ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION
Circular Letter No. 19:VI:2014
October 14, 2014
v Bangalore meet decides to escalate the agitation to realise the delayed wage revision
v Withdrawal of co-operation with immediate effect
v ALL INDIA STRIKE on 12.11.2014
In the background of overlapping festivals in the month of October 2014 and also elections in the State of Maharashtra and Haryana, the original strike on 28.10.2014, THE date decided on 26.09.2014, has to be put on hold.
The Nine constituents met at Bangalore on 13.10.2014. AIBOA was represented by the undersigned and Com.S.S.Shishodia, President.
While AIBOA insisted for adherence to the strike date on 27.10.2014 to express the strong displeasure to the authorities concerned in the Industry and also to the Government of India the possible peculiar situation of clubbing strike date with intervening holidays and also the practical constraints in adherence to work to rule by officers alone were placed in the meeting.
After a detailed debate, the meeting came to an inescapable decision to escalate the agitation viz., withdrawal of co-operation with immediate effect by total workforce viz. OFFICERS / WORKMEN and also to observe the strike on 12th November 2014 besides the other programmes, already decided.
The UFBU circular is appended hereunder.
TEXT OF UFBU CIRCULAR No. UFBU/2014/30 dated 13-10-2014
TO ALL CONSTITUENT UNIONS/MEMBERS
· UFBU decides to intensify the Agitation
· All India Strike on 12th November, 2014
· Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December, 2014
· Withdraw Co-operation to the Managements
Demanding early and better wage revision settlement
We had informed our Units, vide our Circular dated 26-9-2014, about the negative approach of the IBA in the negotiations for wage revision. Having regard to the need to express our strong resentment and protest, UFBU has already given the call for observing certain agitational programmes including demonstrations on 17th October 2014 and for holding Dharnas in various States between 18th and 31st October, 2014. In view of the intermittent festival holidays in various parts of the country, the dates for the strike actions were decided to be finalised later.
In this background, UFBU meeting was held today in Bengaluru to chalk out the programmes and after due deliberations, the following further programmes have been decided upon:
It was also decided unanimously by the UFBU to withdraw all types of extra co-operation by workmen/officers with immediate effect and to boycott all meetings called for by the bank managements after normal office hours. The meeting also decided against working on Sundays and other holidays.
The schedule of Relay Zonal Strikes is as under:
It is two years since we submitted our charter of demands. While 13 rounds of negotiations have taken place, there is no satisfactory progress in the talks because of the negative attitude of the IBA/Government. Everyone is aware that employees and officers in the banking sector are doing their best to serve the customers and implement various schemes of the Government despite innumerable hardships and difficulties. Yet, the genuine demand for adequate wage revision is being delayed and denied.
Even though we have shown our willingness to adopt a flexible approach in order to finalise the settlement expeditiously, the same is not being reciprocated by the IBA. Thus, once again, we have been pushed to the path of agitation and struggle.
We call upon all our unions and members to manifest their resentment and protest through effective implementation of the programmes.
Better and early wage revision – We demand - We deserve.
Circular Letter No.18:VI:2014
October 7, 2014
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
PROGRAMMES OF ACTION
TO REALISE THE UPWARD WAGE REVISION
The 13th round of discussion held at Mumbai on 26th September 2014, has forced Nine constituents to decide the programmes of action, commencing from 10.10.2014 by wearing Black badge at all offices.
It should be ensured that this programme should be implemented with all seriousness.
Our Units / State Committees should percolate this message to all and ensure the adherence of the programme, without any exception.
Circular letter No.15:VI:2014
October 1, 2014
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
We have been informed that Government of India, in order to present a “ CLEAN INIDA” in 2019 synchronising with 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of Nation, has launched a programme on 25/09/2014 and concluding on 31/10/2014.
2. Banks have also been informed to under take the task outlined by the Government of India. To implement the action plan, Government of India has advised to keep the office opened on 02.10.2014 at 9.00 AM. A senior officer will administer the pledge to all employees at 9.45 AM.
3. While we appreciate the propaganda to present “CLEAN INDIA “ in 2019, 02nd October. 2014 is a declared holiday under NI Act. The issue was discussed amongst Four Officers’ Organisations and also brought to the notice of UFBU, as the interest of entire workforce is involved.
4. It has been decided that the officers will not attend the office on 02.10.2014 a public holiday declared under NI Act. Hence we call upon the Officers not to attend Office on 02.10.2014 and implement the collective decision.
Circular Letter No.14:VI:2014
September 27, 2014
ALL UNITS/ STATE COMMITTEES.
13th ROUND - WAGE REVISION TALKS.
WE ARE BACK TO SQUARE ONE
A change in deed in holding the talks with the participating eleven unions in quick succession when compared to the last round held after three months period. On 25th, UFBU held its meeting to assess the situation in the background of the stubbornness exhibited by the newly elected IBA team in the twelfth round of discussion. In the meeting, AIBOA was represented by Com.Alok Khare,Vice Chairman, Com.S.S.Shishodia, President, Com.Narendra Kotiawala, Joint Secretary,besides the undersigned. We have conveyed that non financial demands viz 1.Regulated Working Hours, 2. 5 days working 3. Improvements in the Discipline and Appeal Regulations for the Serving employees and pension improvements for the retired workforce. Further the payslip component percentage average achieved in the last wage revision 0n 27.04.2010 should be appropriately enhanced with the conversion.
2. In this 13th round, IBA team was captained by Shri.Rajeev Rishi,Chairman Negotiatiing Committee (CBI), Shri.R.K.Dubey CMD,Canara Bank, Shri. Ashwini Kumar,CMD Dena Bank, Shri.Arun Tiwari CMD Union Bank of India, Dr.J.N.Mishra DMD of ,SBI, Shri.Aminesh Chauhan,ED,CBI, Shri.B.Raj Kumar ED IB, Shri.M.V.Tanksale, CEO IBA and Shri K.Unnikrishnan Dy CEO IBA alongwith the officials of IBA.
3. The Chairman,Negotiating Committee IBA preferred to set the new tone of the discussion with the issues of the management, instead of picking up the thread from the last round ie; on load factor. However, the common issue of hospitalisation linked to Insurance was tabled from IBA with elaborate explanation by CEO,IBA. Our representatives made certain important and relevant apprehensions in this connection, with making it clear that employee will continue to submit the medical bill to Bank only and also that there should not be any differention amongst award staff for the purpose of amount maximum ceiling. After a break for 45 minutes, there was near consensus on the issue and agreed to have a committee of three members from both sides to tie the loose ends.
4. Once again on the management issues a. Fixed Pay and Variable Pay and b. Discussion on wages upto Scale to III, raised by the IBA, it was made it clear that number of times Unions have rejected the proposals earlier and it should not be insisted upon. It was clearly argued and placed before IBA by the representatives that the issues -Regulated Working Hours, 5 days working and improvements in Pension matters are to be resolved with upward offer in the matter of wage load factor from the present 11%.
5. While on Pension related matters there was in principle consent to accede to our demands viz., enhancement of family pension and 100% DA neutralisation for the officers/employees retired prior to 01.11.2002. On updation of pension IBA declined to consider our demand as a cost involved is huge. There was a disinclination exhibited in the initial time on Regulated Working Hours and 5 day working, but on collective insistence IBA has assured to have a relook on these two issues. On load factor which should have the first opening issue for further continuation of talks, figured as a last issue. IBA expressed that due to unreasonable band, between the demand of UFBU and the offer made by IBA ie; 25% / 23% and 11%, refused to exhibit their willingness to move an inch. All efforts to reason it out our financial demands by Chairman and Convenor UFBU, bear no fruits. The talks were closed without any indication.
HENCE WE ARE ONCE AGAIN BACK TO SQUARE ONE. The only way to achieve the reasonable, Respectable wage revision is certainly through an United Struggle which can alone provide the progress in the matter.
UFBU, which met subsequently for a brief period, took the stock of the situation to roll out the agitational programmes.The festivals of POOJA and also Diwali coupled with the State elections in Maharastra and Haryana, stalemated an immediate decision on our actions. It was decided to observe agitations in phases culminating in a Day’s Strike in October/ November 2014.
10/10/2014 BLACK BADGE WEARING
18/10/2014 to 31.10.2014 STATE LEVEL DHARNA.
We are forced to resort to this agitation as IBA sticks to original offer of 11%. They are solely responsible for the present stalemate.
MOVE UNITEDLY , MAKE THE PROGRAMMES BY YOUR PHYSICAL PARTICIPATION A RESOUNDING SUCCESS.
23rd September 2014.
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES.:
PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD CENTRAL COMMITTEE HELD AT KOLKATA.
The third Central Committee meeting of our organisation was held at Kolkata on 16th and 17th September2014. The first day session was presided over by Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman of our Organisation, commenced its proceedings at 11.00 A.M.
The house observed two minutes silence in the memory of the departed personalities of international, national, and organisational personalities. The nature’s fury on people of J&K and Assam drew special attention. The proceedings of the Second Central Committee held at Mahabalipuram on 3rd and 4th August 2013 was placed before the house, by Com.M.A.Srinivasan, Deputy General Secretary which was adopted unanimously.
As Com.Bikash Debroy, General Secretary of the host unit was engaged in receiving Com.Rajen Nagar, President AIBEA and Com.C.H.Venkatachalam, General Secretary AIBEA, the formal welcome address was made followed by presentation of the floral bouquets to the President and General Secretary of AIBEA and also to the office bearers of AIBOA. The CC members were also presented with flowers, thus the session started with fragrance of flowers. The issues listed in the Agenda 2,3 and 4 were taken collectively for presentation to members; Developments in Our Industry, steps taken to implement the decision of the extended office bearers meeting held at Chennai on March 20, 2014 and also the Status report on Wage Revision by the General Secretary with the permission of the Vice Chairman.
On the prioritised issue of Wage revision, the CC had the benefit of power point presentation of the complete details so as to enable the members to debate and decide the future course of action in the matter % of the quantum jump and also the our organisational priority of Non Financial demands over the Financial Demands, as Industry is in the process of facing new type of development due to huge retirement during the settlement period as well as the expectations of the youngsters joining the Industry.
After a short tea break, Com.C.H.Venkatachalam, General Secretary AIBEA, dealt in detail the current policy of newly elected one party Government on our Industry, threats and also the challenges to be met by the Public at large as well as the Bankmen in particular. Further the CC had the benefit of reporting of the decisions of the General Council meeting held at Kolkata on 3rd and 4th August 2014 in which our coordination committee team members participated. The need to tackle the present situation in the wage front as well as the resistance movement against the Banking Sector reform jointly by AIBEA and AIBOA, was explained.
This CC had the unique privilege of the participation of the President AIBEA, who in his presentation made a deep analysis of the PJ Nayak Committee in midst of other relevant developments. While concluding, he emphasised the need of the both organisations to move together to handle the situations collectively. The CC was adjourned for lunch break.
On resumption, the members of the CC presented their view points specifically on Wages. Nearly thirty comrades presented their firm opinion that the present demand placed for negotiation has to be appropriately modulated as our organisation has the prioritised Non Financial issues over financial issues as the Industry in future has to be handled by new generation of employees. Thus the first day session was adjourned after nearly 4 hours of discussion.
As Com, Alok Khare, our Vice Chairman was entrusted with the important assignment of representing AIBOA in UFBU meeting and also in the 12th round of wage Negotiation with IBA at Mumbai, the second day session was presided over by Com.S.S.Shishodia, President AIBOA. The session started at 11.00 A.M.
TARAK INSTITUTE; It was reported to CC the programmes conducted during the period of last 13 months, the registration of Noble Institute of Banking Research under Societies Act, the donation of Rs.1,00,000 remitted by AIBOA Maharastra State Committee for installation the bust of Com.RJS in the RJS Bhavan and efforts made by the central office office bearers to execute the assignment of installation.
On the appeal made to enroll the membership of the society by CC members, it was decided that the membership of the NIBR should be enrolled from the office bearers and CC members of the affiliated units and State Committees in phases. Further it was also reiterated that the affiliated units should utilise the facilities available in the Institute to conduct the leadership training, CC meetings and also defence workshop once in 18 months to achieve the breakeven point.
TWO ROSES; The house had a detailed reporting about the number of subscriptions by the affiliated units, the expenditure involved and also the need to achieve the target of 10000 subscriptions as decided in the earlier meeting. Further, it was observed that the quality of the paper should be upgraded and contributions by way of articles from all parts of the country so as to achieve the enhanced quality of the magazine to have the All India stature. It was also decided that the accounts of the house magazine should be maintained for the purpose of ascertaining the outgo from our General fund. It was also informed to the CC that the office of the magazine will be from our own office as infrastructure is sufficiently available.
FULFILLING THE FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS BY UNITS. It was clearly presented to the committee that in the absence of proper and regular remittance by the affiliates, as the subscription from the members are received by the units in advance inter alia holding it without remitting to central office hampers and inflict the strain on the functioning, as the maintenance of Institute is also an additional responsibility on the Central Office.
ACCOUNTS; The audited accounts for the period ended 31.12.2013 was presented by Com.G.Gunasekaran, Treasurer of our organisation. The house approved the accounts unanimously after clarifying certain details. Further, it has given its concurrence to liquidate the entry of outstanding against Late Com.RJS and also write-off the some of the items having a book value of below Rs 5000/ as per the advice of our time tested Auditor. The decisions were unanimous,
Felicitations to Com.Narendra Kotiawala, Joint Secretary, AIBOA: One of the best memorable event during the intervening period was the appointment of Com.Narendra Kotiawala, Joint General Secretary, AIOBOA, General Secretary, AIBOA-Maharastra State Committee, and Joint Secretary, AIBOA as Officer Director in the OBC Bank’s Board with effect from 30.01.2014. A comrade, who had strong binding with late Com.P.K.Menon, Founder General Secretary, AIBOA over a period of quarter century and stood tall by his contribution to the Bankmen in particular in the entire State of Maharastra.
He was felicitated by Com.S.S.Shishodia, President, AIBOA and the General Secretary, AIBOA jointly in the CC.
ORGANISATION; The CC had a brief reporting on PSB matter, Contribution to J&K relief work, the urgent need to establish the Private Sector Officers Cell, All India Women’s council, and also to adhere to the time schedule holding the state committee conferences of DELHI, HARYANA, PUNJAB, ORISSA and UP. The dispute in the J&K State committee was also referred. Further, the CC had the benefit of information about 13 lady comrades participation in the national seminar organised under aegis of AITUC at Delhi in the Parliament Annexe in which the liaison work carried out by our President was also shared.
Though almost all CC members have participated, but due to paucity of time and also excess utilisation of time by few CC members to present a detailed report of the units/state committees, the decisions were arrived at in a capsule manner as submitted by the General Secretary. The decisions are as follows;
a. The unification Process of PSB Officers organisation should be completed within four weeks time.
b. The formation of the Private Sector Cell will be undertaken immediately and the meeting will be held at Karnataka State.
c. The steps to establish the All WOMEN OFFICERS Cell will be also undertaken expeditiously. In the meanwhile, our women representatives will participate in the ALL INDIA WOMENS meet organised by AIBEA drawn from the states in the month of December 2014 at Mumbai.
d. The CC authorised the General Secretary in the matter of relief to J&k State.
e. The earnest and serious steps are to be taken by the State committees of DELHI, HARAYANA, PUNJAB and UP to complete the process of much delayed overdue conferences to fall in line the provisions of the constitution of our organisation. To the extent of representation to PSB officers the office bearer position can be kept unfilled.
f. The Nainital Bank Officers’ Association which was given provisional affiliation by the General Secretary was ratified by the Central Committee unanimously.
In the concluding remarks by the President, he expressed his viewpoints on PSB matters as well as on relationship and coordination with OBC employees Federation.
EXCELLENT ARRANGEMENTS BY WEST BENGAL STATE UNIT: The true reflection of modern day management of events were well demonstrated by the Team West Bengal with the rich tradition of trade union culture. The birth place of first and foremost trade union of Bankmen in Pre independent India has certainly imbibed the value based approach in all matters in our day to day life and certainly helped to arrive at important and correct decisions. Red Salutes to the West Bengal State Unit led by Com.Bikash Debroy.
With festival greetings and hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel in the matter of wage revision and also on organisational matters,
Circular letter No.13:VI:2014
September 19, 2014
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
J&K STATE UNDER DELUGE
LET US EXTEND OUR HELP GENEROUSLY
The nature’s fury on J&K State is inexplainable. Total State is completely devastated. The Press reports and coverage clearly expresses the anxiety and also the gravity of the present , prevailing and precarious atmosphere.
In this hour of need, that, we the Banking workforce, should stand together to extend total support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir State.
IBA through their communication has requested us to release an appeal to contribute to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund [PMRNF] by debiting one day’s PL from individual staff members. The IBA communication is also sent herewith.
The suffering people of J&K State require immediately “Medicines” and also “clothes” and the relief work is being undertaken by “Indian Doctors for Peace and Development”. This task is undertaken by Dr.Arun Mitra, General Secretary, IDPD, Ludhiana 141 003, Punjab – Mobile 09417000360.
Please remit the money to the following by NEFT
AIBOA, as per the sanction accorded by the CC, has remitted Rs.25,000/-[Rs.Twenty five thousands only] for the benefit of stranded people of J&K State for purchase of medicines.
Please contribute generously to IDPD before 27th September 2014, as the relief team will be leaving Ludhiana on 27.09.2014 and stay in J&K State upto 02.10.2014.
With the sense of sharing the grief of people of J&K State.
IBA HR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
CIRCULAR NO. CIR/HR/&IR / 2014 -15/x/627
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Jammu & Kashmir Floods - Encashment of one day's PL by Bank
employees for donation to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund[PMRNF]
As your are aware, unprecedented floods have caused havoc in the State of Jammu & Kashmir and left a large number of persons either dead or temporarily displaced. Property and infrastructure worth crores of rupees have been damaged. The Central Government is extending full cooperation to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir in the measures for rescue, relief and rehabiliation besides, direct assistance to the affected people. As the relief measures will involve very huge amount, there is a need for everyone to participate in the national effort to supplement the Government's effort at this difficult time.
Our Hon'ble Primie Minister has requested all fellow countrymen to stand shoulder to shoulder with our distressed brothers and sisters in Jammu & Kashmir and be part of the national effort to support them in this hour of crisis and appealed to all citizens to donate generously to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund [PMNRF].
As a befitting gesture from the banking fraternity at this hour of need for relief, we request Member Banks to take initiatives by appealing to all the employees of banks to donate one day's Privilege Leave to the PMNRF by encashing one day's PL, after obtaining employee's consent in writing.