Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 Day banking, Hopes alive!


Hopes alive on 5 day banking!!

Circular issued by AIBOC union dt.19.04.2014:

Dear Comrades, 

 Our members are being informed from time to time about efforts being made by the 
Confederation in pursuing our demand for “Five Day Working Week in Banking Industry”. Apart 
from lobbying with bureaucracy, politicians we are in continuous touch with IBA on the issue. We 
are happy to note that after our discussions in the last Executive Committee, many of our office 
bearers have ensured publishing of organizational views on our demands and policies in print 
media. We have sent yet another written communication vide our letter Ref. 2014/23 dated 
17/04/2014 to The Chairman, IBA and Secretary, DFS, text of which is appended below. We 
convey our thanks to IBA for giving us a positive ear on this demand. 

With warm greetings, 
 Yours comradely, 



Ref: 2014/23 Dated: 17/04/2014 

The Chairman, 
Indian Banks‟ Association 

Respected Sir, 


We would like to draw your attention to the major economic crisis our country has faced in the recent 
past owing to a continuous slide in the value of rupee leading to almost a state of economic emergency. 

The Current Account Deficit (CAD) shot up unfavorably and controlling the fiscal deficit was a great 
challenge. For both the major macro - economic problems, the centre of focus has been expensive 
Petroleum imports. The problems confronting the Petroleum ministry to restrict imports and remove 
subsidies had major political and social ramifications. 

We, the largest national organization of Bank officers, feel responsible and duty bound to our beloved 
country and feel that Banking Sector can contribute enormously in conserving fuel, petroleum products, 
electricity etc., if „FIVE DAY‟ working week could be implemented. Besides, it will serve the dual purpose 
of controlling pollution which is the need of the day. 

We wish to bring to your kind notice that since the last petroleum crisis faced during the Kuwait war, 
'FIVE DAY' working week in Banking Industry has been our considered demand. One of the major benefits 
apart from various others was to save energy and fuel. We strongly believe „Energy saved is energy 
produced'. We are made to understand that RBI is not averse to the idea and IBA also supported the 
move but due to lack of consistent and sustained follow up, the final decision could not be taken. 
Introducing „FIVE DAY‟ working week in Banking Industry will be of immense help for the reasons 
enumerated as under:  
 There are over 80,000 banking and financial branches and offices. One day additional closure a 
week will lead to enormous energy and cost savings 
 There is over 10 lac work force in banking & financial sector. Over 70% use their vehicles to reach 
work place and if they are off road for an additional day in a week the saving of precious fuel will 
be tremendous 
 There are over 30000 cars used by the branches, offices & executives for official purposes. A huge 
amount of fuel can be saved if they remain off the roads for one more day. 
 All Bank Branches are on CBS, which require continuous power supply for connectivity. The power 
supply is not uniform all over the country. In most parts of the country, there are erratic power 
supply or prolonged power cuts, hence the branches/offices have to use diesel generator sets 
consuming precious fuel. Even small branches with few transactions have to maintain these 
generator sets & incur heavy expenditure, 
 There will be a drastic reduction in pollution during the long weekends. Environmental benefit will 
be many folds, when consumption of the highly polluting petroleum fuel is controlled. 

We would also like to draw your kind attention towards the fact that Banks observe five days working 
internationally. The multinational Banks operating in India also follow the five day week policy of their 
parent organization. Some of the major Private Sector Banks like HDFC Bank also undertakes limited 
business transactions through very few selective branches with minimum staff. New generation private 
sector banks like Axis Bank, all IT companies, general insurance sector, Corporates and all Universities, 
colleges & schools work only for 5 days a week. Our regulator, the RBI as well as Central and most 
of the State Govt. offices work only for five days and few have 2nd& 4th
 Saturdays off. 

We humbly submit that the experience in the banking industry clearly establishes that by keeping the 
branches open for extended hours or all days does not lead to increase in business or accretion of new 
business. In 2009, when there was aggressiveness from new generation private sector banks for 
business, all the banks introduced 7 day banking and 8 to 8 banking. Within a year, all the banks wound 
up this experiment as there was low patronage and the cost to benefit ratio was unfavorable. With 
introduction of so many alternate channels of delivery due to IT initiatives, like ATMs, Internet banking, 
Mobile banking etc., majority of the customers in the metropolis, urban and semi urban areas have 
migrated to these for their normal banking needs. The number and penetration of ATMs is much more 
than branches and most of the ATMs are maintained by outside agencies which keep the ATMs available 
round the clock. Now ATMs are not mere dispenser of cash, they are programmed to accept cash and also 
transfer amounts to pay statutory payments, booking of tickets etc. In rural areas, the Public sector 
banks have surpassed the targets of financial inclusions set by the government and have been in forefront 
in reaching unbanked areas of the country. Banking services are made available to the landless labourers, 
marginal farmers and other under privileged and poor people of the rural area round the clock with the 
help of „Business Correspondents‟ and „Business Facilitators‟. Thus with the banking facilities available 
throughout the country on ‘24 X 7’ basis, „five days‟ working week will not have any adverse bearing on 
the customer services. 

To sum up, with the implementation of „Five Days‟ working week, we can save huge amount of cost on 
fuel, petrol/diesel and electricity, can control pollution apart from achieving desirable economic 
implications as enumerated in the forgoing paragraphs. Needless to say, happy and healthy work force 
will lead to higher productivity as stress level and attrition rate will come down. 

In the light of aforesaid facts, we are hopeful that our suggestions would be viewed with fresh 
perspective in the larger interest of the country. 

With warmest regards, 

 Faithfully Yours, 

Sh. G. S. Sandhu 
Secretary, Department of Financial Services, 
Ministry of Finance, Parliament Street, New Delhi. 
(Sir, For Your information & Kind Consideration)

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Call for 5-day week for state banks resurfaces
The Indian Banks' Association (IBA) is reconsidering a long-standing demand from employee unions to keep bank branches open for only five days a week
The Indian Banks' Association (IBA) is reconsidering a long-standing demand from employee unions to keep bank branches open for only five days a week.

IBA has commissioned a study to evaluate the pros and cons of keeping banks shut on Saturdays. The staff unions, under the umbrella of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), refuse to budge on this demand, people familiar with the development told Business Standard.

The merits and the challenges of a five-day week will be placed before the new government by IBA after the general elections, sources said.

Private banks are also IBA members but might choose not to follow such a decision; this would not be so for their state-run counterparts if the government approves. In fact, the Union government had earlier rejected such a proposal on the argument that the public's perception of state-run banks would be further hit.

"Also, at a time when the government and RBI are pushing financial inclusion, reduced working hours for bank branches could be viewed as one step back," said a top executive of a public sector bank.

The staff unions say the extra working hours affecting the health and productivity of staffers. "A five-day week is already available in the international banking system. It is also available here - the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), central and state governments, and companies in the public sector work for (only) five days a week. We have been saying it should be introduced in the banking industry. The government had rejected the proposal but we have been pursuing it through UFBU," said C H Venkatachalam, general secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA).

Unions say such a move is unlikely to affect customer service as alternative channels of delivery - such as ATMs, net banking and phone banking - will allow individuals to conduct banking transactions on weekends. In addition, it is likely to reduce cash transactions and encourage customers to use more of electronic channels for their banking needs.

"Having five days a week will lead to higher productivity and improve the efficiency of bank employees. It will also help banks in reducing cost," said Rajen Nagar, president of AIBEA and general secretary of the Bengal Provincial Bank Employees Association.

RBI's employee union supports the demand. "The work pressure in the banking industry is the highest in the country. Hence, branch banking should be done only during weekdays, keeping in mind the health of employees and their ability to perform. Technology has ensured customers can now have access to their bank accounts 24x7, without going to branches," said Samir Ghosh, general secretary of the All India Reserve Bank Employees Association.

Branch banking at top private banks is available for six days, though some allow employees to take one compensatory leave a month for working on Saturdays. Hence, many fear state-run lenders will lose market share if private banks continue to offer branch banking for six days.

However, union members are hopeful that the five-day week for branch banking, if decided, will be introduced for all banks uniformlyHope of bank employees alive!


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Public sector bankers plan to ask Finance Ministry for 5-day week
Apr 18, 2014 10:44 PM , By K Ram Kumar |

To submit a cost-benefit analysis; cite 24/7 access to services via ATMs, Net, mobiles
Executives from State-owned banks seem determined to prove to the Finance Ministry that a five-day work week is feasible in the banking sector.

While the ministry turned down bankers’ earlier feelers to this end, this time round, the bankers intend to knock on its doors with a cost-benefit analysis for a five-day week.

The ministry has contended in the past that the cause of financial inclusion would suffer with a shorter week, but bankers feel that in this age of modern technology, a bank is accessible to customers 24/7 via alternative delivery channels such as ATMs, the internet, mobile commerce and business correspondents. Financial Inclusion refers to mainstream banks ensuring all sections of society, in general, and vulnerable groups, in particular, have access to financial products and services at an affordable cost, in a fair, transparent manner.

According to a top public sector bank official, the Indian Banks’ Association will carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the five-day work week pattern and the same will be placed before the ministry for its consideration.

A trade union official wondered why bank employees should be denied the benefits of a five-day week when Central Government employees have been enjoying them for nearly three decades.

To increase efficiency in administration, the Union Government had introduced the five-day week in 1985, increasing daily working hours during the five days by an hour.

According to RBI data, there were 11,75,149 employees working in 169 scheduled commercial banks in the country as of March 2012.

UK view
Outlining the benefits of a five-day week to employees in a note, the UK’s labour department said they could have sufficient rest, time with family, and time for further studies and personal interests.

When it comes to employers, the note said the five-day work week would enhance a company’s efficiency, reduce absenteeism, enhance the enterprise’s competitiveness, and retain talent.

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Anonymous said...

If its five day week in banks then it will enhance the profit by reducing operation power,water,etc. It will help employee as well as employer..

Unknown said...

When, we were pressing for 5 days weeks thro' the unions/associations under UFBU during the wage revision talks, the IBA was adamant to hear our demand. But now the Bank executives have taken this demand under the pretext of cost cutting in the balance sheets after screwed by the RBI. It is just like a proverb in Tamil 'PERIYAVANGA SEITHA PERUMAL SEITHA MAATHIRI'

Chandra said...

I very much welcome the idea of 5 days week in banking sector. I HAVE COMPLETED 33 YEARS OF SERVICE IN PUBLIC SECTOR BANK. Every Saturday I used to come home only at about 3.30 . Soon I had my lunch I will feel very much tired. For eg. this month of april 14 when all other govt. employees are enjoying the continuous holidays with their family member , we the poor bank employees are to attend office even on saturdays. We feel ourselves as Beast of Burden. I humbly request our CMDs and higher officials in IBA and RBI to take our miserable position to GOVERNMENT OF INIDA, MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL AND FINANCE and get our grievances redressed. I humbly request all our bank employees to pray to Almighty for this to happen.

Anonymous said...

Well I rather suggest for 7 days a week, as we are way behind what the world is now, we need to work 7 days 24 hours, well BUT should be paid like that, I work on Saturday and ready to work for Sunday too thing is that I should be paid likewise. Hai heemmat, aayegaa ?? Very simple thing pay me more I will work for extra hours, even on Sunday :)

Anonymous said...

kaun hai be tu jada paisa leke sath le jayega kya

Anonymous said...

bara paisa paisa kar raha hai sale apni gaar me dalega

KBN said...

Five days week is a dream of Bank Employees and well deserving one.It will keep the Bank Employees healthy and on par with public sector organisations. Bank Employees return home home late daily and sink in domestic works without having valuable time to spend with children and society. In this technology age no customer of the Bank will suffer because of 5 days. Everybody should heartily welcome. Efficiency does not come through more physical working but due to quality working.

Anonymous said...

what about wage revision ....ufbu is going off the track...bcz it hs very old and selfish members....

Unknown said...

DA likely to decrease for may-july
Is this possible
Can da decrease ....
In all ways bankers are the looser

Unknown said...

My dear friend..who is ready to work 7 days a week...and want to get a heavy salary...first let me tell u..u wil not get a two folds salary..if u get..whats the use..u will hav no time to spend it..and at the end of the day..u wil use that money in paying ur hospital bills. No dont run behind money and put ur dirty comments...enjoy life..give time to ur family n parents..which makes u happy...and if u still want to work 7 days a week n want to earn money..there r many options other than banking.

Unknown said...

Mr.whatever...ready to work 7 days a week...u r in wrong place..there r many other places where u can work 7 days a week n earn lots of better go there...dont put ur dirty comments..we hav our family who wil be much happier to spend a day with us..rather than earning few extra money.

Unknown said...

One cashier of SBI got heart attack , another officer from SBI got hemorrhage on 31st march 2014, in Almora distt , Uttarakhand. Maybe due to intense work pressure.

Unknown said...

Yes we all banker should get approval for five days working. For private sector banker life is very tuff. Leaving home at 8 Am n reaching home at 11pm. Its pathatic coz sometime people doubt tht do we really work in abank or somewhr else. Too much pressure of business. Which affects employees personal n professional life .its spoling peoples health n incresing level of disese. When a person is insound mind can perform best. Seen many banker getting divorced coz not able to give time to their partners.five days working wil save electricity,fuel n emloyees energy.

Anonymous said...

You should join Rahulfo-chech..a.k.a. infochech...(Infosys dude)

Anonymous said...

I guess this guy is alone or left alone...shayad iski biwi nahi hai nahi koi ko sirf paison ki padi is all abt living a healthy life which comes frm rest..are chutiye 24/7 tera baap bi nahi karsakta.tere jaise lavde ke bal ki vajese mgmt leraha employees ki..fuck you n ur idea...

Anonymous said...

Whenever a customer enters the bank he comes with a mood to fight n distract employee even though he gets served better still while leaving he says govt employees hai kaam hi nahi karte .even govt makes 7 days working 24/7 still customer will never happy then wats the point of running bank 6 dayz with loss of operating cost...

Anonymous said...

I am working for sbi as a clrek its been a year for me in sbi n iam already exhausted with the job.people say sbi is gud comparatively to other bank but its not ..i am planning to resign...i will see if wage is gud and 5 days banking then wl continue otherwise will join other job or start any business...

Unknown said...

I dnt know why every one is talking on other matters?banker ask these union..s... what are they doing?last month they said that there will be another talk with IBA in the middle of april? Just ask was that april 14/april 15 or that they can earn more and more levy from wage revision?

Anonymous said...

don't worry its a ploy to once again cheat ordinary bankers for wage settlement at a low level may be around 10.50% only, nothing will happen on 5 day week. Please try to pressurize unions for not settleing below 20% of increase in wage revision....

Anonymous said...

I agree with you completely man. Even I am a clerk with SBI and the year that has passed by has been the most hectic of my life. And the management at the branch is just pathetic. There is a deep officer and clerk divide as if we are some second rate human beings. But those officers don't even the basic things and still they will harass you like anything. I feel disheartened to say the least. And SBI will decay due to its own employees. Those who Burk work. I will continue only if wage revision is good and 5 day banking implemented or else just tata bye bye.