INDIA BANK OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
THE PAGES OF HISTORY
TODAY IT IS RELEVANT
first trade union of Bankmen of pre independent of India completed
seventy two years of purposeful existence.
AIBEA, a trade union, par excellence true to the saying
stood test of times as an effective instrument for a social
foundation conference held on 21st April 1946 at
Kolkata AIBEA adopted 15 resolutions in all, out of which same of
them are reproduced hereunder.
all Bank employees do exert themselves and exercise their
influence to build up strong and healthy unions or associations
all over India.
all employees of Banks and Banking Institutions in India be
granted privilege and casual leave at least according to
fundamental rules as laid down by the Government of India.
That a minimum starting salary of Rs.75/- [seventy
five] must be given to each employee of Banks in clerical cadre
and Rs.40/- [forty] to each employee in subordinate – non
clerical cadre all over India together with a reasonable dearness
allowance and an annual increment of not less than Rs.10/-[ten]
and Rs.5/- [five] respectively.
That the working hours of a Bank employee must not
exceed seven hours a day [including one hour’s respite for
Banks all over India must make provisions for Provident funds,
Gratuity and or Pension for their employees.
the security of service of Bank employees all over must be fully
the central committee be directed to start and organise
co-operative societies for the benefit of the members of the All
India Bank Employees’ Association.
This conference, therefore, urges upon the Government to
introduce rationing all over India and upon the bank authorities
to arrange for the supply of food stuff at concessional rates to
their employees specially at those places where rationing has not
yet been introduced. The
conference requests the Bank authorities to increase the dearness
allowances so as to bring it at part with the amount paid by the
the central committee be and is hereby directed to move the
different bank authorities to provide free medical aid to members
of the staff.
a fund be created by raising subscriptions and donations for
helping the distressed employees and specially those who may loose
their service for trade dispute ie; for their union activities.
The central committee be requested to take up this work
the central Government be move to so frame the proposed Banking
Companies Act as to make provision for co-option of at least one
director in the Board of Directors from among the employees who
will be an elected representative without the requisite
qualification of a shareholder”.
plight of Bankmen in the matter of minimum Basic pay for the
workmen with Dearness allowance coupled with demand for leave
speak volumes of “agony” and ‘torture” undergone by the
elders of yester years. Besides
the demand for service condition, the foundation conference also
demanded representation in the Board by a “non-shareholder” of
1946 to 1966 took twenty years to win the Bipartite to lay the
road for development in the service conditions.
It took nearly 26 years to win the right of representation
in the Board of the Bank.
achievements are on account of the selfless service and sacrifice
made by the countless membership during the period of 72 years.
mean sacrifice. Nothing
has been achieved without suffering and sacrifice.
Great philosopher Socrates was completed to drink poison.
Galileo was exited. Jesus
Christ was crucified. In
our times, the Father of the Nation was shot dead.
All for what? For
speaking the truth and initiating the steps for the progress of
man and mankind.
lost the jewels of the movement Com.Prabhat passed into history
while returning from Nizambad after inaugurating the then State
Bank of Hyderabad Employees conference.
We lost the leader Com.H.L.Parwana, an officer at the age
of 52, who lived for others and who was charge sheeted for
organising the Trade union in Banks.
Com.Dada, who took the first and giant step a demanding
action against loan defaulters on 4th September 1997
was faced with court case by a corporate entity.
He too passed into history while he alighted in the
escalator at the airport on 02.05.2003.
AIBEA was shaped as an instrument with courage and
conviction by leaders from almost all States.
The list is limitless.
we draw inspiration to shape our future from the elders, the
slogan of “one for all
and all for one” coined and championed by late Com.P.K.Menon
the founder General Secretary of AIBOA, who was commending the
respect fro more than 3 decades in the State Maharashtra, has to
pursued and promoted.
the present workforce, it is relevant to quote:
“When you go home
Tell them of us
For their tomorrow
greeting AIBEA on 73rd
Founding Day, the slogan of
and Progress” shall be truthfully implemented
to secure the interest of the Nation, Institution and lastly the
UNITS / STATE
OF GRATUITY ENHANCED FROM RS 10LACS TO Rs.20 LACS.
OF EFFECT : 29-03-2018.
Seventh Pay commission introduced with effect from 1.01.2016
recommended the revised quantum of gratuity payable to Government
Employees was Rs 20 lacs. The Central Trade unions, even prior to
the VII pay commission recommendations, have collectively demanded
the enhancement of Gratuity, as one of the demand, in the charter
of demand submitted to Ministry of Labour, Government of India.
There were two days Nationwide strikes in 2015 and 2016 by
Central Trade Unions, in which AIBOA and AIBEA, participated in
full measure. The Charter of demands submitted to IBA too included
the enhancement of Gratuity.
nine constituent’s strikes on
28-02-2017 and 22-08-2017, focussed the issue of Gratuity
enhancement along-with other issues haunting the banking
workforce, in the background of demonetisation exercise by Banks.
The pressures exerted by the workers belonging to all walks of
life made the Central Government to concede this demand along with
the Maternity leave of 12 weeks to 26 weeks.
give the legal status to the Gratuity bill, the
laid down procedures were undertaken by the Ministry of
Labour, Govt of India viz, Cabinet approval, Presentation of the
Bill in both houses of the Parliament , President’s ascent,
consultation with Ministry of Law and finally the issuance of
Gazette notification by Labour Ministry. The exercise was
completed and accordingly the date of effect of the Amendment to
Gratuity Act was from 29th March 2018. The maximum
quantum under the Act is Rs.20lacs.
the past also, when the Government employees got the enhancement
from Rs 3.5 lacs to Rs 10 lacs with effect from 1.01.2006, the
employees governed by Payment of Gratuity Act 1972 were given the
benefit from 24th May,2010.
Gratuity under Act or the under Officers’ Service Regulations,
whichever is higher is payable to the officer employees with
effect from 29th March 2018.
AIBOA places on record its appreciation for the efforts and
initiatives taken by CTUs more particularly AITUC in realising the
demand from the unwilling hands of the owners as well as from the
February 28, 2018
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
Fight against the
clause of “Discharge simplicitor” in Karnataka Bank by our
a massive success” near 100% participation
AIBOA demands action
against Private Sector Banks – “Gitanjali Gems”
We have informed earlier,
through our Circular, the action of the Karnataka Bank management
to terminate a young officer, having a service of 4 years and
qualified as B.E., M.B.A., for the reason of “Under
was a relationship officer in the Bank.
Members of “Karnataka Bank Officers’ Organisation” [KBOO] a 100% membership
organisation, at various centres assembled voluntarily and exerted
pressures on the leadership of KBOO central office to draw the
plan of actions against the moves of the management.
True to the principles of “TU
ideology”, KBOO convened an urgent CC at Mangalore on
11.02.2018 with a single agenda – “withdrawal
of the termination order served on Com.Shravan Kumar”.
It is heartening to note that all the 42 CC members
attended the meeting and in one voice expressed that the
management action needs to repulse back as the termination was an
unacceptable one. CC
further authorised the General Secretary KBOO to chalk out the
plan of actions in higher form, if need be depending upon the
It is heartening to note that nearly the entire membership
affixed their signature in the memorandum addressed to M.D. with
an appeal to withdraw the termination order.
The Office bearers stationed at Mangalore met the M.D. on
23.02.2018 and urged him to receive the memorandum signed by the
2700 members. The M.D. of the Bank refused to receive the memorandum of 2700 members,
but received the letter addressed by KBOO.
The Bank, which is in process of undertaking the “transformation”
exercise by engaging an external agency, prefers to reject /
receive the humble appeals of 2700 officers.
This is happening at a time when the Bank has crossed a
business mix of Rs.100000 crores .
Officers are considered as a Brand Ambassador of the Bank !!!
The growth trajectory is because of the Officers in the
AIBOA has urged upon the Government of India to direct the
Reserve Bank of India to initiate action against the new
generation Private Sector, a consortium leader with the
participating Private Sector Banks, who have lent money to “Gitanjali
recent directive needs to be enlarged.
It can’t be restricted to Public Sector Bank alone.
Comrades of Karnataka
Bank, you are on right path. You
are pursuing the path of programmes on “Ahimsa”
way. Keep the
organisational activities in proper tune and prepare the members
for a long drawn struggle.
stands with you in full measure, as the tool used by the
management needs to be blunted immediately.
February 26, 2018
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
CONSTITUENTS MEET AT CHENNAI
Keeping in view the fast
forward developments in our Industry, an urgent need was felt to
take the stock of the situation by holding a meeting of the nine
constituents at Chennai on 23.02.2018 at 14.30 hrs at Tarak Illam,
The meeting was presided
over by Com.K.K.Nair, Chairman, UFBU.
Our organisation was represented by Com.M.A.Srinivasan,
Deputy General Secretary, and Com.G.Gunasekaran, Treasurer besides
the undersigned in the meeting.
[Off.] presented in brief the background and necessity to meet on
an urgent basis.
The meeting observed two
minutes silence in the memory of past UFBU Convenors,
Com.S.R.Sengupta, Com.P.Lakshminarasaiah and Com.S.R.Bal [BEFI] a
time tested leader of Bank Employees movement.
The minutes of the meeting
held at Mumbai on 06.02.2018 were read by Com.S.K.Bandlish and the
same was confirmed. In
the background of resorting the programmes of actions culminating
in a direct action on 15.03.2018 and the unexpected developments
in PNB , it was
decided to defer the
direct action on 15th March 2018, to realise the
demand of “wage revision for all” in our Industry.
It was also decided to
prevail upon the IBA authorities, who had cancelled the meeting on
21.02.2018 due to exigencies of the administration, to convene the
meeting at the earliest, as the rank and file are restive.
Further it was also
decided to conduct a “Dharna
before Parliament” on 21.03.2018 to draw the attention of
the authorities at the Government level, to expedite the
investigation and also take stringent action erring staff and also
not to come under pressure of CII and “Assochem”
in the matter of “ownership of the Banks”.
To highlight our concern
in the recent developments, it has been decided to conduct press meet at all State Capitals between 5th March to 10th
Subsequently the four
officers’ organisations met separately and decided to take up
with CVC on the advisory on transfers as well as with RBI
on the recent instructions on classification of advances.
A communication addressed
to CVC on transfers was sent by four officers organisations on the
the job” and “jobs
security” are the slogans as the forces are awaiting to
destabilise the Public Sector character of Banking in India.
adhere to the programmes of action in each State without fail.
February 14, 2017
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
38 YEARS OF PURPOSEFUL EXISTENCE
In the background of the
recommendations of Bhoothalingam Committee on Dearness Allowance
pattern coupled with other issues like non settlement of wages for
workmen due to black days of emergency of nearly “2” years and
implementation of standardisation of wages amongst “Public
Sector Banks” through Pillai Committee recommendations, made the
first and foremost trade union of pre independent India, took a
historic decision of resorting to “indefinite strike” in the
Banking Industry along with AICOBOO led by Mr.L.V.Subramaniam.
At the last moment, when these preparations were at a high
pitch, the then AICOBOO, backed
out at the instance of Government – IBA combine.
From the history, once the decision is taken, AIBEA never
looked back, it has gone forward only.
Thus, the organisation, which had prospective vision of
building the nation, Banking Industry and seeing the welfare of
the workforce compelled to draw a plan of action to form a trade
union of officers, having ideological orientation as that of the
members of AIBEA, thus the emergence of AIBOA on 14.02.1981 at
orange city, Maharashtra. Com.Prabhat
Kar, President, AIBEA in his presentation in the foundation of
conference visualised the future crisis as under:
the members of AIBEA and AIBOA, I only want to say that ours is a
class organisation and where the class interests have to be safe
guarded, militantly and unitedly fighting against all the class
enemies in whichever form they come.
Unity is the only way out and with that unity we shall over
come all the attacks that will be launched and attempted to be
launched by the employer as a whole.
It is coming to be immediately attended.
I can assure you, that AIBEA and AIBOA will not only move
together, we shall face all attacks together, and we shall win and
win. That will be
Further, the concluding
remarks in the foundation conference of AIBEA late Com.Tarakeswar
Chakraborti, General Secretary, AIBEA still relevant in our
“A strong AIBOA makes
AIBEA stronger – Build up a strong AIBOA”.
in the Banking Industry in the country unite.
You have nothing to lose except your sense of fear,
helplessness, vulnerability and you have everything to gain.”
General Secretary of Com.P.K.Menon, expressed his assessment
of our role as:
the long run AIBEA and AIBOA alone can take the Bank employees to
greater achievements and progress as historically both the
organisations, its objectives, its philosophy and its principles
are one and the same”.
The stormy leader in our
movement and a loveable leader late Com.RJS
in his assessment of the development in the Industry expressed
Unity in thought
and succeeds eternally
the abounding involvement of rank and file
by an endearing leadership”
If we collectively take
the essence of their expressions spreading over a period of nearly
3-1/2 decades, we have performed to our best of our abilities and
also in the given opportunities.
Ours is the only organisation, submitted the complete
details of Bad loans to the then President of our Nation,
demanding corrective actions on all concerned.
But the space to be covered is enormous to secure the
dignity and self respect to officers in the Industry, where the
challenges are plenty and job roles are undergoing changes in
woods are lovely, dark and deep.
I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep”.
COM.T.R.VERMA SECRETARY AIBOA
HAS BECOME PART OF TU HISTORY,
Secretary, AIBOA, breathed his last on 10th
February,2018 at Medanta Hospital Gurugram (Haryana) around
11.30 A.M. He was ailing and bounced back to normal trade
union activities. He attended our first secretariat meeting at
Pune, in the second week of December 2017.
He was leading the AIBOA
movement in Punjab National Bank as a General Secretary of All
India Punjab National Bank Officers’ Federation (2012 to
2015), working President of AIPNBOF(2015-2018), and Zonal
Secretary of Punjab National Bank officers Association
Haryana- Chandigarh Zone.
virtue of his organisational quality, he was the in the
AIBOA Secretariat as Secretary from
Conference held in Chennai in December,2011 till date,
besides the responsibility to head the Harayana State
Committee in an effective manner. With all trade union
issues on co-ordination etc, he had never missed to hold the
twin banners as apple of an eye. He was one to project that
any attack on officer community, irrespective of the
affiliation, has to be repulsed back to preserve the dignity
and self respect. Late Ajay Sehgal , a Chief Manager, ill
treated for not succumbing to the pressures of circle
management to consider some of their directions, Com.
T.R.Verma escalated an agitation at bank level and also at
Twin banners level and established that Administration
cannot brush aside the feelings of the grass root level
officers of the Bank. He was the one who projected the fight
against the double Standards and discrimination in the
matter of departmental actions in PNB and held a massive
Dharna in front of the then Head office Bank and
subsequently remedial actions were initiated by the Bank.
He was born in tiny village Toderwal (Patiala) on
01.03.1955, and retired from the bank as a Scale III
officer, realising his commitment to TU movement, on his own
he did not opt for higher promotion. He left behind his
wife, one son and two daughters. On his becoming part of the
history, the family members are poorer, and also members and
comrades of AIBOA ,team of office bearers too. The void
created is unbridgeable.
COM. T.R.VERMA AMAR RAHE, AMAR RAHE.
Yours in grief
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
EXTENDS TOTAL SUPPORT
KARNATAKA BANK OFFICERS
the Banking Industry, a new experiment is being attempted in the
name of ‘transformation’ exercise, as per the advice of
‘external Experts’ by paying substantial compensation to them.
This exercise is nothing but concentration of power at the
corporate office, thus role of bank branches become certainly
irrelevant. Such exercises, wherever attempted by the Banks, the
performance of the banks suffered an irreparable loss of image,
huge expenditure besides business nose diving seriously. One of
the normal recommendations of the experts is to dismantle the
bipartite apparatus, a time tested one for the past four decades.
Change in the HR policy and resolution of the issues through
bipartite system are the main subjects for the external experts.
Instead of enhancing the theme of participative system, the
attempts are afoot to reverse the system and bring back the old
system of “master”
recently, an officer
promoted from clerical cadre, who has put in 4 years of service, qualified
as B.E and MBA and aged
30 years stood terminated in the Second week of Jan, 2018, under
the specious plea of UNDER PERFORMANCE. He was designated as
Relationship Officer (Scale I) who used to get the business leads,
which are to be converted at the branch cluster level as a debtor
or a creditor.
Karnataka Bank, which has crossed a business mix of Rs
1,00,000 crores in its 94 years of journey, as
a old generation
private sector Bank, has resorted to ‘discharge Simpliciter’
exercise, which is consistently opposed
by unions i.e. Para 536 of the Sastry award. The method
adopted by the management of the Bank has kick-started new type of
dissatisfaction and reflections are nothing but ‘trust
Our affiliate, KBOO, with 100% membership held its managing committee at Mangalore today participated by 42 members of the
to this meeting, a mass
meeting was held at Mangalore on 10.02.2018 in which 375 members
participated. Com. V.Ramabhadran,
Secretary, AIBOA addressed the mass rally and extended total
support of AIBOA to KBOO and its members.
The CC in one voice authorised the General Secretary to
take forward the programmes of actions, depending upon the
developments culminate the same with direct action, if need be.
While addressing the CC by the undesigned any attack on the
dignity of the officer, shall have to be fought back and AIBOA
stands totally with KBOO in getting the issue of termination
MARCH ON !
THE PRINCIPLE OF ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE !!
STANDS FOR DIGNITY AND SELF RESPECT
THE OFFICERS COMMUNITY !!!
extend total support to comrades of KBOO in full measure.
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
– ONE CRORE
present Government at the centre with the focussed approach is targeting
the “main nerve centre” of
economic activity of our Nation [ie] our Industry, to carry out their plan
of actions. Some of them are -
INFUSION OF CAPITAL TO BANKS:
Government conceded our demand but they are attached the conditions of
reforms [ie] consolidation through mergers etc.
RECOVER THE BAD LOANS THROUGH
order to silence the strong voice of the people at large, an amendment to
Banking Regulation Act – “Insolvency and Bankruptcy code” was
brought in. 12 top accounts
amounting more than Rs.2,52,000 crores is pending before National Company
Law Tribunal[NCLT] for adjudication.
the NCLT total money will not come back to the Banks but accommodation of
the big defaulters would certainly take place.
ACCOMMODATION OF THE BAD LOAND
DEFAULTERS AND PENALISE THE COMMON MAN / DEPOSITORS:
earning to a financial Institution is mainly through lending operations.
When the bad loans are increasing, earnings are declining.
To cover the future loss, the exercise of provisioning is taking
place. Small depositors are to
be paid increased rate of interest, to encourage the savings.
But the present position is not favourable to small investors.
In the name of non-maintaining the minimum balance in the accounts,
depositors are penalised by levying charges and the income earned through
this method is more than the real banking transactions.
BRANCH EXPANSION IS THE NEED OF HOUR
NOT BRANCH CLOSURE:
have proved that the favourite issue of “financial
inclusion” has been brilliantly implemented by Bankmen across the
country thereby nearly 21 crores of accounts have been added with a total
deposit of over Rs.70000 crores. We
need branch expansion to cater the requirements of the common people of
this country. At this point of
time, Government is seriously pursuing the issue of mergers of Banks.
5 Associate Banks mergers with SBI had already led to closure of
1000 branches . Further 200 to
300 branches, SBI is planning to close down.
WITHDRAW FRDI BILL:
introduction of the bill by the present Government has kick started the
flight of Bank deposits to mutual fund. Leading
Bank- SBI- has released an advertisement in social media instigating the
small investors to invest in mutual funds instead of savings, through Bank
accounts. The “bail in”
clause has created sufficient fear and loss of confidence in Public Sector
our Joint signature campaign has to be actively pursued and hit the target
of getting the common people involved in the noble tasks of “Saving the Banking Industry” thereby “saving the Nation”.
into vigorous campaign as the time at our disposal is too short and also