CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.34 OF 2014                          19 th December, 2014


Dear Members,                      

            RE: Wage Revision for Bank Employees - enters into a CRUCIAL PHASE. 

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wish to inform that yet another round of Conciliation Meeting held in Mumbai on 17th December,2014, by Dy.Chief Labour Commissioner(Central) ended inconclusive. Subsequently, UFBU held its meeting in the afternoon on the same day and took certain crucial decisions.Text of Circular issued by UFBU on the same day is reproduced hereunder:


“UFBU DECIDES PROTEST STRIKE PROGRAMMESONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE ON 7TH JANUARY 2015FOUR DAYS’ STRIKE FROM 21ST TO 24TH JANUARY 2015INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 16TH MARCH 2015 ONWARDSCONDEMNS IBA’S DIRECTION TO BANKS TO RE-VISIT THE MANDATEDEMANDS IMMEDIATE AND REASONABLE WAGE SETTLEMENTAt the call of Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Mumbai, one more round of conciliation was held at Mumbai on 17th December 2014, wherein the IBA expressed its inability to move upwards in its offer of increase in wages.  Further, IBA informed that it has asked all the Banks to revisit the mandate given to IBA earlier to negotiate with unions on wage revision.  UFBU firmly protested the action of IBA in calling for re-visiting the mandate and termed it as nothing but a deliberate / unwarranted instigation and provocation, which would further complicate the process of wage negotiations.  The conciliation ended inconclusive. Subsequent to the conciliation process, the representatives of constituent unions of UFBU met to chalk out further course of action.  The meeting was presided over by Com. SU. Deshpande (NOBO) as Com. K K Nair could not be present in the meeting.


The meeting observed a minute’s silence to condole the deaths of   Com. N Sampath, former President of AIBEA, Justice V R Krishna Iyer and the innocent children brutally killed in the inhuman terrorist attack in the Peshawar school in Pakistan.


The meeting placed on record its heartiest congratulations to all the constituent unions and their membership for the massive participation in all the agitation programmes held on the day of one day strike on 12th November 2014 and also in the Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd December to 5th December, 2014 and for making these strike actions a stupendous success.


The meeting expressed its dissatisfaction on the casual attitude of IBA even to the deep resentment of the employees and officers over the undue delay in settling the demands for wage revision and also expressed its displeasure over the Government’s lack of response.  The meeting took serious note of the action of IBA in asking all the Banks to re-visit the mandate given earlier to IBA to negotiate and settle the wage demands of the unions and unanimously decided to lodge its protest immediately by calling for a day’s strike on 7th January 2015, as the action of IBA is nothing but a ploy to delay the negotiation process of wage revision. 


The meeting also deplored the indifferent and recalcitrant attitude of the IBA in sticking to its offer of 11% increase in pay slip components despite the flexibility shown by UFBU by offering to reduce its demand and further negotiate on the same for the sake of an amicable early settlement.  The meeting expressed its displeasure that the commendable contributions of bank employees are being ignored and the legitimate wage revision is being denied even though the workmen and officers work in branches under tremendous pressure due to inadequate staff and also the added responsibility in implementation of various Government sponsored schemes.  The meeting, after a lot of deliberations, decided that agitational programmes have to be further intensified in order to achieve our just demand for an early and reasonable wage settlement and decided on the following programmes:


ONE DAY ALL INDIA STRIKE7th January 2015

4 DAYS’ CONTINUOUS STRIKE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY      21st January 2015 to24th January  2015

INDEFINITE STRIKE16th March 2015 onwards

Further preparatory programmes will be worked out and informed to all unions and members.  All the unions are requested to plunge into action and make these programmes a success.”


UFBU, today  has also announced the following programmes to be followed by all members:30-12-2014 – TuesdayMass Demonstrations in all centres

05-01-2015 – MondayBlack Ribbon Badge Wearing

06-01-2015 - TuesdayMass demonstrations /processions/rallies in all centres

07-01-2015 - WednesdayALL INDIA STRIKEFurther preparatory programmes will be intimated after 7th January strike soon.


FRIENDS, AS MENTIONED ABOVE, OUR PURSUIT FOR A REASONABLE WAGE REVISION HAS ENTERED INTO A CRUCIAL PHASE. LET US ALL UNITEDLY FIGHT AND OVERCOME THIS PHASE SUCCESSFULLY.With greetings,

Yours sincerely,


            (K.K.NAIR) 

GENERAL SECRETARY

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.33 OF 2014                          13 th December, 2014


Dear Members,              

                    Re:  Adamant Attitude of IBA-Government Combine  –                       Further Programmes to Follow  –                       Warm up exercise to commence from 16.12.2014.     

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We reproduce hereunder the text of a Circular dated 11th December,2014, issued by our apex Organistion – INBOC alongwith other three Organistions of officers viz. AIBOC,AIBOA & NOBO for your information:


“12th November 2014, an All India Stay out Strike by the entire workforce had evoked no response from all concerned in the Industry.  Forced back to the wall, Association/Union representatives responded to the call of conciliation by Deputy CLC [C] on 01.12.2014 at Mumbai, maintained a reasonable stand to commence the negotiations by IBA.  Even to facilitate the IBA to eke out an assurance from the Government authorities, we agreed to meet at 16.00 hours after a brief adjournment.Our responsiveness has been treated as our weakness, it appears.  As expected, IBA failed to commit a minimum number at the end of the day and avoid the relay strikes.  Unions have been forced to adhere to the call of relay strikes from December 2 to December 5, 2014, once again making it a resounding success, as a disciplined organization / constituents of UFBU.To make our restlessness more pronounced, we have decided to observe the following programmes throughout the country or State Capitals

                 16.12.2014 :Candle Light March            

10.01.2015 :Human Chain                  

19.01.2015 :Women Rally

We advise our Units to coordinate and observe the call in a demonstrative manner to draw the attention of authorities at various levels. Further programmes are being decided and shall be advised soon.Comrades, March forward to non-violence agitation as practiced by Father of the Nation.”We call upon each one of you to make all the three programmes successful. To begin with let us make, jointly with other officer Organisations the CANDLE LIGHT MARCH on 16th December,2014, a grand success.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,
               (K.K.NAIR)

    GENERAL SECRETARY                                                               


CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.32 OF 2014                            5th December 2014

 

Dear Members,

 

Re: Grand salutes to comrades -

Thunderous success of Relay Zonal Strikes

from 2nd to 5th December 2014

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We are extremely happy to inform that the last leg of Relay Zonal Strike held today in Western Zone comprising States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa & Union Territories of Daman & Diue has also received tremendous response. The participation of Bank Employees, throughout the above mentioned Zone, in this action programme was tremendous. It has been highly encouraging to note the massive participation of striking Bank Employees gathering in huge numbers in Azad Maidan, Mumbai and other centres across the above mentioned States and Union Territories of Daman & Diue. Such enthusiastic participation is nothing but the sure indication of their determination to fight against the attitude of IBA & Government and obtain reasonable Wage Revision and solving issues like Regulated Working Hours and 5 day Week.  In this context we reproduce hereunder the text of a circular issued by the Convenor of UFBU for your detailed information:

 

“Revolutionary Salutes to all our constituent Units and the membership in toto. The Relay Zonal Strikes started from 2nd December 2014 to till date have seen unprecedented success, displaying the anguish and frustration of the bank employees, who are being denied the reasonable wage revision and also the undue delay on the part of IBA in conclusion of the settlement.

 

We already informed in our earlier circular about the total success of Relay Zonal Strike observed in Southern Zone on 2nd instant, which had paralysed the banking services throughout the Southern Zone.

 

We are glad to inform that the Relay Zonal Strikes on 3rd December in Northern Zone, on 4th December in the Eastern Zone and today in the Western Zone, have also ended in grand success.

 

We have received reports from all over the country that a huge number of employees has participated in the mammoth rallies and demonstrations held on the respective strike days at various important centres and made the Relay Zonal Strike in all the zones, a huge success.

 

We sincerely congratulate our constituent units and members all over the country for the Thunderous Success of the Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th instant, which is clearly a wake up call to IBA with an indication that the total work force is expecting the IBA – Government combine to expeditiously settle a reasonable wage revision to bank employees.

 

The Relay Zonal Strikes have severely hit the banking services all over the country, more particularly the Clearing operations which were by and large affected due to the zone-wise non-participation of Banks on account of Zonal strike on continuous 4 days. Even though it is not our intention to create inconvenience to our esteemed customers and general public, it is just the adamant behavior of IBA-Government combine, which has compelled us to strike work.

 

At least now, the IBA should realize the need to substantially improve its offer to meet the just demands of UFBU and finalise the settlement at the earliest. But, any further delay in arriving at a settlement would increase the anxiety amongst the employees and Unions would be forced to decide on further intensification of agitation.

 

As informed earlier, the representatives of UFBU would meet after proper assessment of impact of Relay Zonal Strikes along with strategies to be adopted while deciding on intensifying the agitation, if needed. As decided earlier, the proforma of appeal to the general public and esteemed customers towards creation of awareness on our genuine demands would be finalized and sent to all constituents for distribution.

 

Comrades, the thundering success of the Relay Zonal Strikes is not the end of our struggle,. If the IBA-Government combine is still adamant, UFBU would not hesitate to decide on sustained struggles including indefinite strike. Success shall always be ours – Let us move forward together and stop not till our legitimate demands are achieved.

 

We place on record our sincerest thanks to all the leaders belonging to various trade union fraternities for their support and solidarity. While we heartily congratulate the entire membership for the total success of One Day Strike on the 12th November 2014 and Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd December to 5th December 2014, we appeal to all the comrades to be in readiness for implementation of the action programmes, as decided by UFBU from time to time. With militant greetings”

 

With regards,

                                                                                                Yours sincerely,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (K.K.NAIR)

                                                                                    GENERAL SECRETARY

 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.31 OF 2014                       4th December 2014

 

Dear Members,

 

Re: Increase in Housing Loan Limit to Staff Members

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Our bank has been extending Housing Loan to Staff members in different cadres with stipulated cost ceilings revised from time to time, taking into account escalation in the cost of houses/flats. The current limit of Rs.20 lacs was made available to officers with effect from 1st February, 2010. Since then, there has been steep increase in land price and construction cost. As a result, our officers were finding it extremely difficult to construct/purchase a house/flat with the limit in vogue. Consequently, we have been representing to the Bank to increase the quantum of Housing Loan substantially.

 

We are happy to inform that the Bank has now considered our request favourably and revised the Staff Housing Loan Limit with significant improvements in Rate of Interest, Repayment period/Quantum of additional Housing Loan for Repairs/Maintenance/Enlargement /Renovation and a number of other employee friendly terms. Details are as under:

 

Sr.No.
   

Existing Scheme
   

Revised Scheme

 

1.
   

 

Limit:

90% of the total cost of the house or maximum limit as given below, whichever is

Lower:

Officers   :   Rs.20 lacs

Clerks     :   Rs.12 lacs

Sub-staff :  Rs.   8 lacs

 
   

 

Limit:

90% of the total cost of the house or maximum limit as given below, whichever is lower:

 

Officers     :   Rs.60 lacs (upto Scale IV)

                     Rs.80 lacs (Scale:V to VII)

Clerks       :   Rs.35 lacs

Sub-staff   :   Rs.20 lacs

 

2
   

 

Rate of Interest:

 

8% (Simple)
   

 

Rate of Interest:

 

Upto Rs.  40 lacs  : (7% Simple)

AboveRs.40 lacs  : (8% Simple)

 

 

3.
   

Repayment:

240 instalments – Principal

and interest to be recovered

In 180 & 60 instalments

respectively.
   

Repayment:

360 instalments – Principal and

Interest to be recovered in 270 & 90 instalments respectively.

 

 

 

Sr.No
   

Existing Scheme
   

Revised Scheme

 

4.
   

Addtitional Staff

Housing Loan

for repairs/maintenanace/

enlargement/renovations:

 

 

Limit: Officers    : Rs. 4   lacs

          Clerks      : Rs.2.4 lacs

          Sub-staff  : Rs.1.6 lacs
   

 

Addtitional Staff Housing Loan

 for repairs/maintenanace/

enlargement/renovations:

 

 

 

Limit: Officers    : Rs. 10 lacs

          Clerks      : Rs.   7 lacs

          Sub-staff  : Rs.   4 lacs

 

5.
   

 

Group Life Insurance Cover

 

Not available
   

 

Group Life Insurance Cover:

 

All Staff Housing Loan accounts will henceforth be covered under the Group Life Insurance

 

More details will follow.

 

We take this opportunity to thank the Board of Directors, Executive Directors – S/Shri P.Srinivas, Ranjan Dhawan & B.B. Joshi, General Manager (HRM) – Smt.Vindhya Ramesh, Dy.General Manger (HRM) – Shri Rajkumar Jotsinghani and HRM team for their concerted efforts to put in place the Revised Staff Housing Loan Scheme.

 

With greetings,

 

                                                                                                  Yours sincerely,

 

                                                                                                    (K.K.NAIR)

                                                                                        GENERAL SECRETARY

 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.30 OF 2014                    3rd December,2014


Dear Members,


Re: Adamant  IBA  vs  Indomitable   Bank  Employees –Relay Strike Starts –                            

Total Success of Southern Zonal Strike.
                   

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With regard to the above, we reproduce hereunder the text of  the  circular dated 2nd December 2014, issued by the Convenor,

 

UFBU for your information and necessary action.

Meanwhile, we are glad to inform that today’s Zonal Relay Strike in Northern Zone has also received tremendous and enthusiastic response from Bank employees through out the Northern Zone. We exhort all officers to make the Zonal Strikes on 4th & 5th  December,2014, also a grand success.


“Another round of conciliation held by Shri B.B. Bhatnagar, Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), yesterday i.e., 1st December 2014 at Mumbai ended in futile despite the best efforts of UFBU and also the Dy. CLC (C) as the IBA remained still adamant with its offer of 11% increase in pay slip components.


At the commencement of the Conciliation, the representatives of IBA played the same old tune of non-affordability of banks as the sole reason for not offering better wages to their employees. 


UFBU contended that employees need to be given their due share through reasonable wage revision when the banks are continuously earning huge operating profits and the hard work of bank employees needs to be recognized.  UFBU also contended that the reasonable wage revision sought for is just considering the present living conditions as well as in comparison with the wage increase offered in other comparable public sector organisations.


Despite the suggestion of the Dy. CLC (C) to clear the stalemate, IBA informed that they do not have mandate for further increase in their offer.  The Dy. CLC (C) adjourned the meeting to 4 p.m. to enable the IBA representatives to have consultations to break the stalemate.
In the conciliation meeting held in the evening, IBA requested for deferment of strike quoting that Government has a positive view in the issue.  But, UFBU conveyed that the deferment of strike and the proposal to continue the negotiations would be possible only if there is an improvement in the offer of IBA indicating the positiveness.


Considering the genuine approach of UFBU, even the Dy. CLC (C) suggested IBA to consider the demand of the unions to improve the offer and settle the issue through negotiations, in order to avert the strike, but IBA took rigid stand by conveying that they do not have mandate to go beyond 11% increase in pay slip components.


In the absence of any improvement, UFBU decided to proceed with its Relay Zonal Strike as the conciliation talks were inconclusive due to the negative and unyielding stand of IBA.  It is just the casual and careless attitude of IBA that has forced the UFBU to intensify its agitation for achievement of a reasonable wage settlement to the bank employees.

The representatives of the constituent unions of UFBU met and discussed on the need to further intensify the agitation.  It was decided that after the conclusion of Relay Zonal Strikes, the representatives of UFBU would meet after proper assessment of impact of Relay Zonal Strikes, areas of improvement required, if any, and decide on further strategies to be adopted in the future action programmes.  It was further decided to create awareness amongst the general public and esteemed customers while deciding on further sustained agitation programmes including indefinite strike.
The anguish of the bank employees is visible all over the country and spectacularly displayed by them in the Southern Zonal Strike today covering States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Union Territories of Lakshadweep & Puducherry.  Reports are pouring in from all our affiliates in the Zone that huge turnout of bank employees was observed in all the mass rallies, demonstrations, meetings, etc., conducted in the entire Southern Zone by the constituent unions of UFBU. 


It is also reported that several leaders belonging to various trade unions fraternity showed their unstinted support to our just cause by their participation in the agitation programmes arranged by the constituent unions of UFBU in different places all over the Southern Zone.  The relay strike in Southern Zone is a complete success. 


We are happy to note that the support of the media as well as the general public is increasing day by day to the just cause of bank employees.  We are thankful to the media as well as the general public for the concern shown towards our cause. 


The grand success of one day strike on 12th November 2014 and the Zonal Strike observed by the bank employees in the Southern part of the country should certainly change the head-strong attitude of IBA-Government combine.  But, Comrades – We are on the toughest task of waking up the IBA and Government, which are not sleeping but acting as sleeping.


The success shall be ours as it was always – Make the remaining Zonal Strikes i.e., Northern Zone Strike on 3rd December 2014, Eastern Zone Strike on  4th December 2014 and Western Zone Strike on 5th December 2014, a grand and astounding success.


Comrades, the uncaring attitude of IBA- Government combine is not new for us.  Like in the past, let us display the strength of our unity to achieve our just reasonable and honourable wage revision, which we richly deserve.


Move Ahead, Comrades – March on with more strength.


Let us prove that we would not succumb to coercive methods at any point of time and would only emerge victorious in all our struggles.”


With greetings,

Yours sincerely,


   (K.K.NAIR)

    GENERAL SECRETARY

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.29 OF 2014  21st November 2014


Dear Members,


Re: Strike Actions call by UFBU – Make Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December 2014 a grand success.

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With regard to the above Action Programmes, UFBU has issued a circular today, contents of which are reproduced hereunder:


“All India Bank Strike on 12th November 2014, as per the call given by UFBU, was a grand success.  The participation in the Strike and other agitational programmes was unprecedented.  All the workmen and officers, with lot of zeal and enthusiasm, participated in all the action programmes. Particularly on the day of strike i.e., on 12th November 2014, wherever  Rallies / Centralised Demonstrations were held the presence of the employees, irrespective of the cadre, was huge and unprecedented.


The Constituents and their Affiliates were successful to a greater extent in explaining the justification of our issues and the circumstances that forced the Bank employees to resort to strike action which received wide publicity throughout the country.  More particularly the customers understood the agony and anguish of the Bank employees and are sympathetic to the cause.
The call for One Day token Strike was to invite the attention of the IBA and Government combine and bring to their notice the anguish of the Bank employees without causing much inconvenience to the customers and public.


At times it may become inevitable to cause inconvenience, however best one may try to avoid.  But we are sure that our esteemed customers would understand the situation and be sympathetic to our cause.


We are moving closure to our next strike action i.e., Relay Zonal Strikes scheduled from 2nd to 5th December 2014.  We must gear up to make the Relay Zonal Strikes, the first of its kind in the Banking Industry, another grand success.  In our march towards Relay Zonal Strike, the following action programmes may be implemented by all the Constituents / Affiliates.
On 29th November 2014 i.e., Saturday, Meetings / Rallies / Press Meetings as decided by UFBU at State Level may be held at all important Centres / District Head Quarters to have wide publicity to the Relay Zonal Strike. 


Massive Demonstrations on the day preceding Strike Action, i.e., on 1st December in Southern Zone, 2nd December in Northern Zone, 3rd December in Eastern Zone and 4th December in Western Zone shall be held at all important Centres and State Capitals of respective Zones.




The schedule of Relay Zonal Strikes is as under:
02.12.2014Southern Zone consisting States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Union Territories of  Lakshadweep and Puducherry.
03.12.2014Northern Zone consisting States of Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan and Union Territory of Chandigarh
04.12.2014Eastern Zone consisting States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal, North Eastern States and Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
05.12.2014Western Zone consisting States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Union Territories of Daman & Diu
 We urge upon our Unions / Members to ensure full participation in all the programmes and make it a total success.  We reiterate that workmen and officers should not attend to normal functions on the strike day including clearing and CTS operations.
We hope the IBA and Government combine, having understood the seriousness, would initiate positive steps to resolve the issues without further aggravation.  In the event our issues still remain unresolved we may be forced to resort to more strike actions including Indefinite Strike in the days to come.
Comrades –
March ahead with enhanced vigour and zeal.Let us Make the Strike Grand Success.”
With greetings,
Yours sincerely,
 (K.K.NAIR)    GENERAL SECRETARY

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.28 OF 2014                         12th November,2014
Dear Members,
                                  Re: ALL INDIA BANK STRIKE – A GRAND SUCCESS                                         STRONG SIGNAL TO THE ADAMANT IBA -                          -------o0o-------
The ALL INDIA Bank Strike called by UFBU in pursuit of IMMEDIATE WAGE REVISION has been a grand success. We are extremely happy to report that, Bank Employees, both Workmen and Officers, across the country participated in the strike making it a GRAND SUCCESS.
The text of a Circular issued by Convenor of UFBU, after the strike, is reproduced hereunder for your detailed information:
“We are glad to inform the members that the call of UFBU for One Day Protest Strike today, i.e., 12th November 2014, demanding immediate wage revision, is a grand success true to the saying that "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself". 
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."   We sincerely place on record our highest appreciation and congratulations to the entire membership for the total success of the One Day All India Protest Strike, demanding immediate wage revision.   
Reports are pouring in from different parts of the country that the banking transactions came to a grinding halt throughout and the Strike is a grand success.  We heartily congratulate all the members for their wholehearted participation in the rallies/demonstrations conducted all over the Country displaying the anguish of bank employees over the recalcitrant attitude and callous approach of IBA resulting in undue delay in settlement on wage revision. 
The success of the strike is a clear warning signal to the adamant IBA to change its rigid approach and come forward to settle a reasonable wage revision. UFBU is for a negotiated settlement.  The just demands of the bank workmen and officers are not given any cognizance by IBA-Government combine and the UFBU is compelled towards the agitation path as IBA has been so rigid in sticking to its meager offer of 11% increase in pay slip components, despite UFBU’s inclination to slide to 23% from its earlier demand of 25% in order to pave the way for an amicable settlement.The demands of the bank workmen and officers are reasonable.  The reasons attributed by IBA that banks cannot afford a better wage revision to their employees quoting the reducing net profits are not acceptable inasmuch as the Public Sector Banks have registered growth continuously with the operating profits increasing year after year.  The UFBU is demanding just adequate wages and nothing extra-ordinary or beyond the capability of banks.



The sincere efforts made by the UFBU to pave the way for an amicable settlement, in the bipartite meeting held by IBA on 10th instant were futile and the subsequent Conciliation Meeting held by the Chief Labour Commissioner ended inconclusively resulting in the inevitable One Day Strike today.
Let us continue to show the strength of our Unity in ensuring success in all the remaining action programmes decided by UFBU.  Comrades – Move ahead with the same strength and more vigor and ensure great success to the Relay Zonal Strikes starting from 2nd to 5th December 2014 and all the future programmes, as decided by UFBU.
We heartily thank the trade union fraternity in the banking industry and its entire membership for their wholehearted support.  We sincerely thank the United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees, All India Insurance Employees Association and all the other trade unions for extending their fraternal support to our justifiable cause.
Comrades –
March on - March on – Struggle Ahead – March on
Let us stop not till our goal is achieved.
With revolutionary greetings”
We convey our grateful thanks to each one of you.
With regards,          Yours sincerely,

  (K.K.NAIR)                       GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

 


CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.27 OF 2014                        10th November, 2014


Dear Members,


Re: Meeting with IBA & Conciliation Meeting held  on 10.11.2014 –

                   UFBU decides to go ahead with All India One Day Bank Strike   

                   on 12.11.2014 and Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December,2014

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-Further to our Circular dated 5th November,2014, we wish to inform that IBA held another round of discussions with UFBU today but stuck to their  earlier  stand  of  11% despite the flexibility  shown by  UFBU in scaling down the demand to 23%.  Consequently, the conciliation also ended in stalemate. Hence, strikes   on  12th  November 2014  and  relay strikes on 2nd,3rd,4th & 5th  December stand. The text of a Circular issued by Convenor, UFBU, in this regard, is reproduced hereunder:

“Further to the conciliation meeting held by the Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC), Ministry of Labour on 5th instant, IBA invited UFBU for a round of Bipartite Talks on our demands and accordingly today forenoon, discussions took place in Delhi between UFBU and IBA.During the discussions, IBA continued with their pleading that in the context of reducing profits of the Banks, it would be difficult for them to accede to our demands but would however endeavor to improve their offer provided UFBU would substantially reduce the demand.  From UFBU, we contested these arguments and reiterated that our demands are quite reasonable and workable and yet UFBU would be flexible if IBA would come up with an improved offer so that an amicable settlement can be reached ending the anxiety of the employees and officers.After a lot of deliberations, with both sides maintaining their respective standpoints, UFBU indicated its willingness to revise its demand to 23 % keeping in mind the need to find an amicable solution to the issue.  Unfortunately, IBA remained adamant and refused to improve their offer thus compelling a situation on us.In this background, the adjourned conciliation meeting was held by the CLC Mr. P P Mitra, in the afternoon, in the office of the Labour Ministry.  Representatives of the Ministry of Finance were also present during the conciliation proceedings.  In this meeting also IBA repeated their arguments and displayed their callous attitude to deny our legitimate demands despite UFBU adopting a conciliatory approach.  IBA only appealed for deferment of strike but without any improvement in their offer.  Thus, the conciliation meeting ended without any positive result.Hence, UFBU decided to go ahead with the proposed agitational programmes including the ensuing All India One Day Bank Strike on the 12th November 2014 and Zonal Strikes from the 2nd to 5th December 2014.IBA must shed its obstinacy. 

The callous attitude displayed by IBA is forcing the UFBU to go ahead with its strike programmes and also to further intensify the agitation.Comrades - March ahead – Let us display our strength in full – Let us make the strike actions a stupendous success.” 


With regards, 

        Yours sincerely,

  (K.K.NAIR) 

GENERAL SECRETARY


CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.26 OF 2014                5th November,2014


Dear Members,Re: Conciliation Meeting on our Strike Notice

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-The Chief Labour Commissioner, New Delhi, held a Conciliation Meeting today. As there was no improvement in IBA’s offer, UFBU decided to go ahead with the 12th November,2014 strike. The text of a Circular issued by Convenor, UFBU, in this regard, is reproduced hereunder:“Further to the Strike notice served on the IBA by the UFBU, conciliation meeting was held today in New Delhi by Mr. P.P. Mitra Chief Labour Commissioner, Ministry of Labour, Government of India.  IBA was represented by Mr. M.V. Tanksale, Chief Executive, Mr. Unnikrishnan, Dy. Chief Executive and other officials.  UFBU was represented by all the constituent unions.During the conciliation proceedings, the IBA contended that due to the reducing profitability of the Banks, they are unable to accept the demands of the UFBU and stated that for the sake of an amicable settlement, they would be willing to consider improving their present offer provided UFBU agrees to substantially reduce the demands.  IBA also suggested that UFBU should defer the strike so that the negotiations may be further continued.On behalf of the UFBU, we explained the reasonability and justification of our demands and stated that the IBA’s offer falls too short of our expectations and hence not at all acceptable.  We further stated that looking to the runaway inflation as well as the increasing stress and workload under which bank employees and officers are working now-a-days, we deserve adequate wage revision.  We also said that besides improvement in emoluments and service conditions, other demands like 5 day banking, regulated working hours for officers, improvement in pension scheme, extending the old pension scheme to the newly recruited employees, etc. are also needed to be resolved but the IBA is not forthcoming on these issues.IBA informed that they are willing to continue the negotiations further and appealed to the UFBU to defer the strike to facilitate a better atmosphere.  UFBU informed that the strike call has been forced on the Unions due to the unhelpful approach and unacceptable offer of the IBA and reiterated its preparedness for further negotiations provided IBA would come forward with substantial improvement in their offer. After hearing both sides, the Chief Labour Commissioner suggested that both IBA and the UFBU should take steps to reconcile the differences and reach an amicable settlement.  He further advised the IBA to talk to the UFBU to find out how the strike could be averted.  He also adjourned the conciliation proceedings to 3-00 PM on 10th November, 2014 for further discussions. Thus, our demands remained unresolved and UFBU decided to go ahead with the strike.  Hence, we call upon all our constituent unions and members to march on to 12th November 2014 strike without any let up.”
With regards,          Yours sincerely,
  (K.K.NAIR)   GENERAL SECRETARY



CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.25 OF 2014                14th October, 2014

Dear Members,

•    UFBU decides to intensify the Agitation
•    All India Strike on 12th November,2014
•    Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December,2014
•    Withdrawal of  extra Co-operation to the Managements
        Demanding early and better wage revision settlement
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We reproduce hereunder the text of a circular issued by UFBU on 13th October, 2014 after UFBU meeting held in Bengaluru on the same day:

“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:

29th October, 2014    Press Meet at all State Capitals and major centres

30th October, 2014    •    All India Protest Day
                •    Badge Wearing
            •    Demonstrations/Rallies at all Centres

11th November, 2014    Centralised Demonstrations at all Centres

12th November, 2014    ALL INDIA ONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE

2nd December, 2014 to
5th December, 2014    Relay Zonal Strikes

To be followed by Further Strikes including Indefinite Strike


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:


02.12.2014-Southern Zone consisting States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telengana and Union Territories of  Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

03.12.2014-Northern Zone consisting States of Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan and Union Territory of Chandigarh

04.12.2014-Eastern Zone consisting States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal, North Eastern States and Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

05.12.2014-Western Zone consisting States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Union Territories of Daman & Diu

 
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.

With greetings,”

                                    Yours sincerely,

                                       (K.K.NAIR)
                                      GENERAL SECRETARY

 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.24 OF 2014 6th October 2014

Dear Members,

Re: Early Wage Revision

Action Programmes announced by UFBU


We have already informed you vide our circular No.23 dated 27th September 2014 Action programmes announced
by UFBU in pursuit of early Wage Revision as under:

10.10.2014 BLACK BADGE WEARING

17.10.2014 COUNTRY WIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS

Between 18.10.2014  and  31.10.2014
ONE DAY DHARNA AT ALL STATE CAPITALS (Date shall be decided by the State Unit of UFBU)
 
COUNTRY WIDE ONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE – date will be announced shortly.
FOLLOWED BY INTERMITTENT AND RELAY STRIKES AS WELL AS
INDEFINITE STRIKE.
 
One day Dharna at all State Capitals should be held in coordination with State UFBU units.

With greetings,

Yours sincerely,
(K.K.NAIR)
GENERAL SECRETARY


CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.23 OF 2014                         27th September 2014

Dear Members,

Re: Meeting with IBA on Charter of Demands on 26th September 2014
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Further to our circular No.21 of 18th September 2014, we wish to inform that IBA held with UFBU another round of discussions on its Charter of Demands on 26th September 2014. IBA was represented by Shri Rajeev Rishi (CMD,Central Bank of India), Chairman of the Negotiating Committee along with other members of the Negotiating Committee. UFBU was represented by all its constituent unions. Text of the circular issued by the Convenor, UFBU after the meeting is reproduced hereunder:

“In today's meeting there was a detailed discussion on our demand for 100% reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses incurred by the employees/officers and their family members and the group mediclaim scheme offered by the IBA in response thereto.  We explained our various apprehensions about the implementation of the scheme and hassle-free reimbursement of claims thereunder. We reiterated that employees/officers should not be required to deal directly with the insurance company or their Third Party Administrators. IBA has agreed and accordingly clarified that even though employees would be covered by the mediclaim scheme, they would continue to submit their claims to the management as hitherto and the reimbursement would be made by the Banks with the improved benefits of the scheme accruing to the employees.  IBA also agreed to incorporate the suggestions submitted by the UFBU while finalising the scheme.  Hence a broad in-principle consensus was mutually agreed upon and the final scheme would be worked out accordingly on the above lines.

We also raised the following issues during the discussions today:

?    Pension related matters i.e. 100% DA on pension for pre-Nov. 2002 retirees, improvement in family pension, provision for periodical updation of pension
?    Introduction of 5 days banking / 5 days working
?    Regulated working hours for officers

After discussion, IBA informed that they are inclined to favorably consider the demand of 100% DA on pension for pre-Nov. 2002 retirees.  IBA further informed that cost aspect on improvement in family pension is being worked out and they would soon take a decision on the same.  IBA responded positively on this issue. As regards updation of pension, IBA informed that in view of the high cost involved, it would be difficult to agree to the same.  On our insistence, IBA agreed that any viable and affordable proposition from the UFBU in this regard would be examined.

As regards 5 day banking / 5 day working, IBA regretted their inability to accept our demand in the present situation. From UFBU, we insisted on this issue and hence IBA agreed that if a detailed note is submitted to them with the requisite logic and rationale, they would apply their mind afresh on this issue.

On the issue of regulated working hours for officers, IBA was not inclined to agree to the same. However, on drawing their attention to the note submitted by the Officers Organisation, IBA agreed to study the same and react subsequently.

From the IBA, they wanted to know our views and reactions on introduction of cost to company method as well as fixed and variable pay concepts. From UFBU we have reiterated our standpoint that the same are not acceptable to us.  IBA also insisted for limiting the wage revision discussions upto scale III officers instead of upto scale VII which was also declined by us.

On the vital issue of improvement in the offer of IBA over 11%, despite our indication that we would be flexible in our demand, depending on improvements in other areas, IBA has conveyed that they are unable to improve their offer unless UFBU scale down further in its demand considering the financial constraints of the banks.  We categorically informed IBA that UFBU would be reasonable and flexible in its approach provided the same is reciprocated by the IBA on the issues raised by us and insisted on IBA to improve their offer to take the negotiations forward.  However, IBA was adamant in their stand and did not improve their offer and stuck to their earlier offer of 11%.  UFBU expressed its unhappiness over the rigid stand of IBA on improvement.

In the UFBU meeting held subsequently, representatives of all the constituent unions expressed their dissatisfaction and condemned the lackadaisical approach and adamant attitude of IBA and unanimously decided to undertake agitational programmes to press our demands and to expedite the settlement.  After deliberations, it was decided to observe One day Protest Strike preceded by the following action programmes:


10.10.2014      BLACK BADGE WEARING


17.10.2014    COUNTRY WIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS

Between 18.10.2014 and 31.10.2014     ONE DAY DHARNA AT ALL STATE CAPITALS

(Date shall be decided by the State Unit of UFBU)

COUNTRY WIDE ONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE


It was also decided that the one day protest strike shall be followed by intermittent and relay strikes as well as indefinite strike. Detailed circular on the date of one day protest strike and other agitation programmes will be issued in due course.

With regards,
                                          Yours sincerely,

                                      (K.K.NAIR)
                                      GENERAL SECRETARY



CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.22 OF 2014           19th September,2014


Dear Members,

                     Re:Shri Prem Kumar  Makkar appointed  as a Director on the Board of our Bank


We are extremely happy to inform that Shri Prem Kumar Makkar, Secretary( North Zone) has been appointed as a Director representing officers on the Board of our Bank with effect from today, in terms of a Notification issued by Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services, New Delhi dated 19.09.2014.This announcement is in conformity with our Association submitting a panel of three names of  Secretaries to the Govt. of India through our Bank and is yet another epoch making event in the illustrious history of our Association.

Friends, the appointment of our Shri Prem Kumar Makkar has come at a time when our officers are making concerted efforts to realize the aims behind the noble motto “Race Ahead” which our bank ushered in the current financial year and to bring more and more Gen.‘Y’customers to its fold. We are confident that Shri Makkar will be a harbinger for carrying forward the philosophy of our Association and also ensure integration of the young officers to great ideals of our Association which stands for the Welfare of Officers’ community and growth of the Bank.

On this historic moment, we wish to place on record our sincere appreciation and grateful thanks to Shri V.B.Chavan for the valuable role played by him during his tenure as Officer Director on the Board of our Bank. We also take this opportunity to congratulate Shri Prem Kumar Makkar and wish him all success in his new assignment. We urge upon each one of you to extend Shri Makkar your unbridled support and co-operation to enable him to discharge his duties effectively.

With greetings,
 



                               Yours sincerely,

                               (K.K.NAIR)
                                GENERAL SECRETARY




CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.21 OF 2014        18th September,2014

Dear Members,

Re: Meeting with IBA on Charter of Demands on 17.9.2014


As you are aware, the UFBU had a meeting with IBA on Charter of Demands on 17th September,2014 at Mumbai. Prior to the meeting with IBA, a meeting of the representatives of UFBU also took place. Text of a circular issued by Convenor, UFBU, after the meeting, is reproduced below for your information:

“The representatives of UFBU met at 11.00 a.m. to discuss and decide the strategies to be adopted in the negotiations with IBA.  It was decided that along with the percentage increase in its offer, other important issues like regulated working hours, 5-day week, improvements in pension related matters should also be raised simultaneously.

In the IBA meeting, Sri Bhasin, who was the Negotiating Committee Chairman till the last meeting and now elected as Chairman of IBA introduced the newly constituted Negotiating Team of IBA under the leadership of Sri Rajeev Rishi, the newly appointed Chairman of Negotiating Committee.

Subsequent to brief introduction and completion of formalities, before commencement of negotiations on wage revision, UFBU raised the following issues:

•    Compassionate Appointment Scheme:

While thanking the IBA for its efforts and being instrumental in getting clearance of the Government for introduction of Compassionate Appointment Scheme on the lines available to Central Government employees, UFBU sought clarifications on issues like eligibility, applicability with regard to death cases prior to 05.08.2014, etc., to which IBA conveyed that the matter would be referred to Government and necessary clarifications will be issued on receipt of their advices;

•    Accounts to be opened under Jan Dhan Yojana:

While appreciating and extending the support of UFBU to the initiatives taken by the Government towards extension of banking facility to all the people in the Country, UFBU expressed the following apprehensions:
?    The compromises on KYC norms may lead to opening of fraudulent accounts for which employees should not be held accountable;
?    The pressure due to the targets stipulated for opening of accounts are greatly affecting the regular banking activities and services to existing customers;



?    Due to the stipulation on timings for opening of accounts from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., employees are forced to work beyond their working hours and are also under severe stress to achieve the stipulated target.

During the negotiations, IBA informed that the UFBU's demand of 25% increase in pay slip components is on high side and beyond the paying capacity of banks and insisted that UFBU should review its demand, to which UFBU responded as under:
?    IBA should substantially revise its offer of increase in pay slip components;
?    The other important issues like regulated working hours, 5-day banking, improvements in pension related matters, etc. should be discussed simultaneously and in a time-bound manner;
?    The meetings on negotiation have to be held regularly at frequent intervals ensuring expeditious settlement;
?    UFBU will have flexibility in its demand depending upon the response of IBA on all the above matters.
IBA assured us to schedule the next round of meeting within one week to discuss comprehensively on all the issues.  Comrades - every effort is being made by UFBU not only for expeditious conclusion but also for a respectable Tenth Bipartite Wage Settlement.  Let us continue to maintain our unity which would strengthen us in achieving our goals.  Further developments will be advised in due course.”
                                                                                                               
With greetings,
 

                        Yours sincerely,


                              (K.K.NAIR)
                           GENERAL SECRETARY





 

 CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.20 OF 2014                                              26th August, 2014

 

Dear Members,
                           Re: 1. Transfer of female employees –  Minimising their hardship.
                                  2. Posting of  employees who have             Differently abled dependents.
                                  3. Golden Jubilee Celebration of our Association.
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We wish  to inform that GOI has issued a Notification advising all PSBs to:
i. accommodate, as far as possible, placement/transfer of married female employee, on her request, at a place where her husband is stationed or as near as possible to that place or vice-versa; and
ii. accommodate, as far as possible, placement/transfer of unmarried female employee, on her request, at a place where her parents, are stationed or as near as possible to that place.
Accordingly, Public Sector Banks will frame a Policy with the approval of the Board and implement the government decision as above. Pending requests may also be considered under the above notification.
Posting of employees who have differently abled dependents
Government of India has also advised, vide a notification dated 6th June,2014, that an employee who is also a care giver of disabled child may be exempted from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints. The word ‘disabled’ includes (i) blindness or low vision (ii) hearing impairment (iii)  locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy (iv)leprosy cured (v) mental retardation (vi) mental illness and (vii) multiple disabilities. We are thankful to the Government for their above  kind decisions.
Golden Jubilee Celebration of our Association
Our Association will complete 50 years of glorious existence on 12th September,2014. We have arranged a Get-Together of Officers and Executives at Birla Matushree Sabhagar, 19 Marine Lines, Mumbai, on Friday 12th September,2014 from 7.00 pm onwards to celebrate this historic Golden Jubilee of our Association. You are requested to attend this  Get-Together and join us for dinner thereafter.
With greetings,      
   
                                                                 Yours sincerely,

                                                                  (K.K.NAIR)
GENERAL SECRETARY

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO. 19  OF 2014      9th August 2014

 

Dear Members,

 

Re: Scheme for Compassionate Appointment – Government accords approval.
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You are aware that the Scheme of Compassionate Appointment in Public Sector Banks was unilaterally withdrawn by IBA a decade ago.  Since then, the workmen Unions and Officers’ Associations in the banking industry, under the umbrella forum of United Forum of Bank Unions have been demanding for restoration of Scheme of Compassionate Appointment.
UFBU even included this issue of restoration of Scheme of Compassionate Appointment as one of the prime demand in the earlier wage revisions.  The issue was persistently followed up with IBA and Government and the decision of the Government on restoration of the Compassionate Appointment Scheme was hanging in suspension for considerably a long time.  Meanwhile, Payment of Ex-gratia Lumpsum Amount in lieu of Compassionate Appointment has been introduced in various Banks without any uniformity.
The issue was again taken up by UFBU with the IBA in the ongoing negotiations on the 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement.  After prolonged discussions, IBA agreed to forward its recommendations to the Government for restoration of Compassionate Appointment Scheme on the lines at par with scheme available to Central Government employees in modification of its earlier recommendations for payment of ex-gratia lumpsum amount.
We are glad to inform all the members that Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services, vide its communication to IBA dated 07.08.2014, has accorded its approval for Scheme of Compassionate Appointment, effective from 05.08.2014, as per details below:
i) To open the Compassionate Appointment in PSBs on the lines of Central Government;
ii) Discontinuing the provision of ex-gratia in lieu of Compassionate Appointment in PSBs
Further, the Government has advised IBA to take appropriate action to circulate the scheme of Compassionate Appointments to all Public Sector Banks for adoption with the approval of their respective boards.
 
We take this opportunity to thank the Hon’ble Minister of Finance, the officials of Department of Financial Services, Government of India and all the members in the Negotiating Committee of IBA for restoration of Scheme of Compassionate Appointments in the PSBs on the lines of Central Government, which will go a long way in providing succor to the aggrieved family members of deceased bank employees.
We convey our heartiest congratulations and appreciate the entire membership, for its unstinted support and great display of unity that resulted in this remarkable achievement of our long pending demand.  Comrades, let this feat be the encouraging factor for furthering our unity, which would undoubtedly lead us towards more achievements in the days to come including a respectable wage revision.
With greetings,

           Yours sincerely,
             (K.K.NAIR)
             GENERAL SECRETARY




PREM MAKKER

 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.18 OF 2014       16th July 2014


Dear Members,


Re: UFBU Meeting


Further to our circular No.17 of 2014 dated 15th July, 2014 we reproduce hereunder the text of a circular issued by UFBU detailing the deliberations that took place in the meting of United Forum of Bank Unions held in Mumbai on 15th July 2014:
“The representatives of Constituent Unions of UFBU met on 15th July 2014 at Mumbai, subsequent to the submission of Memorandum to the Hon’ble Minister of Finance on 27th June 2014, to discuss and decide on the strategies to be adopted for early conclusion of wage settlement.


The meeting observed a minute’s silence as a mark of tribute and paid homage to Shri Ajay Sehgal, Chief Manager of Punjab National Bank, who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train due to the humiliation and constant harassment of his senior officials.  The meeting also passed a unanimous resolution condemning the humiliation and harassment meted out to Shri Ajay Sehgal that has resulted in his untimely death and irreparable loss to his family members.


Thereafter, it was deliberated at length on the future course of action and strategies to be adopted for expeditious wage settlement.
The meeting expressed its unhappiness on the silence of IBA despite a lapse of more than a month since last meeting on wage negotiations and noted with concern the lackadaisical attitude of IBA in not conducting the meetings on wage negotiations regularly.
The representatives of constituent unions extensively discussed on all the major issues concerning wage revision such as wage components, method of arriving at the cost and other issues such as Five-day banking, regulated working hours for officers, Health Insurance, improvements in pension/family pension schemes, etc. and unanimously decided to approach IBA with a consensus view on all the issues.


Subsequent to the meeting with Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Government of India by the delegation of UFBU on 27th June 2014, keeping in view the pre-occupation of the Government on account of parliament session, submission of budget and requirement of reasonable and sufficient time to examine our issues, the representatives of constituent unions felt that UFBU shall approach the Government once again for its intervention in the matter for early wage settlement.


The meeting also deliberated upon the reforms in the banking industry, more particularly arising out of recommendations of P J Nayak Committee, such as reduction in Government share holding, merger of banks, etc. and decided to consolidate views and express concerns to the Government and decide further course of action thereafter.


The meeting unanimously decided as under:


(i)To send a communication to IBA for conduct of Meeting on wage negotiations immediately without any further delay and also for conduct of such meetings at frequent intervals;


(ii)To approach Government once again seeking intervention of Hon’ble Minister of Finance towards expeditious wage settlement;
Comrades, the impediments in wage negotiations are known but nothing can stop us from achieving a respectable wage revision.

Let us march ahead with full determination and commitment to reach our goal.  Let us be in readiness always for further agitation programmes, if need be, including strike actions.”
With greetings,


Yours sincerely,


 (K.K.NAIR)  

  GENERAL SECRETARY

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.17 OF 2014                               15th July,2014

 

Dear Members,   

 

                     Re: (i) Inter-Zonal Retransfer Plan – 2014     

                          (ii)Promotions to various  Grades/Scales   

                            (iii)Meeting with IBA   

                            (iv)UFBU Meeting       

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We are happy to inform that the Inter-Zonal  Retransfer Plan – 2014 has since been finalized. In terms of the Plan, the following categories of willing officers will be relieved on or before 26th July,2014:

(i) Inter-Zonal Transferee   officers   who  will be completing 3 years    of tenure as on 31st August,2014.  

 (ii)DROs  who  will  be  completing   5  years  of  tenure  as  on  31st     August,2014.


As substitutes for officers under Retransfer Plan, Bank will :(i) effect   Inter- Zonal transfer  of   officers   in    MM    G/S:II   and    G/S :III  on  the basis of longest stay in officers cadre in the Zone            as per Transfer Policy.(ii)fill  up    the  gap  in   JM  G/S:I  by  recruitment of DROs/Baroda      Manipal  School of Banking officers.

Residual issues involving transfers under compassionate ground, not-opting for retransfer in the previous years under compelling reasons, exempting officers undergoing rural service etc. will be taken up by us  in due course.
Promotions to various Grades/Scales


Our Bank has since completed a mammoth exercise for promotions to various grades/scales. Details of promotions upto scale:IV are given below:


Grade/Scale        Number
I                             574

II                           443

III                          331

IV                          410


Our Hearty Congratulations to each one of the promotees and Best Wishes for their career progression.

The Bank has also decided consequent placements as under :(i) clerks   promoted   to   officers cadre in JM G/S:I will be retained      in the Zone as per the Transfer Policy in vogue.(ii)officers promoted to MM G/S:II and MM G/S:III will be retained in    the  same  Zone,  if it happens to  be  in  deficit. Other promotees     to the above grades/scales will be transferred to deficit  zones as    per the Inter-Zonal Retransfer and Transfer Plan - 2014.(iii)officers promoted to MM G/S:II against  undertaking to complete    rural service will be deployed in rural centres.


Meeting with IBA on  Charter of Demands – Disciplinary Rules/Procedures for Officer Employees


A meeting of the Three Member Committee constituted by Indian Banks Association to look into the issue of Disciplinary Rules/ Procedures for officer employees, as demanded by us in our Charter of Demands, was held  with IBA on Monday, 14th July,2014. We urged upon IBA the need for a thorough review of the existing Rules & Procedures. We insisted on the necessity to put an end to the prevailing undue delay in  commencement  and conclusion of the disciplinary cases, quantum of punishment imposed disproportionate to the offence committed, undue delay in lifting suspension, enhancing subsistence allowance payable on suspension, denial of certain facilities to officers on suspension, revoking Reg:20(3)(3) and not permitting the officer to retire, denying his rightful entitlements viz. gratuity, pension, leave encashment etc.


The IBA Team heard our submissions carefully and meaningful discussions followed. They wanted us to quote  various issues raised with illustrations and submit a detailed Note to them for the consideration of the Managing Committee of IBA. We shall do so immediately. During the course of the meeting, we also impressed upon  IBA the need to discuss our long pending demand of Regulatory Working Hours for bank officers. IBA desired an Approach Paper on this issue. We shall be submitting the same shortly.
UFBU Meeting


We also wish to inform that a meeting of the United Forum of Bank Unions was held in Mumbai on 15th July,2014, to review the developments on  Wage Revision Negotiations and chalk out strategies to secure early and better  Wage Revision. Details will follow.

 

KK NAIR

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

CIRCULAR NO. 16 OF 2014

27tnJ une 2014

 

Re:W age Revision - Discussions with Shri Arun Jaitley,Hon'ble FinanceM inister, Govt.o f India,N ew Delhi.

 

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Please refer to our   ircular No.1 5 of 2014 d ated 14th June 2014 reporting to you the discussions  UFBU had with IBA on 13thJ une 2014 on Wage Revision for Bank Employees. As you would r ecall, in  the said meeting  IB A offered,  lmost on a'Take it or Leave it' basis , nly 11%  increase as againstU FBU's demand  o f 25%  increase in pay slip components.

 

ln thisb ackground, UFBU decided to approach H on'ble Finance Minister, Govt.o f India, seeking his intervention. We are happy to inform that today  a  delegation of UFBU m et Shri  A run Jaitley, Hon'bleF inance Minister, Govt. of India, New D elhi and  h ad fruitful discussions with h im. We also  h anded over a Memorandum to the Hon'ble Finance Minister. The Hon'ble Finance Minister assured us that  he will get the issues examined by the Ministry and revert to us. A copy of the said Memorandum submitted to Hon'ble Finance Minister is annexed herewith for your information.

 

With greetings,

 

KK NAIR

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

ANNEXURE    I.E.   MEMORANDUM PASTED IN PHOTO GALLERY FOR THE TIME BEING

 





 





 

 

 CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.15 OF 2014                                         14th June,2014

 

Dear Members,  

 

                   Re: Meeting with IBA on Charter of Demands on 13th June,2014                                                          

 

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 We wish to inform that Bilateral discussions between IBA and UFBU was held on 13th June,2014, in Mumbai. In this meeting IBA improved its last offer of 10% to 11% of  pay slip cost. UFBU rejected the revised offer made by IBA and demanded 25% increase in pay slip components. IBA, however expressed its TOTAL INABILITY to accept this demand. Text of the Circular issued by Convenor, UFBU, is reproduced below for your information:

 

“After the last round of negotiations held on 14-3-2014, another round of discussions took place with IBA on 13-6-2014 in Mumbai in the background of the new Government taking over at the Centre after the general elections.  UFBU meeting:  Prior to the discussions with the IBA, meeting of the UFBU was held.   The meeting observed a minutes’ silence to pay homage on the death of Dr Shanti Patel, veteran trade union leader of HMS and Port and Dock Workers. The meeting took stock of the developments since our last meeting held in March, 2014.  The meeting welcomed the new Government under the Prime Ministership of Shri Narendra Modi and hoped that the basic problems of the people and workers would be addressed by the new Government.  The meeting noted that in addition to the pending demands of UFBU for wage revision, there are other challenges too like the recommendations of P J Nayak Committee, talks of dilution of Government’s capital in Banks, merger of Banks, etc.  The meeting decided to take a delegation of UFBU to the Finance Minister to apprise him of our issues and demands.  

 

Discussions with IBA :  In the wage revision talks, the IBA was represented by Mr. T M Bhasin, Chairman of the Negotiating Committee along with other members.  UFBU was represented by all the Constituent Unions.    Opening up the discussions, Mr. Bhasin explained the present banking scenario where the profits of the Banks have come down as on 31-3-2014 adding to the constraints of the Banks to take up any huge financial burden in the form of wages.  After submissions from UFBU, IBA informed that they are willing to improve their offer from earlier 10%  to 11% on the cost of Pay Slip components of the wage bill which would amount to Rs.3,465 crores and which would be exclusive of other costs on retirement benefits, LFC, hospitalization expenses, etc.   From UFBU we expressed our inability to accept this offer as the same was quite inadequate.     2 As regards other issues discussed with the IBA in the last two rounds of discussions, IBA informed that they are favourably inclined to consider the demand of extending 100% DA for all pensioners and the same is awaiting the approval of the Government.  On our demand for improvement in Family Pension, IBA’s response was positive but they informed that the cost implication has to be properly worked out and Government’s approval is necessary for the same. As regards updation of pension, IBA was apprehensive about the same since it involves substantial financial burden to the Banks.   IBA also informed that our demand for extending appointment on compassionate grounds in the Banks on the lines of Government scheme is under the active and positive consideration of the Government and their decision is awaited.  Since UFBU refused to accept the IBA’s offer of 11% increase, IBA wanted to know the expectation of the UFBU for which it was informed that our minimum expectation is 25% increase in the Pay Slip components cost.  IBA expressed their total inability to accept the same as it is beyond the paying capacity of the Banks.   With this, the talks ended inconclusively.  Thereafter UFBU decided that since IBA has not come up with any adequate increase in their offer, further course of action would be taken shortly after mutual consultations amongst the Constituent Unions and also after meeting the Finance Minister in this regard.  Further developments would be informed to units in due course.”

 

 With greetings,

 

                            (K.K.NAIR)

                       GENERAL SECRETARY 

 

PLEASE CIRCULATE AMONGST OFFICER-COLLEAGUES             
 
 

 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.14 OF 2014                                        10th June, 2014
 

Dear Members,
 

                           Re: Furniture & Fixtures Scheme – Stands Revised
 

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We are happy to inform that the Bank has now agreed to our long pending demand to revise the Scheme for Furniture & Fixtures to officers in Grade/Scale:I, II & III. Highlights of the revised Scheme are as under:
 

 
 

LIMIT:
 

 
 

Grade/Scale           Existing Limit Revised Limit

Officer: JM G/S:I Rs.40,000/-     Rs.1,25,000/-

Manager- MM G/S:II Rs. 60,000/-Rs.1,50,000/-

Sr.Manager – MM G/S:III Rs.80,000/-  Rs.1,75,000/-
 

ELIGIBILITY:
 

 
 

    Confirmed officers residing in own house/apartment/Bank’s owned accommodation/leased accommodation will be eligible under the Scheme. Officers who are on probation and have already availed under the earlier Scheme will be eligible to avail the balance amount under the revised Scheme, on confirmation.

 

 
 

    If an officer has already purchased furniture/fixtures/other items under the existing Scheme, he/she shall be eligible to avail the balance amount of entitlement under the revised Scheme.

 

 
 

    The provision under the existing Scheme that an officer, on promotion to G/S:IV, must compulsorily purchase the items, has been dispensed with. He/she will automatically switch over to the Scheme available for Executives in G/S:IV and above and will be eligible for purchase of furniture for the balance amount as per entitlement under SM G/S:IV.

 

 
 

 
 

OTHER DETAILS:   
 

 
 

    On transfer to another place, the officer shall carry the furniture/fixtures/other items purchased under the Scheme, with him/her to the new place of posting, within the eligibility of transportation of household goods.

 

 
 

    At the end of 10 years from the date/s of purchase of furniture/ fixtures and other items, the officer will compulsorily buy the items from the Bank at 4% of the cost of the furniture items purchased under the Scheme.

 

 
 

    The officer will be eligible to purchase furniture, fixtures and other items, if he/she so desires, once again as per entitlement, for a maximum of three times during the entire service period in the Bank.

 

 
 

    Insurance for the items purchased under the Scheme will be taken by the Bank every year.

 

 
 

    In case where both Husband and Wife are employees of the Bank, both of them can avail the facility, in case they opt for the same.

 

 
 

    0.25% of the pay in the first stage of the scale of pay, in which the officer is placed will be recovered from the salary towards the rent whether the facility is  availed in full or in part.

 

 
 

    In case of all IBOs/IBTOs, the Scheme shall not be applicable to them during the period they are posted abroad. However, if an officer has already availed the Scheme prior to his overseas posting, he/she will be entitled to purchase  new items, in lieu of the items which get more than ten years old, upon repatriation and posting in India.

 

                                         
 

    In the unfortunate event of death of an Officer while in service, the family can buy the furniture/fixture/other items availed by the officer under the Scheme at Rs.1000/-.

 

 
 

    On retirement or voluntary retirement, the officer may purchase the furniture items at certain  cost of the purchase  value or WDV, whichever is lower at the following rates:

 

 
 

Remaining service at the time of availment of the Scheme.

 
  

Rate

( cost of furniture items)

More than 5 years

 
  

20%

More than 2 years but less than 5 years

 
  

50%

Less than 2 years

 
  

65%

At the end of 10 years from the date of purchase of furniture items, officer shall buy  at
  

4% (proportionate) of the cost of furniture items
 

 
 

    Officer will be eligible for annual reimbursement of maintenance expenses equivalent to 5% of the total value of furniture & fixture allowed after three years of the purchase of each item on declaration basis. However, no repairs to the furniture and fixtures will be undertaken by the Bank.

 

 
 

 

We thank the Management for revising the Scheme of Furniture & Fixtures to officers in Grade/Scale:I to III.
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

                                                                                             Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                                 (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                       GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.13 OF 2014                                     9th June 2014
 

 
 

Dear Members,
 

 
 

“Long Years ago, we made a tryst with destiny……”
 

                                                       Jawaharlal Nehru
 

 
 

Our Bank has put in place a Revised Performance Linked Incentive Scheme for employees, happily with a retrospective effect. Accounts of recipients of Incentives for the year 2012-13 were credited on 31st May 2014. We are extremely thankful to Shri S.S.Mundra, Chairman & Managing Director of our Bank and the Top Management for giving a good beginning to the cherished desire of every employee for “Inclusive Growth”. Tryst with destiny made by us long ago now stands accomplished though not in full measure. We shall redeem our pledge to attain an all Inclusive Scheme.
 

 
 

In this regard we recall the strenuous persuasive efforts we have put in, discussions that we had with the Bank in Structured Meetings, Resolutions passed in the meetings of Central Committee and Zonal Secretaries and finally the Agitation and Action Programmes we were forced to plunge into to secure, for employees, a share in the huge profit they make for the Bank  year after year. Our slogan “One who bakes the cake must also get a share in the cake which he bakes” became the most enthusiastically repeated slogan raised during the course of Agitation and General meetings of officers. Friends, you all have played an excellent role in making the agitation and various programmes successful which paved the way for this achievement.
 

 
 

In this context we have come across certain deficiencies that have crept into the guidelines issued by the Bank for implementation of the Scheme. We are concerned with such deficiencies and we have taken up these with the Chairman & Managing Director for rectification. We have also urged upon the Chairman & Managing Director to formulate the Scheme for 2013-14 based on Bilateral discussions to avoid repetition of such deficiencies. We are awaiting favourable response from the Bank.
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

 
 

                                                                                             Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                                 (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                      GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

PLEASE CIRCULATE AMONGST OFFICER-COLLEAGUES
 

 
 
 
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.12 OF 2014                                         15th April, 2014
 

Dear Members,
 

                           Re: 1. Establishment of our First Guest House
 

                                  2. Structured Meeting with the Bank                        
 

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We are extremely happy to inform that our Association has established its own Guest House at Daman(Union Territory) synchronizing with its Golden Jubilee Celebrations on 14th April,2014. Relevant details are as under:
 

 
 

Location:
 

Daman is a Union Territory located 193 kms north of Mumbai and 12 kms from Vapi, the Industrial Town of South Gujarat. Daman is well connected with other parts of India primarily through NH-8. The neighbouring city Vapi is connected with the Indian Rail net work through Western Railway. It is 117 kms away from Surat Railway Station and 121 kms from Surat Airport.
 

 
 

Address:
 

Flat No:704,  7th floor,  Royal Heights ‘D’,

Sagar Samrat, Khariwad,

Nani Daman,  Daman(Union Territory)

 
 

Booking:
 

Members who wish to book a room in the Guest House are required to fill up the prescribed form, as per proforma shown overleaf (a soft copy of which is available with the respective Zonal Secretary) and forward to our  office at 3, Walchand Hirachand Marg, Ballard Pier, Mumbai: 400 001.Phone No: 022- 22612058 &  22618484(fax), E-mail : aiboboa@rediffmail.com, aiboboa1964@gmail.com, aiboboa@yahoo.com.
 

 
 

Rent:
 

Rs.250/- per room for one officer and his family. In case of a single officer, the room will not be allowed to be shared by any other officer/s other than the family members. Rent once remitted  will not be refunded in case of cancellation of the booking by the officer. The decision regarding the allotment of the room as per availability,  taken by the Controlling Office, will be  final.
 

 
 

Remittance of Rent:
 

The rent should be remitted to SB Account No:25580100010196 : All India BOB Officers’ Association- Daman Guest House A/c at SSI  Daman branch.
 

 
 

Facilities/amenities Provided:
 

 
 

There are three  rooms in the Guest House with one double bed which can be used by two persons and extra bed for one person is also available on request which is not chargeable. Tea/Coffee will be provided at the Holiday Home by the Care Taker on payment. Food and beverages will be available by order over phone  from the nearby hotel on payment.
 

 
 

All our members are requested to avail this facility to have break from the rigors of work.
 

 
 

Structured Meeting with the Bank
 

A Structured Meeting between the representatives  of the Management of our Bank and our Association was held at  Baroda Corporate Centre, Mumbai today. Details will be circularized shortly.
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

                                                                                       Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                            
 

                                                                                          (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

PLEASE CIRCULATE AMONGST OFFICER-COLLEAGUES
 

 
 

 
 

APPLICATION TO RESERVE ROOM AT THE GUEST HOUSE IN DAMAN
 

 
 

Name:

ECNo:

Branch:

Zone:

Mail id:
 


To:
 

The General Secretary
 

All India Bank of Baroda Officers’ Association
 

c/o Bank of Baroda,3 Walchand Hirachand Marg,
 

Ballard Pier, MUMBAI: 400 001
 

 
 

Dear Sir,
 

 
 

     RE: Reservation of Association’s Guest House at DAMAN
 

 
 

I desire to reserve the Association’s Guest House at DAMAN for any one of the following duration:
 

 
 

1.
  

From:(1st Preference)
  

To:    

2.
  

From:(2nd Preference)
  

To:

3.
  

From:(3rd Preference)
  

To:
 

 
 

I may also state that the following members of my family will also accompany me during my visit to the above Guest House:
 

 
 

Sr.No.
  

Name
  

Relationship

 
  

 
  

 

 
  

 
  

 

 
  

 
  

 
 

 
 

                                                                                          Yours faithfully,                                                                                                      (Signature)
 

_________________________________________________________________________
 

 
 

TO BE FILLED IN BY THE CONCERNED ZONAL SECREARY OF THE ZONE
 

 
 

We confirm that Shri ____________________is a member of All India Bank of Baroda Officers’ Association.
 

 
 

 
 

                                                                            _______________________
 

                                                                         (Signature of Zonal Secretary)
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.11 OF 201                                                15th March 2014
 

 
 

Dear Members,
 

 
 

Re: Meeting with IBA on Charter of Demands on 14.03.2014
 

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Further to our circular No.10 dated 10th March 2014 we wish to inform that a meeting with the Core Group of IBA was held in Mumbai on 14th March 2014. We reproduce hereunder the text of a circular issued by the Convenor of UFBU giving details of deliberations we had, for your information:
 

 
 

“In our Circular No. 20 dated 3rd March 2014, we had informed about the details of the discussions held with the IBA on that day.  Another round of discussions were held today in IBA office, Mumbai between IBA and UFBU.  IBA’s team was led by Mr R.K.Dubey (CMD, Canara Bank), Chairman of the IBA’s Core Committee, Mr M.V.Tanksale, Chief Executive, IBA and other Executives.  UFBU was represented by leaders of all our constituent unions.
 

 
 

Carrying forward the discussions held in the last round of talks, some of the important issues like introduction of 5 Day Banking, regulated working hours for officers, etc. were discussed further.  While appreciating our viewpoints, IBA wanted further inputs from the Unions in order to examine the issues and to take up the matter with higher authorities.  We stressed on the need for providing quarters/ housing accommodation to all employees, particularly to those recruited in the Banks in the recent years.  IBA opined that the matter needs further discussion at their level.  We also demanded that 100% of the medical/hospitalisation expenses incurred by the employees and officers for self/family members should be reimbursed. IBA suggested that the mediclaim scheme proposed by them earlier can be customized in such a way to be handled by the Banks instead of insurance companies or third party administrators.  We requested the IBA to furnish details in this regard whereafter the issue will be further studied and discussed. 
 

 
 

On our demand for improvement in the Family Pension scheme, extension of 100% DA formula to pre-2002 pensioners, etc., IBA was considerate and agreed to work out the cost implications to enable them to take a view on these demands.  To our demand on periodical updation of pension on occasions of wage revision, IBA felt that the issue has to be examined, in its entirety, looking at the cost involved, outflow, etc. On reverting to old pension scheme from NPS, IBA expressed their inability to accede to our demand but we reiterated the same.
 

 
 

To our demand regarding compassionate appointment scheme, IBA conveyed the clarifications sought from the Government to which we explained that UFBU’s view is that the compassionate appointment scheme should be on the lines of the Government scheme and urged upon them to expedite the matter.
 

 
 

To our demand for improvement in the IBA’s earlier offer on wage increase, IBA informed that they are not able to make further offer.
 

 
 

It was decided to hold the next round of discussions in the middle of April, 2014 and the date would be finalized.  Further developments will be informed to all our units/members in due course.”
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

 
 

                                                                Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

 
 

                                                                  (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                           GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

                                                                                             
 

 
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.10 OF 2014                                         10th March,2014
 

Dear Members,
 

                           Re: 1. Meeting with IBA on Charter of Demands on 14.3.2014
 

                                  2. Association launches Ladies’ Wing
 

                                  3. Celebration of International Women’s Day
 

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A meeting of the Core Group of IBA with representatives of UFBU has been scheduled on 14th March,2014 to discuss charter of demands. We shall report the developments after the meeting.
 

 
 

Association launches Ladies Wing
 

 
 

As a part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, our Association launched a Ladies’ Wing on 23rd February,2014. A large number of lady officers from  various Zones participated in the two days Conference held at Mumbai on 23rd & 24th February,2014.
 

 
 

Shri V.J.Sheladia, President of Association, presided over the two days’ Conference. After welcome address by Shri D.M.Suvarna, Zonal Secretary, Greater Mumbai Zone and introductory address by the undersigned, our Bank’s Chairman & Managing Director Shri S.S. Mundra launched  the Ladies Wing by lighting the traditional lamp. “The number of ladies taking up employment  in the Banking industry, particularly in our Bank, is increasing year by year and formation of the Ladies’ Wing for the Officer employees in the Bank is most appropriate and commendable”, stated our Bank’s Chairman & Managing Director during his inaugural address. Shri Mundra, on this occasion called upon lady officers to prepare themselves to shoulder higher responsibilities in the Bank through sincere and dedicated service. Smt.Vindhya Ramesh, General Manager(HRM), felicitated the gathering. Smt.Ashwini Kulkarni proposed Vote of Thanks.
 

 
 

After the inaugural session, Dr.Sujata Chavan, Asstt.Professor, Advance Centre for Women Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS), Mumbai, made a presentation on the topic “Working Women – Family vs Career”, followed by a very interesting interactions by delegates. In the second session that followed after lunch, dealt with “Laws relating to Working Women” by Miss Masuma Merchant, LLM, Practising Advocate, Lecturer in Advani Law College, New Law College & Rizvi Law College, Mumbai. In the interesting discussions that took place thereafter, delegates could get clarifications and interpretations on certain legal aspects.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

On 24th February,2014, the second day, Smt.Vijaya Srinivasan, Deputy Director, Ambekar Institute for Labour Studies, Mumbai discussed with the delegates “Role of Working Women in the Society – Present & Future”. Smt.Vijayalakshmi Nair, MA in Globalization & Labour, Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS), Mumbai  and a prominent Trade Union  leader from  Banking  sector    addressed  the    members   on “ Problems faced by Lady Officers in Banks – Need to ensure safety & Work life balance”.
 

 
 

In the concluding session on 24th February,2014, Smt Vindhya Ramesh, General Manager(HRM), gave her Valedictory Address. Adopting a unique “Dialogue” method Smt. Vindhya Ramesh brought out a series of issues connected with ladies, more particularly, lady officers in the Bank. Every lady officer present in the Conference appreciated the address with repeated applauds. The Conference elected Smt. Ashwini Kulkarni as the All India Chief Convenor of the Ladies’ Wing in our Association. The two days  Conference concluded with a Vote of Thanks by one of the participants.
 

 
 

Celebration of International Women’s Day
 

 
 

We are happy to inform that Ladies’ Wing in our Association, across the Zones, celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March,2014. Reports reaching us from various Zones confirm that the event was celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and in a befitting manner. Please await detailed circular from the respective Zonal Secretaries.
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

 
 

                                                                                                       Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                            
 

                                                                                                          (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                                GENERAL SECRETARY         
 

 
 

 
 

         
 

 
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.9 OF 2014                                              3rd March,2014
 

Dear Members,
 

                           Re: 1. Promotion Exercise -2014-15
 

                                  2. Wage Revision – Discussions with IBA
 

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We refer to our Circular No:7 dated 14th February,2014,on the above subject and wish  to inform that our Bank has agreed to relax the Service Eligibility criteria for Merit Channel promotions from Scale:II to III as also Scale:I to II by 3 months.
 

 
 

This revised decision of the Management will put an end to the feeling of discrimination and violation of Promotion Policy causing  a sense of frustration and demoralization in the rank of officers aspiring for promotions.
 

 
 

We take this opportunity to convey our Best Wishes to all the candidates participating in the promotion exercises.
 

 
 

Wage Revision – Discussions with IBA
 

 
 

IBA held another meeting today with UFBU on Wage Revision. Besides demanding adequate increase in wages, UFBU raised other issues like 5 day week, regulatory working hours,  improvement in pension scheme including reverting to old pension scheme in place of New Pension Scheme etc. Text of the Circular issued by Convenor, UFBU, is reproduced below for your information:
 

 
 

“As informed in our earlier Circular No. 20 dated 19-02-2014, another round of negotiations on our wage revision demands was held in Mumbai today between UFBU and IBA.  IBA’s team was led by its Negotiating Committee Chairman Mr. T M Bhasin while UFBU was represented by all the constituent unions.
 

 
 

Opening up the discussions, Mr Bhasin said that looking to the present performance and earnings of the Banks and the financial constraints faced by the Banks, it would not be possible for them to further improve their earlier offer of 10% increase over the cost of payslip components.  From UFBU we stoutly contested their contention and pointed out that Banks have adequate profitability and hence the offer of IBA needs to be substantially increased upwards as their offer of 10% is totally unacceptable to the Unions and already rejected as inadequate. We also drew their attention to the wage accords reached recently in few other sectors as well as the Government’s mind as reflected in their reference to the 7th Pay Commission.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

The IBA stated that they would be able to negotiate further on our demands or improve their offer only if the UFBU would specify its expectations or if any counter offer is given by the UFBU in response to their offer of 10%.  From the side of UFBU, we explained that our expectations or counter offer can be spelt out only if we know the response of the IBA to the various important issues raised by the UFBU viz. introduction of 5 Days Banking, defined working hours for officers, improvements in pension scheme like periodical updation, uniform DA rate for all pensioners, revision in Family Pension formula, switching over from New Pension Scheme to Defined Benefit pension scheme for the new recruits from 2010, 100% reimbursement of entire hospitalisation expenses of the employees/ officers/ family members, housing facilities for all employees and officers, etc.
 

 
 

The IBA informed us that they would be able to react or respond only after all these issues are discussed by them internally and also in consultation with the Finance Ministry whom they would be meeting on the 5th instant.  Hence IBA stated that they would come back to us on these issues in the next round of meeting which they would be convening shortly.  We have suggested that the next round of meeting should be held within the next 7/10 days to which IBA has agreed.
 

 
 

During today’s meeting, we also urged upon the IBA to expedite the compassionate appointment scheme and IBA informed us that they are very much seized of the issue and would endeavor to speed up the issue with the Government.
 

 
 

Comrades, it would be seen that the negotiations are entering the crucial stage and hence it is very much necessary to maintain our unity, cohesion and preparedness to respond to the call of the UFBU as may be warranted.”
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

                                                                                                      Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                                 (K.K.NAIR)
 

 
 

 
 

         
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.8 OF 2014                                     19th Feburuary,2014
 

Dear Members,
 

                           Re: UFBU Meeting held in Mumbai on 19th February,2014
 

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Further to our Circular No:7 dated 14th February,2014, we wish to inform that, as scheduled, the meeting of UFBU was held in Mumbai on 19th February,2014. The meeting reviewed the impact of two days strike on 10th & 11th February, 2014 and decided to chalk out further course of action based on the out-come of the proposed meeting with IBA on 3rd March,2014. The text of the Circular issued by Convenor, UFBU, is reproduced hereunder for your information:
 

 
 

“The representatives of the constituent Unions of UFBU met today at Mumbai to review the situation subsequent to the historic success of 48 Hours’ All India Bank Strike from 6.00 a.m. on 10.02.2014 to 6.00 a.m. on 12.02.2014 and also to decide on future course of action for expediting the wage revision at the earliest.
 

                                                
 

All the representatives have expressed in one voice that the two days’ strike was responded massively by the bankmen all over the country and placed on record their highest appreciation and congratulated the entire membership of UFBU for the historic success.  Quoting the massive participation of bank employees and officers in the demonstrations, rallies and processions held all over the country as part of agitation programmes on the strike days, the representatives expressed that the total participation has clearly displayed the frustration in the minds of employees on the undue delay in the wage negotiations despite the fact that UFBU is making all out efforts for a respectable and reasonable wage settlement consciously keeping in mind even the affordability of banks while making attempts to ensure adequate wages to the bank employees and officers considering the wages in comparable sectors and also the financial burden on the bank employees on account of uncontrolled spiraling cost of inflation.
 

 
 

The meeting took serious note of remarks of Shri P. Chidambaram, Hon’ble Finance Minister that ‘profits of banks are not for wages of employees alone’ without giving any congnizance to the just reasonable demand of employees for their due and legitimate share particularly when banks are making good profits.  The meeting further observed that the remarks of Finance Minister as fallacious, as it has been made by consciously ignoring the fact that Public Sector Banks have netted a huge profit of about Rs.46,000 Crores during the last fiscal even after providing about Rs.65,000 Crores towards writing off of bad loans and provisioning for Non-performing Assets.
 

 
 

The meeting deliberated at length on the strategies to be adopted on all the areas relating to the formulation of Scales of Pay duly considering the various cost factors such as fixed cost, variable cost and so on towards clinching a reasonable wage revision.
 

 
 

 
 

The meeting also discussed in detail on the future action programmes and with the hope that the historic success of Two days’ All India Bank Strike might serve as an eye-opener to IBA-Government combine towards amicable settlement, it was unanimously decided to chalk out further course of action based on the outcome of meeting with IBA, which is scheduled for  3rd March 2014.
 

 
 

Comrades – we are still on war path and there will be no backward movement in our agitation programmes if no significant improvement is made by IBA in the bilateral discussions scheduled for 3rd March 2014.  Hence, we request all our constituent unions and members to be in readiness for further agitational actions, including prolonged strike programmes, if need be.
 

 
 

We once again wholeheartedly congratulate the entire membership for the historic success of 2 days’ All India Bank Strike on 10th & 11th February 2014 and request the rank and file of members to continue to display their solidarity and total support for achieving success in our entire endeavor.”
 

 
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

                                                                                                       Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                             
 

                                                                                                          (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                                GENERAL SECRETARY         
 

 
 

PLEASE CIRCULATE AMONGST OFFICER-COLLEAGUES
 

         
 

 
 
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.7 OF 2014                                     14th Feburuary,2014

Dear Members,

                           Re: (i) Promotion Exercise – 2014-2015

                                  (ii)Launching of Ladies Wing –

                                      Conference of Lady Officers

                                 (ii)Next Meeting of UFBU

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We are happy to state that our Bank has commenced the Exercise for promotions to Middle Management Grade/Scales II & III and Senior Management Grade/Scale:IV – 2014-15. Major Highlights are :

 

1. Vacancy      

 

Grade/Scale
  

Channel
  

No.  of Vacancy

 

MM G/S : II
  

Normal/Seniority
  

570

 
  

Merit/Fast Track
  

190

 
  

Total
  

760

 

MM G/S: III
  

Normal/Seniority
  

353

 
  

Merit/Fast Track
  

117

 
  

Total
  

470

 

SM G/S: IV
  

Normal/Seniority
  

--

 
  

Merit/Fast Track
  

410

 
  

Total
  

410

 

 

 

2. Cut-off date

 

The cut-off date for reckoning Eligibility will be 01.04.2014.

 

 

3. Submission of Applications

 

Submission  of   applications    will   begin on  17th February,2014  and  end  at  8.00  p.m  on  1st March,2014 for promotions to MM/S:II & III. For promotion to SM G/S:IV, it will begin on 24th February,2014 and end at 8.00 p.m on 8th March,2014.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Written Test

 

Written test will be conducted ‘on line’ on Sunday, 27th April,2014, for promotions to MM G/S:II & III. Computer Literacy Test for promotion to SM G/S:IV will be held on Saturday,3rd May,2014.

 

For further details of the above Exercises, you are requested to refer our Bank’s Circulars No:BCC:BR:100/52, 53 & 54 dated 14th February,2014.

 

We take this opportunity to convey our Best Wishes to every candidate participating in the promotion exercises.

 

 

Launching of Ladies Wing -

Conference of Lady Officers

 

We wish to inform that a two days Conference of Lady Officers of our Bank will be held in Mumbai on 23rd & 24th February,2014, for launching Ladies Wing in our Association. The Conference will be inaugurated by our Bank’s Chairman & Managing Director, Shri S.S.Mundra at 10.00 a.m on 23rd February,2014. The concluding session will begin at 3.00 p.m on 24th February,2014 with an address by our Bank’s General Manager(HRM), Smt. Vindhya V Ramesh.

 

 

Next Meeting of United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU)

 

Next Meeting of UFBU will be held in Mumbai on 19th February,2014. The meeting shall discuss:

 

(i)    the  impact of two days All India Bank Strike held on 10th & 11thFebruary,2014 &

(ii)  to decide the future course of action.

 

We shall communicate the decision soon after the meeting.

 

 

With greetings,

                                                                                                       Yours sincerely,

 

                                                                                            

                                                                                                          (K.K.NAIR)

                                                                                                GENERAL SECRETARY         

 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.6 OF 2014                                      12th February 2014
 

 
 

Dear Members,
 

 
 

Re: 48 HOURS BANK STRIKE – GRAND SUCCESS
 

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The 48 Hours all India Bank Strike called by UFBU has been a grand success. We are happy to report that Bank Employees, both workmen and officers, working in all PSBs and RRBs across the country participated in the strike making it a total success.
 

 
 

The text of a circular issued by Convenor of UFBU, after the strike, is reproduced hereunder for your information:
 

 
 

“Congratulations Comrade – we are elated to note the unprecedented success of the ‘Two Days’ All India Bank ‘Strike’ on 10th and 11th February 2014 for which call was given by the UFBU.  We congratulate all the members all over the country for their enthusiastic participation in various programmes conducted in this regard at different centres and making the programmes a grand success.
 

 
 

          We are receiving reports from the organizers on the programmes / rallies held throughout the country and their total success.  It is also observed that the participation of the members was not mere enthusiastic presence but their overwhelming emotion depicting the frustration and anger for the denial of reasonable and rightful wage increase.
 

 
 

          We once again reiterate that the intention of the UFBU is neither to cause inconvenience to the customers nor loss to the country’s economy.  The strike could have been avoided, but for the recalcitrant attitude of the IBA and Government combine in not coming forward with an improved offer paving the way for a respectable and reasonable wage revision.  We do appreciate the stress on the balance sheet and the constraints on the IBA but at the same time, what is being demanded is not unreasonable and difficult to consider.  The responsibility and the duty of the employees and officers towards ensuring growth in business, productivity and generating increased gross income has been fully discharged.  The fact is fully evidenced by double the growth in net profits of Banks despite appropriation of more than 60% of the income generated towards writing off and provision for NPAs.
 

 
 

More so, the UFBU is not demanding the entire profit to be distributed amongst employees as wages but with the due share in order to ensure reasonable standard of living to Bank employees equivalent to the comparables and also to cope up with the uncontrolled spiraling cost of inflation, which is making the life of common man miserable.
 

 
 

          The efforts made by the UFBU in the conciliation meeting held by Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) in New Delhi on 6th February 2014 have not evoked any positive response, which resulted in Two Days’ strike as inevitable.
 

 
 

The two days’ strike is only a warming up exercise which should send strong signals to Government / IBA that the Bank employees will not be silent spectators if the Government is adamant in its attitude in implementing the reforms and the IBA / Government combine ignore the just reasonable aspirations of the Bank employees.
 

 
 

          UFBU is aware of the aspirations and expectations of the employees.  All efforts would be made to achieve the improvements with a balanced approach.  In the meantime, we urge all our members not to give scope for rumours and its circulation that are aimed to vitiate the atmosphere.  At this crucial juncture, we should not give any scope to the vested interests to develop vedge in the unity of Bank employees.
 

 
 

          We whole-heartedly thank the UFRRBU and also the employees / unions in the Co-operative Bank Sector for not only extending support but also observing the      two days’ strike in their respective Banks.  We sincerely thank the United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees, AIIEA and all the other trade unions for extending their fraternal support to our cause.
 

 
 

          The UFBU will meet shortly to chalk out future course of action and further programmes.
 

 
 

          Comrades – March ahead – continue to display the solidarity and strength – Be ready to implement with vigour any action programmes decided by UFBU.  Let us march ahead with determination to achieve the goal.”
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

 
 

                                                                                                              Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                                                (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                                  GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.05 OF 2014                                   6th February, 2014
 

 
 

 
 

Dear Members,
 

            Re:   Wage Revision –
 

                     Conciliation discussions  remain  inconclusive
 

                     Strike on 10th & 11th February, 2014 stands.
 

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With regard to the above we wish to inform you that the Chief Labour Commissioner (C) Shri B.K. Sanwariya held  Conciliation proceedings in his office in New Delhi, today. It is a matter of serious concern that IBA could not come out with any improved offer in the meeting.   As a result conciliation remained inconclusive and UFBU decided to proceed with the strike of 10th & 11th February, 2014.   Minutes of the conciliation meeting is reproduced hereunder :
 

 
 

“Minutes of Conciliation Proceedings held on 06.02.2014 before Shri B.K. Sanwariya, CLC(C), New Delhi.
 

 
 

The representatives of the Indian Bank’s Association (IBA) submitted written  comments.  A copy of the same was given to the representatives of United Forum of Banks Unions (UFBU).  Prolonged discussions were held on the points submitted by the parties.
 

 
 

The representatives of  the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) stated that negotiating committee convened meeting on 17.01.2014 with the representatives of UFBU.  IBA enhanced  the offer from 5% on salary slip to 9.5% on the salary slip.  Again meeting was held on 27.01.2014 with the representatives of UFBU and an improved offer of 10% was made.  Representatives of the IBA requested that the next meeting with the representatives of UFBU can be made on 13.02.2014 and UFBU should not go on strike on 10th & 11Th February, 2014 but the demand for further increase beyond 10% can be settled during ensuing Bi-lateral meetings.
 

 
 

CLC(C) welcomed the views of the IBA and requested the representatives of UFBU to accept the offer for bi-lateral meetings.  CLC(C) also requested the representatives of IBA to arrange the bi-lateral meetings before 10th & 11th February, 2014.
 

 
 

CLC(C) further made appeal to the representatives of UFBU to withdraw  the proposed strike call on 10th & 11th February, 2014 and should come forward for bi-lateral meeting as proposed by the representatives of IBA.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

The representatives of UFBU stated that 10% increase offered by the IBA is not acceptable and there should be further forward improvement in the offer, then only UFBU may reconsider the deferment of the proposed strike call.
 

 
 

The discussions remained inconclusive and next date of conciliation Proceedings will be fixed after hearing from the parties.”
 

 
 

Friends, let us go ahead with the strike action. Let us make 10th & 11th February strike a grand success.
 

 
 

                                                                                             
 

With greetings,
 

                                                                                               Yours sincerely,
 

                                                                                              
 

                                                                                       
 

                                                                                        (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                           GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

 
 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.4 OF 2014                                           27th January 2014

 

Dear Members,

 

Re: IBA offers a meager increase of 0.5% -

      UFBU decides to go on 2 days’ Strike on 10th & 11th February  2014

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We regret to inform that in the meeting held today, IBA offered just 0.5% increase in wages i.e. from 9.50% to 10%. UFBU rejected this offer and decided to go on 2 days’ strike on 10th & 11th February 2014. Text of the Strike NOTICE served on IBA by the Convenor of UFBU is reproduced hereunder:-

 

“Further to our strike notice dated 31st December, 2013 calling for two day’s strike on 20th & 21st January, 2014 followed by the conciliation meeting held by the CLC on 13th January, 2014 and meeting with IBA on 17th January, 2014, in which the improved offer of 9.5% made by you subject to further improvement the strike was deferred by UFBU to create a positive atmosphere for further negotiations. However in today’s meeting the meager improvement of 0.5% over the previous offer of 9.5% has disappointed us which was rejected instantaneously.

Hence, in accordance with the provisions contained in sub-section (1) of Section 22 of the I.D. Act – 1947, we hereby give you notice that the members of all the constituent unions of United Forum of Bank Unions ( AIBEA,  AIBOC,   NCBE,  AIBOA,   BEFI,   INBEF,  INBOC,  NOBW, NOBO)  propose to go on two days’ strike on the 10th & 11th February, 2014.  The strike will be observed for 48 hours from 6.00 a.m. on 10.02.2014 to 6.00 a.m. on 12.02.2014.”

 

Friends, as stated above, the revised offer of 10% in wages, is very meager as against our demand for 30% increase. Let us make the two days’ strike a thunderous success.

 

With greetings,

 

                                                                                                            Yours sincerely,

 

                                                                                                              (K.K.NAIR)

                                                                                                   GENERAL SECRETARY

 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.3 OF 2014                                         17th January 2014
 

 
 

Dear Members,

 
 

Re: Strike on 20th & 21st January,2014 stands deferred -
 

                             Indian Banks’ Association makes improved offer -
 

                             Next round of negotiations on 27th January, 2014.
 

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Further to our Circular  No:2 of 2014 dated 14th January,2014, we wish to inform that Bilateral discussions between IBA and UFBU was held in Mumbai today. In this meeting IBA improved its initial offer of 5% to 9.5% of pay slip cost. IBA also agreed to expedite negotiations and reach the Settlement by June,2014. IBA will hold the next round of discussions immediately on 27th January,2014. In view of the above, UFBU has decided to defer the two days strike on 20th & 21st January,2014 and connected agitational programmes. Text of the Circular issued by Shri M.V.Murali, Convenor, UFBU  is reproduced hereunder:
 

 
 

“We had informed our unions and members, Vide our Circular No. 15 dated 13-1-2014, about the outcome of the proceedings of the conciliation meeting held in Delhi by the Chief Labour Commissioner on 13th instant.  As agreed in the meeting, the IBA invited the UFBU for discussions and the bipartite talks were held today in Mumbai in the office of IBA.  IBA was represented by Mr T M Bhasin (CMD, Indian Bank) Chairman of the Negotiating Committee, Mr. M V Tanksale, Chief Executive of IBA and other CMDs/EDs who are members of the IBA’s negotiating team. UFBU was represented by the representatives of all the constituent unions.
 

 
 

During the discussions held today, after protracted negotiations, IBA finally agreed to improve their earlier initial offer of 5% on cost of Pay slip components (which amounted to Rs. 1575 crores ) to 9.5 % (amounting to around Rs. 3000 crores) which is exclusive of retirement benefits and other costs.  The IBA also reiterated that they would expedite the negotiations and conclude the Settlement by June, 2014.  IBA further informed that the next round of negotiations will be held on 27th January, 2014.
 

 
 

From our side, while explaining the rationale behind our charter of demands, we pointed out that their offer needs to be further enhanced before we can reach any finality.  However, looking to their improved offer and assurance to expedite the settlement, it was decided to defer our agitational programmes and proposed strike action on 20th and  21st January, 2014.
 

 
 

 
 

We congratulate all our unions and members all over the country for their enthusiastic preparation for the strike which has resulted in the above outcome.
 

 
 

Further developments will be informed to units after the next round of negotiations.  In the meantime, it is necessary to maintain our unity and preparedness which alone can guarantee accomplishment of our demands.”
 

 
 

With greetings,
 

 
 

                                                                                                       Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                            
 

                                                                                                          (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                                GENERAL SECRETARY
 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.2 OF 2014                             14th January 2014
 

Dear Members,
 

 
 

Re: Bank Strike on 20th and 21st January 2014 –
 

      (i) Conciliation Meeting held on 13-01-2014
 

      (ii) Bilateral discussions to resume on 17-01-2014
 

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Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Shri B.K.Sanwariya held conciliation proceedings between IBA and UFBU on 13-01-2014 at New Delhi. In the meeting IBA offered to resume Bilateral discussions with UFBU on 17-01-2014. CLC (C) welcoming the offer, appealed to UFBU to come forward for Bilateral discussions and call off/postpone the proposed strike. UFBU agreed for bilateral discussions and stated that it will decide on the proposed strike depending on the outcome of the meeting. The text of a circular issued by Shri M.V.Murali, Convenor, UFBU is reproduced hereunder for your information:-
 

 
 

“Subsequent to issuance of Notice by UFBU for 48 Hours’ All India Bank Strike on the 20th and 21st January 2014, the conciliation meeting was held today at New Delhi.  The proceedings were conducted by Shri B.K. Sanwariya, CLC(C).  The meeting was also attended by the officials from Department of Financial Services.  IBA was represented by Shri M.V. Tanksale, Chief Executive Officer, Shri K. Unnikrishnan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and other officials.
 

The leaders of UFBU argued that the meetings are being held with much delay and there is no seriousness on the part of IBA to conclude the bilateral discussions at the earliest.  UFBU also stated that the offer of 5% given by IBA is too low.
 

The representatives of IBA stated that so far five rounds of meetings were held and considering the constraints of banking industry on account of increasing NPAs and also the rising pension cost, the affordable offer was given by IBA.
 

The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) suggested that another round of talks shall be held between IBA and UFBU to find amicable solution and further meetings should be held at regular intervals, say fortnightly, to settle an early wage revision.  Agreeing to the suggestions made by CLC(C), the representatives of IBA offered to hold negotiations with the representatives of UFBU on 17th January 2014.  UFBU has responded and said that it will attend the negotiation with an open mind and also conveyed that the decision on strike will depend on the outcome of the meeting to be held on 17th January 2014.
 

We advise all our affiliates and members to go ahead with the agitational programmes as advised earlier.  The outcome of the proposed meeting on the 17th January 2014 will be informed in due course.”
 

With greetings,
 

                                                                                                    Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                                       (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                             GENERAL SECRETARY
 

 
 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.1 OF 2014                                                  1st January 2014
 

 
 

Dear Members,
 

 
 

Re: New Year Greetings – 2014
 

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We wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014. Let us welcome the New Year with full of confidence, enthusiasm and determination to reach the goals set before us – growth of the Bank and welfare of our officers’ fraternity, in tune with our time tested philosophy, “Grow with the Bank”.
 

 
 

On the growth front, your sustained efforts have enabled our Bank to perform relatively better in the last year notwithstanding the adverse economic conditions around us. In the current year, as the Chairman & Managing Director, Shri S.S.Mundra advised, we need to run faster to take our Bank to a ‘Ten Trillion Bank’ (TTB) by 31st March 2014, retain and improve the status further thereafter.
 

 
 

On the welfare front, we need to resolve certain issues discussed in the last structured meeting held on 28th August 2013. These include Review of Promotion Policy, Staff Welfare Fund, Furniture Scheme, Rental Ceilings, particularly for Area-II and other centres, Incentive Scheme, Reimbursement of Conveyance Expenses and quite a few other issues. Above all comes the issue of Shortage of Manpower at Branches. We are in discussion with the Bank to resolve these issues quickly.
 

 
 

Another important issue that engages our attention at the industry level, is an early and adequate Salary Revision for bankmen. Our apex organization INBOC, as a constituent of UFBU, is making all efforts to clinch a settlement at the earliest.
 

 
 

Friends, this year also happens to be a very special year for us – our Association celebrates its Golden Jubilee. The foundation of All India Bank of Baroda Officers’ Association was laid on 12th September 1964. Come September, we shall celebrate the event, a historic moment for Trade Union movement of officers in our country, in a befitting manner. We seek your wholehearted support and co-operation,
 

 
 

With Greetings,
 

 
 

                                                                                                                        Yours sincerely,
 

 
 

                                                                                                                          (K.K.NAIR)
 

                                                                                                             GENERAL SECRETARY
                  


CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.1 OF 2015                                              1st January,2015

 

Dear Members,

                             

                                 RE: “…Your Attitude, Not Your Aptitude

                                              Will Determine Your Altitude…”                                         

                                                              -----o0o-----

 

We take this opportunity to wish you and your family members a very happy and healthy New Year. May the year 2015 usher in progress and prosperity  to every one.

 

As we step into the New Year, let us look back and draw inspiration from our achievements during the last year and determination to realise certain aspirations of officers as reflected in our pending issues.Simultaneously, we must strive hard to achieve the business growth of our bank in tune with our committed philosophy “Grow With the Bank”.

 

Amongst major achievements, revival of ESCORT Scheme occupies an important place.We could put the Scheme in operation in December,2014 with effect from 1st October,2013 enabling us to render a financial help of Rs.1,21,970/- each to Twenty Four widows/families of officers who died while in service.

 

In the last year, we could also get the Housing Loan Limit increased substantially with considerable increase in the number of instalments (50%), additional loan for repairs/maintenance/enlargement/renovations (150%) and reduction in rate of interest. Above all, newly introduced  Life Insurance Cover for the loan outstanding is a unique feature of the Scheme. This will safe guard the interest of the family of an unfortunate employee who has been snatched away from our midst  by the cruel hands of fate.

 

Review of the Furniture Scheme with substantial improvements in the quantum and other officer friendly provisions has been another major achievement.Along with this, the bank could  put in place a Revised Performance Linked Incentive Scheme, happily with a retrospective effect from 2012-13, thereby eligible employees getting the incentives on 31st May,2014. The bank also commenced bilateral discussions to rectify deficiencies observed while implementing the Scheme for 2012-13.

 

The Grand Finale to the historic Golden Jubilee Celebration commenced in the year 2013, and concluded with a Get-Together of officers held in Mumbai on 12th September,2014.Attended and addressed by Dr Sanjeeva Reddy, internationally acclaimed senior Trade Union leader, President of INTUC-INBOC and a number of our Bank’s Top Executives, both present and past,viz. Dr K.C. Chakraborty, Shri M.Balchandran, Shri Arun Tiwari, Shri P.Srinivas, Shri Ranjan Dhawan & Shri B.B.Joshi and a large number of senior Executives together with a Mammoth gathering of officers who attended  the programme, made the event a memorable one.

 

 

 

 

Synchronising with our Golden Jubilee Celebrations, our Association established our own Guest House at Daman(Union Territory) and launched Ladies Wing on 23rd February,2014. This important event was inaugurated by Shri S.S Mundra, Dy.Governor, Reserve Bank of India, the then CMD of our Bank. In her valedictory address, Smt. Vindhya Ramesh, General Manager(HRM) felicitated gathering of lady officers from various parts of the country. Since then, the Association has established such wings in a few Zones. We shall set up this wing in the remaining Zones as early as possible. Yet another endeavour in 2014 has been arranging a Training Programme in Mumbai on 8th and 9th October,2014, to train Defence Representatives. This was a long felt need, particularly in the context of increasing instances of disciplinary cases.

 

At the industry level, one of the long pending demands of UFBU viz. Scheme of Compassionate Appointments in Public Sector Banks has been considered favourably  with effect from 5th October,2014 on the lines of Central Government of India. We expect some amendments to be made to  this provision by the Government of India.

 

Reaching an immediate Settlement on Wage Revision,has been the most  important priority for us in the current year.As you are aware,UFBU submitted the Charter of Demands for officers and workmen separately in October,2012.Since then, IBA had had a series of negotiations/discussions with UFBU. However, so far only two issues viz. effective date of Settlement on 1st November,2012 and merger of CPI at 4440 points stand resolved. Our major demands for Cost increase alongwith the Regulated working hours for officers  and 5 day week still stand unresolved. UFBU has, therefore, given a call for a series of Action Programmes including  one day strike on 7th January,2015, 4 days strike from 21st to 24th  January,2015 and indefinite strike from 15th March,2015 onwards all over the country. Our pursuit for a reasonable wage revision has now entered into a crucial phase. Let us all unitedly fight and overcome this phase successfully.

 

Friends, let us  look forward to the New Year 2015 with enthusiasm  and put in  our concerted efforts for the growth of our bank, particularly in the context of the message personally delivered by our Executive Director Shri Ranjan Dhawan during the course of the Structured Meeting  with our Association in Mumbai on 29th December,2014.Await details.

 

With greetings,

                                  

Sign                                                                                              Yours sincerely,

 

 

                                                                                                    (K.K.NAIR)

                                                                                         GENERAL SECRETARY

 

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.34 OF 2014                                19 th December, 2014

 

Dear Members,

                                    RE: Wage Revision for Bank Employees -

                                           Enters into a CRUCIAL PHASE.

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We wish to inform that yet another round of Conciliation Meeting held in Mumbai on 17th December,2014, by Dy.Chief Labour Commissioner(Central) ended inconclusive. Subsequently, UFBU held its meeting in the afternoon on the same day and took certain crucial decisions.Text of Circular issued by UFBU on the same day is reproduced hereunder:

 

“UFBU DECIDES PROTEST STRIKE PROGRAMMES

ONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE ON 7TH JANUARY 2015

FOUR DAYS’ STRIKE FROM 21ST TO 24TH JANUARY 2015

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 16TH MARCH 2015 ONWARDS

CONDEMNS IBA’S DIRECTION TO BANKS TO RE-VISIT THE MANDATE

DEMANDS IMMEDIATE AND REASONABLE WAGE SETTLEMENT

 

At the call of Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Mumbai, one more round of conciliation was held at Mumbai on 17th December 2014, wherein the IBA expressed its inability to move upwards in its offer of increase in wages.

 

Further, IBA informed that it has asked all the Banks to revisit the mandate given to IBA earlier to negotiate with unions on wage revision.  UFBU firmly protested the action of IBA in calling for re-visiting the mandate and termed it as nothing but a deliberate / unwarranted instigation and provocation, which would further complicate the process of wage negotiations.  The conciliation ended inconclusive.

 

Subsequent to the conciliation process, the representatives of constituent unions of UFBU met to chalk out further course of action.  The meeting was presided over by Com. SU. Deshpande (NOBO) as Com. K K Nair could not be present in the meeting.

 

The meeting observed a minute’s silence to condole the deaths of   Com. N Sampath, former President of AIBEA, Justice V R Krishna Iyer and the innocent children brutally killed in the inhuman terrorist attack in the Peshawar school in Pakistan.

 

The meeting placed on record its heartiest congratulations to all the constituent unions and their membership for the massive participation in all the agitation programmes held on the day of one day strike on 12th November 2014 and also in the Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd December to 5th December, 2014 and for making these strike actions a stupendous success.

 

The meeting expressed its dissatisfaction on the casual attitude of IBA even to the deep resentment of the employees and officers over the undue delay in settling the demands for wage revision and also expressed its displeasure over the Government’s lack of response.

 

The meeting took serious note of the action of IBA in asking all the Banks to re-visit the mandate given earlier to IBA to negotiate and settle the wage demands of the unions and unanimously decided to lodge its protest immediately by calling for a day’s strike on 7th January 2015, as the action of IBA is nothing but a ploy to delay the negotiation process of wage revision.

 

The meeting also deplored the indifferent and recalcitrant attitude of the IBA in sticking to its offer of 11% increase in pay slip components despite the flexibility shown by UFBU by offering to reduce its demand and further negotiate on the same for the sake of an amicable early settlement.  The meeting expressed its displeasure that the commendable contributions of bank employees are being ignored and the legitimate wage revision is being denied even though the workmen and officers work in branches under tremendous pressure due to inadequate staff and also the added responsibility in implementation of various Government sponsored schemes.

 

The meeting, after a lot of deliberations, decided that agitational programmes have to be further intensified in order to achieve our just demand for an early and reasonable wage settlement and decided on the following programmes:

 

ONE DAY ALL INDIA STRIKE
   

7th January 2015

4 DAYS’ CONTINUOUS STRIKE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
   

21st January 2015 to

24th January  2015

INDEFINITE STRIKE
   

16th March 2015 onwards

 

Further preparatory programmes will be worked out and informed to all unions and members.  All the unions are requested to plunge into action and make these programmes a success.”

 

UFBU, today  has also announced the following programmes to be followed by all members:

 

30-12-2014 – Tuesday
   

Mass Demonstrations in all centres

05-01-2015 – Monday
   

Black Ribbon Badge Wearing

06-01-2015 - Tuesday
   

Mass demonstrations /processions/rallies in all centres

07-01-2015 - Wednesday
   

ALL INDIA STRIKE

Further preparatory programmes will be intimated after 7th January strike soon.

 

FRIENDS, AS MENTIONED ABOVE, OUR PURSUIT FOR A REASONABLE WAGE REVISION HAS ENTERED INTO A CRUCIAL PHASE. LET US ALL UNITEDLY FIGHT AND OVERCOME THIS PHASE SUCCESSFULLY.

 

With greetings,

 

                                  

                                                                                               Yours sincerely,

 

                                                                                                      (K.K.NAIR)

                                                                                          GENERAL SECRETARY

 

 

 

CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.33 OF 2014                                13 th December, 2014

 

Dear Members,

                                    Re:  Adamant Attitude of IBA-Government Combine  –

                       Further Programmes to Follow  –

                       Warm up exercise to commence from 16.12.2014.    

                                                 -----o0o-----

We reproduce hereunder the text of a Circular dated 11th December,2014, issued by our apex Organistion – INBOC alongwith other three Organistions of officers viz. AIBOC,AIBOA & NOBO for your information:

 

“12th November 2014, an All India Stay out Strike by the entire workforce had evoked no response from all concerned in the Industry.  Forced back to the wall, Association/Union representatives responded to the call of conciliation by Deputy CLC [C] on 01.12.2014 at Mumbai, maintained a reasonable stand to commence the negotiations by IBA.  Even to facilitate the IBA to eke out an assurance from the Government authorities, we agreed to meet at 16.00 hours after a brief adjournment.

Our responsiveness has been treated as our weakness, it appears.  As expected, IBA failed to commit a minimum number at the end of the day and avoid the relay strikes.  Unions have been forced to adhere to the call of relay strikes from December 2 to December 5, 2014, once again making it a resounding success, as a disciplined organization / constituents of UFBU.

To make our restlessness more pronounced, we have decided to observe the following programmes throughout the country or State Capitals

                                        16.12.2014 :Candle Light March

                                        10.01.2015 :Human Chain

                                        19.01.2015 :Women Rally

 

We advise our Units to coordinate and observe the call in a demonstrative manner to draw the attention of authorities at various levels. Further programmes are being decided and shall be advised soon.

Comrades, March forward to non-violence agitation as practiced by Father of the Nation.”

We call upon each one of you to make all the three programmes successful. To begin with let us make, jointly with other officer Organisations the CANDLE LIGHT MARCH on 16th December,2014, a grand success.

 

With regards,

                                                                                                 Yours sincerely,

 

 

                                                                                                    (K.K.NAIR)

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CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS NO.10 OF 2015                                                    16th March,2015

 

Dear Members,                       

                            

       RE: Sub-Committee Meeting on Officers issue.

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Further to our Circular No.9 dated 14th March,2015, we wish to inform that a meeting of the Sub-Committee on officers issues was held as scheduled, today in the office of IBA.

 

IBA was represented by Shri Ashwini Kumar, CMD, Dena Bank, Shri Shailesh Verma, CGM, SBI, Shri M.V.Tanksale, CEO, IBA, Shri K. Unnikrishnan, Dy.CEO, IBA, besides officials of HRD Department of IBA. AIBOA and INBOC were representated by its General Secretaries.Other organizational representatives were also present.The CEO, IBA while initiating the discussion complemented for arriving at the M.O.U on 23rd February, 2015, emphasized the need to conclude the finalization of the matters at the earliest. Shri Ashwini Kumar  also congratulated the leadership for clinching the wage component together with 2 days holidays on Saturdays.

 

It was mutually accepted that the salary and allowances, as well as the perquisites and medical facilities listed in the charter of demand will be taken up for discussions once the draft scales are drawn up by the IBA for discussion. In the matter of discipline and Appeal regulations, it was agreed to submit once again a comprehensive chart to IBA which will be taken up for discussion by a small committee of IBA for further discussion in the HR committee of the IBA. In the matter of regulated working hours, it was agreed by IBA to issue a communication to the member banks, not to call officers on Sundays and Holidays, except on some specified emergent circumstances.In the matter of leave rules, it has been broadly agreed to follow  the provisions of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. A clear submission was made to monetize the LTC scheme on the lines of RBI. The income stipulation for categorizing the “dependent” has been agreed to be enhanced substantially with the stipulation that the dependent is not an Income Tax payee.  It has been agreed to recommend to the government to consider Banking Administrative Tribunal on the lines of CAT. It was also informed that the protection of emoluments on transfer will also be positively considered, as the same was drawing the attention of the top management team of the various banks.  As the issues discussed are to be given an appropriate shape, we may term this round of discussion as inconclusive.  In our considered assessment there is certainly a forward movement in this round of discussion.It was expressed by the representatives of IBA to arrive at a positive conclusion by the end of this month through mutually convenient date of negotiations. It was further informed that IBA is actively engaged in drawing up the draft  scales of pay and expected to discuss  the same at an earliest possible time with us.

 

Our endeavour to reach a  reasonable and respectable settlement in terms of monetary gains as well as appropriate advancement in the other service regulations, like discipline and appeal regulations, will continue.