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    Updates of Wage Revision Talks

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    1. UFBU call for All India Bank Strike on 12th November to invite the attention of the IBA and Government to their notice the anguish of the Bank employees. Now, UFBU is moving closure to next strike action i.e. Relay Zonal Strike from 2nd to 5th December 2014, the first of its kind in the Banking Industry.

      The schedule of Relay Zonal Strikes is as under:

      02.12.2014 Southern Zone consisting States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana 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

      UFBU hopes that IBA and Government combine, having understood the seriousness, would initiate positive steps to resolve the issues without further aggravation. In the event their issues still remain unresolved they think that it may be forced to resort to more strike actions including Indefinite Strike in the days to come.

    2. In the negotiations held on 10.11.2014, IBA stuck to their earlier stand of 11% despite the flexibility of UFBU in scaling down the demand to 23%.

      Consequently, the conciliation also ended in stalemate.

      Hence Strike on 12th November,2014 and relay strike in December stands. UFBU decided to march ahead and to make the strike total Success.

      Detailed awaited

    3. Conciliation proceedings held on 5th November 2014 before CLC, no improvement in IBA's offer.Next conciliation meeting will be held on 10th November 2014.

      UFBU decides to go ahead with one day strike on 12th November 2014.

    4. UFBU in its meeting held on 13th October at Bangluru decided to observe one day All India Strike on 12th November followed by more strike actions including indefinite strike.
    5. On 26.09.2014 in Mumbai (17th instant) another round of bipartite meeting was held with the IBA. 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.

      Issues discussed in the meeting

      • As regards 5 day banking / 5 day working, IBA regretted their inability to accept demand of UFBU in the present situation.
      • On the issue of regulated working hours for officers, IBA was not inclined to agree to the same.
      • UFBU demanded for 100% reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses incurred by the employees/officers and their family members under the group mediclaim scheme offered by the IBA. IBA agreed 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.
      • IBA wanted to know views from UFBU and their reactions on introduction of cost to company method as well as fixed and variable pay concepts. UFBU reiterated that the same are not acceptable.
      • IBA insisted for limiting the wage revision discussions upto scale III officers instead of upto scale VII which was also declined by UFBU.
      • UFBU was flexible in its approach on the issues raised and insisted IBA to improve their offer to take the negotiations forward. 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 decided to observe One day Protest Strike preceded by the agitation programmes

    6. UFBU meeting with IBA on 17th Sep. 2014 with IBA in Mumbai.

      UFBU appreciated Government's initiatives in extending banking facilities to the unbanked people and 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 wage 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 increase its offer (of 11% 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.


    7. Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, assured UFBU to advise IBA to resume talks on wage negotiations.
    8. UFBU met on 15th July 2014 in Mumbai and decided to demand from IBA to expedite wage negotiations by calling for meeting immediately and also decided to chalk out strategies for an early wage revisions.
    9. UFBU is meeting on 15th July 2014 in Mumbai to discuss/decide further course of action regarding wage negotiations
    10. Bank Unions Meeting Dated 27.06.2014 With Arun Jaitley Finance Mininster Press For Early Bank Wage Revision


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    Representatives of United Forum of Bank Unions, comprising mainly of PSU bank employees, today (on 27.06.2014) met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and sought his intervention for early settlement of wage revision negotiations.

    General Secretaries of nine employee unions under the UFBU umbrella were present, along with CPI member of Parliament D Raja, at the meeting with the Finance Minster.

    UFBU Convener M V Murali said after meeting ---- UFBU submitted representation to the Finance Minister and apprised him of developments with regard to wage negotiations with Indian Banks' Association (IBA),

    He said the Finance Minister assured the delegation that the Financial Services Secretary would look into the matter and the settlement process would be expedited.

    The delegation informed that more than 10 rounds of discussions have taken place between bank management and UFBU so far on the issue but IBA is delaying the settlement.

    The spiralling cost of living and the high rate of inflation in the last few years has made the life of common man miserable, he said, adding that as against the reasonable demand of 25 per cent increase in the pay slip components, the IBA has offered a very meagre 11 per cent increase.


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    UFBU Convener M V Murali said -

    "Despite a lapse of 20 months since the start of negotiations, no significant improvement has been made towards expeditious conclusion of settlement. Moreover, IBA is offering the least increase quoting non-affordability of banks in paying higher wages partly because of increase in Non-Performing Assets (NPAs),"

    Ashwini Rana General Secretary National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) said

    "We are still waiting for our 'ache din' (good days) under Modi Sarkar"

    The wage revision of public sector bank employees has been due since November, 2012.






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