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CIRCULAR TO ALL UNITS                                                                                                                                      29th May, 2017

Dear Comrades,

      Ø  Extend solidarity and support to All India strike in Oriental Bank of Commerce on 12th June, 2017.

Oriental Bank of Commerce has been one of the Banks where the industrial relations between the management and our Unions have been very cordial since all the employees and officers belong to one organisation under the twin banners of AIBEA and AIBOA.  This has also helped the Bank to register impressive growth and overcome many challenges in the past.  While the employees and officers have always manifested their total dedication and commitment to the progress of the Bank, the management has also ensured a very cordial and congenial atmosphere by resolving the issues and demands of the Unions through mutual dialogue and discussions.  This has been helping the Bank to be run smoothly and efficiently.

However, in the recent past, the situation has changed and the management has been adopting a different approach and industrial relations has taken a nosedive.  Trade union rights are being trampled with.  The management also introduced a new business model but it has only created problem and halted the growth of the Bank.  In fact, the business is sliding back.  Suggestions of the Unions to discuss and resolve these issues in the interest of the Bank are being ignored.  Management is fomenting a hostile atmosphere.

Hence, as per the advice of AIBEA and AIBOA, our units, viz. All India Oriental Bank Employees Federation and All India Oriental Bank officers Association have given a call for agitation and All India Strike on 12th June, 2017 on the following issues and demands.

1.    Review  “UDBHAV” scheme.

2.    Stringent measures to recover the bad loans

3.    Adequate recruitments of staff at all cadres

4.    Halt  attacks on Trade Union rights

5.    Honouring the understandings and agreements arrived at with the Unions

6.    Regularisation of casual employees.

We call upon all our unions and members to extend their support and solidarity to their agitation and strike action. 

Supportive programme:

 

  • State Federations and State Committees are to arrange solidarity demonstrations at all centres in consultation with our units in Oriental Bank  between 6th and 9th June. 
  • All our Unions – Bankwise and Statewise – to write a letter to Managing Director, Oriental Bank of Commerce (specimen being sent).
  • Our leaders/members at various centres to participate in their strike day demonstration on 12th June and extend solidarity

Comrades, it is unfortunate that at a time when the Banks in general and OBC is particular are facing various challenges to their very existence as public sector Banks, and are facing attacks like consolidation and mergers, when bad loans are mounting and overtaking the profits of the Banks, the management of the Bank is diverting the energy and attention of the workforce by provoking staff unrest instead of taking them along and taking steps to take the Bank forward.

We request all our units to implement the programme effectively.

With greetings,

Yours comradely,

C.H. VENKATACHALAM    

   S. NAGARAJAN

GENERAL SECRETARY    
AIBEA   

   GENERAL SECRETARY
   AIBOA

/Joint Circular No.13/VII/2017/

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CIRCULAR TO ALL UNITS                                                                                                                                    April, 29th  2017

Dear Comrades,
                                                  Massive Morcha to Parliament on 15th September, 2017

 By 50,000 members of AIBEA and AIBOA

Our units and members are aware that it was decided in our recent Conferences held at Hyderabad and Chennai to continue and intensify our struggles against the increasing attacks and challenges in the form of banking reforms. The challenges are all well-known to all of us and day by day, the Government is trying to speed up their agenda.  Government is refusing to adequate capital to the Banks, and even if it is to be given, all types of conditionalities are being insisted upon.  

 

Few days ago, RBI Governor Urjit Patel has spoken in a meeting that merger is the only solution for the stresses of the Banks.  Again, RBI Dy. Governor Viral Acharya has said that some of the nationalised Banks have to be re-privatised. But they have no time to talk about stringent measures to recover the huge bad loans contributed by the corporate defaulters.

 

Looters of public money and those responsible for huge bad loans in the banks are given concessions but ordinary bank customers are levied heavy service charges and penalties.  Private sector which is the main contributor of the massive bad loans in the Banks are given banking licenses.

 

It is quite obvious that there would be more and more attacks on public sector banking.  In the 28th February, All India Strike we highlighted these issues and problems.  In order to continue our struggles, create more awareness amongst the people, to enlist further support to our demands and to focus public attention, we are now launching a national campaign programme to be observed by our units all over the country which will culminate in a massive Morcha to Parliament  on  15th September, 2017 ( Friday) at Delhi when our Memorandum will be submitted to the Prime Minister.

 

Since the booking of tickets can be done 4 months prior, we are advising all our units to move from now on to make it a massive protest programme.

With greetings,

Yours comradely,  

S. NAGARAJAN   C.H. VENKATACHALAM   
GENERAL SECRETARY    GENERAL SECRETARY
AIBOA    AIBEA  

CLARION CALL FROM AIBEA & AIBOA

MOVE FROM NOW ON

MASSIVE MORCHA TO PARLIAMENT

ON 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

BY 50,000 EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS  

AGAINST ANTI-PEOPLE BANKING REFORMS

PEOPLE’S MONEY FOR PEOPLE’S WELFARE ,

        NATIONAL SAVINGS FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT –NOT FOR PRIVATE CORPORATE LOOT

TAKE STRINGENT MEASURES TO RECOVER BAD LOANS BEFORE NPAs KILL OUR BANKS

PUBLISH THE LIST OF BIG LOAN DEFAULTERS – DON’T SHIELD THEM

WHY PRIVATISE THE BANKS, WHEN PRIVATE SECTOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HUGE BAD LOANS IN BANKS

WHAT IS THE LOGIC IN SUGGESTING RE-PRIVATISATION OF SMALL PSBs WHEN RBI GIVES LICENCE TO CORPORATES TO START SMALL PRIVATE BANKS

WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD  - HUE AND CRY ON FARMERS’ LOAN WAIVER BUT WRITE OFF HUGE LOANS OF KINGFISHER MALLYA & OTHER CORPROATES, INDUSTRIALISTS AND BIG BUSIENSS

RAISE YOUR VOICE IN PROTEST

TO RESIST PRIVATISATION

TO DEFEND PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS

GET READY FOR PARLIAMENT MORCHA      ON 15TH SEPT. 2017

AIBEA AIBOA

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CIRCULAR TO ALL UNITS & MEMBERS                                                                                                       

March, 2, 2017

Dear Comrades,

Improvements in Gratuity under Gratuity Act

Our units are aware that Gratuity is one of the important retirement benefits for the bank employees and officers.  
In all Banks ( except SBI ), Gratuity is paid as per formula under BPS/OSR or under the Gratuity Act whichever is higher.  (In SBI, Gratuity is payable under the Act only).

While there is no ceiling for Gratuity under BPS/OSR, under the Act, there is a ceiling which is atpresent Rs. 10 lacs.  
(from 25-5-2010).  When an employee or officer retires from the Bank, his/her Gratuity entitlement would be calculated both under the Act and under BPS/OSR and the higher of the two will be paid.

  • For example, a senior substaff/Daftary retiring after 40 years’ service would be eligible for ( approx.) Rs.  5 lacs under BPS and Rs. 8 lacs under the Act and hence would be paid Rs. 8 lacs as Gratuity.

  • A senior Clerk/Special Asst. would be eligible for Rs. 9.50 lacs under the BPS and Rs. 10 lacs under the Act and hence would be paid Rs. 10 lacs.

  • A senior General Manager of a Bank retiring after 40 years’ service would be eligible for Rs. 17 lacs under the OSR and Rs. 10 lacs under the Act and hence would be paid Rs. 17 lacs.

Due to continued inflationary trend and erosion in value of rupee, AITUC and all other Central Trade Unions have been demanding improvement/ removal of ceiling under the Gratuity Act.  Due to their effort, the ceiling was increased from Rs. 1 lac to Rs. 2.50 lacs, and then to Rs. 3.50 lacs and to Rs. 10 lacs in May, 2010.  They have been demanding for removal of ceiling on Gratuity under the Act.

AITUC and Central Trade Unions have been pursuing this issue for the last more than 4 years through various programmes and struggles.

20/21-2-2013

2 days national strike by all workers

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this strike

6-8-2013

Central Trade Unions Convention

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this Convention

25-9-2013

Satyagraha/jail baro programme

AIBEA/AIBOA leaders courted arrested at various centres along with the workers

12-12-2013

Massive Morcha to Parliament

20,000 members of AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this Morcha

15-9-2014

Central Trade Unions Convention

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this Convention

5-12-2014

Protest Day Rallies

AIBEA and AIBOA members participated in the protest rallies all over the country

26-5-2015

Central Trade Unions Convention

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this Convention

2-9-2015

General Strike by all workers

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this strike

10-3-2016

Protest Day Rallies

AIBEA and AIBOA members participated in the protest rallies

30-3-2016

Central Trade Unions Convention

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this Convention

2-9-2016

General Strike by all workers

AIBEA and AIBOA participated in this strike

Thus AIBEA and AIBOA have been part and parcel of all these programmes and strikes on the 12 Points Charter of Demands of the Central Trade unions which includes the demand for improvement in Gratuity Act.

AITUC and Central Trade Unions have been following up these demands with the Government and as a result, recently on 23-2-2017, the Central Government called for a Tripartite meeting on the issue of revising the ceiling on Gratuity. From AITUC, its Secretary, Com D L Sachdev participated and put forth the following suggestions.

i)        While there should be no ceiling for Gratuity, as an interim measure, Government’s proposal to increase in ceiling of Rs. 20 lacs can be accepted.

ii)      The revised ceiling should be made effective from January, 2016.

iii)    Minimum service of 5 years for eligibility for Gratuity to be removed.

iv)    Gratuity to be paid at 30 days wage per year instead of 15 days wage as atpresent.

v)      All factories/establishments to be covered by the Act irrespective of number of workers.

All these matters have to be finally cleared by the Labour Ministry and then by Finance Ministry and then to be brought to the Parliament for amendment to the Gratuity Act. 

Units are aware that improvement in Gratuity Act has been one of the demands of our strike on 28-2-2017.  We are in touch with the AITUC and will keep our units informed of any further development in this regard.

With greetings,

Yours comradely

            S. NAGARAJAN                               C.H. VENKATACHALAM       
 GENERAL SECRETARY                          GENERAL SECRETA
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AIBOA                                                   AIBEA

[AIBOA- Joint Circular No.6/VII/2017]

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CIRCULAR TO ALL UNITS & MEMBERS                                                                                          February 26, 2017

  Dear Comrades,

v  MAKE  28TH FEB. ALL INDIA STRIKE A TOTAL SUCCESS

 

We are sure that all efforts are being taken by all our units in all the States and in every Bank to make the UFBU’s call for All India Strike on 28th February, 2017 a total success.  In the light of the increasing attacks on account of the Government’s anti-public sector policies, defending public sector banking is very important.  Fighting back all attempts to privatise the PSBs is a paramount duty.

When Banks are facing challenges, Government has announced recapitalization of just Rs. 10,000 crores in this year’s Budget.  This means that either the business of the banks will get choked or Banks will be compelled to tap private capital from the market thus diluting public sector character.

We have seen how the Government is bulldozing all protests and opposition by issuing Gazette notification on merger of 5 Associate Banks with SBI unmindful of its adverse implications.

Similarly, while bad loans are bulging every quarter without any let up, no stringent measures are being taken to recover the NPAs but efforts are afoot to float a Bad Bank to whitewash the books of the Banks and to conceal and camouflage bad loans from public attention.

Instead of filling up the vacancies of employees and officers with permanent staff, every effort is being made to outsource regular jobs aimed at crude exploitation of the unemployed youth. There are intensified proposals to amend all labour laws to suit the employers and private corporates.

Even on the issues and demands pertaining to employees and officers, the Government’s attitude is negative and managements’ approach is also casual. 

When the whole country had witnessed the outstanding work done by the employees and officers during the post-demonetisation rush period in the branches by working day and night, even the compensation to be paid to the staff is not paid in full.  There are many other important issues which are being ignored by the management and the Government.

Hence, UFBU has given the call for this All India Strike.  

Conciliation meeting on 21st Feb. by CLC:  Based on the strike notice served by UFBU on IBA, the Chief Labour Commissioner of the Central Government had called for a conciliation meeting at Delhi on 21st instant.  In this meeting the Finance Ministry and IBA did not take any initiative to resolve the demands and hence it was decided to go ahead with the strike.  The CLC advised the Finance Ministry and IBA to initiate the dialogue with the UFBU for amicable settlement of issues, so that proposed strike is averted.

IBA’s negative stand:  In view of this advice of the CLC, the IBA reluctantly wrote to UFBU offering to hold a discussion but on the condition that the strike should be withdrawn first.  UFBU replied that meeting can be held before the strike and if solutions are worked out, strike can be avoided.  But IBA deliberately insisted on their stand and thus thwarted any discussions with UFBU.

Make the strike a total success :  The only way we can respond to this negative attitude of IBA-Government combine is to make the strike a massive success with all our unity and strength.

 

Instructions:

¨      All our units should ensure that all our members participate in the strike enthusiastically.

¨      All our members should be mobilised to participate in all the rallies, demonstrations being organised at the respective centres.

¨      United Forum of RRB Unions has also given the call for strike in all the RRBs.

¨      All India Co-op. Bank Employees Federation has also given the call and hence all employees and officers in the Co-op. Banks will also participate in the strike.

¨      Reports should be sent by all our Unions to us about the observance of the strike, participation of our members in the progrmames, etc.

With greetings,

Yours comradely,

                                                                        S. NAGARAJAN                               C.H. VENKATACHALAM       
 
                                                                    GENERAL SECRETARY                          GENERAL SECRETAY
                                                                                  AIBOA                                                   AIBEA

Success comes to those who dare to act and not to the timid – Jawaharlal Nehru