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CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 031 DATED 24.10.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No.31 dated 24.10.2014 reproducing the circular issued by AICBOF on AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 031                                            Date: 24.10.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                               PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/30 dated 20.10.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

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

AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME
TRAVERSING THE PATH OF STRUGGLE

We refer to our previous Circulars on the captioned matter, detailing our action programme for early Salary Revision and reports of successful implementation. We have been forced to choose the path of agitation due to callous and adamant attitude of IBA and the Government. In this growing darkness of discontent, anguish and anger, we find light of solace to report the solidarity exhibited by all over affiliates and general members across the country. The successful demonstration of protest by wearing Black ribbon, unprecedented large gatherings at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and all State HQs, on the call of AIBOC alone for demonstrations across the country on 13th October, and massive lunch time/ evening rallies/ demonstrations on 17th October under joint call of UFBU have been reported. All these programmes, simultaneous with the call of ‘Withdrawal of extra co operation’ have received positive response from rank and files.

We have been receiving reports along with pictures and wide coverage of the programmes by media, which are very encouraging and motivating. The members, particularly the younger generation have been demanding regulated working hours and even give more weightage to this than to salary increase. Our members are aware that IBPS is conducting recruitment test on Saturdays and Sundays and many banks are assigned the job of conducting these exams and the Officers are deputed to supervise the exams on Saturdays and Sundays. IBPS’ role not being in the purview of a Industry Level issues had to be tackled in a different manner. Our intentions were not to hamper examination process, but at the same time, we cannot afford to lose the momentum of our agitational programme in which ‘Withdrawal of Extra Cooperation’ has to be continued till a favourable settlement of the Salary. We immediately sent messages and mails to the Office bearers and EC members of the Confederation to advise their members to continue to observe the withdrawl of extra co operation. We also sent a communication along with a draft letter and advised the General Secretaries to send the letters to the HRD, Head Office of their respective banks advising them of our agitational programme and therefore, inability of the officers to undertake duty of supervising the tests after office hours/ Sundays.

We are happy that all affiliates of the nodal Banks, true to their commitments to the common cause, lost no time to send the communications. We take further more pride in advising that retired officers also declined to undertake the duties, when contacted by Management of some of the Banks.  Later the Bank Managements deployed Assistant General Managers for conducting and supervising the tests. As said earlier, it is never our intention to create disruption or cause inconveniences to general public or the candidates aspiring to join us, but at the same time would like to reiterate that our commitment to common cause is unassailable.

We wish to advise that apart from taking the agitation, we are also making sincere efforts to break the impasse by utilizing our personal contacts. The undersigned, in this endeavour arranged an opportunity to meet Hon’ble Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh on 19.10.2014 and submitted a memorandum, seeking his intervention to speed up the Salary Revision process.

Friends, though till date, there is no breakthrough in the stalemate and a tunnel of struggle appears long, but we are confident with our resolved unity and solidarity, the light of hope is not afar!

Yours sincerely, 
Sd/-
(HARVINDER SINGH)
GENERAL SECRETARY

With festive greetings

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

GENERAL SECRETARY

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 30 DATED 17.10.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular NO. 30 dated 17.10.2014 reproducing the circular of AICBOF/AIBOC on agitational programme. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 030                                            Date: 17.10.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                               PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/29 dated 15.10.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                      
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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We are reproducing hereunder circular received from Shri. Harvinder  Singh, G.S. AIBOC, for information.
STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHT !
MOVE ON TILL LAST MILE !!

Please refer to our Circular Nos. 2014/66, 2014/67, 2014/69 and 2014/70 dated 09.10.2014, 11.10.2014, 13.10.2014 and 14.10.2014 respectively, with regard to the action programme decided by our Confederation and UFBU in protest against undue delay in Salary Revision of Bank Officers and Employees.

The implementation of the action programme decided in the 74th Executive Committee Meeting of our Confederation was conveyed to you vide our Circular No. 2014/66 dated 9th October, 2014, and its implementation started immediately on the very next day with the Black Badge wearing and massive rallies / demonstrations held on 13th October, 2014, in all State Capitals. We also conveyed to you that we will try to co-ordinate with other constituents of UFBU for implementation of programme given by our Confederation as a part of the programme of UFBU and will also persuade for minimum 2 days strike in such a manner that its impact is felt by all the authorities concerned.

We are pleased to inform you that in the meeting of United Forum of Bank Unions held on 13th October, 2014, at Bangalore, UFBU unanimously decided to observe second anniversary of submission of Charter of Demand by holding massive rallies and demonstrations in all State Headquarters and issuing of the Press Statements / Advertisements in the newspapers in line with the programme announced by the Confederation. UFBU also concurred with our request and decided unanimously to withdraw all types of extra co-operation by Workmen / Officers with immediate effect and to boycott all meetings called by the Bank Managements after normal office hours. It was also decided against working on Sundays and holidays. We convey our thanks to all the constituents of UFBU for agreeing to all our requests and deciding to intensify the agitation as per the programme circulated vide Circular No. 2014/70 dated 14.10.2014,

which includes the strike call on 12th November, 2014 and Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December, 2014.

We have received suggestions / reactions from our members conveying their dissatisfaction over the declaration of one day strike call on 12th November, 2014. Friends, let us clarify that the suggestions given by the Executive Committee of the Confederation to persuade the other constituents of UFBU to observe minimum 2 days strike in such a manner that its impact is felt by the authorities concerned was pursued vigorously by your representatives in the meeting of UFBU with all seriousness. The other constituents had different views on our suggestion of 2 days strike on 3rd and 5th of November, for a larger impact to be felt by the Managements, IBA and Government. One of the views given was that after the festival season there is a tendency of availing LFC leaves / undertaking excursion in many parts of the country. It was also felt that if the strike is clubbed with the holidays, the Officers / Employees tend to go to their home towns and the reporting in number of striking member gets affected. Therefore, Friends, in the best interest of unity and to strengthen the agitation, your Representatives agreed for a common date of strike on 12th November, 2014 and Zonal Relay Strikes which may be followed by a call of indefinite strike.

While we take this opportunity to once again convey our satisfaction and thanks to all Affiliates / State Units / members for successfully continuing with the agitation programme, we also caution all of you not to be complacent. Every new day should start with renewed zeal, enthusiasm and vigour to ensure the successful implementation of the agitational programme, call for which has been given by UFBU after incorporating our suggestions and programme.

Yours sincerely, 
sd/-
(HARVINDER SINGH)
GENERAL SECRETARY

With festive greetings

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

GENERAL SECRETARY

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 29 DATED 16.10.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 29 dated 16.10.2014 reproducing the circular of AICBOF on UFBU demand of EARLY AND BETTER WAGE REVISION SETTLEMENT. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 029                                                  Date: 16.10.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                                    PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/28 dated 14.10.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

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

·                 UFBU decides to intensify the Agitation
·                 All India Strike on 12th November, 2014
·                 Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December, 2014
·                 Withdraw Co-operation to the Managements

DEMANDING EARLY AND BETTER WAGE REVISION SETTLEMENT

 “We had informed our Units, vide our Circular dated 26-9-2014, about the negative approach of the IBA in the negotiations for wage revision.  Having regard to the need to express our strong resentment and protest, UFBU has already given the call for observing certain agitational programmes including demonstrations on 17th October 2014 and for holding Dharnas in various States between 18th and 31st October, 2014.  In view of the intermittent festival holidays in various parts of the country, the dates for the strike actions were decided to be finalized 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
(Press Note of UFBU, to be released by all the constituent unions, will be sent in due course)
30th October, 2014
All India Protest Day - Badge Wearing - Demonstrations/Rallies at all Centers
11th November, 2014
Centralized Demonstrations at all Centers
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.

Sd/-
(Harwinder Singh)
General Secretary

We request all our units to implement the joint call as given above by UFBU in its letter and spirit.

With greetings,

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

GENERAL SECRETARY

UFBU AGITATION PROGRAMME

UFBU met in Bangalore ON 13.10.2014 and decided to conduct Rallies / Demonstrations on 30thOctober in all State Capitals and other centres, observe one day strike on 12thNovember followed by relay strikes i.e., 2nd December in Southern Region, 3rdDecember in Northern Region, 4th December in Eastern and Northeastern Region and 5th December in Western Region followed by more strike actions including indefinite strike.

CBOA-AP CIRCULAR NO. 028 DATED 10.10.2014

CBOA-AP issued its circular No. 028 dated 10.10.2014 reproducing the circular of AICBOF on undue and unjustified delay in salary revision. We are placing the same here for our readers.

CIRCULAR NO.: GS: 2014: 028                                Date: 10.10.2014

TO ALL OFFICERS                                                   PLEASE CIRCULATE

Dear Friends,

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. CIRCULAR/GS/2014/27 dated 09.10.2014 received from our Federation for your information.

With best regards                                                                      
           
Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(C.A. MALLIKARJUNA RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY
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“UNDUE AND UNJUSTIFIED DELAY IN SALARY REVISION
CONFEDERATION MAKES A CLARION CALL TO INTENSIFY THE AGITATION

The 74th Executive Committee Meeting of our Confederation was held in emergent circumstances at New Delhi on 8th October, 2014. Despite the festive season, almost all the members of the Executive Committee attended the meeting to discuss the undue delay in the Salary Revision due to the apathy of the IBA and the Government of India. Though an elaborate report on the present International and National scenario covering the entire gamut of socio political, economic and banking scenario was presented by the General Secretary; the major thrust during the deliberations was on the Salary Revision exercise and a lot of concern was expressed by the rank and file of the Organisation, particularly from the younger generation.

The complete detail of the various rounds of discussions, including two major decisions taken during the discussions, were explained by the undersigned to the House and were appropriately substantiated by the President of the Confederation, Com. Y. Sudarshan, who also takes part in the negotiations. The House was unanimous in expressing their anger, anguish and resentment over the rigid and unjustified stand of the IBA and called upon the presidium to decide some effective and sustained agitational programme against IBA for denying the reasonable wage revision to the officers and employees and also for their apathy towards other justified demands like 5 days working and regulated working hours.

After the detailed discussions and after seeking the views of all the affiliates, it was decided that the action programme declared by the United Forum of Bank Unions on 26th September, 2014, should be strictly followed by all the affiliates of the Confederation. However, a deep concern was expressed over the delay in deciding the strike date. It was also stressed by the House that there is an urgent need for intensifying the agitation call in order to strengthen the movement for an early wage settlement. The House was of the view that one day strike will not serve the purpose and strike schedule should be fixed in such a way that the impact of the same is felt by IBA and the Government. Considering the views of the House, the following action programme was unanimously decided by the Executive Committee:

10.10.2014                              Black Badge Wearing (All members must tie a black ribbon on the left arm)

13.10.2014                              A massive rally at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and all State H.Q. at 5 p.m.

“Withdrawal of extra cooperation” i.e. No late sitting beyond working hours / not attending the offices/official work on Sundays and holidays.

17.10.2014                              Country wide protest demonstrations, jointly with UFBU constituents

Between 18.10.2014 &          One day dharna at all state capitals
31.10.2014                              (Date shall be decided by the State Unit of UFBU)

30.10.2014                              The Press Statements / Releases / Advertisements in newspapers to mark the second anniversary of submission of Charter of Demand  &
                                                Massive rallies and demonstrations in all State Headquarters

It was also decided that AIBOC will persuade the other constituents of UFBU in the next meeting (scheduled for 13.10.2014 at Bangalore) to observe minimum 2 days strike in such a manner that its impact is felt by all the authorities concerned. The Executive Committee has nominated one Office Bearer for each State to coordinate the action programme with the respective State Secretaries and supervise the implementation of the programme.

Comrades, we have approached other Officers Organisations also for the joint action programme and will continue our efforts for a continued and joint action programme by all the constituents of UFBU and in particular the other officers organization for the issues related to the officers. We are hopeful that they will convey their concurrence in this regard. Meanwhile, we call upon all of you to implement all the action programmes successfully as decided by the Confederation. All the State Secretaries are requested to coordinate the action programme with all the affiliates in their respective states and make the agitation programme a grand success.

All the Office bearers, Co-ordinators and State Secretaries are also requested to ensure that the call for withdrawal of extra co-operation is implemented in its full spirit by all the affiliates.”

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

GENERAL SECRETARY

HOLIDAY UNDER NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS ACT ON 06.10.2014

Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Govt. of Telangana have declared Holiday in its respective states under Negotiable Instrument Act 1881 on 06.10.2014 (Monday) as Public Holiday on account of Bakrid vide G.O.Rt.No.3344 dated 04.10.2014 and G.O.RT.No. 743 dated 04.10.2014 respectively 

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.  

           
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