Canara Bank Officers Union has circulated the detail of meeting held on 17.9.2014 to their state committees as follows…
12TH ROUND OF DISCUSSION – ON WAGE REVISION – IBA REMAINS STUBBORN
After lapse of 90 days, one more round of discussion on much vexed issue of wage revision was held on 17.09.2014 at Mumbai. Our organisation was represented by Com.Alok Khare, Vice Chairman in the meetings held. Eleven unions participated in the scheduled discussion.
2. Preceding the IBA meeting, the Nine constituents met at the Overseas Branch of State Bank of India, to evolve a common approach to resolve the issues of non financial and financial. The IBA team was led by the newly elected Chairman of the Negotiating team of IBA Shri Rajiv Rishi, [CMD, Central Bank of India], Shri Rakesh Sethi, [CMD, Allahabad Bank], Dr.J.N.Mishra[DMD, SBI], Shri Animesh Chawhan,[ED, Central Bank of India], Shri Shyam Srinivasan [Chairman, Federal Bank], Shri Unnikrishnan, Dy.CEO, IBA besides the officials of HR Department, IBA.
3. The Chairman IBA Shri T.M.Bhasin[CMD, Indian Bank] before handing over the reins of negotiations, narrated in a candid way the constraints faced by the management, viz., depressed performance of the economy reflections of it on Banking scenario, bulging bad loans due to which the stress and strains on the profitability and ultimately affecting the paying capacity of the Bank to the wealth Managers of the Banking system.
4. Compassionate Appointment Scheme: While appreciating the concern and initiatives of IBA in following up the release of the sanction from Government of India, IBA was requested to take up with Government of India to get the benefit to the left out cases [31.07.2004 to 04.08.2014] and also clarify the emerging operational difficulties.
5. Jan Dhan Yojna – concern was expressed over the thrusting of Jan Dhan Yojna, with targeted approach, diluting KYC norms & without adequate infrastructure being fraught with immense potential risk & staff accountability issues besides difficulties to the Banks & customers. It was submitted that while the unions are not against any initiatives benefiting common people, Government directives such as 8 am to 8 pm workings on Saturdays for Jan Dhan Yojna are totally unwarranted and unacceptable. Any additional work by bank men beyond stipulated timings must therefore be suitably compensated.
6. On Wages Representatives of IBA remained stubborn during the negotiation, contenting that Payslip component of 11% offered on the 11th round discussion on 13.06.2014 was itself too high with severe constraints faced by the Banking system. IBA was reiterating their concern to discuss their list of issues simultaneously.
7. Responding to IBA, UFBU representatives categorically expressed that they would be flexible in their stand provided IBA too respond with improved offers on financial issues coupled with other non financial issues like Regulated Working hours for officers, 5 days working, Discipline and Appeal Regulations, Pension improvements etc., for immediate and satisfactory resolution.
8. Regulated Working Hours – Our attempts to highlight Regulated Working Hours problem has finally led to this emerging as one of the key wage revision issue for the first time. A Joint letter by four officer’s organisations seeking IBA clarificatory directions has accordingly been submitted to IBA on 17th September 2014.
9. Miles to go… Comrades, with this meeting while the held up wage negotiations have resumed, a lot needs to be done still, for clarity to emerge on our demands. As you are aware, all along, AIBOA has been endeavouring to secure overall improvements in officers working conditions besides monetary issues.
The next date for the discussion is likely to be next week.
(Updated on 21.9.2014)
MEETING WITH IBA ON WAGE REVISION TALKS – NUBE
NATIONAL UNION OF BANK EMPLOYEES
(Regd No.3415 / CNI dated 29-07-2011)
Administrative Office: 763, Anna Salai, Chennai – 600 002.
CIRCULAR NO.06 / 2014
DATE : 17-09-2014
MEETING WITH IBA ON WAGE REVISION TALKS
Today (17/09/2014) yet another meeting of the negotiating committee for 10th Bipartite Wage Revision took place in Mumbai, the undersigned on behalf of NUBE took part in the negotiations along with ten other unions.
Mr.T.M.Bhasin the newly elected Chairman of IBA in his initial remark gave a brief of the present banking scenario and also explained in detail about the importance of banks’ profitability and paying capacity.
Mr. Rajiv Rishi, the new Chairman of the Negotiating Committee followed it by telling that it would not be possible for IBA to agree to the demands of the Unions for a hike of 25% since the banks were not doing well and the results of the first quarter were not rosy. Further he insisted that other issues should be discussed first and then we decide on the wage factor.
NUBE strongly objected to the stand of IBA and said that postponing a cardinal issue like wage load and discussing on other issues which can be settled simultaneously is nothing but dilly dallying. Already nearly 8.5 lac Bank men are anxiously waiting for approximately two years patiently and their patience cannot be further tested. The Chairman negotiating committee wanted the unions to reduce their demand of 25% to which some unions agreed provided IBA also raises their offer. IBA has not offered anything beyond 11% and the meeting concluded with a understanding that we will meet shortly. The way the talks are proceeding, we do not think that there would be any progress in the days to come.
Comrades from the above it is very clear that IBA is in no mood to settle the issue amicably. Their stubbornness is only making the Bank employees restless and paving a path for agitational programmes which is not good for the Industry. However, we are left with no other alternative than to struggle if not we will be meekly surrendering to the dictates of IBA and history will not pardon us. So let us march ahead and struggle unitedly.