Press Statement issued by C P KRISHNAN, General Secretary, BEFI-TamilNadu
Ten Lakhs Bank Employees and Officers launch
Indefinite strike from 16th March 2015
The wage revision of the Bank employees and officers has become due from November 2012 as the earlier Five Year Settlement expired on 31.10.2012.
The charter of demands has been submitted well in time and so far 15 rounds of bilateral negotiations have been conducted between UFBU (United Forum of Bank Unions), an umbrella organization of Nine Unions of workmen and officers representing 98% of the work force and IBA (Indian Banks’ Association), the body of the Management of all the Banks.
So far Five days Strike have been observed in
December 2013 (one day),
Feb 2014 (2 days),
November 2014 (one day) and
relay strike in Dec 2014 (1 day).
But both the previous UPA Government and the present NDA Government have been adamant not to concede the reasonable demands of the Bank Staff.
Thus despite all the efforts and exhibition of flexible approach on the part of the work force to settle the demands through peaceful negotiations, the obstinate and adamant stand of the IBA and the Government have forced the Bank employees and officers to resort to agitation and strikes repeatedly.
While the UFBU scaled down its demand from 25%f to 23% of the pay slip component, the IBA did not move upwards from the 11% from June 2014.
It is worthwhile to note that during the earlier wage revision there was an increase of 17.5% on the total load of the wages.
The important demands of the work force include
Drastic improvement of Pension scheme including Pension updation,
Scrapping of New Pension Scheme,
Regulated working hours for officers,
Five days banking etc.
But IBA keeps on repeating its anti-employees demands like
power to transfer workmen anywhere in the State,
Cost to Company including introduction of variable pay,
power to proceed against the employee even after retirement,
power to prematurely retire an employee after 30 years of service or 55 years of age
whichever is earlier etc.
Therefore the UFBU which met at Mumbai today has decided to call for
ONE DAY STRIKE ON 7th JANUARY 2015
FOUR DAYS STRIKE FROM 21st JANUARY to 24th JANUARY 2015
and if the issue remained still unresolved
INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 16th MARCH 2015
Thus Ten Lakhs Bank employees and officers working in more than 85000 Branches all over the country will observe the strike as per the call of the UFBU.
This series of strikes has been forced upon the Bank employees and officers. We regret the inconvenience that may be caused to the customers due to this strike and request the general public to support the just cause of the Bank employees and officers.
(C P KRISHNAN)
The Chief Reporter,
We request you to cover the above statement in your esteemed media.
(C P KRISHNAN)