All India Bank Strike on 7th January 2015 – Strike Call by UFBU against the adamant attitude of the IBA in resolving demands for 10th Bipartite wage revision settlement
ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
Circular Letter No. 24/VI/2014
December 19, 2014
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
RIGIDITY ON THE PART OF
FORCES A SUSTAINED STRUGGLE
TO KICK-START THE NEGOTIATIONS
On 17.12.2014, the adjourned sitting of the conciliation proceedings was held by Dy.C.L.C.[C], Mumbai at his office with the Nine constituents unions. AIBOA was represented by Com.M.A.Srinivasan, Dy.General Secretary and Com.Narendra Kotiawala, Joint Secretary and General Secretary of AIBOA[Maharashtra].
2. It is a matter of concern to all the organisations that IBA, never before attempted to go back to the individual Banks to revisit the mandate given by them to IBA in the matter of wage revision. Dena Bank and Andhra Bank managements had placed the agenda for the information of their respective Boards. The action of the IBA is highly provocative. IBA’s managing committee is proposed to meet on 29.12.2014 to take the stock of the situation.
3. On behalf of the Unions, it has been categorically made clear due to adamant attitude of “IBA-Govt. combine” organisations are forced to pursue the path of agitation, an escalated one. At the end, Dy.CLC [C] suggested that both the parties to amicably sort out the matter. The meeting concluded at 12.30 hrs.
4. In the post lunch session, the Nine constituents met at “Hotel Avion, Vile Parle, Mumbai” under the Chairmanship Dr.S.U.Deshpande, General Secretary, NOBO as UFBU Chairman Com.K.K.Nair was held up at Hyderabad as per his original engagement. AIBOA was represented by Com.S.S.Shishodia, President and Com.M.A.Srinivasan, Dy.General Secretary. The meeting condoled the death of Com.N.Sampath, Former President, AIBEA, Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer and the brutal acts of Taliban killing the innocent school kids in Pakistan by observing two minutes silence.
5. The candle march on 16.12.2014 successfully observed by the Four Officers Organisations by and large, in all cities, one day prior to the meeting, drew some sort of criticism that the steps taken by officers organisations are not in a right direction and possibility of a wrong signal going to the various authorities. It was amply clarified to the constituent Unions as there was visibly a lullness in our activities after four days zonal strikes for the best reasons known to the respective organisations and the step initiated was in a right direction and also in right prospective.
6. The provocative action on the part of IBA, by seeking the confirmation of the mandates from member Banks, extension of probation by some Bank managements and also to prepare ourselves to conduct a sustained struggle, were elaborately discussed. It was decided to observe the following preparatory programme for the first strike on 07.01.2015 mainly focussing against IBA’s provocative action of seeking the confirmation of the mandates.
|30.12.2014||Tuesday||Mass Demonstration in all centres.|
|05.01.2015||Monday||Black Ribbon badge wearing|
|06.01.2015||Tuesday||Demonstrations/Processions/ rallies in all centres|
|07.01.2015||Wednesday||ALL INDIA STRIKE|
7. There is certainly an insensitiveness on the part of the owners too. Hence, it was decided to have “FOUR DAYS STRIKE” from 21st to 24th January 2015 followed by indefinite strike from 16.03.2015.
Comrades, we are pushed back to the wall. There is no other alternative but to fight back, as the gross profit has substantially gone up, year after year. Workforces in Banking Industry are reasonable, responsible, and keep the National interest as a priority. Our role in carrying out “Financial Inclusion exercise” speaks volumes about our determination to rise to the occasion. Equally it is time to rise as a one man against the authorities who are denying a reasonable wage hike commensurate with risk, responsibility, accountability and transferability.
ONWARD MARCH TO 7TH JANUARY 2015
FOLLOWED BY 4 DAYS STRIKE / INDEFINITE STRIKE.
With New Year Greetings,
UFBU Circular dated 18.12.2014
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
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 worked out and informed to all unions and members. All the unions are requested to plunge into action and make these programmes a success.