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UFBU meeting All India Strike – Talks with IBA on wage revision – Offer increased to 8%

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UFBU meeting All India Strike – Talks with IBA on wage revision – Offer increased to 8%

CIRCULAR NO. 31

Date: 30.11.2018

TO ALL AFFILIATES & MEMBERS
Dear Comrades,

  • Talks with IBA on wage revision – Offer increased to 8%
  • UFBU meeting – Call given for All India Strike on 26th 2018 against amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank.

We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. UFBU/2018/20 Dated the 30th November 2018 issued by Com. Sanjeev K. Bandlish, Convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), for information of all affiliates and members.

With revolutionary greetings,
Yours sincerely,
(SANJEEV K. BANDLISH)
GENERAL SECRETARY

“After the last round of discussions held on 12-10-2018, there was another round of Bipartite Talks between IBA and UFBU today in Mumbai. IBA team was led by Shri Rajkiran Rai G. (MD & CEO of Union Bank of India) Chairman of the Negotiating Committee of IBA. UFBU was represented by leaders of all the nine constituent unions.

IBA’s increased offer: Picking up the thread from the discussions of the last round of discussions wherein we had urged upon the IBA to improve their offer of 6% hike in the cost of pay slip components, IBA today revised their offer and increased their offer to 8% instead of 6% offered earlier. IBA also reiterated their formula of further wage increase based on their proposal linked to annual increase in Operating Profit and on Return on Assets of the Banks. While welcoming their improved offer, we stated that differential wage increase based profits of each Bank is not acceptable to us and that the wage revision in the Banks should be uniform as has been hitherto. We also further stated that their revised offer is far below our expectations. Hence, we urged upon the IBA to further revise their offer substantially to an acceptable level. We further stated that the issue of full mandate i.e. wage revision for Officers to cover all Officers upto Scale-VII should also be resolved. IBA expressed their limitations in this regard but we insisted them to find an amicable solution to this important issue.

We have requested the IBA to hold further discussions at the earliest and also hold Sub Committee meeting to sort out other remaining issues raised by us in the Charter of Demands. IBA agreed to this suggestion.

UFBU MEETING: Thereafter, meeting of the UFBU was held at AIBEA Office. While taking note of the improved offer of IBA, the meeting expressed its disappointment that the revised offer is totally inadequate to meet our expectations and further noted with concern the attitude of the IBA in not coming forward to resolve the mandate issue. The meeting decided to pursue these issues vigorously.

WE OPPOSE MERGER AND AMALGAMATION OF THE 3 BANKS – ALL INDIA STRIKE ON 26-12-2018: Regarding the proposed amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the meeting noted that the Government and the concerned Banks were moving ahead with their decision and hence it was decided to give the call for observing All India Strike on 26th December, 2018.

Separate circular with other preparatory programmes will be issued shortly. We call upon all our constituent unions and members to start preparations for this strike action.

Comrades, we are passing through challenging times and hence our unity and united approach will be highly imperative to face these challenges and attacks.”

NCBE Cir. 31

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Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts (1/2)

Cabinet Decision

June 06, 2018

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts
  • The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure – Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crare) during 2018-19. 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.

Details:

  • Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised. The total GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other thanBranch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
  • The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
  • Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) will be as below:
Minimum TRCA of two types of proposed categories of GDSs as per working hours / levels
S.No. Category Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours/level 1 Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours/level 2
1 BPM Rs.12000/- Rs.14500/-
2 ABPM/Dak Sevaks Rs.10000/- Rs.12000/-

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts (2/2)

  • It is decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic TRCA + DA till such time a new scheme is devised.
  • Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment.
  • Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on 1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based on the one time written request of GDSs.
  • Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is revised for Central Government Servants.
  • A new Riskand hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other allowances Viz. Office maintenance allowance, Combined duty allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance allowance, Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised.

Implementation strategy and targets:

The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing efficient & cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve his socio-economic standing.

Impact:

The Branch Post Offices are the fulcrum for provision of Communications and financial services in the village and are located in remote areas. The Post Master has to deal with large sums while making payments to customers; hence accountability is already built into his work. The enhanced remuneration will increase the sense of responsibility. Moreover, with the roll out of the India Post Payment Bank (IPPB), the CDS network is expected to play a key role in the process of financial inclusion of the rural population.

Background:

The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no justification for engaging full time regular employees. One Lakh Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (1,29,346) Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters. In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and Head Post offices. The main features of the engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks are that they work for part time ranging from 3 to 5 hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their families. They remain in service up to the age of 65 years.

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11th BPS Update : Management Issues (10 Points)

11th BPS Update : Management Issues (10 Points)

ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION

Circular No.7/VII/2017

June 5, 2017
Camp: Mumbai

TO

ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

Comrades,

WAGE REVISION – SECOND ROUND.
EXCHANGE OF CHARTER OF DEMANDS.

As you aware that the owners are anxious to settle the wage revision which is due from 1.11.2017, and to achieve this goal there were communications to the Bank managements time and again. Prior to Nationwide strike exclusively by Bankmen on 28th Feb, 2017, officers’ organisations had submitted the broad summary on 20/02/2017 to IBA. Following the submission, at Chennai, on 19th April, 2017, a meeting was held, in which, Com.Alok Khare, Com. M.A.Srinivasan, Com. V.Ramabhadran , Com.G.Gunasekaran and the undersigned participated in the exercise. It was the past practice to submit the Charter of demands of officers and workmen together, but, on 2nd May, 2017, it was not possible.

In the meanwhile, to fine tune the COD, once again, a meeting was held on 1/06/2017 at INBOC office at MUMBAI, in which Com. Alok Khare, Com. V.Viswanathan and the undersigned participated.

IBA has invited the negotiating unions for a discussion today at IBA office to take the wage talks further. Chairman of the IBA Negotiating Team, Shri.R.K.Thakkar, (UCO) Smt. Usha Ananthasubramanian, (Allahabad Bank), Shri.Prashant Kumar (SBI), Shri.V.G.Kannan, CEO IBA, Shri.Rajkumar Dy.CEO, Shri.K.S.Chauhan Vice President HR & IR, besides the members of HR Dept of IBA. CEO, IBA initiated the proceedings of the meeting and handed over the forum to Chairman, Negotiating Team, for taking the discussion further.

After the exchange of the CODs by Officers and Workmen organisations with IBA and the IBA handing their list of demands, Chairman Negotiating team expressed that the time line mentioned in the earlier meeting should be kept in mind, present health of Industry and also the negotiations for officers shall be restricted upto Scale III. He further placed the periodicity of meeting will be every month. While supplementing the views of IBA, Smt. Usha Ananthasubramanian, emphasised that there should be a forward movement at the conclusion of the every meeting.

Reacting to the observations made, representatives have expressed that the expectations of the workforce should be fully addressed, de-stressing of the workforce should be carried out, health of the industry is not on account of the wage cost, negotiations cannot be restricted upto Scale III, residual issues of last wage revision exercise to be resolved viz., Regulated working hours, Discipline and Appeal Regulations, Accountability Policy, 5 days a week, issues of retirees- record note, officer representatives in the Banks’ boards, comparison of wages with Pay commission, unilateral introduction of service condition by a bank, Number of representatives to be allowed to participate in the negotiation, protection from cyber-crime, and problems encountered by the employees in the Insurance backed hospitalisation scheme etc. The meeting lasted for nearly an hour. The representative of the Officers’ organisations have handed over a letter addressed to Chairman IBA pertaining to the restriction stipulated by IBA.

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 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.

UFBU meet-Post discussion with IBA: Subsequently, the representatives of nine unions met and discussed the issues confronting the Industry as well as the collective approach on the wage revision. The meeting lasted for nearly 90 minutes with the decision to meet on a mutually convenient day for a detailed discussion to chalk out the future course of action to “Save the Banking Industry” and also “halt the attacks on jobs and job Security”.

Awaiting for the forward movement for a collective, consensus and also achievable plan of action.

Yours Comradely,
/S.NAGARAJAN/
GENERAL SECRETARY

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Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers

Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers – reg.

Ref: Confdn/Genl/2016-19

Dated – 25.05.2017

To,

The Secretary
Department of Personnel & Training
Government of India
North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

Sub:- Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers – reg.

The minimum wage payable to Temporary Status Casual labourers is revised, every time when the minimum pay of Central Government employees is revised. Eventhough the notification revising the minimum pay of Central Government employees with effect from 01.01.2016 was issued by Government on 25.07.2016, the minimum wage of Temporary status Casual labourer is not yet revised. Pending revision, they are being now paid the minimum wage as per the 6th CPC wage revision.

It is requested that necessary action may be taken for revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual labourers working in various Central Government department.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General &
Standing Committee Member
National Council JCM

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Extension of wage revision benefits arising from 7th CPC recommendation to employees of autonomous bodies set up by GOI

Extension of wage revision benefits arising from 7th CPC recommendation to employees of autonomous bodies set up by GOI
Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-c, Ferozshah Raod, New Delhi – 110001
E.mail: nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
No. NC-JCM-2016/7th CPC
October 18.2016

The Secretary,
Govt of India
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure.
North Block.
New Delhi – 110001

Subject : Extension of wage revision benefits arising from 7th CPC recommendation to employees of autonomous bodies set up by GOI- Reg.
Dear Sir,
The autonomous bodies set up by GOI normally follow the central pattern of Pay Scales and service conditions. The Ministry of Finance is to issue the requisite coders as and when pay commission recommendations are accepted and implemented in so far as Central Government Employees are concerned to extend the said benefit to employees of autonomous bodies. To give effect to 6th CPC recommendations, orders were issued on 30.09.2008. So far no order has been issued by the Govt extending the 7th CPC benefit to employees of autonomous bodies. We request that the same may please be expedited.
In respect of employees who are on permanent deputation to such autonomous bodies, the Revised Pay Rules, 2016 notified as GSR 721 (E) dated 25.07.2016 is applicable. However. it has been represented to us that some of the autonomous Bodies have not extended the benefit to the employees on deputation, probably due to an incorrect understanding of the issue.
We request that the autonomous bodies may be advised to implement the notification in the ease of employees/officers on deputation to autonomous organization without waiting for a formal order from the Ministry of Finance.
Thanking You,
Yours Faithfully
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
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7th Pay Commission : Central Government Employees Fed up – As Govt Crawls on Allowances, Wage Revision Issues

7th Pay Commission : Central Government Employees Fed up : As Govt Crawls on Allowances, Wage Revision Issues

Once again Central government employees are ready to take on the government and are preparing to strike work as government remains slow in revising the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances, minimum wage and fitment formula.

The government employees are ruing the fact that no decision has taken place on Allowances so far. The Secretary ( Personnel) was to have a meeting with the Secretary, Staff Side, on October 13, to firm up the view on various allowances pertaining to Department of Personnel & Training. The meeting has been postponed to October 25.

It was expected that the recommendations of allowance committee will be made in October 2016 , with the postponement of meetings now we can expect the allowances committee to submit its report in November 2016. said the Confederation of Central Government Employee and Workers of Karnataka State.

The employees are also complaining that the government has so far not set up the high level committee on minimum wage, fitment formula revision and other main demands of central government employees as assured by Cabinet Ministers in July 2016.

When central government employees rejected the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and threatened to strike work, government,announced to set up a high level committee within a period of four months, and look into the issue of wage revision.

The Central Government has shown urgency in issuing orders on advances, but the same urgency is not shown in case of issue of orders on allowances and revision of minimum wage, fitment formula which will benefit lakhs of Central Government employees, added the confederation.

The employees are planning to carry out demonstrations on October 20 and once again try to reach out to the Prime Minster, Home Minister, Finance Minister and all Department heads. The employees are willing to strike work post December 15, if their demands remain ignored.

Source: Zeenews

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Central Government Employees demand of date of effect from Jan 2014 is fully justified.

Central Government Employees demand of date of effect from Jan 2014 is fully justified.

Comrades,
Now the Government has announced the One Rank One Pension Scheme for Defence veterans. Its Highlights are as follows.

The benefit will be given with effect from 1st July, 2014. Arrears will be paid in four half-yearly instalments. All widows, including war widows, will be paid arrears in one instalment.

To begin with, OROP would be fixed on the basis of calendar year 2013. Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners retiring in the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of minimum and maximum pension in 2013. Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected.

In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.

 

Now we should expect the 7th CPC report to be submitted in next three months( after Bihar Elections)

Now the Defence veterans are now having five years wage revision. The government has allowed Central Public Sector units to revise wages of all non-executive employees every five years instead of 10 years. Bank employees are having five years wage revision.

Why not Central Government employees have the same five years wage revision provided to others and have a permanent wage review body. Now our demand of Central Government employees by the staff side JCM for date of effect from Jan 2014 is fully justified by Government issuing orders for others for five years wage revision as in case of Defence veterans, Bank employees and Central Public Sector.

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

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Pay commission for government employees: Parliament panel wants doubling of pay, automatic pay revision mechanism for MPs

Pay commission for government employees: Parliament panel wants doubling of pay, automatic pay revision mechanism for MPs

 

“Pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees : The Committee has proposed that an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees.”

Parliament panel wants doubling of pay, automatic pay revision mechanism for MPs

A parliamentary panel has recommended doubling the salary of law makers and also increasing pension of former MPs by almost 75%. The joint committee, which has submitted its recommendations to the government, has also proposed an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees.

Sources said the panel has made a total of around 60 recommendations. “The committee has reasoned that the last revision of MPs salary happened in 2010 and they don’t get any dearness allowance like that of government employees,” said a government source.

At present, sitting MPs get monthly salary of Rs 50,000. The panel has also recommended that the daily allowance of Rs 2,000, which they get for attending the House during Parliament sessions should be increased substantially, sources said.

“The hike is overdue. Our daily expenses only for offering tea to visitors come to around Rs 1,000. Can we stop showing this little courtesy to electorates?” asked a sitting BJP lawmaker.

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Bank Employees Wage Revision – Feedback of meeting with IBA on 17.3.2015

Bank Employees Wage Revision – Feedback of meeting with IBA on 17.3.2015

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) published the discussion points in the meeting with Indian Banks Association held on 17th March 2015.

Nearly 26 points were discussed in the meeting and more important issues like construction of Revised Pay Scales, revised DA formula, HRA rates, Transport Pay, introduction of Grade Pay, revision of Special Pay, LFC, revision in other allowances, retirees’ issues, etc. and other issues/ demands would be taken up for discussions in the subsequent rounds of meetings.

DETAILS OF DISCUSSION WITH IBA ON 17.03.2015

Discussions with IBA on 17-03-2015

Units and members are aware that our charter of demands includes demands on improvement in various service conditions apart from increase in wages. Prior to the signing of the Minutes of Discussion on 23-2-2015, there were two rounds of discussions with the IBA on these issues. Yesterday i.e., on 17.03.2015, one more round of discussions took place, during which understandings have been reached on the following issues:

1) ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE: The benefit of encashment of Privilege Leave will be available even in the cases of resignations from the Bank after 20 years of service as well on loss of job due to punishments (other than cases of punishment of Dismissal and cases where there is loss to the Bank).

2) LEAVE: The present stipulation that Casual Leave (CL) upto 4 days can be availed continuously provided the total absence including Sundays and holidays does not exceed more than 6 days would be deleted.

3) Presently Unavailed Casual Leave (UCL) can be availed for a day without production of medical certificate. In addition UCL may be availed without production of medical certificate for 4 days at a time once in a year or 2 days at a time twice in a year.

4) Privilege Leave (PL) can be availed on 4 occasions in a year (as against 3 occasions at present).

5) 15 days’ Notice would be sufficient to avail Privilege Leave (as against 30 days’ notice at present).

6) Privilege Leave can be accumulated upto 270 days (as against the existing ceiling of 240 days). However, encashment upto 240 days would continue as at present.

7) Special Sick Leave with Salary for a maximum period of 30 days would be sanctioned to an employee while on hospitalisation for donation of kidney or any organ.

8) Maternity Leave, within the overall entitlement, would be granted for 60 days (now 45 days) in the case of hysterectomy.

9) Maternity Leave for legal adoption of a child would be 6 months (now 2 months)

10) The above facility of Maternity Leave would also be available to a biological mother in cases where the child is born through surrogacy.

11) Part time employees would also be entitled to Maternity Leave under (9) and (10) above.

12) Paternity Leave would be extended on the lines of Government employees i.e. 15 days at a time on 2 occasions.

13) Study Leave upto 2 years would be sanctioned to workmen employees as available to officers.

14) Sabbatical Leave for women employees would continue to be extended on the lines of government guidelines.

15) Sabbatical Leave for male employees would be referred to the Government for consideration.

16) Extraordinary Leave (without Pay) would be sanctioned upto a max. of 720 days during the entire service (as against the existing ceiling of 12 months).

17) Special Casual Leave for absence due to curfew would include exigencies like riots, prohibitory orders, natural calamities.

18) Special Leave for Sports activities, trekking, mountaineering, etc, would be dealt with at each Bank level.

19) INTRODUCTION OF LEAVE BANK: System of Leave Bank would be introduced by which employees can voluntarily donate a part of their entitled leave to a common pool from out of which leave with salary would be sanctioned to employees who are compelled to be on prolonged leave due to treatment of major diseases/accidents and other contingencies beyond their control and where such employees have exhausted all their leave.

20) Diem Allowance: Diem Allowance payable while on travel on duty would be revised upwardly and quantum would be finalised in the next meeting.

21) When employees travel on duty to another station and stay in a hotel, the room rent would be reimbursed; the eligible rates would be finalised in the next meeting.

22) Transportation of goods while on transfer: An employee while on transfer from one station to another can transport his personal effects by train or road (even if the places are connected by train) upto the stipulated weights by an IBA approved Transport Operator.

23) Compensation for Breakages: Compensation for losses due to breakages or damage to goods while transporting would be reimbursed as under:

Existing amount on production of receipts for Clerks – Rs.1120 to be revised as Rs.1500

Existing amount on production of receipts for Substaff – Rs.745 to be revised as Rs.1000

Existing amount without production of receipts for Clerks – Rs.745 to be revised as Rs.1000

Existing amount without production of receipts for Substaff – Rs.560 to be revised as Rs.750

24) Travel on Duty/on transfer:

Existing for Non-Subordinate employees 1st Class to be revised as AC 2 Tier

Existing for Subordinate employees 2nd Class to be revised as AC 3 Tier

25) Dependents’ Income Criteria: Income limit to define a dependent would be Rs. 10,000/- per month (as against the existing Rs.3,500/- p.m.)

26) Pension for part time employees: The entire service period would be taken for arriving at eligible pension instead of pro-rata service.

Important issues like construction of revised Pay Scales, revised DA formula, HRA rates, Transport Pay, introduction of Grade Pay, revision of Special Pay, LFC, revision in other allowances, retirees’ issues, etc. and other issues/ demands would be taken up for discussions in the subsequent rounds of meetings.

Further development on these issues will be informed to members in due course.

Source: AIBEA

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Central Government staff demand early implementation of wage revision

Central Government staff demand early implementation of wage revision

Members of the Joint Council of Action South Zone which represents employees from the Railway, Defence, Postal and other Central Government departments organised a protest meeting near the Collectorate premises here on Monday.

More than 300 members of various associations, including Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), All India Defence Employees’ Federation (AIDEF) and National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), participated in the protest meeting. Zonal president Raja Sridhar and divisional secretary J.M. Rafiq addressed the meeting.

The members also submitted a petition at the Collectorate along with a copy of the demands adopted by the National Convention of the Central Government Employees in December 2014.

In their 37-point charter of demands, the employees asked for the implementation of wage revision for Central government employees, which should be done once in every five years.

‘No privatisation’

They also demanded that no privatisation or Foreign Direct Investment should be allowed in railways and defence establishments, and opposed corporatisation of postal services.

Among other things, they also opposed outsourcing and privatisation of governmental functions and asked the government to withdraw the proposed move to close down printing presses.

Stating that many residential quarters needed renovation, the employees urged the Central government to carry out repairs, not to compel staff to stay in inhabitable quarters, and pay house rent allowance.

Source: thehindu

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Detailed Report on Negotiations with IBA – BEFI

Detailed Report on Negotiations with IBA – BEFI

BANK EMPLOYEES FEDERATION OF INDIA
NARESH PAUL CENTRE
53 Radha Bazar Lane, (1st Floor), Kolkata – 700 001
e-mail : pradipbefi@yahoo.co.in Website : http://www.befi.in/
(Ph):033- 2225-4414/2236-5108 (M) 94331 44271 Fax: 033-2236-5109/2242-069

Circular No: 01/2015

08th January 2015

To All Affiliates/Office Bearers/CC/GC Members

Dear Comrades,

NEGOTIATIONS WITH IBA

At the very outset, we wish all our members, their families, well-wishers and all acquaintances a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2015.

In view of the Strike Notice by UFBU, the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) convened a Conciliation on 05th January 2015.

In the conciliation, we emphasized that the proposed strike actions have been thrust on us by a totally indifferent and negative attitude of IBA in the matter of wage negotiations, despite flexible approach adopted by UFBU; we also took serious exception to IBA’s communication to the member Banks to re-visit the mandate. IBA, on their part, assured that they had no intention to complicate matters and expressed eagerness to resume negotiations on 06th instant.

Accordingly, another round of negotiations took place on 6th in Mumbai when, after prolonged hard-bargaining, IBA improved its offer from 11% to 12.5% of pay-slip components. While making it absolutely clear that this was not at all acceptable, UFBU demonstrated its flexibility by further revising its demand to 19.5% increase. IBA, while indicating its willingness to continue the negotiations on 07th too, requested for withdrawal of Strike programmes.

In view of some improvement in the talks, UFBU decided to defer the proposed Strike of 07th January 2015.During the negotiations on 07th, UFBU once again insisted on IBA for further improving its offer, to which IBA expressed that they want some more time for discussion amongst themselves. To our demand that negotiations be held at regular intervals for arriving at a settlement without further delay, IBA responded positively and indicated its intention to conclude the process by the end of February 2015. It was decided that Sub-Committees would be formed for expeditious resolution on some of the contentious issues, like reimbursement of 100% of Hospitalisation Expenses, regulated working-hours for officers, 5-day week, etc., raised by UFBU. IBA also agreed to discuss the Pension related issues/demands of UFBU.

Comrades, the united might of bankmen throughout the country has restored the negotiation process; but nothing should be taken for granted. We may only assure that the UFBU would leave no stone unturned to clinch a reasonable and fair deal for all the employees and officers as expeditiously as possible. However, given the past record of the IBA as also of the Government, we must be vigilant and remain organizationally prepared for any eventuality and to plunge into action, even at shortest possible notice.

Further developments would be communicated to you all in due course.

With greetings,

Comradely yours,

(PRADIP BISWAS)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Source: www.befi.in

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IBA TO HOLD TALKS WITH BANK UNIONS (UFBU) TOMORROW(6.1.2015)

IBA TO HOLD TALKS WITH BANK UNIONS (UFBU) TOMORROW(6.1.2015)

OUT COME OF CLC MEET OF 5th JAN’15.

In the conciliation meeting held today-5th Jan.15. by CLC at Delhi, IBA said it would hold negotiations with UFBU tomorrow at Mumbai to find amicable solution. UFBU agreed to attend the meeting.

Further course of action depends on the outcome of tomorrow’s meeting with IBA.

Conciliation talks with CLC ended and IBA called UFBU to have a round of talks tomorrow 06.1.2015 at Mumbai at 3.00 p.m.

Submitted By Mohan.P (Via ‘Paycommissionupdate’)

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Bank Unions wage increase demand irrational: IBA

Bank Unions wage increase demand irrational: IBA

 

Indian Banks’ Association said it is the only representative body of banks which acts on the mandate given by the banks for wage settlement, a statement issued here said.

 

It said IBA’s Negotiating Committee comprise of CMDs of Public Sector Banks as well as Private Sector Banks which are parties to the Bipartite a settlements has started the wage negotiation in justify earnest since October 2012.
It said 14 rounds of discussion have been held and two major issues, i.e., effective date of implementation and merger of DA have been clinched.

 

“In the past 7th and 8th Bipartite Settlements, the wage increase was between 10 percent and 13 percent. The 9th Bipartite Settlement was an exception as compared to earlier settlements and cannot be quoted as precedent.”

 

In the current wage settlement, a hike of 11 percent on salary and allowances has been offered based on the paying capacity of all the banks, lower profitability, higher requirements for provisions and further capital requirement under Basel-III, which translates into 12.5 percent on the balance sheet cost that too is unaffordable to some of the banks.

 

“The issues regarding wage negotiation deliberated in Negotiating Committee of IBA are further discussed in a larger forum, i.e., Managing Committee of IBA and the Chairmen of all the banks were unequivocal in saying that the demand of 23% increase of Unions/Associations is unaffordable, illogical, exorbitant and irrational.”
IBA appealed Unions/Associations to give up the agitational path and return with pragmatic approach to the negotiation table and to resolve the issue through bipartism.

 

“Despite the appeal made by IBA as well as Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) at the conciliation meetings not to resort to strike and resolve the issue through bipartism, the Unions/Associations went on one day strike on November 12, 14 followed by Zonal relay strikes from December 2 to December 5, 2014.

In the meantime, IBA has requested to all member banks to assess their paying capacity and advise IBA accordingly.

 

“It is, therefore, apparent that IBA is serious to settle the issue at the earliest and not adopting delayed tactics as alleged by the Unions/Association.”

 

Source : Rising Kashmir

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No improvement in Conciliation meeting held on 5.11.2014 – Bank employees Strike on 12.11.2014

No improvement in IBAs offer – UFBU decides to go ahead with the strike on 12.11.2014

Conciliation meeting held by CLC today(5.11.2014) – No improvement in IBAs offer – CLC calls for further meeting on 10th instant – UFBU decides to go ahead with the strike


Further to the Strike notice served on the IBA by the UFBU, conciliation meeting was held today in New Delhi by Mr. P.P. Mitra Chief Labour Commissioner, Ministry of Labour, Government of India. IBA was represented by Mr. M.V. Tanksale, Chief Executive, Mr. Unnikrishnan, Dy. Chief Executive and other officials. UFBU was represented by all the constituent unions.

 

During the conciliation proceedings, the IBA contended that due to the reducing profitability of the Banks, they are unable to accept the demands of the UFBU and stated that for the sake of an amicable settlement, they would be willing to consider improving their present offer provided UFBU agrees to substantially reduce the demands. IBA also suggested that UFBU should defer the strike so that the negotiations may be further continued.

 

On behalf of the UFBU, we explained the reasonability and justification of our demands and stated that the IBAs offer falls too short of our expectations and hence not at all acceptable. We further stated that looking to the runaway inflation as well as the increasing stress and workload under which bank employees and officers are working now-a-days, we deserve adequate wage revision. We also said that besides improvement in emoluments and service conditions, other demands like 5 day banking, regulated working hours for officers, improvement in pension scheme, extending the old pension scheme to the newly recruited employees, etc. are also needed to be resolved but the IBA is not forthcoming on these issues.

 

IBA informed that they are willing to continue the negotiations further and appealed to the UFBU to defer the strike to facilitate a better atmosphere. UFBU informed that the strike call has been forced on the Unions due to the unhelpful approach and unacceptable offer of the IBA and reiterated its preparedness for further negotiations provided IBA would come forward with substantial improvement in their offer.

 

After hearing both sides, the Chief Labour Commissioner suggested that both IBA and the UFBU should take steps to reconcile the differences and reach an amicable settlement. He further advised the IBA to talk to the UFBU to find out how the strike could be averted. He also adjourned the conciliation proceedings to 3-00 PM on 10th November, 2014 for further discussions.

 

Thus, our demands remained unresolved and UFBU decided to go ahead with the strike. Hence, we call upon all our constituent unions and members to march on to 12th November 2014 strike withouut any let up.

 

sd/-
M V Murali
Convener

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Xth Bipartite Wage Revision meeting updates… (26.9.2014)

Xth Bipartite Wage Revision meeting updates on 26.9.2014

 The latest two updates are given below for your information and wait for sometime to know the current position…

All Banking Solutions says…

Reports at 3.00 PM indicates that meeting with IBA is over. UFBU still discussing the matter to make their final announcement on the outcome of the negotiations. Reports are not encouraging and indicate there is no tangible progress in negotiation talks . (uploaded on 26/09/2014 – 15:15 Hours )

Wage Revision Is Not Now A Top Priority Issue for AIBOA and AIBEA by Rajesh Goyal (uploaded on 26/09/2014 – 9.50 AM)

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Bank employees wage settlement – Bank employees expect early settlement on wage revision

One of the leading newspaper, ‘The Hindu’ publishes the details of the Confederation of All India Bank Officers meeting  held on Friday at Mangalore…

 

Bank employees expect early settlement on wage revision

MANGALORE : The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation on Friday said it hoped the negotiation with the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) on September 24 would result in the wage revision acceptable to the employees, failing which United Forum of Bank Unions would be forced to take some strong steps.

Addressing the members here, Confederation President Y. Sudarshan regretted the managements treat employees as ‘liability’ when it comes to wage revision while for the rest of operations, including spread of various government schemes, they are treated as assets. The vast human resource of banks, which has helped the industry to come to the present level and is prepared to the take modernisation forward, should be treated as capital asset and salaries as long-term investment, he demanded.

Officers and employees do not take pleasure in resorting to strikes and inconvenience the public, Mr. Sudarshan clarified. It is the attitude of the managements that has been forcing them to resort to strikes. Not a single wage revision in the past two decades has come without strike whereas government employees and legislators get salaries revised at regular intervals, he regretted. The 9th bipartite agreement expired in October 2012 and since then employees have eagerly been awaiting the next revision amidst several negotiations and a couple of strikes, he said.

Initially, the IBA had offered 5 per cent hike, Mr. Sudarshan said and termed it a piece of biscuit thrown at dogs. During the recently concluded negotiations, the IBA came up to offering 11 per cent hike whereas the Confederation has stuck to its demand of 25 per cent hike. The Unions and employees are no more prepared to wait, Mr. Sudarshan added.

He said public sector banks have been continuing their contribution towards strengthening the economy even as they were the ones responsible for the nation withstanding the economic slowdown in 2011. They have been the ones ensuring government’s programmes reach the targeted class, including the latest Jan Dhan Yojana. The Confederation is also opposed to merger of PSU banks, attempts for which are reportedly being made by the central government, he said.

Confederation Advisor M. Harshavardhan and others were present.

 

Source: www.thehindu.com

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NFPE & FNPO DECIDED TO GO ON NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE

NFPE & FNPO DECIDED TO GO ON NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE

NFPE & FNPO DECIDED TO GO ON NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE IF THE DEMAND FOR INCLUSION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS UNDER THE PURVIEW OF 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION IS NOT ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THE MAIN DEMANDS OF THE STRIKE WILL BE

(1) Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC

(2) Regularisation of Casual, Part-time, Contingent Employees and Revision of their wages with effect from 01.01.2006 (as per 6th CPC wage revision) & Grant of DA

(3) Merger of 50% DA with pay for all employees including GDS

The above decision was taken in the Central JCA Meeting held on 19.10.2013 at New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri. T. N. Rahate, President, FNPO.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
NFPE

D. Theagarajan
Secretary General
FNPO

Source: www.confederationhq.blogspot.in

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Scheme for wage negotiations for employees in CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises)

Scheme for wage negotiations for employees in CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises)

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

04-June-2013 21:05 IST

Policy for wage negotiations for workmen in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for permitting the management of Central Public Service Enterprises (CPSEs) to initiate wage negotiations generally effective from 01.01.2012, subject to the condition that negotiated scales of pay would not come in conflict with existing scales of pay of executives / officers and non-unionized supervisors of the respective CPSEs.

This will benefit workmen of those CPSEs which opted for 5 years of wage settlement w.e.f. 01.01.2007 and they can now go for another wage negotiation for 5 years w.e.f. 01.01.2012.

Background :

There are 260 CPSEs in the country employing 13.98 lakh persons (2.74 lakh executives, 0.31 lakh non-unionized supervisors and 10.93 lakh unionized supervisors and workmen) as on 31.3.2012.

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Retirement age of Indian Telephone Industries employees

Retirement age of Indian Telephone Industries employees

Question raised about the retirement age and wage revision of Indian Telephone Industries employees in the Parliament.

Whether Government is contemplating to raise the retirement age of employees of Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Ltd., Raebareli from 58 to 60 years..?

Whether salary/wages of employees of ITI, Raebareli have not been revised for the last fourteen years..?

Whether Government has discontinued the Children Education Allowance, Festival Allowance, Uniform, Shoes, POL, etc., admissible to the employees earlier..?
The below information was laid down in the Rajya Sabha on 7th September 2012 by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology as follows…

 

Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology has six manufacturing Plants located at Bangaluru (Karnataka), Palakkad (Kerala), Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) and Naini, Rae Bareli and Mankapur ( all 3 in Uttar Pradesh). The service conditions including age of superannuation are common to all the employees working in various Plants of the Company including Raebareli Plant. There is no proposal from Department of Telecommunications (DOT) to enhance the retirement age of employees working in Raebareli Plant alone.
The pay scales of employees working in various Plants of the Company including Raebareli Plant were last revised in year 2000 based on 1st Pay Revision Committee ( year 1997) recommendations. However, on account of losses incurred during the last several years, the company has already been referred to BIFR (Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction) and declared sick by BIFR in 2004. DOT has prepared a revival plan of Rs. 4156.79 Crores for ITI which is yet to be approved by BRPSE (Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises)/ Cabinet. The revival plan includes Salary/Establishment cost during revival plan period and 39 months arrears pertaining to above pay revision.
As a cost cutting measure, ITI Management had suspended/withdrawn certain facilities like Annual Advance, School Fee Reimbursement, Uniform including Footwear, Privilege Leave (PL) Encashment and Liberalized Leave Travel Concession (LLTC) Encashment from 2003-04. Subsequently, after review of the Company’s financial position, the management has already restored PL Encashment, LLTC Encashment and Uniform to all its employees including Raebareli Plant in consultation with representatives of recognized unions and Officers Associations. However, ITI is not in a position to restore the other allowances like festival advance, children education allowance and footwear to employees due to poor financial health and continuous losses.

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