ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
Circular Letter No.12/VI/2015
November 25, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
STRUGGLE LAUNCHED BY SSBEA
A SILVER LINE IN MIDST OF DARK CLOUDS.
Our Organisation has extended solidarity to the struggles launched by State Sector Bank Employees’ Association [SSBEA] culminating in two days strike call on December 1 and 2, 2015, backed up by a strike on 02.12.2015 by workmen employees of other Banks – AIBEA to realise the following demands.
1. 1. Delinking Associate Banks from SBI.
2. 2. Denial of right to represent, in terms of Indian Trade Unions Act 1926
3. 3. Non implementation of Government guidelines on compassionate grounds appointments effective from 05.08.2014.
4. 4. Increase in staff Housing loan quantum and introduction of retrograde career progression policy endangering important issue of jobs and job security.
We have directed our State Committees to coordinate at 5 centres, where the Associate Banks are having the Headquarters to participate in the programmes of actions and on 2nd December 2015, when workmen belonging to AIBEA observe the strike, our members will not discharge clerical jobs in the Branches.
We have information provided by President AIBEA, of which the contents are:
“ in today’s conciliation meeting, management agreed to keep the CPS option letters in abeyance and not to issue further option letters and hold Bipartite meeting on 3rd December with SSBEA. Hence all programmes including strike is temporarily deferred….”
There is a respite to the situation. Opening the doors of negotiation is a welcome sign. Right to represent is a fundamental right of the Trade Union. The right has to be secured by SSBEA, as the struggle was fully backed by ½ million workforce under the banner of AIBEA / AIBOA
AIBOA, while extending its greetings to SSBEA and AIBEA for breaking the impasse, awaits for the successful outcome of the negotiations hoping that fundamental Trade Union right of representation to be secured by SSBEA.
A SILVER LINING IN MIDST OF DARK CLOUDS
November 19, 2015
Indian Banks’ Association,
REG: INSURANCE BACKED HOSPITALISATION SCHEME
FOR RETIRED STAFF.
We draw your kind attention to the 7th Joint Note signed by Four Officers’ Organizations with IBA on 25th may 2015 at Mumbai.
2) In terms of Clause 10 of the Joint Note, the details of reimbursement of hospitalization expenses has been listed out in the annexure IV of the Joint Note.
3) In terms of Clause 5.10 of the appendix I of the 7th Joint Note, there would be a continuity of this scheme / benefits to the retiring officers/ employees and their family and also to the retired officers/ employees and their family.
4) It is hereby reliably learnt that United India Insurance, the service provider has informed the member banks directly that some of the facilities like corporate Buffer, Maternity expenses, Critical Illness cover, Domiciliary expenses, dependents not covered, are not available to the retired employees.
5) Unilateral action by the service provider after the commencement of the Insurance cover w.e.f 1.11.2015 is unacceptable to our Organization.
6) This issue of Insurance backed Hospitalization scheme was piloted by the management during Negotiation and ultimately the issue has been achieved as a part of the 7th Joint Note exercise.
7) Further, in the record note of the discussions between IBA with UFBU on the issues and to the demands relating to the retirees of the Banks held on 25.05.2015, categorically states that, ……benefits of the coverage of this scheme would be extended to retirees also subject to the conditions that the cost of the Insurance premium under the scheme would be payable to retirees”.
8) As there is departure in the understanding arrived at between 4 officers organizations and IBA unilaterally by the service provider independently, Our Organization urges upon the IBA to convene a meeting of all negotiating Unions, on an urgent basis to avoid the avoidable conflicts in the present wage revision exercise concluded in May 2015.
We expect your immediate response to resolve an artificial issue created by the service provider.
Circular Letter No.11/VI/2015
October 30, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
REPULSE BACK THE ATTACKS ON TRADE UNIONS
IN ASSOCIATE BANKS
SOLIDARITY TO THE STRUGGLING WORKFORCE
The genesis of the State Sector Banks were directly linked to patronage of erstwhile Royal family exercising their control Initially there were seven Associate Banks and as on date it is five only.
State Bank of Mysore was established on 02.10.1913 by the Royal His Highness Krishnaraja Wadiyur on the advice of late Sir M.Visvesvaraya. State Bank of Patiala was originally established in the year 1917 on the Deepavali Day. State Bank of Hyderabad was established in the year 1941, having operations in A.P., Karnataka and Marathwada region of Maharashtra. State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur established its roots right from 1943/1944 drew the strength from the Bank of Bikaneer and Bank of Jaipur. State Bank of Travancore was established on 12th September 1945. Except State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur, all other four State owned Banks were brought under the SBI Act 1960 and SBBJ was in 1963.
2. The involvement of “State Bank of Saurashtra” in the infamous Harshad Mehta stock market scam resulted in the “mercy killing” of that Bank in the year 2008 and the union operating in that Bank too insisted for and accepted under the fierce threat of jobs and job security of the total workforce. Whereas, State Bank of Indore, one of the best performing State Sector Bank, in all segments sphere of Banking activities, the SBI flexed their muscle and forcefully acquired its stake in the year 2010.
3. It was in the year 2012, Government of India, Department of Financial Services released a circular indicating the first step towards merger based on “technology platform” and under that exercise, the plan unfolded was to integrate the subsidiaries with SBI. Sensing the ill-advised move, AIBOA advised the State Committee of “Rajasthan”, “Punjab”, “Andhra”, “Kerala” and “Karnataka” to extend support to struggling workforce of State Sector Banks. At Jaipur and Patiala, the Dharnas were conducted and the demonstrations were held by our state committees. But the strike by the members of S.S.B.E.A. was deferred.
4. State Bank of India, more outsourcing of jobs is blatantly taking place and the backdoor privatisation was already set in motion silently to one of the largest private Sector conglomerate right from last year, now attempting to strangulate the voice of TUs. The new form of offensives are :
a] Denial of right to represent, in terms of Indian Trade Unions Act 1926
b] Non implementation of Government guidelines on compassionate ground appointments effective from 05.08.2014
c] Increase in Staff Housing loans and retrograde career progression policy endangering important issue of the jobs and job security.
5. One of the “alternative” is that the SBI branches operating in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Punjab should be merged with State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur and State Bank of Patiala respectively as identical to a situation of IDBI Bank with IDBI. This alternative provides an opportunity to strengthen the “Stand alone subsidiary” in full measure as well as delayring certain extra flab from SBI.
6. Be, as it may to resist and repulse back the attacks of the SBI management, the workmen in “subsidiary Banks” in close co-ordination with AIBEA have decided to embark on an agitation against SBI Management’s actions on “attacks on trade unions”.
In the programmes of actions, particularly on the 5 States, where the subsidiary Banks Head quarters are housed our members are to actively engage in extending total support to them.
On the proposed date of strike by AIBEA ie; 02.12.2015, our members will not handle the clerical work at the branches throughout the country.
Halt the attacks on TU’s in the [Subsidiary Banks] State Sector Banks
Rise, Resist and Repulse
The moves of SBI Management
AIBOA extends total solidarity to the Members of SSBEA / AIBEA
Circular letter No.10/VI/2015
October 28, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
DEFEND PUBLIC SECTOR CHARACTER OF IDBI
EXTEND ALL OUT SUPPORT TO IDBI WORKFORCE
United Forum of IDBI Officers and Employees, under the Convenorship of Com.R.S.Athalye, Joint Secretary, AIBOA has unleashed protest actions against the proposed move of the Government of India to privatise IDBI Bank.
The warm up exercise for a sustained struggle has already been set in motion. Explanatory meetings were held at Kerala, Chennai, Madurai, Kolkata etc., and the response from the members is extraordinarily encouraging. There is an upsurge amongst the members and the need to unite and fight is seriously felt at all levels, as the move of the Government is improper and unwarranted.
Mr.Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Minister for State Finance, in a recent meetings held at Mumbai sang the same song of privatisation of IDBI on lines of Axis Bank model. The orchestra campaign has to be repulsed back with seriousness and steadfast approach.
In pursuance of the decision taken by “UFIDBIOE” at Mumbai on 4th and 5th October, 2015, the following programmes will be observed by the IDBI workforce, throughout the country.
We advise the State Committees/affiliated Units to extend whole hearted support for the programmes of resistance against the ill advised proposal of the Government of India.
With fighting greetings,
Circular Letter NO.9/VI/2015
October 15, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
PROPOSED MOVE TO PRIVATISE IDBI BANK LTD.,
PROTEST ACTIONS UNLEASHED BY UFIDBI OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.
The Hon’ble Finance Minister had stated in the print as well as in the electronic media that IDBI will be converted in AXIS Bank model-erstwhile UTI Bank. The implied expression is nothing but dilution of Government equity from the present 76.5%
IDBI was established in 1964 and functioned as an extended arm of RBI till 1976. In 1977, it was delinked from RBI and established as a statutory body, wholly owned by the Government. The share holding was 58.5%.
IDBI was converted into IDBI Ltd., deemed Banking Company w.e.f. 10.10.2004 and renamed as IDBI Ltd., w.e.f. 01.04.2005. IDBI Bank, a new generation private sector Bank was amalgamated with IDBI Ltd., Further , the erstwhile United Western Bank Ltd., an old generation Private Sector having its headquarters at Satara, Maharashtra was merged into IDBI Ltd., w.e.f. 03.10.2006. As on date the present IDBI Bank Ltd., has evolved as a Bank through merger and amalgamation exercise, retaining the Public ownership of new entity.
Our Organisation has already written to Hon’ble Finance Minister not to dilute the Government equity and honour the assurances given by the then Shri Jaswant Singh, Hon’ble Finance Minister on the floor of the Parliament on 08.12.2003.
Keeping the various developments taking place in the Banking Sector aiming to give up ownership of the Government based on the P.J.Nayak Committee recommendations in a slow pace, the present expressions of the representatives of the Government should not be taken lightly at any cost. Prevention is better than cure. Going by the adage, a joint meeting of the AIIDBIOA and AIIDBEA was held on 4th and 5th October 2015 at Mumbai. They have formed a united forum under the convenorship of Com.R.S.Athalye, who is also the Joint Secretary, AIBOA.
The United Forum in IDBI, has decided to observe a series of programmes to halt the move of Privatisation culminating a day’s strike, which will be announced later.
We advise the State Committees and affiliated Units to coordinate with the State level representatives in all their protest actions, upholding the trade union principle of ONE FOR ALL and ALL FOR ONE, thereby converging the collective energies of the IDBI workforce in toto.
Onward March to raise Coordinated resistance action programmes.
Circular Letter No.8/VI/2015
September 3, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
WE‘RE THE LEADING LIGHT
MASSIVE SUCCESS AND
11 Central Trade Unions, independent All India Federation of Banks, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Government Employees and other service establishment had adopted the Joint Declaration on 26.05.2015 in a meeting held at New Delhi against anti-worker, anti-people and pro corporate policies of the Government at the centre.
Sensing the mood of the common man at large and also the preparations at All India level to the make the strike of 150 million workers a resounding success, the group of Ministers headed by the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley held two rounds of discussions on 26th and 27th August 2015 to persuade the CTUs not to resort to countrywide strike call on 02.09.2015, as the Government is taking appropriate steps to consider the most of the demands. It is quite but natural that BMS at the centre and their affiliates at various establishments prefer to grant some time to their Government at the Centre and withdrew their participation, in the national strike.
Work force in Banking sector, had participated in the earlier calls of CTUs of 28.02.12 and 20th-21st February 2013, as the demands listed out are also directly affecting the Bankmen too.
In this historic strike on 02.09.2015, AIBOA-AIBEA-BEFI-INBOC-INBEF along with the workforce in RBI, NABARD, and IDBI participated. Our affiliates in RRB and Private Sector Banks had also participated in full swing.
Banking is the lifeline of the National economy. Payments, Receipts, clearing, Treasury operations and inter bank transactions were completely paralysed. By our total participation, activities in Banking was brought to near halt.
Gyan Sangam initiatives followed by setting target by the announcement of “Indra Dhanush” on 14.08.2015 are the clear signal to set the clock back to privatisation mode, unmindful of the handling of total business of Rs.155 lacs crores by the Banking system.
Outsourcing, contractualisation and also liberalisation of present time tested labour laws tilting towards corporate are the dangers already arrived at our doorsteps.
Public Sector organisations are nation building instruments which are to be protected, preserved and promoted. It should be the collective aim to build a fine nation for the future generation.
We have to save our jobs we have to save Public Sector Banking and also the future of our Nation. For all these, we have to save the trade unions in our Nation as well as in our Industry.
Our unity is our strength.
Let us look forward and take the struggles ahead.
RED SALUTES to the twin banners in spearheading the cause of the people of the Nation.
Circular Letter No.7/VI/2015
August 27, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
ALL INDIA STRIKE - 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2015
FINANCIAL SECTOR WORKFORCE
TO DEFEND THE NATIONALISATION AGENDA
In Banking Industry, AIBEA-AIBOA-BEFI-INBOC-INBEF-NOBW-NOBO along with other organisations in RRB, Co-operative Sector, having unanimously decided to observe the 2nd September, 2015 strike on the following issues.
1. 1. Against the anti-worker, anti-people and pro corporate policies of the Central Government.
2. 2. Against the adverse amendments to the Labour Laws.
3. 3 Against retrograde Banking Reforms, attacks on Trade Union rights and demands of Bank employees and Bank officers
In support of Charter of Demands of CTUs.
In response to the strike notice served by the 7 Unions, there was a conciliatory meeting at New Delhi convened by Labour Ministry on 24th August, 2015. The meeting was participated by the officials of Finance Ministry, Labour Ministry, IBA, besides the representatives from Trade Union Organisations. The approach was more of explanatory in nature with an appeal not to resort to the All India Strike on 02.09.2015. The undersigned participated on behalf of our organisation.
The stage is set. The strike will be a total one in our Nation. 100 million workers will observe the strike programmes. Keeping in mind the past practice, we advise the Units to follow the directions.
 The second officers and other key holders of the Branch should inform the Branch Incharge about their participation in the strike on 02.09.2015 and request them to make arrangements to collect the keys from them. The keys to be handedover with proper acknowledgement.
 The Branch Manager in turn should inform the controlling office to make arrangements to collect the keys from the branch.
Units / State Committees are to adhere to the instructions without any deviation and make the strike on 02.09.2015 a memorable one.