ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION
December 19, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
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.
December 18, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
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.
Circular letter No.10/VI/2013
December 4, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
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
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.
EncL: draft letter
From: [Unit / SC Address]
Indian Banks Association
6th Floor, Centre 1, email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
World Trade Complex,
Cuffe Parade, Mumbai-400005
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.
Convener, UFBU, Hyderabad [firstname.lastname@example.org]
AIBOA, Central Office, Chennai [email@example.com]
November 22, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
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.
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.”