ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
(Central Office : Chennai)
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
FOUNDATION DAY OF AIBEA
FROM ITS SIBLING - AIBOA
“Trade unions are instruments for social change” the saying goes. This suits
aptly to the first and foremost trade union organisation of bank
men established in the pre independent India on the banks of River
Hooghly on 20th April 1946, with a clear vision in the
prosperity of our Nation.
Plight of bank worker in 1940s
“.....It is a pity that even the humblest day labourer or even the prisoners
have a limit to the working hours and have allowance for extra
works, but these unfortunate clerks have none of these privileges.
They are made to work like beasts of burden at the sweet
will of their masters. The
consequence is that these poor clerks are being dragged to
untimely graves due to overwork and under employment.
Is there nobody in the land to prevent such cruelty to
human being although there exists law punishing cruelty to
1. From the stage of undefined working hours, the
negotiated settlement by AIBEA provided the relief [ie] defined
working hours for workmen.
2. Releasing the economy from the hands of few
individuals and making the Banking Industry as an epic centre for
the growth of the Nation was the finest forward step taken by
AIBEA thereby facilitating the “Green
and “white revolution” as
parts of the history of our dear Nation.
The five magic letters did play an effective role in
identifying the author of “36AD”
shown the doors in the political arena; resultantly the split in
the ruling party was a reality.
3. Automatic DA
revision in our Industry was another master stroke by AIBEA,
though the mill workers of Mumbai during the Second World War
period demanded and secured the same.
Having secured the DA increase once in every quarter,
invariably, Emergency in
India made certain
irreversible threats to the working class movement with no
exception to Bank employees. Boothalingam
Committee stipulated Rs.1.30 per
slab rise thereby restricting the DA payment of Rs.5.20 per slab.
AIBEA fought and averted the ill conceived formula to be
implemented in our Industry in the post emergency period.
4. The negative
role played during 1978-80, by AICOBOO, the name mostly forgotten,
except the historian, compelled AIBEA to organise an exclusive
organisation for officers in the year 1981, thereby AIBOA
was given a birth to secure the interest of the officers.
The supportive role played from its inception till today is
note worthy and remembered by all officers.
presentation made before various committees particularly
Narasimhan Committee I and II, opposing Verma Committee report on
closure of UCO, United and Indian Bank, publishing the list of big
loan defaulters repeatedly, and
getting an assurance to allocate 40% of the advances to priority
sector were part of nation building noble contributions by the
AIBEA during the past 70 years of its purposeful existence.
6. Sensing the
time and the need to transform the Industry due to volume of
transactions, permitting introduction of Technology in phased
manner were also considered as a positive and forward approach
instead of stumbling block in the process.
The only Industry where “technology”
introduction is through an agreement.
7. “Cradle to Grave” achievement echoed by late Com.P.K.Menon, founder General Secretary,
AIBOA was realised through a careful study by two committees
establishing the far sightedness of the organisations.
Attacks mounted by “all other organisations”
on the “first premier organisation”
and “its sibling”
in 1993 were the footprints in the onward march of securing the
benefits from the unwilling hands of the owners and the Bank
Managements. It took
“17 long years”
to bring back the “Golden bus of Pension”
to accommodate 3,30,000 through “one more option”
in 2010 was also added colours to the achievements made by the
8. The immense
contribution by Com.Prabhat Kar, Com.H.L.Parwana, Com.Tarakeswar
Chakraborti, Com.D.P.Chadha, Com.P.K.Menon, Com.N.Sampath,
Com.Rajendra Syal, Com.C.S.Subramanian, Com.A.V.G.Nair and
Com.T.K.V.Nair , who had burnt their lives as a candle to give
light to others and at the end built the great edifice of AIBEA.
9. A small seed
sown in 1946, has grown like banyan tree in 7 decades giving
shelter to all categories of workers in the financial sector
gained enormous respects and best wishes right from sub staff to
Chairman’s of all Banks.
political struggle is an economic struggle and
economic struggle is a political struggle”.
10. A trade union
responsible for converting Private ownership to public ownership
thereby ensuring the enhanced growth trajectory from dependence to
self reliant economy, bringing an appropriate amendment in the
I.D.Act [Section 33], lifting the status of Bank workers to the
present enviable position in the society, unleashing the fight
against the accommodative role played
by the powers to big loan defaulters and enlarging the
canvass of social security cover are remarkable contributions by
AIBEA during 70 years.
On the 71st
Foundation day of AIBEA, its sibling AIBOA greets for many more
successes to AIBEA as the process of progress is not fully
has been made, an advance of immense dimensions, this has to be
furthered by the democratic movement of our Country in the days to
ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
(Central Office : Chennai)
ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION
(Central Office : Chennai)
LETTER TO ALL UNITS
8TH April, 2016
Our units are aware that
and AIBOA units are the overwhelming representative unions in IDBI
Bank and in view of the recent announcement in the Budget to
privatise IDBI Bank, there was a successful protest strike by the
employees and officers despite all attempts of the management to
thwart the strike action through court cases, intimidations, etc.
After the success of the strike,
there has been repressive measures like suspensions and vindictive
transfers of more than 60 activists all over the country.
In view of these vindictive actions of the management, we
have jointly addressed a letter to the MD/CEO of IDBI Bank seeking
to revoke and rescind these punitive measures.
We reproduce herein the text of
our letter for the information of our units.
If management of IDBI Bank persist with their vindictive
actions, we shall chalk out organizational programmes which will
be informed to units shortly.
meantime we request all our unions to address similar letters to
the MD/CEO of IDBI Bank
with copy to us.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Office , Mumbai E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg: Revocation of suspensions and
cancellation of transfers
Our attention has been drawn to the
recent provocative actions of the management in the form of
suspensions and transfers of officers of the Bank which are
evidently in retaliation and as a reaction to the recent strike
action by the employees and officers expressing their protest
against the proposal of the Government to reduce the
Government’s equity in IDBI Bank to less than 49% and paving the
way for privatisation of the Bank much against the solemn
assurances on the floor of the Parliament to maintain 51% equity
at all times.
You are aware that the strike action
was a democratic expression of protest and was a legitimate action
on the part of the employees and officers to draw the attention of
the Government on their decision to privatise the Bank.
You are further aware that the
strike action was forced on them since the conciliation efforts
did not yield any fruitful or positive results.
You are also aware that the strike action was duly informed
to the management by due notice under the provisions of law.
You are equally aware that that the
entire trade union movement in the banking industry has serious
opposition to privatisation of public sector banks and we are in
full support of the demands of the employees and officers of the
IDBI Bank in this regard.
We can understand that the decision
has been taken by the Government and hence the management of the
Bank, per se, may not be able to say anything on the same but it
does not mean that employees cannot express their protest against
the decision of the Government.
We believe that we are in a democratic country and such
protests are quite legitimate.
It would be appropriate that the
views, grievances and demands of the Unions are conveyed to the
Government for their consideration instead of reacting
administratively by vindictive actions against the union
We convey our strong protests on
these unwarranted and vindictive suspensions and transfers which
are meant to terrorise and victimize the
We may inform that these actions of
the management may lead to industry-level repercussions and
vitiate industrial relations in the entire banking sector.
While we stand committed to maintain
discipline and good conduct at
all levels of the workforce and also to strengthen the IDBI
Bank with the solid co-operation of all employees and
officers who are members of our organisations, we look forward for
your co-operation to maintain cordial relations with the staff and
permitting legitimate trade union activity in the Bank.
In the end, we urge upon you to
review these unwarranted actions and rescind the same.
|Sd.. S. NAGARAJAN
| GENERAL SECRETARY
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
SMALL STEP BY IDBI WORKFORCE
OF THE STRUGGLE
THE FINANCIAL SECTOR
budget proposal pertaining to Banking Sector deals with the
Government’s intention to explore the options to bring down the
equity of Government below 50% in IDBI and also the
“consolidation of Public Sector Banking”.
expressions made by the responsible representatives of the present
Government defies the basic faith that written assurances given on18.12.2015
/ 22.12.2015 and 08.12.2003 are
not kept up. The Bank is planning to conduct “Extra
Ordinary General Body meeting” to dilute the present equity
offering the same to LIC of India, in the ensuing week, to the
extent upto 15%
the various developments into consideration within the Industry
“United Forum of IDBI Officers and
Employees” met at Mumbai on 12thMarch
MSBEF Office decided unanimously to launch programme of actions.
Demonstrations at IDBI Tower
to Hon’ble Finance Minister and Hon’ble members of
Demonstration at all major offices of IDBI Bank
strike by officers and workmen staff of IDBI
defending the Public Sector character of IDBI in full measure, the
IDBI workforce is deprived of wage revision with effect from
01.11.2012. The threat of introduction of fixed pay and
variable pay is too looming large as far as officers are
priorities are : IDBI
– as Public Sector Institution – Job and Job security and wage
revision without any breakup.
first and small step by IDBI in defence of Public Sector is
appreciated in full measure, hopefully triggering agitations in
State Committees and affiliated Units to extend whole hearted
support to struggling IDBI workforce in all their programmes of
action culminating in a strike action on 28.03.2016 a tremendous
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
ON THE PUBLIC SECTOR BANKING SYSTEM
DILUTION OF GOVERNMENT EQUITY IN IDBI
US UNITE AND FIGHT
agenda of consolidation of Public Sector Banking is the single
item remaining out of the recommendations to be implemented of
NARA I and II. The earlier Government and also the present one are
singing the same song of big banks through the process of Merger
speech on 29.02.2016:
Our Public Sector Banks will have to be strong and competitive.
The Bank Board Bureau will be operationalized during 2016-17 and
roadmap for consolidation of Public Sector Banks will be spelt
out. The process of transformation of IDBI Bank has already
started. Government will take it forward and also consider
the option of reducing its stake to below 50%”.
the year 2008,
one of Associate Banks State
Bank of Saurastra was
merged with State Bank of India- a forced merger, as the Bank was
struck up with Stock market Scam of Late Harshad Mehta,
resultantly booked loss. In 2010, another associate Bank, a
profit making one,
performing Bank which
was taking care of the welfare of MP state was merged with SBI, in
spite of strong resistance movement by AIBOA
which was held at Pune in the month of January, 2015 rolled out
the plan of action for the consolidation of the Banks. The prelude
to this move was the proposal to initiate merger based on the
technological platform of the individual Banks in the September
2012. In the recently announced Budget presentation the intension of
the present Government has been spelt. As a follow up of the Gyan
Sangam I, after the Budget, Gyan
Sangam II was
held at Gurgaon on March 5-6, 2016, where further offensives are
unfolded as the outcome of the grand meet. As per reports, various
options are being explored to speed up the process of
consolidation of Public Sector Banking System.
per the paper reports, out of the remaining 5 Associate banks,
to-day, it is being aired that SBH and SBP will
be merged with SBI as these Banks are not listed and 100% stake
rests with SBI. The offensives of the Government will certainly
result, non availability credit to priority sector segment, denial
of banking access to nearly 50% of the population of our Nation
and ultimately job losses of the present and also due to
contractulisation of existing jobs.
November 2015, under
the aegis of United
Forum of IDBI Officers and Employees observed
the Strike against the oft repeated announcements of the
representatives of the Government to convert the IDBI Bank as that
of AXIS BANK Model ie privatise the IDBI BANK. It is matter of
concern of all, that the assurances given in the floor of
Parliament by Mr.Jaswant Singh, the former Finance Minister on
08.12.2003, had been consciously overlooked now. From the
records resting at the Government and RBI end that IDBI has been
classified as other Public Sector Bank.
per the Certificate of Incorporation dated 27.09.2004, the
memorandum of Association of IDBI Ltd., it has been categorically
Central Government being a shareholder of the company shall at all
times maintain not less than fifty one percent of the issued
capital of the company.”
18th December 2015, there was a written commitment given in the
floor of Parliament, by MOF that the dilution of the equity
including IDBI shall not go down below 52%. In spite of the
commitments on 08.12.2003
and 18.12.2015, the
Government has made a mention that the Government will consider
the option of reducing the stake to below 50%, in the present
is to be noted that the time tested Institution/system/procedure
are being replaced unmindful of the consequences by the present
Government. To protect the Public Sector Banking and also to
adhere the assurances given in the Parliament twice in the matter
of protection of IDBI as Public Sector Bank unleashing programmes
of actions are inevitable.
READY FOR THE PROLONGED AND SUSTAINED STRUGGLES
are in the process of getting in touch with UFBU for an
appropriate action packed programmes
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
IN THE MIRROR
ARE NEVER BENEVOLENT TO WORKFORCE
industry level wage negotiations have successively established
that uniformity in wages to the work force in the Industry.
Smallest to largest, loss making bank to profit earning bank are
placed at the same position. The
uniformity in wages and service conditions is the fine fabric,
which facilitated the bondage amongst the banking workforce. The
"One for all and all for One" the adage suits to the
achievements made in the Industry.
The Khandelwal Committee
recommendations on wages, service conditions and welfare clearly
to have freedom to negotiate to create a better mix between
compensation and Performance; Boards to decide on
wage and compensation structure in relation to capacity to pay,
profitability, productivity etc and within the
guidelines.Banks to consider variable Pay as major component of
wages facilitating the discretion to go in
Cost to company CTC concept”.
the earlier wage negotiations, there were attempts to bring these
factors to play. Collective and sustained campaign against the
recommendations had blunted the approach of the Owners and
negotiators. These prescriptions are brought in a different form
in the GYAN SANGAM Recommendations, which was held at Pune on Jan
then IBA Chairman, Mr. T.M.Bhasin submitted a report on the issues
and progress made on the Recommendations of Working Group, under
building a Robust People Strategy for PSBs lays down their clear intentions:
from industry level to Bank level settlement agenda to
settlement is reaching its finality and will be in force
Banks one year before the expiry of the settlement
should initiate dialogue to move out of Industry level
settlement and negotiate for productivity linked
settlement on cost to company basis based on the paying
capacity of each bank
to improve operational efficiency to significantly
increase P/B through
credit risk management capabilities
to bottom line based targets
technology to reduce opex and improve productivity
capital light operating models
Banks have robust risk management system for improving
the management and operational efficiency. They
have adopted bottom line target based approach for
targeted top line growth. Work
is in progress to leverage4 technology to reduce the
operational cost, improve productivity as sell as to
improve customer satisfaction and convenience.
are advised to deliberate the initiatives at the Board
level committees and formulate Board approved policies
for effective execution.
re orientation of small PSUs.
appropriately for risk across all products / segments
Banks should deliberate at the Board level and
recommended to DFS.
based pricing has been introduced.
and will be further fine tuned
LIC wage notification has already been released by the Government.
There is a departure from the time tested approach that the
pattern of settlement and % of increase offered in our Industry
are more or less followed
in other financial sector branches too.
the ink has not dried of the present wage revision with some of
the issues of hospitalisation scheme hanging in fire of serving as
well as Retirees and Record Note on Retirees issues not addressed
at all, how come the owners are becoming so benevolent is a
million dollar question.
notification of the Government is to be read, before setting the
plan for the next wage negotiations. When
RBI pressure mounts up to cleanse the
balance sheet by March 2017, can the owners be benevolent to
workers in this country ?
US CAUTIOUSLY PURSUE THE ISSUES as
the hidden agenda of the Government is aiming at putting an
end to the Industry Level Settlement and put in place the
capacity to pay as well as give a final
shape to the Cost to Company concept partially brought into stay
in the current wage revision.
UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
OF THE UNION CONQUERS ALL
RETAINED AS A PUBLIC SECTOR ENTITY
RETRACES ITS STEP
a developmental financial Institution, founded in the year 1964,
as an extended arm of RBI in the initial stage and subsequently
came under the total control of the Central Government.
In the year 2004,
IDBI Bank Pvt. Ltd., employed contracted workforce, had a reverse
merger with the DFI-IDBI, pushing the DFI to entangle with
commercial Banking operations. During
the regime of UPA I, the old generation private sector Bank having
its headquarters at Satara, Western Maharastra – United Western
Bank was merged with IDBI and substantial compensation was paid to
the share holders. Thanks
to the political compulsions of UPA I to avoid the liquidation of
UWB in the year 2006.
then Finance Minister of the Country, while folding up the
discussions on the floor Parliament in the 2003, categorically
informed that the Government holding in IDBI, will not be below
on date, IDBI is considered to be a laboratory to carry out the
experiment the various options of the Governments of the past as
well as the present. IDBI,
is governed under the Company law and not under Nationalisation
Last year, the
present Finance Minister and also Minister of State for Finance
through print as well as electronic media made Government’s
intention clear to mobilise the resources by reducing the
Government’s stake in IDBI and push IDBI to private hands. The
oft repeated expressions were loud and clear. Having
sensed the dangerous move of the present Government, the United
Forum of IDBI officers and employees under the Covenorship of
Com.R.S.Athalye, who is also the Joint Secretary of AIBOA and
General Secretary of AIIDBIOA, in due consultation with workmen
representatives, unleashed a series of programme, including a
day’s strike on 27th November
2015 ie; the next day of the commencement of the winter session of
from this, the hasty announcement of reform process in 15 sectors
including Banking, after the drubbing in the lections, received at
the hands of the People of Bihar in November 2015.
off to the entire workforce of IDBI, the fine preparation of
agitation in various States coupled with determination, made the
strike on 27th November
2015, a historic one, led by AIBOA officers. IDBI
working was brought to grinding halt. The
general council meeting of AIIDBIOA was held at New Delhi on 12th December
2015 to review and take forward the further course of programmes.
the second phase of agitational programmes were rolled out, the
team of office bearers utilised the time gainfully to meet the
Parliamentarians of all the political parties at Delhi. The
team worked round the clock literally the whole week. Sincere
and hard works pays. Shri Sultan Ahmed, M.P.
raised the question in the floor of the Parliament. A
categorical reply from the Government on the equity holding
including IDBI speaks for itself.
sincere and serious step taken by AIBOA backed by AIBEA workforce,
made the Government to relent from the hasty move or Privatisation
of IDBI for the present. The
unsettled issue of ownership of IDBI has been settled. As
on date, the Government stake is80% from
the earlier stake of 76.5%.
Salutes to IDBI officers and workmen for their steadfast approach
in protecting the Public Sector character of the IDBI, in their
Nation building exercise.
January 13, 2016
- 30 years of Purposeful existence.
- ALL INDIA CENTRAL BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION (AICBOA)
All India Central Bank Officers
Association, (AICBOA), was founded on the shores of Bay of Bengal
on 13th January,1985,at Chennai, by the towering personality
Com.Tarakda, the leader of leaders, as per the decisions of the
AIBEA, to organise the officers under the banner of AIBOA.
The foundation conference elected
Com.A.Sundar Rao, a leader par excellence, who single handedly
fought during the emergency regime, from the undivided Andhra
Pradesh and Com.V.Krishnamoorthy, the then Secretary of AIBOA, as
President and General Secretary respectively. Under their
leadership, the first joint talk with the Management was held on
The Mumbai unit was represented in the
AICBOA team by Com.M.D.Karnik as Vice President and the under
signed , as Joint Secretary. By virtue of locational placement of
Com.M.D.Karnik at Mumbai and also of certain organisational
requirement ,it was decided by the office bearers in consultation
with Com.Tarakda, Com. M.D.Karnik was entrusted with the
responsibility of handling the Central Secretariat of AICBOA at
Under the leadership of Com.M.D.Karnik,
in the Central Committee held at Hyderabad, it was decided to
launch a joint agitation, to realise the demand of union office
for AICBOA and also formulation of Transfer Policy for officers,
culminating with a one day strike in APRIL 1992. The action
programmes were totally backed by AICBEF. The central office
management realising the collective strength of both federations,
ultimately committed in writing to provide the office space for
AICBOA and also to finalise the transfer policy for officers
within a defined period. The office premise of AICBOA was declared
open by the immortal leader Com Tarakda in the presence of M
S.D.Dhopeshswarkar, past president of AIBEA from Maharashtra.
Once again at Hyderabad, in the year 1996
in the CC meeting of both Federations, decided to escalate action
programmes to realise the much needed fast track promotion for
scale I to II and also to put a halt the abolition of Foreign
Exchange officers unilaterally by the management. Transfer policy
implementation for Officers was also an another demand. Our
decision to kick start the agitation in 1996,fully backed by the
leadership of AICBEF, brought a much sought after relief to
officers in Scale I and II on 31.7.1996 under the leadership of
Com.Rajan Majumdar and the undersigned .The ripple effects of the
minutes of understanding arrived at by AICBOA on 31/07/1996
sparked off an agitation by the other officers organisation from
15th August 1996 to 3rd April 1997.The agitation was abruptly
withdrawn by the AIBOC leadership of MR.Shantha Raju and
Mr.Shanthi Ranjan Sengupta, without involving Mr.R.C.Agarwal in
the discussions at all with the Central Bank Management.
Our friend, philosopher and guide,
Com.Tarakda breathed his last on 2.05.2003 after returning from
Mumbai. The last trade union office visited by him was our AICBOA
office at 8th Floor of Chandermukhi Building, Mumbai. He was the
force behind our AICBOA growth, and experiment of the philosophy
of working together works, the saying coined by the yesteryear
leaders of AP STATE Com.C.V.Raghuveer, member preparatory
committee for formulation transfer and Promotion policy for
Right from the date of foundation from
Chennai till the moving spirit of trade union movement left us in
lurch, AICBOA had the equal status in the matter of joint talks
facilities, participation in the Business Development meetings
with the Bank, leave facility to attend the meetings of the
conferences, participation in the Staff welfare committee etc.,
with the other organisation of officers in Central Bank of
India.1985 to 2003were remembered by the officers fraternity in
Central bank as golden era. From 18.06.2003,the deterioration in
the welfare activities of officers because of the excessive
leaning of the other officer organisation with the management
emboldened the management to inflict lot of miseries.
Unable to bear the brunt of the excesses
committed by the management against the members and Us in the
Bank, all the unions under the banner of UFCBU, observed a day
strike in Feb 2007 compelling the management to sign a settlement
with the striking workforce. The matter of atrocities were brought
to the notice of the then Prime Minister DR.Manamohan Singh and
the finality could be sorted at. The role of minority unions, were
well recognised by the conscious decision of the top management of
Under the guise of controlling the TU
activities and also cover the large scale lapses of the management
in the matter of Bad loans, new Industrial relations policy was
adopted by the top management, which was thrust on the all unions
without exception. The end result of the new dispensation of the
IR norms is taking back all of us to pre independence era/private
sector period. Gagging the genuine voice of the Trade Union to
realise just and rightful benefits accrued over period of three
decades is the move of present management. The worst sufferers of
the moves are officers- indiscriminate disciplinary actions,
farcical departmental enquiries, withdrawal of facilities to TUs
in spite of substantial membership of officers with AICBOA.
Trade Unions are considered as
instruments for social change, the
saying goes. It
is slowly bartered away consciously or unconsciously by the
community of workforce.
As AIBOA strongly believes that THE
POWER OF UNION CONQUERS ALL, let us pursue the path of
sustained resistance movement against the uncalled moves of the
management, strangulating the TUs in Central Bank of Ind
THOSE WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN THE PAST SHALL
BE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT -
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
THE LAST LEAF IN THE FIRST GENERATION OF COMMUNIST LEADERS
BREATHED HIS LAST TONIGHT AT 20.30 HRS AT DELHI
AIBOA HAS LOST ONE OF THE BEST FRIEND, PHILOSOPHER AND GUIDE IN
COM.A.B.BARDHAN….RED SALUTES RED SALUTES
Com.A.B.Bardhan, born in 1925 in Sythet [Bangaladesh], plunged
into action to champion the cause of voiceless and defenceless
common men of this great Nation throughout his lifetime. Joined
the All India Student Federation, to begin with, made the way to
enrol in the CPI, a banned party in the English rule. During his
college days he was a natural choice to lead AISF, in the
University of Nagpur. With lot of ordeals, he qualified himself as
He was loved by one and all, from all walks of life. He nurtured
the Electricity Employees Trade Union effectively till his last
breath. Representing the people of Maharashtra, he was a member of
Legislative Assembly for five years term from 1957.
Becoming a member of the National Council of the CPI in 1968,
gradually empowered with the duties to handle the affairs of the
party as a General Secretary from 1996 upto 2012. Not only he was
the natural choice to lead the party, but also the AITUC for a
Com.A.B.Bardhan, who was a leader of Central Bank Employees’
Union, Nagpur, was the Chairman of the Reception Committee of the
Foundation Conference of AIBOA in February 1981, which elected
Com.Prabhat Kar and Com.P.K.Menon as President and General
Secretary respectively. He was the inaugurator of our Silver
Jubilee Conference at Delhi in 2006 as well as in 2011 at Chennai.
Late Com.RJS and Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman were enjoying best
support, guidance and also a helping hand at the time of crisis.
The Trade Union movement as a whole has lost one of the tallest
leader, who ceaselessly fought for the people of this great
Nation. The void created due to the demise of Com.A.B.Bardhan can
never be filled.
AIBOA CENTRAL SECRETARIAT bows with sincere heartfelt feelings on
the sad demise of the last leaf in the banyan tree of the
communists, who stood for providing voice to voiceless in this
RED SALUTES RED SALTUES
Yours in grief
Circular letter No. 15/VI/2015
December 28, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
AN UNFAIR DEAL BY SBI MANAGEMENT
AIBOA EXTENDS SOLIDARITY
TO THE STRIKING WORKFORCE ON 08.01.2016
State Sector Bank Employees’ Association [SSBEA] had observed a
strike call on 04.06.2015 in five associate Banks [ie] State Bank
of Hyderabad, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of
Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore against
the SBI management’s attitude in handling the IR issues hurting
the time tested approach of redressal grievance mechanism.
Having experienced the rigid approach of SBI management, the
second strike for 2 days was announced on 1st and 2nd December
2015 and the workmen workforce in Public Sector Banks have decided
to extend support through solidarity strike on 02.12.2015.
Representatives of Labour Ministry advised both parties in the
conciliation meeting held at Delhi to resolve the issues through
mutual discussions and resultantly the two days strike was
deferred. SSBEA had a round of discussion with SBI management on
03.12.2015. The management maintained their stand in the
SBI management disregarded the bipartite negotiation and also the
sensitive issues involved. The end result of their action is the
announcement of strike action on 08.01.2016 by AIBEA men and women
throughout the country.
AIBOA, known for its stand right from inception, calls upon the
officers not to do any clerical work in all the offices and make
the solidarity strike on 08.01.2016 a resounding one.
Altering the working conditions is unjust
Rights cannot be bartered away
Bipartite can not be bypassed.
AIBOA extends total solidarity to the entire
workforce in Public Sector Banks in realising the demands.
Circular Letter No.14/VI/2015
December 18, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
AIBOA WALKS AN EXTRA MILE
TO HAVE THE SMILE IN THE FLOOD RAVAGED
VILLAGES - CUDDALORE
AIBOA, our organization is known for its distinct character in
identifying with the sufferings of the common people at large. In
tune with the demands of the time, ours is the only organization
which has established a Trust for the Unorganised workforce in the
The entire people of Tamilnadu are yet to come to terms from the
nature’s fury that affected the State in two spells in the last
week of November and the first of week of December 2015. Central
Government has declared that the damages suffered by the State as
Natural Calamity and two doses of relief of Rs 940 crores plus Rs
1000 crores have been released to reconstruct the state against a
demand of the State Government of Rs.20000 crores from the Central
Our organization, AIBOA (Tamilnadu State Committee) and Canara
Bank Officers’ Union have jointly undertaken the job of handing
over the relief materials to the flood affected villages in
Cuddalore district. AIBOA team consisting of Com.V.Ramabhadran,
Com.D.S.Ganesan, besides the Undersigned, AIBOA(TNSC) team headed
by Com.M.A.Srinivasan, Com.Sampathkumar, Regional Secretary,
Southern Region, United Bank of India Officers Association, Canara
Bank Officers’ Union, led by Com.P.R.Rajagopal, President,
Com.C.Ramesh, Secretary, Com.S.Muthukrishnan,Treasurer,
Com.R.Balasubramanian, CC Member and Associate members of CBOU,
Com.N.Venkataraman and Com.V.Krishnan participated.
The logistics plan were properly drawn by Com.P.M.J. Elangovan
Former Officer bearer of CBEU-TN, Com.Sampath, Senior Manager
Canara Bank, Cuddalore, Com.Ramalingam (Karaikadu), Com.Elangovan
(Palur), Com.V.Globe, Com.Vadivelu (AITUC),Com.Manivasagam,
District Secretary, CPI for reaching the relief materials directly
to the victims of the nature’s fury.
The victims living in the Villages benefited from our
contributions are; Ramanathakuppam, Nochikadu, Palvathunan,
Villianallur, Manikollai andAlamelumangapuram. Besides a school
run for mentally retarded people EZHUCHI was also provided with 80
relief materials. In all 920 bed sheets and 920 plastic mats were
given to people living in the villages based on the Ration Cards
possessed by them through the Panchayat union representatives. In
all the villages all the representatives wholeheartedly
participated in the meaningful exercise.
There is a need to place on record the help extended by the Police
authorities from Puduchatiram Police Station, who accompanied us
in our visits to the villages to see that the distribution is
orderly and without any problems. The best delivery system
initiated and planned by Com.S.Muthurkishnan was executed by
Com.P.M.J.Elangovan and by Mr.Deva, a volunteer from the office of
DSP, Cuddalore were noteworthy and beneficiaries of the relief
materials returned with a smile all along.
At the end, there was a small and befitting function to honour the
comrades who volunteered to complete the task in the Bank Premises
wherein the relief material to EZHUCHI was delivered.
Comrades, Com.S.Murugesan Office Secretary, Com.M.Balasubramaniam,
Secretary AICBRF, Com.T.Balakrishnan CBRF, Chennai are directly
responsible to procure the materials of genuine and good quality
from Erode. Our profound thanks are abundantly due to them.
AIBOA is in the process of wiping out the tears from the flood
ravaged victims, a theme dear to Com.RJS the visionary leader.
Circular Letter NO.13/VI/2015
December 15, 2015
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
EMOTIONAL SHOCK NATURE’S FURY ENTIRE
Uninterrupted rain during the first week of December 2015,
unprecedented one in this century made the common people of
Tamilnadu to suffer a lot. The flash flood added tremendous
pressure to the entire community. If we state, the people of
Tamilnadu were thrown to winds, it is certainly nothing but a
2. The loss of life reported by the print media is around 400 so
far and the State Government has sought a financial help of around
Rs.10,000 crores from the centre. Loss suffered by the individuals
is too heavy.
At this hour of national calamity and human suffering, our hearts
go to victims of the disaster. As the mark of sharing the
sufferings of the people of Tamilnadu, we appeal to the Units and
State Committees to remit funds generously to the following
account through RTGS or by cheque.
“United Bank of India, Nungambakkam Branch – Name: AIBOA
Account No. 11960 1010 0823 – IFSC code: UTBI0NUN826”
3. We shall be extending help to the people residing in the
villages of Cuddalore District within a couple of days.
Please contribute generously.
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
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
“ 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
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
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.