Sunday, September 28, 2014

Talks on 26.09.2014

IBA's attitude is negative,
reluctant to improve earlier offer of 11 % wage icrease.
UFBU decides for agitation including strike on 28th oct. 2014
*IBA agreed in principle for
nutralisation on D.A for pensioner.
*IBA insisted for Mediclaim policy for medical reimbursement system.
Unions agreed to consider in principle with modification

UFBU AND AIBOC circular on talks dt 26.09.2014

Text of UFBU circular on Wage revision Talks on 26.09.2014:
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.
On the issue of regulated working hours for officers, IBA was not inclined to agree to the same. However, on drawing their attention to the note submitted by the Officers Organisation, IBA agreed to study the same and react subsequently.
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.
In the UFBU meeting held subsequently, representatives of all the constituent unions expressed their dissatisfaction and condemned the lackadaisical approach and adamant attitude of IBA and unanimously decided to undertake agitational programmes to press our demands and to expedite the settlement.  After deliberations, it was decided to observe One day Protest Strike preceded by the following action programmes:
Between 18.10.2014 and 31.10.2014
(Date shall be decided by the State Unit of UFBU)
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 Murali, Convener
AIBOC SAYS..................

Dear Comrades, 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.
With revolutionary greetings, 
Yours sincerely, 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bankers want early wage settlement, otherwise warn "strong steps"

Next Bipartite talk on 26th September 2014
The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation on Friday said it hoped the negotiation with the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) on September 24 (Though as per news available with us,, next meeting is scheduled on 26th Sep'14) would result in the wage revision acceptable to the employees, failing which United Forum of Bank Unions would be forced to take some strong steps.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Details of bank bipartite talk on 17.09.2014

Following is the version of Gen. Secy., NUBE regarding bipartite talks held between IBA and UFBU on 17th September 2014.
Nothing conclusive.......

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.

Central D.A. from 01.07.2014 : Order Issued

The much awaited Central D.A. hike order has been issued by Ministry of Finance. As per the order, total D.A. to be paid @107% with effect from 01.07.2014 and to be paid in cash,
Download the Order

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