Friday, August 18, 2017

On 16th August IBA called UFBU for discussion on its Strike notice. As nothing positive emerged, strike on 22nd August 17 stands.

Today's (18.08.2017)
*Conciliation meeting*
with Chief Labour commissioner
 at Delhi failed.
*Call for Strike on 22nd August stands.*
#BEFI


Friday, July 7, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dear Comrades,

DECISIONS OF UFBU MEETING
:
GET READY FOR FURTHER STRUGGLES
:

Meeting of UFBU was held today at Mumbai. Com.K.K. Nair, Chairman of UFBU presided
over the meeting.

Wage Revision:

The meeting deliberated on the issue of our Charter of Demands
submitted to IBA and the discussions held so far. The meeting felt that the entire process
of discussions should be undertaken on a recurring and continuous basis in order to
complete the settlement in time. Holding meetings once in a month will not serve the
purpose and hence decided to urge upon the IBA to expedite the discussions so that steps
can be taken to conclude the final settlement in time.

Restrictions in negotiations:

The meeting expressed its strong protest on the decision of
the IBA to restrict the negotiations on Charter of Demands of Officers' Associations up to
Scale-III only and demanded that as hitherto, the discussions and final Joint Note should
cover all Officers up to Scale-VII inasmuch as the majority of these officers are members
of their respective unions and the wage revision exercise which has been a composite one
so far, should not be divided now which will create inter-scale conflicts and inequalities.
It was decided to pursue the matter with the IBA, if necessary and warranted, resort to
organisational programmes at the appropriate time.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


UFBU Meeting held today at Mumbai.
Decided to urge upon IBA to expedite wage revision &  resolve mandate issue.

Also decided to launch agitation against reforms, mergers and our other issues.

19th July Rally.
22nd August strike.
15th September Morcha in Delhi.
2 days strike in Oct/Nov.

Cir follows.

SK Bandlish. Convener UFBU



Wednesday, June 7, 2017


11th B.P.S. update:

IBA has submitted their issues to UFBU after they have submitted their Charter of Demands.

Some of the issues as circulated by AIBOA....

MANAGEMENT ISSUES:

[1] C2C concept to be brought in
[2] Rationalisation of Special Pay carrying posts.
[3] Review of the two graduation increments
[4] Transfer and deployment of workmen staff
[5] Simultaneous conduct of departmental and judicial proceedings for workmen
[6] Conducting the departmental proceedings after retirement of workmen
[7] Premature retirement of workmen
[8] Outsourcing of any activity within the RBI guidelines
[9] Review of the automatic movement of officers from Scale I to II and also from Scale II to III
[10] To mark lien on NPS fund of employees to recover loss to the Bank on account of their proved misconduct.

Monday, June 5, 2017




In the meeting held with IBA today (05.06.2017), all the Workmen Unions and all the Officers' Associations submitted their Common Charter of demands.

From the Management side IBA submitted the demands of the Management .
Date for next round of talks not fixed.
Detailed Circular to follow.
- UFBU Convenor -

Detailed Charter of demand with Data , Background, reasonings read the following link.

Open the file with Google Drive.




Friday, June 2, 2017

Dear Comrades,
The Common Charter of Demands on behalf of five workmen Unions, that will be submitted on 5th June next,
is attached.
Pradip Biswas, General Secretary, BEFI.

Broad Summary of Demands:
1. REVISION AND IMPROVEMENT IN PAY SCALES
2. IMPROVEMENTS IN STAGNATION INCREMENTS
3. IMPROVEMENTS IN SPECIAL PAY, PQP, EQP , FPP
4. REVISION IN DA FORMULA AND IMPROVEMENT IN COMPENSATION AGAINST PRICE RISE
5. PROVISION OF HOUSING ACCOMMODATION/ PAYMENT OF HRA
6. INTRODUCTION OF EDUCATION ALLOWANCE
7. INCREASE IN TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE / REIMBURSEMENT  OF PETROL COST
8. IMPROVEMENTS IN LEAVE BENEFITS
9. INTRODUCTION OF LEAVE BANK SYSTEM
10. IMPROVEMENT IN LFC ENTITLEMENT

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RIPPLES IN SALARY REVISION NEGOTIATIONS.                                        

ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ CONFEDERATION
(Registered under the Trade Unions Act 1926, Registration No.:3427/Delhi)
State Bank of India Officers’ Association
04th Floor, SBI Administrative Unit, No. 86, Rajaji Salai, Chennai- 600 001
Phone: 044-25227170 Tel/Fax 044 25227170
E-Mail: aiboc.sectt@gmail.com
Letter No: AIBOC/2017/19     Dated: 20/05/2017

Shri. Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
NEW DELHI.

Dear Sir,
BOTTLENECKS IN THE COMMENCEMENT OF SALARY REVISION
NEGOTIATIONS IN BANKING INDUSTRY

We are sorry to bring to your kind notice that even though the Government of India has been insisting for an early salary revision settlement at the industry level between the Indian Banks Association and the United forum of Bank Unions, there has been an unnecessary delay due to certain avoidable difficulties created by the Management of few banks in the Banking industry. It is historical that the salary revision in the Banking industry takes place once in 5 years through bilateral negotiations between the associations/unions and the Indian Banks Association covering over 10 lac workforce in the entire banking industry. During the last five decades we have concluded 10 bipartite settlements and the 11th one is now expected to take off. The first round of meeting was held between the IBA and the constituents of the United Forum of Bank unions on 2nd May, 2017 but without any concrete progress.  One of the major hurdles that we are now encountering is in respect of the ‘mandate’ to be given by the member banks to the Indian Banks’ Association. A few of the banks have given a conditional mandate creating a chaotic and confusing situation in the negotiations, by insisting that they are allowing mandate for discussions only upto officers of scale III and that the remaining scales will have to be left to the discretion of the Bank.
2. The Banking Industry is overwhelmingly under the control of the Government of India due to the historical decisions taken by the Government of India during 1969 and 1980. The Nationalization of Banks was in the best interests of the economy and to take Banking facilities to the nook and corner of the country. We have seen the great contribution made by the banks during the last several decades due to this consolidation and ownership by the Central Government. But there was one area which was causing serious industrial relations crisis in the Banks at frequent intervals. Different banks had different service conditions and compensation system creating serious problems in the area of HR management.  It was at this stage that the Government of India appointed Pillai Committee for the purpose of standardization of the scales and grades and also to bring parity amongst the Public Sector banks. After a thorough study of the service conditions that existed in those days, the Pillai Committee submitted a comprehensive report aiming at standardization and uniformity in the service conditions of the Officers in the Banking Industry. Thereafter, the Government of India introduced the recommendations of the Pillai Committee in the Banks for ensuring standardization and parity amongst the Public Sector Banks. Thus, a well-developed pattern was established over the next rounds of bipartite system in carrying forward the attempts made by Pillai Committee for the purpose of standardization of the salary scales and compensation system in the Banking industry. The Pillai Committee had recommended 4 grades and 7 scales which has now become a regular feature in all the Public Sector banks including the State Bank of India.
3. The Officers’ organizations have been negotiating with the Indian Banks Association in respect of all these 7 scales over the last several bipartites. Thus, the industrial relations have been cordial and harmonious as far as the salary structure and compensation systems were concerned as they were being discussed and settled through bilateral negotiations at the industry level.  The present decision of some of the Banks, in particular the bigger Banks, seem to create a similar disparity which was prevailing earlier to distort the broad parity that is prevailing in the banking industry by attempting to retain the right of decision in regard to the scale IV and above in the banking industry. This will defeat the very purpose of the Pillai Committee’s attempt in ensuring parity and the subsequent objectives of the bilateral settlement.
4. We have conveyed our sentiments to IBA in our informal discussions and have requested them to ask all the Banks to give an unconditional mandate for negotiations on all scales rather than restricting it up to scale III alone. We therefore request your kind intervention in the matter so that the issue could be resolved without any further escalation on this issue which may affect the smooth conduct of negotiations.
Please treat the matter as urgent.
Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

(D. T. Franco)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wage revision talks 11 B.P.S.
1st Meeting:

CIRCULAR No. UFBU/2017/06                            Date : 03.05.2017

TO ALL CONSTITUENT UNIONS/MEMBERS

IBA COMMENCES WAGE REVISION NEGOTIATIONS

All our unions and members are aware that our present wage revision settlement for employees and officers will come to an end by October, 2017 and hence the next wage accord has to commence from 1st November, 2017.
Since negotiations are taking unduly long time to arrive at the final settlement, we have been desiring timely settlement.

 Government had also advised the IBA and Banks to complete the negotiations early and commence the settlement from the due date i.e. 1-11-2017.

Hence we have been asking the IBA to commence the negotiations early and this was one of the prominent demands in our All India strike on 28th February, 2017.  Earlier to that we had submitted the broad summary of our common demands for employees and officers respectively.

In this background, Indian Banks Association had invited UFBU for commencing the negotiations and accordingly the meeting was held yesterday i.e. on 2-5-2017 at IBA Office in Mumbai.
IBA was represented by its Chairman Shri Rajeev Rishi, CMD, Central Bank of India, Mrs. Arundhathi Bhattacharya, Chairman, SBI, Shri Arun Tewari, CMD,  Union Bank of India,  Shri Ashwinikumar, CMD, Dena Bank, Shri R K Takkar,  MD, UCO Bank, Mrs.  Usha Subramanian,  MD, PNB, Shri Shyam Srinivasan, MD, Federal Bank, Shri,  P S Jayakumar, MD, Bank of Baroda and Shri Rakesh Sharma, MD, Canara Bank.

UFBU was represented by leaders of our 9 constituent unions in the discussion.

In his opening remarks, Shri Rajeev Rishi observed that bilateralism has been the hallmark in the banking industry for the past 50 years when successive bipartite settlements have been signed.  He particularly referred to the 9th BPS and 10th BPS under which benefits like one more option for pension,  Full Day Off on 2 Saturdays in a month, medical insurance scheme for employees and retirees, etc. were achieved due to the collective efforts of the management and the unions.

 He urged upon the unions to keep the present health of the Banks and their constraints in mind while negotiating the demands and help to conclude the Settlement early, preferably before Diwali festival this year.

He informed that since some of the Banks have given mandate to IBA for negotiations would be confined only upto Scale III Officers.

He further informed that IBA has set up a Negotiating Committee as under:

Shri  R K Takkar, MD, UCO Bank – Chairman
Shri. Rakesh Sharma, MD, Canara Bank,
Smt. Usha Subramanian, MD, PNB
Shri P S Jayakumar, MD, Bank of Baroda
Shri Prashant Kumar, Dy.MD, SBI
Shri Shyam Srinivasan, MD, Federal Bank

Responding to the observations of the IBA, from our side, we thanked the IBA for initiating the process of negotiations and assured that we shall extend our best possible co-operation to conclude the settlement as early as possible and suggested holding of regular and continuous meetings for this purpose.
We also reiterated our commitment to bipartism and settling the demands amicably through mutual discussions.

 We also conveyed to the IBA that given the increasing stress and heavy workload under which employees and officers are working in the Banks, they deserve satisfactory wage revision and improvement in their service conditions.

We also informed the IBA that our Unions are equally conscious and concerned about the present challenges faced by the Banks and would be willing to work with the managements to overcome these challenges successfully.

We strongly conveyed to the IBA that the negotiations in respect of officers should not be restricted upto Scale III and must cover upto Scale VII as hitherto.

In the conclusion, it was decided that the Negotiating Committee will shortly fix up the date for starting the negotiations when formal talks on our demands will commence.  We shall keep our unions and members informed of further developments.

With greetings,

Convenor/UFBU

Thursday, April 27, 2017



CHARTER OF DEMANDS FOR
11TH BIPARTITE SETTLEMENT
ON REVISION OF WAGES AND SERVICE CONDITIONS:

By

BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA(BEFI)

01.   BASIC PAY

· Revision of Basic Pay w.e.f. 1-11-2017 by merger of Special Allowance (7.75%of B.Pay) alongwith D.A. payable on Basic Pay and Special Allowance  at the average index for the quarter July-September 2017.

· Construction of revised pay scales by loading thereafter at 20% to clerical staff and 25% to subordinate staff.

·    Fitment on stage to stage basis

Stagnation Increments:

· Stagnation increments once in 2 years without any ceiling for both clerical and subordinate staff.
· Stagnation increment/s to be given in all cases of reversion   from officer to clerical cadre and clerical to substaff cadre

Monday, April 24, 2017

Five Workmen Unions
will meet on 29th April  at Chennai
to finalise the Common Charter of Demands
to be submitted  to IBA
on 2nd May 2017.
Pradip Biswas, GS, BEFI.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Govt asks 10 banks to cut staff benefits for capital

FinMin wants banks to get commitment from trade unions

Business Standard19 Mar 2017ANUP ROY & ABHIJIT LELE

The government has asked 10 public sector banks (PSBs) to curtail employee benefits, including industry-standard pay hikes, if these want to receive any capital.

The Centre wants these banks to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the employees’ unions to get a commitment on this. If the unions agree, benefits such as leave travel concessions and perks could go for a few years till the banks returned to health.

All three Kolkata-based banks — United Bank of India, UCO Bank and Allahabad Bank — have got this diktat. The letter has also gone to Indian Overseas Bank, Vijaya Bank, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Andhra Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and Dena Bank, sources said.

These banks had asked for capital from the government, some as little as ~500 crore. But the government is acting tough, as these have a huge bad-asset problem and their profits are dwindling.

According to sources, a letter, which the finance ministry has written to the banks, said capital allocation would be linked with measurable quarterly milestones on which all related parties — banks’ board of directors, management and employees — must commit.

Support in the form of capital would require a tripartite MoU between the government, the PSB concerned and its employees. The MoU would be a commitment to an agreement for a time-bound plan, starting with the financial year 201718. It would be monitored quarterly.

Temporary restructuring of employee benefits would be done only based on need. Any reduction or suspension in benefits could be reversed if the bank concerned successfully managed turnaround operations, said sources.

Senior bankers in some of these institutions confirmed they had received such a letter. A senior executive of a bank said the purpose of the proposed MoU was to have employees on board. “This is a commitment and not a legal provision to put blame on and basis for action against employees,” he added.

Sources said SBI Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of the State Bank of India (SBI), has been asked to advise on the terms of the MoU.

According to a senior union leader, they would explore the option of going on strikes if they were not satisfied with the terms of the MoU.

C H Venkatachalam, general secretary, All India Bank Employees’ Association, said employees were ready to cooperate for the effective turnaround of banks. However, unions and employees would not tolerate a vendetta or harassment. Banks have to be empowered to ensure effective recovery from defaulters, especially corporate borrowers, through legal means.

“The government wants the banks to sign the MoU with the unions to restrict economic benefits of employees. This is probably the government’s way of saying the employees of these banks deserve to be punished,” said a source.

Bank unions might find hurdles to their agitation plans. The P J Nayak committee has already suggested privatisation of PSBs. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has expressed a desire to start privatisation with IDBI Bank. Besides, the government in July 2016 said it would capitalise only 13 banks, out of the 19 it owned, based on performance.

Bank unions were in a spot after the government gave a go-ahead to SBI to merge with its associate banks.

Such an MoU was not unprecedented. In 1998-99, the M S Verma committee report had suggested that banks with a return-on-asset ratio of less than one should be liquidated. Affected banks — Indian Overseas Bank, United Bank of India and Indian Bank — had to sign such an agreement with the unions. These banks had returned to health in three years. Then finance minister P Chidambaram used to preside over the board meetings of these banks and employee benefits were significantly curtailed.

The government is trying the same trick this time and the unions might have to oblige to save the banks from privatisation, sources said.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

If this happens Bank Employees will also get  this benefit.

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Gratuity payment ceiling to double to Rs20 lakh

New Delhi: The central government Thursday agreed to allow millions of organised sector employees to withdraw up to Rs20 lakh from their gratuity corpus, double the amount permitted now.

Currently, even if a worker accumulates more than Rs10 lakh as gratuity contribution, he or she is allowed to withdraw only Rs10 lakh.

The agreement came following a meeting between the labour ministry and representatives from states, employees and employers on Thursday.

“All the stakeholders—states, Centre, unions and the industry representatives were on the same page to enhance the gratuity ceiling from Rs10 lakh to Rs20 lakh,” a labour ministry spokesperson said after the meeting.

This follows the 7th Pay Commission report allowing government employees to withdraw up to Rs 20 lakh gratuity, which left out a significantly bigger number of private sector employees. The labour ministry will now bring a formal amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act to implement the change.

All companies and establishments deploying 10 or more workers comes under the Gratuity Act. Gratuity is calculated as: Last drawn salary × 15/26 × number of years of service. Salary means basic pay plus dearness allowance; 15/26 means 15 working days’ pay of the 26 days of pay.

“It was logical that we extend the ceiling to Rs20 lakh and the labour ministry did not have any objection today,” said Virjesh Upadhyay, general secretary of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a trade union affiliated to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

D.L. Sachdeva, national secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) who attended the meeting, said that besides the ceiling hike, labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya agreed to “consider reducing the five years’ gratuity payment rule”.

  Currently, an employee with at least five years of continuous service is eligible to get gratuity, which forms part of the overall salary package of an employee, but not paid monthly.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tall claims !!
Income Tax slab rate reduced from
10% to 5% , For income upto Rs.500000!
Tax payer will be benefited by Rs.12500!

Is it true?

But, media / news papers does not highlight one change.
Yes, Tax rebate of Rs.5000 for income upto Rs.500000 available till last year is changed.
Now it is reduced to Rs.2500 and that too upto income of Rs.350000.

Giving benefit by one hand and take away the existing benefit by the other hand!
What an ideaji?

Pl. Read the examples compiled by me .
Those who are under income of Rs. 500000 are not benefited anything.

But, those who are having income of above Rs.500000 are fully benefitted by
Rs.12500.

This Government is for whom?




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DA payable to employees for the Quarter Feb. to April 2017 shall be 469 slabs i.e. a decrease of 9 slabs from the current level .

For Pensioners :
Increase of 14 slabs.
Strike on 07.02.2017 called by AIBEA, AIBOA & BEFI deferred.

Fresh strike call called by UFBU
On 28.02.2017

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Details of Decision by UFBU :

On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 5:18 PM,

PRADIP BISWAS, General Secretary, Bank Employees Federation of India.

Dear Comrades,

Today UFBU meeting was held in Delhi.

UFBU felt the need for launching agitational programme including strike in view of the developments that are taking place  in the industry and Government,   Iba's  lukewarm attitude towards employees and officers' pending issues.

After threadbare discussions, ufbu decided to give a countrywide strike call in all Banks on 28th February, 2017  against banking sector reforms, on recovery of NPA, demonetisation related problems and on other pending issues of employees and officers.

NOBW and NOBO asked for some time to tell their views on participation in strike on 28th Feb.

Nine General Secretaries / one representative from each organisation will meet on 5th Feb in Mumbai to fine tune the issues and demands of the strike and prepare the strike notice.

In view of this development strike call given by BEFI AIBEA AIBOA and all related programme stands withdrawn.

Pradip  Biswas
Camp: Delhi

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7

AIBOC COUNTERS THE VIEWS OF BBB CHIEF
DEMANDS INDUSTRY LEVEL WAGE SETTLEMENT FOR ALL SCALES
The five-yearly exercise of wage revision through bipartite discussions, due on 1st
November, 2017 has not been started despite clear directions of the Ministry of Finance
and its three reminders. Though the Ministry had given directions to the Bank
Managements and IBA to initiate the process one year ago on 12/01/2016, no perceptible
action is visible at the ground level. AIBOC is ready with the Charter of Demands which
will be submitted to IBA as soon as IBA invites us to do so. Wage revision has been a
process of negotiations between the Unions representing the employees/officers and IBA
representing the individual bank managements. In this regards, AIBOC demands:
1. The wage revision negotiation – as hitherto - shall cover all member banks in the country
– those in Public Sector as also the old generation Private Sector. There are attempts on the
part of a few in the Government, IBA as well as the recently constituted BBB to pursue bank
level settlement. AIBOC is strongly opposed to this anti-labour and de-unionization move.
For the past more than 5 decades, the salary structure of bank employees and officers was
negotiated at the industry level without any major hiccup and with reasonable equity. This
process must be respected by all the concerned parties. Any attempt to introduce the bank
level settlements will be opposed and thwarted collectively by all the Unions.
2. Similarly, the Officers’ Organisations were negotiating with the IBA wage revisions
covering officers in all Scales – i.e. from Scale I (Assistant Managers or Officers) to Scale VII
(General Managers). This has been necessary to keep parity and relativity in pay, inter-scale
differentiation with due respect to experience. A few banks are ploughing the mundane idea
of dividing the officers on the basis of Scales which will not be acceptable to AIBOC. We
demand that the existing practice of negotiating the salary structure and other allowances
should cover all the scales including the top most Scale.
3. Recently, there has been another move to incentivize the bank employees/officers
through Performance linked pay/incentives. This will be a prelude to introduce differential
pay as also the concept of CTC at a later stage. Setting performance parameters at various
levels of banking functions does not fit well into the banking environment as there are
multiple functions for a few and specialist functions for another lot. Moreover, such
parameters may not work well with the functionaries in controlling offices who undertake
jobs of evolving and implementing policies and guidelines at the back office. The unilateral
introduction of such practices are aimed at bypassing the bipartite machinery and casting
employees against their own colleagues. This exercise will lead to inequality, favouritism and
discrimination. Instead of enthusing and encouraging the workforce, it will lead to
demotivation in the industry and suspicion amongst the workforce. AIBOC demands, instead,
to finalize a better and satisfactory wage packet which has to be superior to 7th C.P.C.
through the bipartite machinery already in force, in the best interests of the banks and the
economy.
AIBOC, the largest union of the supervisory cadre in the banking industry, calls
upon the Government to immediately direct the IBA to ensure to start wage
revision negotiations in right earnest on the above lines. Such an action will be
pro-active and rewarding to the bank officers who have relentlessly toiled day
and night since 2014 for implementing various Govt. policies like ‘PMJDY’, Jeevan
Bima Yojana, DBT, MUDRA and Subsidy disbursements etc. and the latest being
demonetization process. Officers expect that the praises and appreciations of the
Prime Minister, Finance Minister and the Ministry of Finance translate into action
through a hassle free, well deserved and decent early wage settlement.
New Delhi (HARVINDER SINGH)
10/01/2017 GENERAL SECRETARY