Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

CIRCULAR No. UFBU/2017/06                            Date : 03.05.2017



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,



Anonymous said...

Dear Friends, In this circular it is well explained about the speedy settlement before Diwali. Its a very good start. But we have to wait and see what will happen when we go with spoon for lunch in the negotiation table. Whether it is sumptuous or for intestine. We will.......

BALAJI C S said...

By yesterday itself, Negotiating Committee should have been ready with IBAs offer to Bankmen, exchange each other's demand and offerings and fix a date for next round of talks. I feel IBA is not fast enough. Should wait and see.

Anonymous said...

From where we can download this circular

R Kh said...

Why NPA linked to Wage Revision.. Is it a govt failure if is then y Shud a banker be punished?? Instead punished him who deserves it..

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Kochu said...

Let's at least confer that the proactivity came from govt and not from the union's.. why should union's be ready if it's profitable for them to delay as much as possible.. ? There very existence is based on that.

Santosh said...

please tell me where we can get that circular

Santosh said...

please tell me where we can get that circular

ASHOK KUMAR Arora said...

Donot expect anything because Union leaders have failed to get parity of PSBs staff with RBI staff on issue of enhancement of gratuity to Rs. 20 lacs for bankers wef 01012016 which directly gives benefit varying from Rs. 5 to Rs. 10 lacs to every banker.I wish to mention here that gratuity for RBI staff is already increased wef 01012016 but the same is not yet announced for PSBs staff.

Ashok Kumar Arora

V S VOMMI said...

Pension should also revised at par with Central government employees.

Ranjit Bhattacharya ,Ucobank said...

The retirees should not get a raw deal like last time