ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION
ALL UNITS/STATE COMMITTEES
…… LIGHT HOUSE OF AIBOA GOES OFF
…… COM R J SRIDHARAN (RJS) PASSES INTO HISTORY
With profound grief and sorrow we convey the sad news of the demise of our beloved leader, Com R J Sridharan, Chairman of AIBOA at about 12.30 noon today at a city hospital in Chennai. He was admitted for check up on 22nd April 2013 and was recovering well. But sudden deterioration of the functioning of various organs this afternoon ended his life. He leaves behind his octogenarian mother, his beloved wife, son & daughter.
Born on 26th October 1948, he joined Canara Bank as Clerk at Madurai on 21st July 1969. He evinced serious and sincere interest in Trade Union way of life within a year of his joining the Bank. He was elected as Branch Secretary of Canara Bank Employees Union in 1970 itself and when he was transferred to Chennai City ( T C Street branch), he continued his determination to be very active in Chennai, the citadel of CBEU. Amidst the galaxy of tall leaders & stalwarts like Com C S, Com KRN he grew steadily playing useful roles. He became the Zonal Secretary of CBEU under the aegis of the dynamic and charismatic leader Com C S.
In the foundation conference of AIBOA held at Nagpur on 14th Feb 1981, Com RJS was elected as one of the Assistant Secretaries. During the Mumbai conference of AIBOA held in Jun 1986, Com RJS was unanimously elected as President at a very young age of 37 when the then General Secretary Com P K Menon was 60 years old. He was elected as the General Secretary of AIBOA in the Chennai conference held in July 1991, in which position he continued till laying down the office again at the same venue during the 6th Conference held in Dec 2011 when he was elected as the Chairman of AIBOA.
But the sagacity that Com RJS personified enabled a fine discharge of the role at a crucial juncture like entering the Bilateral table and ensuring the views and voice of AIBOA got recognized from everyone, from the great & tall leaders like Com Tarak, Com Chadda, Com Menon, AIBEA and Management’s representatives at IBA level.
Com RJS has taken the AIBOA to this great stature by his organizational ability. Oratorical skill, negotiating acumen, prolific writing and his capacity to convince even adversaries through his matured way of handling of even things which were hard to get through.
Com RJS, who has strolled as a Gentle colossus in the last over 30 years among Bank Employees & Officers in the country, had never hesitated to play the role expected of him. Undeterred by his fragile health – with congenital heart valve disfunction – he moved dauntlessly throughout the country organizing units under AIBOA.
If Com P K Menon could be credited with the thought of ushering in introduction of pension in the industry in 1989 itself, Com RJS, tirelessly, ceaselessly & relentlessly campaigned alongwith Com Tarakda and ultimately achieved implementation of Pension for bankmen in 1993. Com RJS was always a man looked upon to offer solution for several crisis that had occurred in wage negotiations and he came out every time with grand ideas. Thus Com RJS was path finder, pace setter and clincher of the difficult issues.
The last decade of Com RJS’s life was full of ambition to achieve all the issues that one wanted. While the first one was foreseeing the monstrous & dreaded outsourcing which he rightly felt would be a disastrous job killer. He ensured that the AIBOA conference in Delhi in 2006 gave a clarion call to bank men to carry on the struggle. In the same conference, Com RJS was instrumental in AIBOA declaring that bank officer’s should have regulated working hours.
The compassion, concern, conviction and commitment that Com RJS had, to work to lift the under privileged, underdogs, have-nots and weaker sections of the society was eventually manifested in all his words & deeds in the last 30 years. Com RJS ensured the Unorganized Sector Welfare Relief Fund that AIBOA started created a thrust and co-ordinated the benevolence in a humble way. What governments, NGOs and bigger Trade Unions of even CTUs could not even imagine this, Com RJS implemented it. This has given AIBOA edifice a big momentum.
To enable the bank Officers to equip themselves to handle the new banking practices, his dream project of establishment of Tarak Institute of banking and Trade Union Research was established in the year 2007 at Mamallapuram.
Revival of our house magazine “Two Roses” which Com RJS had started in 1990 was another issue that was working in his mind. He saw to it that the resumption of application started on 14th feb 2013, the foundation day of AIBOA.
Com RJS wanted the AIBEA/AIBOA co-ordination to function in full throat to ensure both the organization achieved what they have been campaigning and carrying on struggle. He was emphatic that none can cut the umbilical cord of AIBEA & AIBOA. He used to say “Unity in action, Unique in thought and uncompromising in ideals that both organisations personified” should take us forward. Com RJS ‘s candid, transparent and without mincing words that both organizations should practice mutual trust, confidence and respect taking into account the dimensions and the direction we have to navigate cruising smoothly to anchor in our destined place.
Com.RJS has to be remembered by a million family of Pensioners who have retired and those who are in service now through his path finding role in 1993-1995 Pension campaign against the short sighted organisations JACKAL like activities and achieving it then and again in 2009-10 when one more option for pension was in the brink of precipice, it was Com.RJS’s game changer role that retrieved the whole issue thus benefiting 330000 workmen and officer employees
Comrades a vivid vacuum created with Com.RJS passing away at a crucial time when we needed most and when there is a big gulf in the leadership at the helm in negotiation with IBA and the latter assuring a demon like proposition and trying to impose all those that Com.RJS opposed and ensured are not implemented in his life time.
Com.RJS’s speeches of last three decades would always reverberate in our ears for ever and his ever smiling face will be greenly reminisced for memory more decades giving us strength, courage, support, inspiration and motivation which he used to always show inplenty when he was alive.
Comrades! The best way to perpetuate the memory of the greatest leader of all times we have been is only to work stead fastly in the path shown to us by Com.RJS and work with unflinching loyalty and unbridled unity to achieve the unfinished tasks.
Comrades! Man is mortal and none can claim to be immortal in this world. Com.RJS’s mortal remains might have been consigned to flames but his contribution to the Country, Society, Industry, Banks and Bankmen – Employees and Officers shall always remain immortal. In a world where even a small men portray themselves in a larger than lifestyle Com.RJS was humble and simple. Com.RJS is one who willz live beyond death and hence “O death be not proud that you consumed the life of Com.RJS”.
Com.RJS in his 43 years of Trade Union life has transgressed some patterns deserved to be so sometimes, transcended all barriers with his broad shoulders to accommodate all many a times but he traversed a path which Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda to lead the path unswervingly, unmindfully of what others say if you believe you are right.
Com.RJS AMAR RAHE
PROGRAMMES TO BE OBSERVED
BY UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
Ø Born 26th October 1948 in a small village Sikkalnaikenpettai near Thirupananthal in then Thanjavur District Tamilnadu as the son of late Shri R.S.Jagannathan andSmt.R.Jayalakshmi.
Ø Graduated from St.Joseph’s College, Tiruchy
Ø After a brief stint in a private company, he joined Canara Bank as a clerk in the year 1969
Ø He was elected as Branch Secretary of Canara Bank Employees' Union in 1970
Ø He was nominated as Zonal Secretary of the Canara Bank Employees’ Union
Ø He was promoted in the year 1976 – After serving in the north and upcountry branches in Tamilnadu he returned to Chennai in 1981
Ø With formation of AIBOA, by the conscious decision of AIBEA, at the young age of 38 was elected as President of AIBOA in the year 1986
Ø In the year 1991 he was elected as General Secretary of AIBOA and he was elected as Chairman of AIBOA in the year 2011. Chief of the Negotiating Team of AIBOA for Bank Officers since 1991.
Ø He was also elected as Founder General Secretary of Canara Bank Officers’ Union in which position he excelled till the year 2006. Today he is the Chairman of Canara Bank Officers’ Union
Ø His love for the ordinary worker and his concern for promoting their interest is ever obvious.
Ø It is the fort of Com.RJS that he is one step ahead of others in thought and in action. He is a true trail blazer. The pension issue is a case in point. He was one of the pioneers in realizing the demand for pension to the bank employees.
Ø Com.RJS was instrumental in launching “Com.CS & Com.KRN Memorial Community Medical Clinic promoted by Canara Bank Officers’ Union at Kovaipudur, Coimbatore in 2001.
Ø He has got broader vision and visualized that an institution established on professional lines alone would fill the gap and thus the dream project of Com.Tarak Institute of Banking & Trade Union Research at Mamallapuram near Chennai by AIBOA.
Ø The army of unorganized sector workers remains in large with little or no service conditions. The trade union movement has not made much of an impact in their way of life. They need all the care and concern of fraternally organized trade unions. True to the spirit, under the aegis of AIBOA, Com.RJS proposed creation of Trust exclusively for the welfare of the unorganized workers by funding them.
Ø The benign nature has bestowed Com.RJS with many faculties other than health. But it is to the credit that his commitment never allowed his physical discomfiture to come in the way of discharging his organizational obligations.
Ø The courage and the conviction, the commitment and the approach of Com.RJS in resolving issues will continue to inspire us in carrying forward the joint movement.
June 8, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
WAGE REVISION TALKS WITH IBA – 3rd ROUND
As indicated in the letter by IBA for the discussion on 07.06.2013 at Mumbai, the 3rd round discussion was held in three parts [ie] discussion with Officers’ Unions, discussions with 9 Unions + 2 Unions and the third one was with workmen organisations. IBA negotiation team was led by Shri T.M.Bhasin, Vice Chairmen of IBA.
In the hour long presentation by the IBA team, a sample presentation on “cost to company” of Scale I officer was made and insisted that the negotiation upto Scale III only can be held with the Unions. We have clearly presented that “C2C” is a new concept presented by them, needs time to respond. Further it was insisted that the negotiation should be on all scales as certain modifications conceded in the last wage revision has led to aberrations in the construction of scales of IV/V/VI/and VII and resulting in heartburning . Other officers’ organisations too had their view points more or less concurring with our submission to IBA.
In the post lunch session participated by 4 unions of officers and 7 unions of workmen, representatives presented the demands viz.,[i] DATE OF EFFECT  MERGER POINTS AS AT SEPTEMBER 2012[4876 points]  EXCLUSION OF TERMINAL BENEFITS and  HOSPITALISATION EXPENSES FROM THE WAGE COST.
IBA team responded on merger points as at August 2009 which was unacceptable to the Unions. Further IBA stated that they will be taking up matter with the Government of India and informed that the developments will be shared with the unions in the next round of discussions.
We shall keep the units informed of the developments.
June 4, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
OUR AFFILIATE IN BANK OF MAHARASHTRA
EXTENDS SOLIDARITY SUPPORT TO
ALL INDIA BANK OF MAHARASHTRA EMPLOYEES’ FEDERATION
FIRST PHASE OF AGITATION
All India Bank of Maharashtra Employees’ Federation, the recognised majority union of Award Staff has already launched a campaign echoing the national slogan of “Peoples money for Peoples “welfare”. The organisation has consistently taken up the issue of “Health of the Bank” right from the period of “introduction of New Accounting Policy” in the background of NARA I-Committee Recommendations.
2. Bank of Maharashtra Officers’ Association, led by Founder leaders like Com.Dada Dhodopakar, Com.Anna Karandikar, and present leaders Com.Vasant Ponkshe and Com.Ramesh Patil, realising the need of the situation to champion the cause of the Welfare of the Bank by good governance, synchronised the steps cautiously and meticulously and played its due role in protecting the interest of workforce at large.
3. “Diversification of funds” is one of the methods to put the group entities to function in any financial system, more so, in Private-Public ownership pattern of a company. It was a repeated expression of concern that the money mobilised through Public Sector Banking is being used, misused and abused by the governing authorities and its should be arrested and halted once and for all. Efforts are on by the Banking Trade Unions too.
4. In this background, AIBOMEF has unleashed a campaign, which ultimately resulted, in retaliation by the Bank management and the attacks are aimed at the representatives leading the National movement as well as at the Maharastra State level. To enable our affiliate to arrive at a democratic and unanimous decision to extend support to the agitation of AIBOMEF [first phase], the Central Committee of BOMOA met on 02.06.2013 at Pune, in which the undersigned participated.
5. Com.V.R.Utagi, President and Com.Devidas Tuljapurkar, General Secretary, AIBOMEF participated in the CC and presented the developments in a cogent way so as to enable the CC to understand the situation in which AIBOMEF is positioned.
6. The meeting held on 02.06.2013 at Pune, the BOMOA has decided unanimously and adopted the resolution for submission and to adhere to the programme listed hereunder in support of AIBOMEF.
It was also decided by our affiliate to meet after the first phase of agitation of AIBOMEF to plan further.
Please extend support to the agitation programmes of AIBOMEF and also BOMOA action plans by participating in these programmes held outside office hours, viz., Demonstrations/Dharnas.
May 27, 2013
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
MEETING WITH I B A CHAIRMAN AT DELHI
While folding up the discussions on 22 4 2013 at IBA Office, Mumbai, it was submitted to the IBA negotiating team the following issues for further taking up with the IBA Chairman.
a) [a] Compassionate Ground appointments
[b] Problems arising out of Cheque Truncation System/Southern Grid and
[c] Increase in the number of participants in the negotiating team on behalf of the unions.
According to the above, a meeting with IBA Chairman at PNB head quarters at Delhi on 23/5/2013 in the afternoon was held.
2. Preceding the meeting the 9 unions meeting was held at the Delhi State Bank Employees Federation Office at 11 A M. The meeting was presided over by Com Ashwini Rana General Secretary NOBW.
3. The meeting had the benefit of the presentation of the proceedings of the earlier meetings held on 31/1/2013, 22/02/2013 and 22/4/2013 by Com P K Sarkar Convener UFBU.
4.A brief presentation on the recent developments in Banking sector with particular reference to “Mergers of Banks”, “Associate Banks merger with SBI” , “disinvestment of capital in RRBs”, “ issuances of Banking licences to Private players” and “attempts to amend the Banking laws to indulge in speculative business besides the approach of the IBA in the second round of the discussion with negotiating unions on 22 4 2013 took place.
5. After a thread bare deliberations by all the representative of nine unions, it was broadly decided to take up the following issues with Chairman IBA.
i) I] Expeditious conclusion of wage talks in a time bound manner.
ii) II] Compassionate ground appointments ( as per the letter submitted on 30th October 2012 to Chairman IBA preceding
submission of the Charter of demands).
iii) III] Enhancement in the number of participants in the negotiation team on behalf the Unions as available during 8th
Bi partite discussion.
iv) iv] Functioning of the Southern grid on account of introduction of Cheque Truncation System in clearing operations and
infringements on rights of Officers
v) v] 5 days week
vi) vi] Pattern of discussions with 9 Unions by IBA should be continued with out any change.
vii) vii] Strict adherence of KYC norms.
viii) viii] Attack on Trade Unions in SBI
6. In the meeting held at PNB head quarters at Delhi, IBA team was led by Sri K R Kamath Chairman, IBA, Sri TM Bhasin, Chairman of negotiating team, Shri Rajiv Rishi ED Indian Bank, Sri Srinivasan CEO Federal Bank and Sri R K Sethi ED PNB.
7. After the brief presentation, the response from IBA was more of non committal except on compassionate ground appointment , an indication to address the issue.
The next meeting with IBA is slated on 7/6/2013 preceded by a meeting of 9 Unions on 6/6/2013.
We shall keep the developments posted.