EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA – TAMILNADU
of BEFI) 27, V VKoil Street, VellalaTeynampet, Chennai -600086
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in Public Sector and Private Sector Banks in South India -
Tamil Nadu, Pondichery, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshdweep -
struck work today at the call of United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU)
demanding immediate and fair wage revision.
Bank staff from part time sweepers to the Chief Managers (scale IV) participated in this strike.
Nearly 2.5 crores of instruments amounting to app. 1.75 lakh crores remained uncleared
due to the strike.
The relay strikes will be held in NorthernZone on 03.12.2014, Eastern Zone on 04.12.2014 and western Zone on 05.12.2014 as per the call of the UFBU.
the next settlement became due from 1.11.2012.
Even though two years have passed, the Government at the Centre and
the Indian Banks Association remain adamant not to concede beyond 11% of the
pay slip component consisting of Basic Pay, DA, HRA, stagnation increments, PQP, FPA etc.
The nine unions under the banner of UFBU initially demanded 25% increase
in the pay slip component and have come down to 23% with a view to have a
peaceful bilateral settlement.
But Govt. and IBA were obstinate not to concede anything above 11%.
Even after 13 rounds of discussions there is no improvement in the offer.
to the Central Government scheme, opportunity to switch over to the old pension scheme
from the new one, regulated working hours for the officers, five days banking etc. on the part of the employees and officers.
But the IBA instead of holding meaningful dialogue with the unions constructively,
insists upon anti-employees’ demands like CTC, variable pay, premature retirement
at the age of 55 years or after 30 years of service whichever is earlier,
free hand to transfer employees to any place in the State etc.
the business mix of the Banks has gone up from 33 lakh crore rupees to 115 lakh crore rupees.
The gross profit increased by more than two folds.
More than 25000 branches have been opened. Since last August more than 8 crores accounts
have been opened under the PradhanManthri Jan DhanYojana(PMJDY)for the
under privileged section of the people. Rupay debit card is being issued to them,
which entitle them with free one lakh accident insurance coverage,
Rs.30000 life insurance coverage and Rs.5000 overdraft.
But during this period, the number of staff has gone down by nearly 25000.
The implementations of this PMJDY scheme, the opening of newer branches
combined with reduction of number of staff have enormously increased the work load of
the bank staff.
The price rise is sky rocketing. During the last two years, the consumer price index
has increased twice that of the period of 30 years between 1960 and 1990.
The bank staff are entitled for a decent wage increase.
represented by Indian Banks Association (IBA) on the one hand and 10 lakhs bank employees
and officers represented by UFBU on the other hand before
Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (DCLC) at Mumbai for whole day
between 11 am and 6 pm. It is to be noted that the wage rise during the last settlement
was 17.5% of the overall wage bill. But during this conciliation meeting there was
absolutely no improvement offered by IBA beyond 11% of pay-slip component,
as they expressed that they did not have any mandate from the Central Government.
Thus this strike has been forced upon the Bank staff by the
Central Government and IBA combine.
have taken place in more than 50 centres participated by several thousands of
bank employees and officers.
and officers near Collector Office, opposite to Beach Railway Station.
The mammoth rally was chaired by C M Baskaran, convenor of UFBU-Tamilnadu,
greeted by E Arunachalam(AIBEA), Anadakumar (AIBOC), M A Srinivasan (AIBOA),
C P Krishnan (BEFI) and Veerabadran (INBOC).
just demands of the bank employees and officers,
they will be left with no other alternate except to escalate the agitation
including observance of indefinite strike.
We regret the inconvenience caused to the customers during the strike days.