Notice of Strike by United Forum of Bank Unions – Statement of the Case
UNITED FORUM OF BANK UNIONS
SBI Buildings, Bank Street, Koti, HYDERABAD -500 095
K K NAIR Chairman
MV MURALI, Convenor
UFBU/ 2014 /STRIKE NOTICE
22nd December, 2014
FORM – 1
NOTICE OF STRIKE
- NAME OF UNIONS : UNITED FORUM OF BANK UNIONS (U.F.B.U.)
- ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION (AIBEA)
- ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ CONFEDERATION (AIBOC)
- NATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF BANK EMPLOYEES (NCBE)
- ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION (AIBOA)
- BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA (BEFI)
- INDIAN NATIONAL BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION (IN BEF)
- INDIAN NATIONAL BANK OFFICERS CONGRESS (INBOC)
- NATIONAL ORGANISATION OF BANK WORKERS (NOBW)
- NATIONAL ORGANISATION OF BANK OFFICERS (NOBO)
NAMES OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
1. Shri. M.V. Murali, Convenor, UFBU & General Secretary, NCBE
2. Shri. C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA
3. Shri. Harvinder Singh, General Secretary, AIBOC
4. Shri. S. Nagarajan, General Secretary, AIBOA
5. Shri. Pradeep Biswas, General Secretary, BEFI
6. Shri. Subhash Sawant, General Secretary, INBEF
7. Shri. K.K. Nair, Chairman, UFBU & General Secretary, INBOC
8. Shri Mohan Kumtakar, General Secretary, NOBW
9. Shri. SU. Deshpande, General Secretary, NOBO
STATEMENT OF THE CASE
DEMANDING IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWN OF IBA’S DIRECTION To BANKS To RE-VISIT THE MANDATE:
IBA is delaying the negotiation process since beginning by not conducting the meetings frequently on time-bound basis. Further, with its adamant stand by sticking to a meager offer of 11% increase in pay slip components, IBA has stalled the negotiation process.
In this background, the UFBU was compelled to resort to agitational action and gave call for one day All India Bank Strike on 12th November 2014 and. Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd December 2014 to 5th December, 2014. in the conciliation meeting held by the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) on the 10th November 2014, even though the representatives of IBA mentioned that they are open and flexible and want to continue the dialogues with mentions, the BA was not willing to increase its offer of 11% although the unions have reconsidered their demand and converge their demands from 25% to 23%; The conciliation ended inconclusive and bank employees observed one day strike on 12th November 2014.
In the next round of conciliation held by Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner on the 1st December 2014 in view of Relay Zonal Strikes, which also ended inconclusive, the Dy. CLC(C) advised IBA to convene a meeting of negotiation committee immediately, in a weeks time and report the outcome .of the meeting to him by 8th December 2014.
In the adjourned conciliation proceedings on 8th December 2014, the Dy. CLC(C) once again advised IBA to convene a meeting with the union officials for fruitful negotiations in a weeks time so as to avert further agitational programmes by the employees and report progress to him at the earliest and adjourned the conciliation to 17th December 2014.
In the conciliation meeting held on 17‘h December 2014, the IBA informed that it has asked all the Banks to re-visit the mandate given to IBA earlier to negotiate with the unions on wage revision. The negotiations were commenced by IBA started in February 2013 only after receipt’of Clear mandate from all the banks by IBA. It will not be out of place to mention here that IBA advised the member Banks to send unconditional mandate to enable IBA to negotiate on behalf of them with UFBU and all the banks gave full mandate. But, now the IBA’s direction to banks for re-visit of mandate is unwarranted and is a deliberate instigation and provocation, which wouid farther complicate the process of wage negotiations. Hence, UFBU condemns IBA’s direction to banks to revisit the mandate and DEMANDS FOR IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF IBA’S DIRECTION TO ALL BANKS TO RE-VISIT THE :MANDATE and continue negotiations for immediate and reasonable wage Settlement.
DEMANDING IMMEDIATE WAGE REVISION SETTLEMENT:
Wages and service conditions in the banking sector are governed by the industry-level bipartite settlements signed between the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the workmen unions and officers’ associations operating in the banking industry. Ali the banks Which have given mandate to IBA to negotiate on behalf of them are parties to the settlements. United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), representing five Workmen union’s and four officers’ associations, is currently negotiating witlhIBAfor revision of wages to bank
The wage revision for bank employees is due‘from 01.11.2012 subsequent to the expiry of the last Bipartite settlement on 31.10.2012. The Common charter of demands, separately for workmen and officers,‘ were submitted by UFBU to IBA on 30.10.2012 i.e., before the expiryioffiaéft bipartite settlement.
UFBU has been requesting, since the start of negotiations, for a time-bound approach to hold the negotiations on its demands and for conclusion of wage settlement within a reasonable time. But the IBA has inordinately delayed the negotiation process and there is no significant progress in the wage negotiations despite a lapse of nearly two years’ time.
IBA is quoting the reason of non-affordability of banks and is stubborn in its offer of 11% increase in pay slip components, as against the demand of UFBU for a respectable settlement with due consideration of the difficulties that are faced by the employees on account of high rate of inflation, which has eroded the salaries of the employees to a great extent and the wage increases considered in other similar Public Sector undertakings despite their tow profits.
Bank employees, workmen and officers, have been performing well despite severe stress due to substantial increase in workload in the banks on account of opening. of many branches under Financial Inclusion and so on despite inadequate staff strength. Bank employees never tagged behind in the successful implementation of all Government sponsored programmes/schemes, including the recently implemented Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojna. However, the bank employees are not being paid adequately..
HENCE, THIS DEMAND FOR IMMEDIATE. SETTLEMENT OF WAGE REVISION.
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