More Insight Into Talks Held on 14th June 2014
National Union of Bank Employees
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We have received the following circular from Mr Sankaran Srinivasan, President of NUBE. The circular No is 05/2014 and is dated 14th June, 2014, and has been issued by Mr L. BALASUBRAMANIAN, General Secretary of NUBE. We are uploading the full circular as it appears to be more authentic and transparent then what we have heard a stereo-typed statement by UFBU. It gives more insight about what is the total amount of Establishment Expenses and What is the total amount of Pay Slip Component. (We have added the colours to focus on major issues)
MEETING WITH IBA ON WAGE REVISION TALKS
Having won absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, the new NDA Government pronounced that its cabinet will prepare a list of issues that they will take up in the first 100 days in office, with a focus on efficiency, delivery systems and implementation. In consonance with this vision & mission of the new Government, Bank employees, whose wage revision is due from 1-11-2012, were anxiously expecting a decent wage hike once the negotiations resumes. Bank employees and public welcomed the priorities set by the Finance Minster to arrest Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) menace which is depleting the healthy profits earned by the Banks which is estimated at over Rs.2 lakh crore. There were reports that the Finance Minister is weighing various options such as shifting the Bank NPAs to asset reconstruction companies on a wider scale, and sweeping changes in the Debt Recovery Tribunal's (DRT) legislation, making the dispensation of cases time-bound. And Bank employees were awaiting good days for Banks and employees ahead with the Government showing willingness for wage revision for which the new dispensation at the centre assured during the election campaign.
Yes, “good days” have indeed come for some. But “bad days” have befallen to the Bank employees. The meeting of 13th June 2014 turned to be yet another futile, symbolic meeting with the yawning gulf separating policy pronouncements from the ground reality. Thus the 10th Industry-wide Bipartite Wage Settlement negotiations in the Banking sector have dragged on for more than one-and-a-half years now without making much headway.
After a gap of 3 months with the last negotiations held on 14-3-2014 which was especially for non-monetary issues raised by the unions, another round of discussions took place with IBA on 13-6-2014 in Mumbai. As usual, all the eleven unions have participated in this round also, with the undersigned representing NUBE.
IBA informed, profits of the Banks have come down as on 31-3-2014 and therefore they can offer maximum of 11% (increase of meager 1% our emphasis!) on the cost of Pay Slip components of the wage bill which would amount to Rs.3,465 crores and which would be exclusive of other costs on retirement benefits, LFC, hospitalization expenses, etc Since negotiating unions rejected the offer of 11% increase, IBA wanted to know the expectation of the union. A representative of the umbrella of nine unions informed that their minimum expectation is 25% increase in the Pay Slip components cost.
It is pertinent to mention here that NUBE was the only union which while submitting its exhaustive charter of demands of 102 pages for tenth bipartite as early as 16-06-2012 itself, with justifications apriori demanded 45% over all increase on the establishment cost which works to 26.5% (Rs.8348 Crores ) in pay slip costs.
IBA expressed their total inability to accept the same as it is beyond the paying capacity of the Banks. This stubborn stand of IBA is preposterous and is unacceptable to NUBE in view of the following reasons:
5. Even with 25% hike we will be just inching towards some semblance of parity with pay of government employees if we evaluate the projected salary in anvil in the wake of 7th Pay Commission.
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On other issues
The only silver lining in the meeting was that IBA is favourably inclined to consider demand of extending 100% DA neutralization to all pensioners. IBA also seems to have shown positive response to improvement in Family Pension. However, unions still need to do lot of work as IBA has not committed anything and only shown positive response. Thus, a ray of hope continues for pre2002 retired Bank employees for 100% DA. As regards updation of pension, IBA has outlined it involves substantial financial burden to the Banks .This means in all sectors, including central and state Govt., whenever there is an industry wise wage increase, pension will also be increased. In Banking sector it is not so. Hence a G.M retired 10 years back is drawing less pension than a clerk retiring now IBA once again reiterated that our demand for extending appointment on compassionate grounds in the Banks on the lines of Government scheme is under the active and positive consideration of the Government and their decision is awaited. Needless to underscore here that proposal agreed between unions and IBA is pending with Govt. for considerable period of time, therefore brooks no further delay.
Regarding Improvement of Hospitalisation Expenses, IBA reiterated that the scheme provided by them should be considered by the Union. A letter of reassurance from the service provider was also given to the Unions on the negotiation table.
On the issue of five days week, IBA said that looking to the approach of the new government at the centre for more working hours, it is not possible for them to pursue the issue any further.
The preposterous, stubborn stand of IBA has shattered our hopes and battered our dreams of an early settlement. The entire workforce have felt the insult inflicted by IBA, who failed to live upto the expressions made by IBA Chairman in the first round of discussions held on 22-03-2013 that “the settlement would be concluded at the earliest with reasonable, respectable and comparable wage revision compared with external factors”.
We should take a call on these adverse developments in Toto and chalk out further agitational programmes of higher form to seize 10th Bipartite Wage Revisions from the unyielding hands, no holds barred.
Let us March forward!
NATIONAL UNION OF BANK EMPLOYEES
Comments By AllBankingSolutions.com
I really appreciate the efforts of NUBE in taking Aam Banker into confidence as to what is the ground realities. Such sharing of information helps in confidence building in the cadre. It is good idea to be more transparent. The above circular has given insight as to the fact that the offer of IBA of 11% increase on Pay Slip component is in fact equal to 6.15% on the Establishment Expenses component. Thus, now cat is out of the bag that IBA is merely offering an increase of 6.15% when compared with the increases in the previous BPS. In fact an increase of 25% of the Pay Slip component will tantamount to only increase of less than 14% on establishment expenses. Thus bankers should realise the ground realities that even if IBA agrees to the demands of UFBU, your increase may not match to what you got in the previous BPS !!