Apart from the compensatory off, to meet out the expenses related to travel and other expenses an amount of Rs.2500/-  per day to be paid to the officer entrusted to handle the work on these two days as paid by State Bank of India throughout the country.

6.      5,  The 30th March 2013, is Saturday and the stipulated working hours are only 4 hours extended working hours for tax collection purpose also be adequately compensated mentioned herein above.

7.      6.  An Officer who is entrusted with the special assignment should not also resultantly made to work for 13 days continuously which will be against the laid down  law that the Officer is entitled to have one day holiday after six days of work.

 

While we appreciate the compulsions of the Government equally the interest of the Officers are to be also protected as a responsible Trade Union of Officers.

 

Please advise all the Banks in this regard at the earlier possible.

 

Yours faithfully

  

(S NAGARAJAN)

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

CC: 

THE FINANCE SECRETARY, GOI, MOF DFS NEW DELHI

The Chairman, Indian Banks’ Association, Mumbai

The Chairman & Managing Director of All Public Sector Banks

The Chief Executive Officer of All Private Sector Banks


Circular No.5:VI:2013

February 18, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

WHY  WE  DIFFER ? ?

 

In the recent times, AIBOA has been voicing its standpoints on some issues, calling for course correction so that the Bank employee’s movement which has come to be identified more by UFBU , perform and deliver to keep the morale of TU consciousness and hope. The non settlement of issue of   compassionate appointments in Banks for 6 years now after the sudden retracing of strike call by UFBU, and individual settlement in SBI and in 1 or 2 Banks was an issue in point. The second issue of disappointment was non observance of strike call by UFBU on mergers “within 48 hours of merger of any bank” due to opposition from AIBOC and NCBE . The third very important point   of difference was the  of way  of fighting merger issue itself, when SBI unions remaining in UFBU, supported and helped SBI to merge State Bank of Saurashtra and Indore and UFBU  had to meekly accept it on a specious theory of any one UFBU constituent not accepting the demand, it would not be taken up.

 

The same theory floated by UFBU on   consensus     was thrown to winds when UFBU wanted cost sharing by pension optees in one more pension option issue which ultimately AIBOA had to fight alone. On non-implementation of IBA of Supreme Court decision on VRS , in the negotiations UFBU and  AIBOC did not stand for workers’ cause. Only AIBOA had to fight.

 

All the above reasons and a lot more AIBOA notwithstanding had to bailout in every meeting since genuine issues are not accepted and accepted issues are delayed and diluted so as  to keep UFBU as a forum for apex units to dodge the issues   from  settlement to settlement without any solution.

 

Further more when the deceit reached a point of betrayal of interests of Bank employees when UFBU refused to stand for 6.4% basic pay to all banks when SBI contrary to understanding of IBA gave  cash benefit of SBI pension fund to their employees reducing 17.5%  wage settlement for other banks. UFBU which raised 17.5% during demand for all, it did not pressurise its declared understanding of SBI of crediting the fund  only to SBI pension fund. Why UFBU  should shy away after seeking Govt. assurance and incorporating a sentence unheard of in Bipartite for the first time in the last settlement, bringing Govt. role and assuring to take up the issue after one more option was settled.

 

That is why AIBOA finding the betrayal had to keep the issue alive in every forum and to bring  truth  to the fore.

 

Yet another issue is the style and methods of running UFBU.  In the words of AIBEA General Secretary addressing our Central Committee of AIBOA,  because of the  objections of AIBOC representatives , AIBOA could not be entrusted Convenorship when AIBOC General Secretary was made Convenor for 2 ½ months . Such appeasement of AIBOC how far is correct and where it will end ?  Why it was allowed?  Not only this, when we were discussing convenorship issue in the subsequent meeting, AIBEA General Secretary  and NCBE  representative suddenly brought creating the post of Chairman for UFBU which is not there.  When it was pointed out that such a post does not exist, the attitude towards AIBOA is discourteous.  

 

When the trend of authoritarian features reached a dizzy height,  AIBOA felt we have no place in it. Also the way the strike dates were decided back & forth without any sense of timing and our pointing out was not relished, we had felt that slowly UFBU was becoming a hand maid  of one or two unions  without regard for norms, form or democratic content.   Even after a decision that contents are to be seen and cleared by General Secretaries of all unions within 48 hours, for issue of circulars by UFBU, all circulars are issued by AIBEA central office seem to be with stamp of approval of only by “big brothers” without consulting any other constituents of UFBU.  Even circulars are issued without consent.

 

In today’s context when old members are going, new young members all joining, can UFBU concern itself to privacy and secrecy instead of consultations and transparency, can we appoint convenors at discretion  instead of rotation as decided in Com.Tarak’s period.

 

We will fight all these deviations.  More than anything even after 20 years of pension introduction, every settlement IBA is asking for more towards increased cost from settlement, and we are allowing the same percentage without reduction which in itself is a huge cost.  But in Govt. they still get at 10% when our cost has come to about 13%.  Besides the above we have compromised the pension scheme itself by agreeing New Pension Scheme for new recruits   reducing Bank’s cost.  UFBU negotiations seems to be more for Bankers than employees the way they have dealt with pension issue.  Who will order a course correction?  These are questions being raised by AIBOA so that there is more meaning and scope for collective bargaining through transparency and practice of decision more honestly for the advantage of Bank employees.

 

 

We are determined and ready to pursue our goal.  Are you ready to support ?

 

In fact yet another question on which the operating unions will have to seriously research and think over is in relation to the alternate weapon to strike as a form of agitation.  Strike as form of protest is slowly losing sheen and significance in Banks due to ritualistic and over usage with about 50 strikes since the reform period.  These strikes have tended to result in greater business for foreign Banks and Indian Private Banks only.  Infact with 40% of the workforce resorting to leave taking and with nearly 60000 ATMs serving individual account holders for cash transacitons and online net working facility provided to corporate and big account holders and borrowers, there has been an erosion of the impact of strikes.

 

It is high time alternate methods of agitations are found out in place of ritualistic year wise declaration of strikes which has made the issues look less serious, even though they are of prime importance.  Future lies in building greater militancy and greater bargaining capacity to infuse confidence in the TU movement in Banks.

 

As keen observers of the Bipartite system of collective bargaining in Banks, one should not miss the fact that for the first time a MOU was signed by UFBU constituents with IBA on 27.11.2009 determining the amount of increase without the presence of SBI unions and with only Non-SBI unions representing AIBOC and NCBE.

 

However instead of entering into the settlement as per MOU, the UFBU convenor and SBI dominated AIBOC and NCBE once again tricked with the bringing the Govt. guarantees on SBI pension fund and effected a deduction on MOU which is the basis of settlement.  Citing delay caused and likely adverse circumstances UFBU showed signs of urgency to ward off the opposition display against SBI unions AIBOC and NCBE by bailing out SBI factions.  Thus not only Rs.300 crores was lost for Bankmen but a golden opportunity to condition SBI dominated AIBOC to be split on in its own contradiction through UFBU playing the life saviour role all in the name of one more option.  Why instead of continuing the MOU basis UFBU leadership prevaricated and bailed out SBI interests is too far to seek.  AIBOA will fight such opportunistic alliance in the name of majority and shall fight for our due share and rights as no majority can mitigate against majority as is happening now.

 

With greetings

 

Yours comradely,

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


AIBOA-AIBEA

 

384. All India Bank Officers' Association-AIBOA-our sister organization was brought into existence in February 1981 in terms of our Allahabad Conference decision. Twelve years are over by now and it is necessary to have a critical and objective look at its problem and growth, since Officers constitute a powerful, important plank of our movement. AlBEA and AIBOA are truly two sides of the same coin

 

385. The recent agitation on Pension issue has brought to sharp focus the role and impact of the Officers in the Banking Industry. In the days to come, when banks will be increasingly computerised, the role and number of Officers is bound to increase. Today,on an average, in the Industry, for about 2.4. Clerks, there is 1 Officer as against the ratio of 3 to 1, more than a decade earlier. This is due to proliferation of bank branches in rural and semi-urban areas where in an office, a clerk or peon or both may not be there but must have an Officer.

 

386. An Officer-oriented banking industry is definitely emerging.

 

387.It appears, our Unions have not been able to grasp the realities and inherent challenges. Many of our Unions have not taken any interest and steps in organising Officers under the banner of AIBOA. A few of us have a feeling that AIBOA should not have been at all formed. Some of us think that other Officers' organisation, which ofcourse commands majority, should be made our friends and that conflict with AIBOC is because of the existence of AIBOA. Because of all these types of feelings and outlooks, we have hardly played a concerted role in promoting AIBOA as a very powerful organisation which shares our perceptions, objectives, goals and, of course, ideological positions. If tommorrow, AIBOA is not there, will the AIBOC be our friends in the true sense of the term?

 

388. The recent developments concerning issues-be of Pension or Privatisation-have amply demonstrated AIBOC's anti-AlBEA ROLE. It tomorrow AIBOA is not there, these anti-AlBEA / AIBOA forces will have the sole monopoly of the situation resulting in inevitable weakening of AlBEA, our movement and bargaining power. If there can be an INBOC or NOBO, why should there not be a powerful AIBOA, which is already occupying the second position in terms of membership?

 

389.Friends, there is no alternative to a strong AIBOA and strengthening AIBOA in every Bank, in every State and in every branch, is imperative and important task if we have got to meet the challenges of today and tommorrow. It is therefore an important organisational responsibility that in every bank strengthening Officer's organisation under the banner of AIBOA must be given top priority. A weak Officers' movement is bound toresult in weakening AlBEA and our movement.

 

390. It will not be proper for me to deal with the deficiencies in AIBOA itself. In a friendly manner we have pointed out the same to them from time to time. Effective steps will have to be undertaken to plug the loopholes and weaknesses in the organisational structure and functioning of AIBOA, particularly at State and bankwise levels.

 

391.On our part, we will have to build-up proper co-ordination between our two organisations. The bedrock of this is mutual respect for each other and organizational independence. The fact that our interests are interdependent and inseparably interlinked need not be emphasised here. Numerical strength of each other or status consciousness in administrative operation heirarchy of the banks should not be a factor.

 

Care should be taken against manifestation of any superiority complex.

 

392.To sum up, in the light of the experience for the past 12 years, the task of building-up and strengthening AIBOA has to be given immediate attention on our part in our own interest.

 

393. During the period, AIBOA has conducted many struggles in individual banks as well as on all-India levels. In their exclusive campaigns and agitations, we and ourunions have extended them necessary support, as AIBOA has invariably supported us and our Unions whenever agitations on award staff issues have taken place. On All-India plane, we have always been together, hand-in-hand in close co-operation. This mutual co-operation has got to be further promoted, consolidated and cemented.

 

394. Today, AIBOA commands majority in quite a few banks Oriental Bank of Commerce, erstwhile New Bank of India, State Bank of Indore, Central Bank of India,Bank of Maharashtra, Punjab and Sind Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank. They have got powerful presence in Vijaya Bank, United Bank of India, UCO Bank, Canara Bank, Allahabad Bank, Union Bank, Indian Bank, State Bank of Patiala and also in number of Private Banks such as Karnataka Bank, Vysya Bank. In certain other banks also AIBOA units exist.

 

395. During this period, in July, 1992, AIBOA held its 2nd Conference in Madras.Inaugurated by Shri V. R. Nedunchezhian, Finance Minister of Tamilnadu Government and with Shri P. S. Gopalakrishnan, the then Chairman of IBA, as Chief Guest, the conference was well attended. The conference elected Com. P. K. Menon and Com. R. J. Sridharan as President and General Secretary respectively.

 

= AIBEA GENERAL SECRETARY REPORT 1996 ON AIBOA - Com.Tarakeswar=


 ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
(Central office: Chennai)

Circular No.3:VI:2013

February 5, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

A I B O A CALLS FOR NATION WIDE BANK

STRIKE ON 20TH AND 21ST FEBRUARY 2013

 

 

In the Workers Parliament held at New Delhi on 04 09 2012 , the Central Trade Unions chalked out “Programmes of actions” culminating  in two days strike action on the 20th & 21st Feb 2013 to realize the ten point demands.

 

2. The earlier call of agitation for a nationwide strike on 28th Feb 2012 by CTUs was observed by our organization, when the other Officers’ organization in the industry AIBOC, failed to identify themselves with the issues and observe the strike. AIBOA, true to its ideology and philosophy consistently observed various agitational programme including strike on 22nd & 23rd August 2012 as well as on the 20th Dec 2012 along with other trade unions of the industry & country.

 

3. The attack on the industry and its workforce is increasing alarmingly and it is our observation that UFBU failed to live upto the expectation of the rank and file by not observing such agitational programme including strike on 20th Dec 2012, which was the need of the time.

 

4. AIBOA Office bearers met today at Gurgaon in the office of A I O B O A and deliberated in detail on the emerging situation in the banking industry, the role of UFBU and its functioning in realizing the aspirations of workforce in the industry. With the alternative channel of delivery of services available at the industry, strike loses its sharpness as propagated in the press and media. After threadbare discussions and also taking note of the request made by the leader of working class, the General Secretary of AITUC Com Gurudas Dasgupta, it was decided to observe the strike on 20th & 21st Feb 2013 all over the country in banking industry to realize the following demands:

 

v       OPPOSING:

 

                FUNCTIONAL GROUPING OF PSU BANKS RESULTING IN MERGERS

 

v      DEMANDING

 

                REGULATED WORKING HOURS FOR OFFICERS

                PAY PARITY AND PAYMENT OF 6.4% OF BASIC AS ALLOWANCE AT PAR WITH SBI

                RESTORATION OF COMPASSIONATE GROUND APPOINTMENTS

                EXTENSION OF PENSION IDBI BANK WORK FORCE

               5 DAYS WORKING IN BANKS

 

v      SUPPORTING

 

              10 POINTS DEMANDS OF CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS.

 

5. Accordingly we call upon the units, State Committees and members to observe the strike on the 20th & 21st Feb 2013 and make it a grand success. Highlighting the issues raised by AIBOA should be the priority task of our units and state committees.  In all programmes of preparatory in nature  our demands are to be highlighted properly.

 

6. Units may give  instructions regarding handing over keys/charge . No exemption is given since all officer unions are going on strike and the strike is mainly on our demands.

 

All state committees should keep the Central Office of AIBOA informed of completion of various programmes (to be decided at state level) from time to time.

 

 

With greetings

 

 

(S NAGARAJAN)

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.2:VI:2013

January 28, 2013

 

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 

EXTENSION OF PENSION OPTION TO

“VRS OPTEES” UNDER OSR

 

While the Officers’ Service Regulations were introduced in July 1979, it had a clause facilitating officers to opt out of the services of the Bank on completion of certain years of service or attaining the age of 55 years.  The provision is available selectively in certain Banks.

 

2.         In the discussion held with constituents of UFBU on 13.04.2010 on the draft provisions on Pension, AIBOA pitched up the demand to include the officers opted out of service under OSR for extending the pension option to them also.  The then General Secretary of AIBOC, was unaware of the issue raised by AIBOA, whereas INBOC reiterated their concern also along with us to include them.  The workmen unions representatives Com.L.Balasubramanian, the then President of NCBE and Com.Pradip Biswas, General Secretary BEFI extended support to the demand put forth by AIBOA.  Other organisational representatives kept themselves quiet in the discussion.

 

3.         AIBOA marshalled the details of apex level court decision in the matter of “Bank of India and Indu Rajagopalan and others” wherein it was held that there can’t be distinction between “voluntary retirement” and regular retirement.  IBA did not appreciate the stand of AIBOA.

 

4.         Ultimately, it was AIBOA who called upon the affected officers to contribute 5000/= towards the legal expenses for filing the court case, totally assisted by “All India Canara Bank Retirees Federation”.  Our efforts bore fruits.  Inspite of clear directions by Govt. of India to the then Chairman of IBA to extend the option to “VRS optees” considerable delay has occurred.  Now it has become a reality to include them, on their exercising the option, to join the Pension Scheme.

 

5.         Various Bank Boards have adopted the amendments in the Pension Regulations 1995 and options are being exercised by the VRS optees.

 

6.         AIBOA has consistently championed the issue of Pension right from date of debate in the year 1989.  Systematically and scientifically facilitated the progress in the matter right upto 2010, in bits and pieces, in the Pension matters, with all conviction.

 

7.         It is expected of the “VRS Optees” to extend / reciprocate in full measure by contributing a minimum of  7500/= to ”AIBOA’, taking into account all aspects including cost on Appeal etc., or more according to their willingness, as we are informed the cost of legal expenses has overshot the original estimate.

 

With warm greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

 

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.1:VI:2013

January 2, 2013

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Comrades,

 WHAT   IS   IN  STORE  IN   2013  ?

 The year 2012 that has just ended was depressing, to say the least.  Economic growth slowed sharply.  Industrial growth was largely stagnant and services lost their sparkle.  For business across board the debt burden went up, while sales growth came down and profit margins were squeezed. Despite structural adjustments and refixing of exchange rates, deficit in foreign trade widened and exposed the hollowness of policies on trade and commerce and management of economy internally and externally.

 2.         In the year 2012, all the Central Trade Unions cutting across the political / party lines came to echo the voice of common toiling masses of our dear nation culminating the first ever strike on 28.02.2012 by 100 million workers.   This was first ever strike by all CTUs in 66 years history of our Nation.  Our organisation representing the officers did its patriotic duty by observing the strike. Notwithstanding the loss of the concept of “ Bonus ” to working class and non-extension of DA for all sections of the workforce , the working class continued its march towards meeting global attacks on its rights.

 3.         Anti Employees-Officers recommendations in the form of Khandelwal Committee, non resolution of ½ decade old issue of compassionate ground appointments coupled with the oft-repeated threats of Banking Law Amendment bill introduction forced the workforce under UFBU to observe the strike on 21st and 22nd August 2012.  Adherence to the stand, steadfastly, is the quality of AIBOA, thus 20.12.2012 was yet another strike against the attack on us and also on the Industry.

 4.         The settlement of wages tenure was over on 31.10.2012 – Joint Charter of Demands was submitted on 30.10.2012 at Mumbai and a supplementary COD was submitted by INBOC demanding the parity of wages and service conditions of SBI to be extended to Nationalized Bank Officers too.  The attempts of the Government of India to initiate the exercise prelude to the mergers of Public Sector Banks and also the cross mergers of the RRBs ring the danger signals related to matter of jobs and job security to the entire workforce in the Industry, as it is claimed that this decade is retirement decade and managing people and risks are the two prime issues that are to be tackled by the present workforce irrespective of the designations.

 5.         Keeping the changing political spectrum in the Indian Parliament in the matter of the purposeful transactions of business speak volume about the conduct of our elected representatives.

 Leading Indications may culminate the year 2013 shall be of a challenging one to the entire citizen of this country including the workforce in our Industry.

 Welcome 2013 ! !

Yours comradely,

 

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.17:VI:2012

December 30, 2012

 

 

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear comrades,

 

 

v                COST  OF  BALANCING  OF  PENSION

v                CHAIRMAN,  SBI,  CONFIRMS  THE  DEFICIT  IN  PENSION  FUND

v                           FENCE  EATING  THE  GRASS – A new experience

 While introducing the Pension Scheme in the Public Sector Banks on 20th May 1993,  late Com.Tarakeshwar Chakraborti, the legendary leader of the Banking Industry, dismissed the demand for permitting the SBI management to grant a compensation in lieu of the Pension Scheme in PSBs, to SBI outside the Bipartite load, towards increased cost borne by Banks. The Pension Scheme of SBI and also of Public Sector Banks are different in content as the year of introduction in SBI was 1956 and of PSBs 1995.  As such SBI paid extra allowance through SCA on its own without reference to Bipartite.

 

2.         In the last Bipartite settlement signed on 27.04.2010 an amount of .129.15 crores was deducted from the officers wage load of 17.5%, a new element and system of deduction was introduced by the then UFBU Convenor for the first time at the last minute of the negotiations.  Though it was assured by the then UFBU Convenor that PF balancing cost would be demanded and clinched, without getting any positive response from IBA withdrew suddenly and the issue was kept in suspended animation.

 

3.         Between 1993 till 2007, the extra compensation drawn by SBI unions was outside the Bipartite load settled at the Industry level.  That is why on signing the MOU on Pension on 29.11.2009, Mr.M.V.Nair, Chairman, IBA made it clear through his Press statement,  that no demands of SBI unions [ie] AIBOC and NCBE would subsist in the industry level and the same was left to their individual Bank management.

 

4.         Having left the issue of PF balancing abruptly, UFBU prevaricated in its urgency to  clinch and trample upon well laid down nuances and practices in Bi Partite Settlements and calculations by introducing SBI balancing Fund in the settlement, which was never allowed  in the past.  UFBU was shy beyond meeting the Government to credit the amount to Pension Fund, they did precious little to challenge the deduction made in the settlement, nor later on payment as allowance in SBI.

 

5.         Parallelly in SBI, their unions had agitations to claim part settlement of the Pension issue in the earlier Bi Partites and wanted this time also compensation on increased cost of Pension. Ultimately UFBU without waiting for the dispute to be fully explored, agreed to the incorporation of a clause in the Settlement, paving way for payment of SBI pension fund which both the IBA and UFBU declared that will go for pension fund only in SBI and that Govt will ensure this and insert a clause in the settlement to the effect bringing Govt role on record.   Assurance was given that the amount will go only to SBI Pension Fund account.

 

 6. The present SBI Chairman had openly communicated through video conferencing on 08/10/2012 that the Bank had a deficit of .10000 crores in SBI Pension fund, in the background of SBI Officers’ Union resorting to agitational programmes against implementation of their own settlement dated 23.07.2003 signed by Mr.Amar Pal and Mr.Shantha Raju, agreeing for “7 days Banking” in SBI branches.

 

7.         How the UFBU or its constituents can keep quiet over the fraud committed on the workforce by the Management of one Bank to pressure the payment without any moral or legal grounds. We can understand AIBOC owned by SBI Management keeping quiet but the loose comments of important persons – why we should fight for parity or why we should oppose SBI Pension payment – cannot be accepted by us because the fact is that the amount paid in SBI belongs to amount deducted from All India Bi Partite settlements and nobody can distort the settlement by tampering main frame items of the Settlement, viz., Basic Pay, Dearness Allowance, HRA (Cash component) ,CCA, FPA, PQP, Stagnation Increment, Incremental rates, etc.

 

8.         Even the records of the Govt., obtained through RTI clearly evidence the stand of the Govt., which did not allow for a considerable time after settlement , citing reasons against such payment of allowance. How then volte face came unless blessed by UFBU who do not want to fight ? What happened in the dark to silence UFBU from its accepted position of payment to pension fund account and no payment as allowance ? Why the silence over the violation, or finding fault with those who raise the issue rightly ? That is why AIBOA is searching for answer – its is better for UFBU to find answers than blaming AIBOA.

 

9.         Majority UFBU knowingly commit mistake against majority officers on the basis of appeasement, causing loss of 129.15 crores plus one year interest to Bank employees.

 

10.       AIBOA has knocked the doors of justice because of new situation of “Fence eating the Grass ” and when only  those in power even in the arrangement of UFBU  have tended to overlook and dismiss fundamental issues in the matter.  AIBOA shall not cease in its quest for truth and justice since sanctity of Bi partite is not allowed to be breached even by majority UFBU maintaining silence to abet the SBI, IBA and Govt., to violate Bipartite.  Because UFBU violates sanctity, it does not become legal.  It has only become breach of trust that can be repaired only by restoration of settlement.

 

AIBOA is just at that and we shall put all our efforts.

 

With New Year Greetings,

 

Yours comradely,

   

/S.NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


CIRCULAR  16:VI:2012

December 22, 2012

 

 

TO

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

 

 

Dear Comrades

 

Ø  ONCE AGAIN

Ø  AIBOA DID PERFORM ITS PATRIOTIC DUTY.

On 20th December 2012, as per the call of our organization Officers participated in the Strike Call demonstrating our protest against the uncalled for hasty move of the Government. It was a partial action in the Industry since UFBU did not join the strike and only AIBEA, AIBOA ,  BEFI & NUBE observed the strike.

2.         The present Government while stage managed  the passage of Banking Reforms Bills in the Lok Sabha, by conceding to the demands of the opposition the withdrawal of clause pertaining to FORWARD CONTRACT BUSINESS  by the Banks. The next clause ie the bill related to “Merger of Banks” without reference to “Competition Commission of India” was also dropped due to the pressures mounted inside the parliament by opposition parties and outside by the officers and employees belonging to AIBOA, AIBEA ,BEFI and NUBE.

3.         It is also a matter of record and fact that due to our sustained campaigns the Government which proposed 100% voting rights to share holders in the private sector banks from the present level of 10% could be restricted to 26% based on the standing committee on Finance recommendations.

4.         This strike is 45th strike by Unions in the Banking Sector opposing the retrograde provisions affecting the economic sovereignty of our dear nation.  The normal plan period to implement the “Structural Adjustment Progarmmes” is within 36 months in the developing nations like our country.  But right from 1991-92 Government could bring in the amendments in bits and pieces and almost 240 months are over.  This could only possible because of the militant, organized trade unions under the banner of AIBOA and AIBEA through protest actions in various forms.

This strike was inevitable as Parliament was changing the mosaic of the Industry not in nation’s interest but under pressure of world reforms and we had to warn  the Government of irreparable damage to banking and Public Sector Banks.

5.         Allowing the corporate to establish banks through the amendments in Banking Law Bill is nothing but taking the banking back to pre 1969 year.  We need not remind you about the utter failure of new generation private sector bank in the earlier decade, “ Global Trust Bank” though headed by a renowned banker of yester years.  To secure the interest of the public and also the work force, it was the “ call of the time” that AIBOA and AIBEA  had  to support our total workforce of OBC.  The rock like solidarity benefited  all concerned except the balance sheet of “Oriental Bank of Commerce” to recall the developments.

6.         There were four unions in the Banking Sector ie AIBOA, AIBEA,BEFI and NUBE who had demonstrated their undiluted conviction to stick to the protest action decision.  Hence to conclude, AIBOA is an organization  one which preaches the principles and also implements right earnest.  That is we have been remembered in the trade Union history that “ AIBOA is sincere and serious in all matters concerning the Banking Industry and its workforce right from 1981”.

CONGRATS! MARCH AHEAD !!

AIBOA registered its protest with all conviction at its command.

Yours comradely

 /S NAGARAJAN/

GENERAL SECRETARY


Circular No.15:VI:2012

December 15, 2012

To:

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

Dear comrades,

AIBOA CALLS FOR THE STRIKE ON 20.12.2012

AIBOA, as it observed the strike, opposing the merger of State Bank of Indore with State Bank of India, along with AIBEA has once again decided to observe the strike call on 20.12.2012  The issues involved are:

>    To protest against the attempts of the Government to hasten the process of amendments to the Banking Law.

>    To oppose the law sanctifying the corporate delinquency in the matter of bad loans.

>    To halt the present move of the Government to bring in grouping of Public Sector Banks for future mergers.

The contents are self explanatory.  AIBOA has already served the strike notice on IBA, CLC and to Chairman of the Banks and hence Units need not serve any strike notice on their Bank Managements.

UFBU which has decided to observe instant strike against on Banking Bill has betrayed the trust of the Bank employees.  When AIBEA General Secretary requested us to consider for strike, we are informed that SBI officers are not for strike, NCBE General Secretary is abroad and AIBOC is not for strike.  Thus the UFBU which was formed not for economic demands or wages today present the ugly face of betrayal of our trust not to implement their agreed decision.

As such UFBU shall have nothing to do with us hence forward.  We have told AIBEA that there is no case for the Bank employees to wear this dead snake around their neck for too long a period.

Units are to take note of following, while proceeding on strike; for scrupulous implementation.

1.    Officers holding keys are to inform the authority to take charge of the keys against proper acknowledgement.

2.    Branch Managers, Security Officers and officers working in the Central/Control Hub of Technology wing 
  of the Bank’s above are exempted from participation.

3.    RRBs and Cooperative Banks are exempted from the strike.

The preparatory programmes of actions related to strike observed at the State/District centres are to be necessarily participated by AIBOA members.

Onward march to 20th December, 2012 Strike.

Make the strike total and manifest our strong protest of indignation.

With fighting greetings,

Yours comradely,

/S.NAGARAJAN/
GENERAL SECRETARY


ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION

(Central office: Chennai)
ALL  INDIA  BANK  OFFICERS'  ASSOCIATION

(Central office: Chennai)

BANK  EMPLOYEES'  FEDERATION OF INDIA
(Central Office: Kolkata)


CIRCULAR TO ALL UNITS AND MEMBERS:                                                                                 14-12-2012

 

Dear Comrades,

::   OBSERVE ALL INDIA STRIKE ON 20TH DECEMBER, 2012

::   OPPOSE ANTI-PEOPLE BANKING REFORMS

 

Further to our earlier communications, we are happy to inform that our three organisations viz. AIBEA, AIBOA and BEFI have served the strike notice on IBA and have called upon all our unions and their members to observe All India Strike on 20th December, 2012 to oppose the banking sector reforms which are totally unwarranted for our country. 

These reforms in the form of amendment Bill seek to reverse the clock back and hand over the public sector banking to private and corporate vested interests.   Already, a Bill has been passed sanctifying the delinquency of corporates by facilitating the conversion of bad loans as equity investment in the delinquent company.  Further amendments are being attempted to increase voting rights, quicken merger of banks, allowing banks to indulge in speculative forward contract business, etc.  The Government is also in a hurry to issue licences to the corporate houses to start their own Banks and enable them to gobble up public savings. 

Hence the strike is to protest and oppose all these anti-people reform measures and demanding the Government to retrace their steps.  We call upon all our units and members to make the strike a grand success.

Preparatory programmes like demonstrations, and also strike day rallies should be organised jointly in all States and stations with proper co-ordination.

It has been decided to exempt the units from Co-operative Banks and RRBs from participation in the strike.  However, they will join the other programmes like demonstrations, etc.

We are informed that NUBE has also given the call for strike on 20-12-2012.

With greetings,

Yours comradely,

                                                         C.H. VENKATACHALAM            S. NAGARAJAN                      PRADIP BISWAS

               GENERAL SECRETARY               GENERAL SECRETARY                 GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

IMPORTANT:  
All our units and base units are to send telegram/email to Finance Minister, GoI, North Block, New Delhi-110001   ( email: fm@finance.nic.in ) as under:

 “ WE LODGE OUR STRONG PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED BANKING LAW AMENDMENT BILL 
AIMED TO DILUTE THE ROLE OF PUBLIC SECTOR BANKING AND ENCOURAGING 
PRIVATE CAPITAL AND SPECULATION – DEMAND ITS WITHDRAWAL.
   ………………………… ”.