UFBU's Disheartening Circular
(Negotiation Talks on 17/09/2014) - Rephrases Sentences from 15 Month old
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I am writing this article at 10.00 PM on 18th September,
2014. In my yesterday night's post I have informed our readers that
rumors are going all around but UFBU's circular is awaited. In the
same article I have predicted that UFBU
is likely to issue circular only on 18th September, 2014, but it will be dated
17th September, 2014, to give an impression that they are so prompt in
issuing circulars. They have done this every time the talks are
held. I do not understand why they can not issue the circular on the
same day. Let us suppose, there is a problem, then why they need to fudge
the date and issue circular where date is of previous day i.e. the date of
talks. This shows their mentality of making an ULLU of their
comrades. They believe nobody notices such things and thus they can
make ULLU of their cadre.
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As I was
Contents of the circular dated 17/09/2014 by UFBU
Comments of AllBankingSolutions.com
representatives of UFBU met at 11.00 a.m. to discuss and decide thestrategies to be adopted in the negotiations with IBA. It was
decidedthat along with the
percentage increase in its offer, other important
issues like regulated working hours, 5-day week, improvements in pension
related matters should be raised simultaneously.
In the IBA
meeting, Sri Bhasin, who was the Negotiating Committee Chairman till the
last meeting and now elected as Chairman of IBA introduced the newly
constituted Negotiating Team of IBA under the leadership of SriRajeev Rishi, the newly appointed Chairman of Negotiating
to brief introduction and completion of formalities, beforecommencement of negotiations on wage revision, UFBU raised the
paragraph does not need any
comments as it only gives background to the meeting
Compassionate Appointment Scheme:
thanking the IBA for its efforts and being instrumental in gettingclearance
of the Government for introduction of CompassionateAppointment Scheme on the lines available to Central Government
employees, UFBU sought clarifications on issues like eligibility,applicability with regard to death cases prior to 05.08.2014,
etc., towhich IBA conveyed
that the matter would be referred to Government andnecessary clarifications will be issued on receipt of their
scheme has already been announced but details are not clear. UFBU
wanted clarification, IBA had no
answers and simply conveyed that matter will be sent to Government.
We do not understand why UFBU waits for a meeting and does not seek
clarification through letters and waste the time and delay in response.
Accounts to be opened under Jan
appreciating and extending the support of UFBU to the initiatives taken
by the Government towards extension of banking facility to all thepeople in the Country, UFBU expressed the following
of Bank Unions
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 aregreatly affecting the regular banking activities and services toexisting 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 andare also under severe stress to achieve the stipulated target.
matter does not relate to wage revision.
UFBU leaders expressed their apprehensions BUT IBA DOES NOT SEEM TO
HAVE BOTHERED AS UFBU HAS REMAINED SILENT ON THE RESPONSE OF IBA IN THE
During the 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 andinsisted that UFBU should review its demand, to which UFBU
·Ø IBA should
substantially revise its offer of increase in pay slip components;
·Ø The other
important issues like regulated working hours, 5-day banking,improvements in pension related matters, etc. should be discussedsimultaneously and in a time-bound manner;
·Ø The meetings
on negotiation have to be held regularly at frequent intervals ensuring
·Ø UFBU will
have flexibility in its demand depending upon the response of IBA on all
the above matters.
informed that 25% increase is beyond its capacity and UFBU agreed to
review the demand if IBA revises its offer substantially. It wants 5
days week, Pension matters to be clubbed and settled in time bound and
After reading this para I felt like banging my head on the wall.
Do you know, Why ?
demanded that there should be a time bound programme to complete the
negotiations without much delay to arrive at the wage revision
settlement at the earliest”
IBA had responded by saying it agrees with the views of UFBU and
informed that the same can be worked out by mutual discussions
After 15 months, UFBU is again repeating the same words by merely
rephrasing the sentence. This exposes the UFBU leaders and IBA's
commitment for Aam Banker.
It is the biggest shame on both of them that we are at the same place
where it was 15 months back and still requesting for expediting the
Both of them should know that now a days everything is available on line
and you can not make ULLU thinking that old circulars no body will have
us to schedule the next round of meeting within one week to discuss
comprehensively on all the issues.
every effort is being made by UFBU not only for expeditious conclusion
but also for a respectable Tenth BipartiteWage Settlement. Let us continue to maintain our unity which
strengthen us in achieving our goals. Further developments will beadvised
in due course.”
past, this time IBA again assured that next round of meeting will be
held WITHIN ONE WEEK. Now whether the next
meeting will be held before 24th September, 2014, or it will be delayed
do not think I need to comment any more as circular is crystal clear that there
is no progress in talks. Wait for next round, which may happen after a week or
In the meantime, let me convey our readers the views of
Mr. L.BALASUBRAMANIAN, General Secretary, NUBE,
which has expressed in his latest circular
“The way the talks are proceeding, we do
not think that there would be any progress in the days to come.Comrades from the
above it is very clear that IBA is in no mood to settle the issue amicably.
Their stubbornness is only making the Bank employees restless and paving a path
for agitational programmes which is not good for the Industry. However, we are
left with no other alternative than to struggle if not we will be meekly
surrendering to the dictates of IBA and history will not pardon us. So let us
march ahead and struggle unitedly.
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