:::::SRI S.B. RODE, OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT, AICBOF AND OFFICER DIRECTOR ON THE BOARD OF CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA HAS BEEN COOPTED AS GENERAL SECRETARY, AICBOF IN E.C. MTG. HELD AT MUMBAI ON 24.02.2014:::::MR. S.C. GUPTA, GEN. SECRETARY OF OUR AHMEDABAD UNIT HAS BEEN COOPTED AS PRESIDENT, AICBOF::::::WE CONGRATULATE THEM AND WISH THAT THE OFFICERS' MOVEMENT IN CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA WILL BE TAKEN TO NEW HEIGHTS:::::LONG LIVE CBOA:::::LONG LIVE AICBOF::::::LONG LIVE AIBOC:::::

SWACH BHARAT ABHIYAN

AIBOC has given a call to its members on taking pledge on SWATCH BHARAT ABHIYAN on 2nd October 2014. We are placing the message received from AIBOC for our readers.

                                                                    Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Subject: MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

We understand that the Banks are asking officers and employees to come to branches/offices on 2nd October, 2014 for taking pledge on 'Swach Bharat Abhiyan'. While we appreciate and support the objective of the movement and extend our wholehearted support for the same, we deplore the procedure   adopted by calling officers and employees on National holiday.  Nobody is thoughtful of wastage of time, energy and scarce resources and focused only on their own image building.

We strongly feel such noble campaigns are essential but method of implementation should not be by way of imposing on people & causing them inconvenience.

AIBOC calls upon all its members not to come to office on the National Holiday but join in taking oath through Social Media, Public Media or any other way convenient to them from  the places convenient to them.

Please circulate this message to all members and ensure the implementation.

[ HARVINDER SINGH]
GENERAL SECRETARY
ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ CONFEDERATION


CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 027 DATED 30.09.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 027 dated 30.09.2014 reproducing the circular issued by AICBOF on WAGE REVISION. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 027                                      Date: 30.09.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                        PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/26 dated 29.09.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                        
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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“TALKS WITH IBA ON WAGE REVISION

Further to the last round of meeting held on 17th instant, another round of bipartite meeting was held with the IBA today (26.9.2014).  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.

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:

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

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.

It was unanimously agreed to have an agitational programme on following lines

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 STRIKET

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.

Sd/-
(M.V. MURLI)
CONVENOR

Dear Friends,                                                                                                     

We have received the reaction from many of you on the outcome of the meeting with IBA. Our Confederation expressed its clear view in the UFBU meeting held on 26th September, 2014, that we want quick and sustained agitational programme against the apathy of IBA and the Government on our just and reasonable demands. We also suggested that our strike call should be for 13th and/or 14th October preceded by programmes like no late sitting, not coming on Sundays and Holidays, Badge wearing, relay hunger strikes, rallies and demonstrations.  Undersigned offered the challenge to hold a rally/ demonstration on 27th September, 2014 itself at Delhi. However, the above programme only could be decided by the UFBU. We call upon our members to be in preparedness for any call of the UFBU/organization.”

Sd/-
(HARVINDER SINGH)
GENERAL SECRETARY - AIBOC

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-     
(S.B.RODE)
GENERAL SECRETARY

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 026 DATED 18.09.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 26 dated 18.09.2014 reproducing the circular issued by AICBOF on WAGE REVISION NEGOTIATIONS. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 026                                Date: 18.09.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                 PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/25 dated 18.09.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                      
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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WAGE REVISION NEGOTIATIONS

You are aware that latest round of talks with IBA on Wage Revision has taken place on 17th September, 2014 at Mumbai.  The representatives of UFBU had discussions prior to meeting the IBA to decide the common strategy to be adopted. We reproduce hereunder the contents of the circular No. 2014/28 of date issued by the Convener of United Forum of Bank Unions advising the development taken place in the meetings:-

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 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”

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-
(S.B.RODE)

GENERAL SECRETARY

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 025 DATED 06TH SEPTEMBER 2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 025 reproducing the circular issued by AICBOF on management’s attitude and joint discussions held at Central Office on 1st September 2014. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 025                                                  Date: 06.09.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                                    PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/24 dated 05.09.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                        
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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The Executive committee meeting of our FEDERATION took place at Nagpur on 16th & 17th Aug 2014.Leaders representing different units of the Federation participated in the meeting with total conviction and commitment and aired their views in a free and frank manner. The entire House deliberated in detail the various issues concerning the officers and more particularly performance of our Bank for Q-1 i.e. June 2014 on the background of performance of peer Banks

The following comparative data will make us understand where we exactly stand-(Amount in crores)

 PARAMETER
BOB
BOI
PNB
CANARA
UNION
CBI
Business Mix
933421
882441
792405
731940
536824
426829
Total Deposit
551649
500875
444920
428976
297420
240782
Total Adv.
381772
381566
347485
302964
239404
186047
Gross NPA(%)
3.11
3.28
5.48
2.67
4.27
6.15
Net NPA(%)
1.58
2.14
3.02
2.03
2.46
3.62
No of Employees
54490
44681
61427
49270
35788
39195
Operating Profit
2480
2060
3125
1795
1372
974
Net Profit
1362
806
1405
807
664
192

 It is highly unfortunate that at one side our Bank has posted such a marginal increase in the financials and at the other side an alarming position of provisioning, NPA. It is shocking episode that entire operating profit is utilized towards provision of bad loans and officers' fraternity is held responsible for the same. We do not understand the action of the Bank of curbing Staff Welfare facility on the ground of loss/ marginal profit posted by the Bank. Friends, just peep in your mind and think who the architects of such a tragic situation are.

There should be proper mix of corporate loans of high net worth companies coupled with retail loans by the field functionaries then only we shall stand with the big Banks magic figures and thereby we shall regain our prime position in the industry which was fact from years ago.

You will definitely agree that instead of concentrating on business growth the executives at Central Office, Zonal and Regional Heads are indulging in continuous attack on the trade union rights, deunionising the officers, total disregard to bilateralism and unbearable pressures on officers. This has caused into physical disabilities and mental destructions to officers at large. Some of the shameful incidences are quoted below for the information of the officers.

·         Coimbatore R.M. has uttered in BM meeting that "Dogs take food without any work, beggars get food without doing any work, and Centralites should not take food without doing any work."
·         No security was given by the management when one of the Branch Managers in Pune Zone was brutally man handled by the borrowal parties for not sanctioning loan. The condition of the Branch Manager was so extreme that he was hospitalized for a week.
·         The request of Branch Manager in Siwan region to provide security against the local Dons was termed as dramatic and flimsy incidence by R.M.
·         Pune SRM, while entering his office starts abusing and threatening the officers including DRM in front of sub staff and clerical staff creating fear psychosis and demoralization of officers, as if the employees and officers are his slaves.

The things have gone to such an extreme position that, one of our officer colleagues has preferred to commit suicide. The tragic incidence in PNB is also example of white collared terrorism prevailing in the Banking Industry. The whole banking fraternity is shocked and saddened on these unfortunate incidences. But the management of PNB has taken stringent action against FGM and SRM by suspending them. When our management will take action against such "SARDARS"?

Instead of taking corrective steps for the resolution of the issues raised by Federation, Management is marching with one point agenda of illegitimate and unlawful changes with schizophrenic approach. The Government guidelines, policies and conventions are being bluntly violated in transfers, postings and rotations. The bilateralism has been given a go bye by the management by thumping the manpower budget and categorization of branches which ultimately has resulted into agony in the minds of officers. 
What are expected are bilateralism, conducive atmosphere, comfort and ambience branding, which will result into positive changes in our Bank? We are afraid that the management will not prefer for this. There will be a situation that no alternative left but to repent.

Yours sincerely,
Sd.-
 (S.B.RODE)                                                    
GENERAL SECRETARY                      

JOINT DISCUSSIONS HELD WITH CENTRAL OFFICE

Joint discussion with Central office Management was held on 1st September 2014. Our CMD and three EDs addressed the participants and appealed for the growth of business of our Bank. We also responded detailing the situation prevailing in the Bank. In turn the management assured to rectify the situation. We are waiting for the response in this regard and inform you further developments in due course.  

           
                        OFFICERS’ COMMUNITY           ……      ZINDABAD
A.I.B.O.C.                                 ……      ZINDABAD
                        A.I.C.B.O.F                               ……      ZINDABAD
                        C.B.O.A.                                   ……      ZINDABAD

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 024 DATED 02.09.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 024 dated 02.309.2014 reproducing the circular issued by AICBOF on “AICBOF MERITORIOUS CHILDREN AWARD”. We are placing the same here for our readers.

The circular also causes rejoice to all of us in our unit area as Ms. Prachi Chander D/o Mrs. Rita Devi, our Regional Secretary, Hyderabad, has been adjudged as the All India Topper in Science Stream with 96.80% for the year 20143-14.

We, on behalf of Central Bank Officers’ Association, Andhra Pradesh, congratulate Ms. Prachi Chander and also her mother – Ms. Rita Devi, for the splendid performance of Ms. Prachi in 12th Standard and making us proud about her performance at All India Level.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 024                                        Date: 02.09.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                             PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/23 dated 27.08.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                   
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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AICBOF MERITORIOUS CHILDREN AWARD

As you know our organization as a part of various welfare activities, has introduced many schemes like Meritorious Children Award Scheme, Benevolent Fund Scheme, AICBOF Meritorious Children Scholarship etc.

One of the benefits extended to the Benevolent Fund members is the AICBOF Meritorious Children Award to the children of Benevolent Fund Members who come out meritoriously in HSC exams (12th Standard). This is an All India Scholarship and in all the three faculties, i.e. Science, Commerce & Arts, two Awards each are awarded. Over the years there has been tremendous response to this award scheme.

We are giving hereunder the details of children who have been selected for the Meritorious Children Awards for the years 2012-13 & 2013-14.

2012-13
Sr.No  Name of the parent    Name of child          Affiliated Unit  % of marks    Faculty

1.    Mr.Kiran N.Palekar     Ms.Avanti Kiran          Mumbai           93.33              Science    
                                    Palekar

2.    Mr.M.P.Abraham       Ms.Benita Abraham     Chennai           93.00               Science


1.    Mr. Anil Pahlajani       Ms.Saavi A.                 Mumbai           85.20              Commerce
                                    Pahlajani        

1.    Mr.Ramprasad Meena  Ms.Nisha R.Meena Rajasthan        87.60              Arts

2.    Mr.Milind D.Kulkarni              Ms.Revati M.Kulkarni Mumbai           84.83              Arts

2013-14

      1.   Mrs.Rita Devi              Ms.Prachi Chander     Hyderabad      96.80               Science
           
      2.  Mr.R.Ganesh             Ms.G.Sriharini               Chennai           95.25               Science

1.      Mr.Siddharth Urkude  Ms.Kamakshi Urkude    Bhopal       92.80               Commerce

2.      Mr.Vivek N.Sangit     Mr.Pratik V.Sangit         Mumbai       91.40               Commerce

We have not received any eligible application under Arts faculty for the year 2013-14.

We convey our heartiest congratulations to the winners of Scholarships and convey our best wishes to them for attaining greater heights in life. 

The scholarship amount and the certificates are being sent to the winners through their respective units.

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-                                                                            
(S.B.RODE)                                     
GENERAL SECRETARY

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 022 DATED 12.08.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 022 dated 12.08.2014 reproducing the circular issued by AICBOF on letter sent by AIBOC to IBA on the “DELAY IN 10TH BIPARTITE WAGE REVISION NEGOTIATIONS.” We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 022                                                  Date: 12.08.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                                    PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/21 dated 12.08.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                        
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/- (C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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QUOTE
We are reproducing hereunder circulars received from Shri. Harvinder Singh, G.S. AIBOC, for information of officers.

Letter sent to IBA

DELAY IN 10TH BIPARTITE WAGE REVISION - NEGOTIATIONS

We acknowledge receipt of your letter No. HR & IR/UFBU/XBPS-4/465 dated 8th August 2014.

As advised earlier, it is desirable to take forward the negotiations in the interest of everyone to create a better atmosphere and avoid unpleasantness. It is quite natural that the negotiation process contains agreements/disagreements and warrants reasonable efforts for arriving at a consensus on the areas of disagreements. For the purpose, the negotiations need to continue considering the interests of everyone concerned towards expeditious settlement.

The process of negotiation was similar even in the earlier bipartite negotiations, where consensus was arrived at and finally was reached subsequent to reconciliation of differences through negotiations. It will not be out of place to mention here that even the Negotiating Committee of IBA has not offered the increase in wages to the tune of 11% pay slip components at one stroke but in stages during the course of negotiations

Hence, we request you to immediately resume the wage negotiations without any further delay, so as to exchange our views and explore the possibility of reconciling the difference and arriving at a consensus by taking a balanced view to ensure expeditious settlement of Tenth Bipartite Wage Revision.

Please treat the matter as EXTREMELY URGENT and we shall be glad to have your immediate response in this regard. 

Please acknowledge receipt of this communication and advise us the position

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STAFF HOUSING LOAN TO BANK EMPLOYEES

Our members are aware that we had taken the issue of staff housing loan for enhancement of loan limit and interest rate with IBA. The issue was referred to Government of India on 29th March 2014 by IBA. We are pleased to inform you that, Government of India, after examination has decided to convey the concurrence of Government to IBA that 'PSBs may decide the matter related to Staff Housing Loan Policy with the approval of it's Board. Board may suggest if it feels to be part of wage revision'.
        
TRANSFER OF FEMALE EMPLOYEES IN PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS
MINIMISING THEIR HARDSHIP

Communication received from Government of India to all Banks
To
           
Chairman,
SBI/CMDs of all Public Sector Banks including IDBI and SBI Associates

Subject: Transfer of female employees in Public Sector Banks-minimizing their hardship.

Sir,

It has been brought to the notice of this Department that female employees of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), married or unmarried, when placed/transferred away from their husbands or parents, as the case may be, to distant locations face a genuine hardship and develop a feeling of insecurity. Keeping this in view, it has been decided:

  i.      To 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.    To 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.

PSBs are, therefore, advised to frame a policy on the subject with the approval of their Board suitably incorporating the above and take immediate action for implementation and compliance. Pending requests may also be considered under these guidelines. A line of confirmation may be sent to this Department immediately after adoption of the policy by the Board of the Bank.

This issues with the approval of Secretary (Financial Services).
                                                                                                                
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Manish Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
UNQUOTE

Yours sincerely,
SD/
(S.B.RODE)                                                     

GENERAL SECRETARY