Tuesday, January 19, 2010

UNITED FORUM OF NATIONALISED BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION formed.

Next Round of Bipartite Talks with IBA scheduled on 22nd January, 2010 for Workmen and 23rd January, 2010 for Officers.

The minutes of meeting of United Forum of Nationalised Bank Officers' Association held in Kolkata on 05.01.2010.


"The city of Kolakta has witnessed another historic evening when more than 1600 officers of Nationalized Banks had assembled in the heritage Town Hall at the call of all national organization of Nationalized Bank Officers on 5th January, 2010 evening. The conglomeration of officers cutting across the rank and affiliation had depicted their high enthusiasm to witness their long cherished dream to become a reality. The national leaders of AINBOF, AIBOA, INBOC and NOBO had addressed the mammoth gathering of officers. The meeting was blessed by the august present of legendary leader of bank officers movement, Com.S.R.Sengupta. All the leaders were extended war welcome with flower bouquet by the representatives of various organizations.

Com.P.K.SARKAR, Convenor of AINBOF had extended hearty welcome to the distinguished leaders presenting the meeting. He had mentioned about the special significance of the meeting after formation of the forum in its meeting held at Mumbai on 10th August, 2009 and this has crystallized into the strong bonding of officers’ organization through the formation of United Forum of Nationalized Bank Officers’ Association in its meeting on 5th January, 2010 morning at Kolkata. This way today’s meeting is a strong step towards consolidation of movement of officers in Nationalized Banks. The officers meet under this forum shall take place in all big cities throughout the country in next few months.

Com.S,.R.Sengupta, former President and General Secretary of AIBOC had complimented the leadership for the unique achievement in terms of inimitable wage settlement with another option for pension which had been long felt desire of the nationalized bank officers. He had categorically mentioned about the current wage revision to be the best settlement ever. While speaking about the newly formed Forum of Nationalized Bank Officers, he had mentioned that it had been our demand for a long time, for some reasons or the other it could not be materialized. He had suggested that a broader unit is required to be made in order to achieve what we want to. Following the global melt down the sufferings of the working people have worsened; capital has unlashed attack on labour mercilessly; we require to have unity, preparedness for sacrifice in struggle and a definite aim to succeed. He had wished that the Forum will carry forward the struggle in an effective manner in days to come.

Com.S.R.Rathore, Deputy General Secretary of NOBO had addressed the meeting. He said that we are going to start a new chapter in the history of officer’s movement. While comparing the pay structure with RBI, Government etc., he had mentioned that there is a lot of disparity in the wage of SBI officers with that of their counterpart in nationalized banks. Four additional increments are given on recruitment, leased accommodation facility, higher quantum of conveyance and housing loan with lesser rate of interest, medical reimbursement facility etc., are the key areas where there are alarming discrimination with nationalized banks, those are to be removed. The forum will continue the struggle till it achieves the same. He had mentioned that there have been disparities in the service conditions between the SBI officers and officers of the associated banks. Such things can not be tolerated any more. He had urged upon the rank and file to get united to protect their own interest and fight against the discrimination that have been meted with the officers of nationalized banksfor the last two decades.

Com.K.K.Nair, General Secretary, INBOC, while addressing the meeting had mentioned about how the officers of nationalized banks had been deprived in every wage settlement in the past. That is why the United Forum of Nationalized Bank Officers has been formed today in this historic city of Kolkata, he had quoted. No atrocity will be allowed against the officers of nationalized banks henceforth. We all have a collective and individual role to play to erase discrimination between the nationalized banks and others in the industry. We have to enforce “Equal Pay for Equal Work” as per pronouncement of Supreme Court and law of the land. Com.Nair had explained the developments that took place in wage revision process. He had demanded parity in privileges of nationalized bank officers with that of SBI. This positive oriented forum wants parity with SBI as per Supreme Court pronouncement. We shall win; he concluded his speech with this positive note.

Com.R.J.Sridharan, General Secretary, AIBOA in his speech had extended war m welcome to the mass gathering of officers. He had mentioned that the United Forum has been formed with a new hope, new note and new vision. It would be out duty to keep the unity intact with preparedness to sacrifice for the right cause. While giving stress on uniformity he had mentioned that without uniformity, the unity of thought and action can not take place. While commenting on the disparity, he had informed that through PCR Govt., had given us parity, after 20 years we have lost it. Government has been continuously helping SBI by providing them monopoly in government business. The nationalized banks are facing stiff competition and challenges to procure business now the time has come to give a new movement and new direction, he had quoted. While mentioning about merger/acquisition he had mentioned that the Government is giving a health tonic of merger by merging the associate banks with SBI. On the issue of another option on pension he had expressed his clear vision that we are not demanding pension as 3rd benefit. The extension of pension option will benefit3.37 lac and odd families; whole of the industry will be covered under pension scheme. He had expressed concernon the plight of officers working under CBS environment, demanded regulated working hours for officers. While concluding his speech he had expressed his confidence that today’s bright and right start in the city of Kolkata shall give confidence in the minds of officers in nationalized banks. We have to move forward with unity, perfect precision and organizational force.

Com.K.S.Shetty, General Secretary of AINBOF had delivered his speech before the house. It was the celebration of bonding of officers under the banner of United Forum, the birth of which is the culmination of the formation of AINBOF in Kolkata on 18th December, 2009. Com.Shetty had categorically mentioned that the trade unions are formed on the premise of equality, unity and fraternity. Exploitation within the organization can not and ;should not be tolerated. He had also highlighted the glaring disparity in housing loan, conveyance loan and other benefits between SBI and nationalized banks. Our unity only can provide us justice. While dealing with the MOU at 17.5%, with another option on pension, which he had signed as President of AIBOC was the best in the given reality and framework. Moreover, another option on pension was the crying need of the hour, though which entire industry is covered under social security net. Com.Shetty had cautioned about the upcoming danger of merger and acquisition of nationalized banks. Our unity and action can only protect our identity, nobody else will come to our rescue. While concluding his inspiring speech, he had mentioned that this Forum with pursue the issues of regulated office hours, five days a week, removal of disparity, uniform wage structure, recruitment in banks, and all other threats and challenges before the officers of nationalized bank officers.

Vote of thanks was proposed by Com.K.Ramakoteswara Rao, Working President of AINBOF. While speaking on this occasion, he had praised the role played by the hosts in organizing the meet in a meticulous way. The spirit of the officers shall lead the movement in every nook and corner of our country. He also declared that the day will be regarded as a red letter day in the history of nationalized bank officers in particular and the officers fraternity in general. Henceforth the officers of nationalized banks shall hold their head high and led the movement against disparity of any kind in future."


Source : All India Bank Officers' Association.


23 comments :

sudhakar said...

Congratulations for forming NOBO. It is high time to fight for parity with government employees more particularly under 6th pay commission. In the high inflation days it is highly desirable to have updation in pension besides getting pension for PF optees. Hope the present leadership will understand the hardships faced by the banking fraternity and solve at least some of them

sudhakar said...

NOBO should be read as UFBOA. The error is regretted.

chandan said...

We nationalised bank officer and employees, also need parities in total emolument with our counterparts in SBI, as the same organisation is sitting with us in wage revision under one umbrella. This decade long disparities must be solved in an amicable brotherhood to prove the sincerity on forming of UFNBOA.

Thanks.

BALAN said...

I WISH THAT THE NEWLY FORMED ASSOCIATION FOR NATIONALISED BNAK OFFICERS SHOULD WORK HARD WITH COOPERATIVE AND IF NECESSARY FIGHTING SPIRIT AND EVOLVE SUITABLE STRATEGY TO GET ALL THE BENEFITS CORRESPOND TO SIXTH PAY COMMISSION OFFICERS IN ALL ASPECTS INCLUDING PENSION UPDATION. FULL DA NEUTRALISATION TO PRE 01.11.2002 RETIREES HAS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY. MONEY IS THERE . WILLINGNESS IS NOT THERE. WHERE WE ARE GOING WRONG. WHY GOVERNMENT IBA COMBINE IS PLAYING THE GAME. WE HOPE THE NEWLY FORMED ASSOCIATION WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE AND TACKLE CORRECTLY AND LIGHT THE LAMPS WITH MORE WATTS IN THE HOUSES OF THE BANK OFFICERS INCLUDING PENSIONERS. WISH ALL SUCCESS IN THEIR EFFORTS.

K BALASUBRAMANIAN RETIRED VRS 2000 SENIOR VMANAGER INDIAN BANK

T J P said...

Congratualtions for forming another organisation.

I am of different opinion. I think we should try to achive parity with central government and not with any other Bank. By forming another organisation, we will help the Government to divide and rule. We have gained many benefits in the past because of these difference in perquiste/ payment structure in different Banks and probably pension is one of them although most of us will not accept it .

Let us hope for positive gains!

PM said...

Let the formation of UFNBOA, be a beginning of new era for bank officers in the country.Hope the hurdles towards speedy process of final settlement due to conflicts within the organization becomes the part of history. Also wish that,the new movement will prove themselves by securing all demands,with maximum gain to officers in service as well as retirees well before the time frame.

vanchit said...

First of all, parity required with our counterparts, any one who wants parity with Central Govt./PSU officers must see there is great disparity between SBI and nationalized banks. Ask any customer who has seen the customer service of both SBI and any nationalized bank, he will tell you the truth, nationalized banks are miles ahead in providing customer service in comparison to SBI.
The SBI is getting its huge profit only due to free funds provided as deposits by government, which is used by SBI for earning interest by lending but nationalized banks are managing their deposits at high cost in comparison to SBI.
We seek parity with SBI officers because we think that we aren't inferior to SBI officers in any manner.
It is our right. It must be acknowledged by all.

chandan said...

Referring T J P January 20, 2010 5:26 PM:

Dear Sir,
Without any reason SBI employees think themselves superior to nationalised bank employees. This is nothing but a psychological malady, that needs a proper treatment.I hope forming of UFNBOA is an effective antibiotic to treat this superior inferior complex of SBI people in right direction.Let us hope for positive gains on this subject also.

Thanks.

ahir said...

Agreed with Chandan's view

H.R. Dhiman said...

SBI officers feel themselves superior than Nationalised bank officers because they are product of Imperial bank which was established by the English Govt.English people always felt superior than the Indians. Now the days are gone. With the formation of new organisation this "feelgood" factor will be no more. All the best wishes for success.

IYER said...

Congratulation on the new initiative. However, it looks like the same old soup in a new cup. It is only a culmination of all existing leaders - obviously with the same mind set. If only with this set up their thinking and perception change, we will get to gain. After all, they are quite used to dillydallying any thing and every thing. There is nothing wrong in remaining positive and pro active. As usual let us sit with hopes. All the best for a new begining.

C N Venugopalan said...

Happy to note that Mr. K K Nayar has at least now admitted that Bank men have lost substantially in each settlement. Also that the dictum "Equal Pay for Equal Work" is also recognised by them. Will he and other leaders please show the magnanimity to apologise to the members who are the lot that extended them support all along and held them in the respective organisational positions for decades for the lapse and negligence in the performance of the respective roles before venturing the new pasture in the name of new organisation?

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karan said...

i get the news that SBI Employees are also going to get only 17.5% in wage revision.govt refused to give more.

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karan said...

what is the outcome of today's meeting?plz reply as soon as possible

chandan said...

34 SLAB(PROBABILITY) BANK DA FOR FEB-2010:

Labour Bureau Government of India declared a six point rise in Agriculture Labourer's price index for the month of Dec-2009. Basing on this Two point rise is expected on CPI for Industrial Workers,to be declared on 29th Jan-2010 for the month of Dec 2009.So the average for the quarter of Oct-Dec 2009 will be 167.66 and will result 34 slab or 6%+ increase on Bank DA for Feb.In worst case also,it can't go below the 32 slabs.

chandan said...

SBI, SBI & ONLY SBI:

SBI’s salary structure in tune with lines of RBI seems to have been far from distant reality, at least, may not be fructified right now and this ideation may not flourish in the present dispensation of ninth bipartite formulae for which Shri Hardar and his team members too rigorously contributed.

Meeting an extra cost of pension (for which haegmonism is going on as a last resort among the member unions) for prudential carving out of slices out the IBA’s Basket of package and offerings, even at all accepted for SBI’s personnel could not equalize the charm of RBI pay structure. Shri Haldar, as he may be aware of that anything to fructify requires holistic approach in addressing HR issues especially when these issues and challenges in banking and financial sector become chronic. With the change of the time and with the change of business needs the pay structures needs to be changed too. Now the question will continue to haunt as to how - with the outdated conventions or with vision, mission and values?


If at all Shri Haldar’s wish list pleases to hear albeit, his suggestive view that SBI’s salary structure should be in line with the RBI then again a series of questions reeled with it awaiting for the dashboard:

a) what are the factors that Shri Haldar has suggested for pay parity of SBI with the RBI?


b)About two and half years gone by that ninth bipartite signed in between UBFU and IBA and during this long spell of time may SBI personnel know about those steps which have been undertaken and adopted by AISBIOF to reframe wage structure on the lines of RBI’s wage structure?



c) could it be expected that there will be an empirical conversion of SBIOF enabling itself with a mechanism to proliferate nucleus of resolution among all verticals?



d) How far Shri Haldar perceived that entire HR stage of personnel/executive/supervising/employees/requires course corrections that could provide with basic fundamentals to fructify any wage structures?



e) Shri Sakti Haldar’s wage structure in tune with the RBI’s wage structure appears to have been an utopian because:

i) should members assume that there is also a crackdown in between AIBOC and AISBIOF?

ii) Further, if there is no crackdown at all then why such extent of despair, grief from Shri Haldar’s part, obviously, on behalf of the members?

iii) if members at all assume that this was simply his wish list for re-inventing and re-opening wage negotiation that could match RBI wage structure then should we not assume that UBFU will no longer exist?

iv) If association leader of his stature is found so grief stricken then why AISBIOF could not estimate the random experiments and their individual outcomes.


v) if existence of UFBU is completely wiped out then how fare AISBIOF is well prepared to lead to thwart the menace of various measures emanating in the name of banking reforms? If at all prepared then how far AISBIOF is well prepared to garner and protect the interest of members?


vi) If bilateralism for wage negotiation have been a testified approach for wage settlement as proclaimed by all the members of UBFU that includes AISBIOF too as one of the constituents then what necessitated now that all of a sudden such U turn took place that marred the very spirit of ninth bipartite settlement entered into industry wise?


vii) should members assume that ninth bipartite settlements have completely been discarded by AISBIOF and AISBISF?


Thanks.

(Reference from other Blog)

neeraj said...

Wage revision has created a drift within Banking fraternity. Many of us started comparing ourselves with SBI employees who in turn wants parity with RBI & so on.
This is in fact dichotomy of the situation and the ultimate winner is GOI which is hesistating in extending benefits accorded to central Govt. employees.

chandan said...
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chandan said...

Referring neeraj 31, 2010 1:52 PM:

Dear Mr neeraj,

GOI is not hesitating but DECIDED in NOT extending benefits accorded to central Govt employees with the help of our learned experienced union leaders by signing MOU at 17.5%. And all these leaders are in a club in spite of different affiliation and more the delay in wage revision, more the amount of arrears so bigger the amount of LEVIES. Nothing else.


Thanks.

(Earlier post is removed due to a typological error)

soumya said...

Shri Sakto Kumas Haldar's comment on SBI officilas to receive separate pat strycture in sync with RBI is absilutely just. It has been ever since PCR that SBI employees/officials were made to receove the same as pthe other minor bnaks. The injustice meted out has been tolerated by AISBOH for over 30 years. It is time that AISBOF sought a separate salary structure given the paying capacity of the premier financial institution of the country. AISBOF has wage a war for several years fighting for other Banks officilas, who have virtually non existent unions. The leadership of these banks are in the hands of retired offocers, who have continued to serve fot their own vested interests, which are far removed for serving officers. Their only concern is to belittle SBI Officers. let AISBOF break free from the utopean unity and seek separate pat tsructure, which it rightly deserve. I hail the views expressed by Shri Sakti Kumar Haldar,the charismatic leader and the symbol of hope, asipration of AISBOF.

chandan said...

Referring soumya 10, 2010 10:18 PM:


"DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY ARE HATCHED."


Thanks.

chandan said...

"SBIOA-BENGAL CIRCLE -COMBINED WITH UFBU OR SOMETHING ELSE"


Recently on 17/01/2010 at the 17th annual general body meeting Shri Sakti Haldar visited eastern part of India in Bengal as reported in the newspaper he conveyed the following message on wage revision:

* that other nationalised banks are envious to SBI personnel;

*that they don't want to see an increase for the SBI personnel;

*apart from he has also cautioned the management over the security issue for the bank officers in Bengal.

May we ask Shri Sakti Haldar, the hon'ble general secretary of Bengal Circle that:

Does Shri Haldar want to create another bogey over body over AIBOC?

Does AISBIOA not a valid constituent of AISBIOA as maintained in other nationalised banks?

By saying and conveying such irresponsible statements from a luxurious dais does he want to prove that he has guts to reach at the level of bargaining state over the wage revision in terms of Bengal circle alone?

Why such partisan politics as a union leader from the prestigious Bengal circle he has started?

It is reported that UCo bank chairman has said this, as claimed by Shri Haldar, then also it should be noted that Uco bank chairman should not be made a valid one as that chairman of Uco bank is just the member of IBA and not the AIBOC or AISBIOA. So why such callous statement provided by Shri Sakti Haldar that makes the members unwarranted confused.

Now come to the question of security issue arisen out of law and order problem. Why he has not made himself with a nationalistic bent of mind. Law and order problem is also in the state of Jammu and Kashmir so he should have raised the issue of law and order for bank officers posted in that region also.

(Ref:Other Blog)

Thanks.

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