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Saturday, 1 November 2014

ALL INDIA BANK STRIKE ON 12TH NOVEMBER 2014, RELAY ZONAL STRIKES FROM 02ND TO 05TH DECEMBER 2014 FOR WAGE REVISION




ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS' CONFEDERATION             
(Registered under the Trade Unions Act l926, Registration No.:3427/Delhi)
 C/o Bank of India, Parliament Street Branch,
PTI Building, 4, Parliament Street, New Delhi:110001
 Phone:011-23730096 Fax 23719431 
E-Mail:- aiboc.sectt@gmail.com
 

                                                               Dated: 29/10/2014
PRESS RELEASE

All India Bank Strike on 12th November 2014
           Relay Zonal Strikes from 2nd to 5th December 2014
DEMANDING IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF WAGE REVISION

Wages and  service conditions in the banking sector are governed by the industry level bipartite settlements signed between the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) and the workmen unions and officers' associations operating in the banking industry. All the banks which have given mandate to IBA to negotiate on behalf of them are parties to the settlements. United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), representing five workmen unions and four officers' associations, is currently negotiating with IBA for revision of wages to bank workmen / officers.

The wage revision for bank employees is due from 0l.ll.20l2 subsequent to the expiry of the last Bipartite Settlement on 3l.l0.20l2. The common Charter of Demands, separately for workmen and officers, were submitted by UFBU to IBA on 30.l0.20l2 i.e., before the expiry of last bipartite settlement.


UFBU has been requesting, since the start of negotiations, for a time-bound approach to hold the negotiations on its demands and for conclusion of wage settlement within a reasonable time. But the recalcitrant and callous attitude of IBA has inordinately delayed the negotiation process and there is no significant progress in the wage negotiations despite a lapse of nearly two years' time. The formal negotiations have started in February 20l3 and around l3 rounds of discussions have so far taken place between IBA and UFBU resulting in hardly one round of discussion every two months.


IBA is quoting the reason of non-affordability of banks and is stubborn in its offer of 11% increase in pay slip components, as against the demand of UFBU for a respectable settlement with due consideration of the difficulties that are faced by the employees on account of high rate of inflation, which has eroded the salaries of the employees to a great extent.

Bank employees, workmen and officers, have been performing well despite severe stress due to substantial increase in workload in the bank due to inadequate staff strength and on account of opening of many branches under Financial Inclusion and so on. Bank employees never lagged  behind in the successful implementation of all Government sponsored programmes/schemes, including the recently implemented Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojna. In spite of their wholehearted support in implementation of the Government schemes announced from time to time even at high discomfort levels, the bank employees are not being comparatively paid adequately.

Even though the UFBU has shown its willingness to adopt a flexible approach in order to finalise the settlement expeditiously, the same is not being reciprocated by IBA. Thus,once again, bark employees are pushed to the path of agitation and struggle. In the said circumstances, DEMANDING IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF WAGE REVISION FOR BANK EMPLOYEES, it has been decided by UFBU to observe ALL INDIA ONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE   ON  12th NOVEMBER 20I4 and RELAY ZONAL   STRIKES 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 Chhattisgarh, 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

We sincerely regret the inconvenience to the esteemed customers / general public on account of strike of bank employees and appeal for their moral support to our just cause as the demand of bank employees for adequate wage revision is not only genuine but also most deserving.

Sd/-
(HARVINDER SINGH)
GENERAL SECRETARY
To: All leading News Papers
For favour of publication as a news item

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