Strike in Banks:


Next strike in banks all over the country is scheduled for 22nd and 23rd August as per call given by the UFBU (United Forum of Bank Unions). Demands wise, there is nothing much new except certain fringe areas here and there like the new licencing policy of the Government which, as the unions say, is aimed at disrupting the very basic functionality of the banks. They have not yet elaborated the over-all package of their demands as such. Strikes in banks or any where else occur when negotiational channels fail, and the channels as such normally fail in the absence of a to-the-point and logical arguments offered by the respective unions as a result that there is no vigorously effective a follow-up of the issues. As it is seen very often, there is a cycle of yeses and noes –the unions give a call for strike, the management concerned comes out with with an assurance ‘to look into the matter’ and the call for strike so given is withdrawn. This process is repeated after some gap of time, and it goes on as a series of events. Hardly any thing tangible emerges.

The issues relating to pension for the retirees are the ones taken in a slipshod manner by the serving employees unions and they too get obviously lost into the process of the said cycle. Pension issue relating to retirees from State Bank of India is pending before the Supreme Court of India for too long a period. Some date is fixed as a final date to conclusively decide the case, but that too gets deferred on some pretext or the other. Courts in our country have their own method of working, at times gloomed over by political compulsions, and the affected retirees are left with no option but to undergo an unending wait. Why concerned unions can’t take these matters up more assertively is only a matter of suspense.

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10 thoughts on “Strike in Banks:”

  1. DEAR SHRI NEELKANTH JI,YOUR VIEWS ON BANKS STRIKE ON 22ND AND 23RD AUGUST 2012 ARE QUITE CORRECT.IN REALITY ALL SERVING UNIONS IN BANKS ARE WATCHING THE INTEREST OF THEIR MEMBERS THEY DO NOT CARE OF OLD RETIREES PARTICULARLY PRE 2002 RETIREES AS THEY ARE NOT GETTING 100% D.A NEUTRALIZATION DUE TO THIS THEY ARE GETTING LESS D.A IN THIS PERIOD OF INFLATION,MOREOVER THIS CATEGORY OF RETIREES ARE NOW IN THE RANGE OF 70 YEARS TO MORE THAN 80 YEARS OLD.PENSIONERS FEDERATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS ARE HAVE NO POWER TO SETTLLE THE ISSUES AT THEIR LEVEL.7TH BIPARTITE RETIREES OF SBI ARE THE MOST SUFFERER AS THEY ARE GETTING PENSION ON THE BASIS OF 6TH BIPARTITE PAY SCALES,HOWEVER THE PENSION OF 7TH BIPARTITE RETIREES OF ALL PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS EXCEPT SBI HAVE BEEN REVISED WEF 01-05-2005. THIS IS THE MAIN RESON THAT OUR PENSIONERS’ FEDERATION MOVE TO SUPREME COURT OF INDIA AND SUPREME COURT WILL TAKE ITS OWN TIME ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN THE DIFFICULTIES OF 7TH BIPARTITE RETIREES OF SBI BE SOLVED. THANKS .WITH BEST REGARDS. K.R SAINI

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  2. SIR, WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN IN YOUR BLOG IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT WORD BY WORD. THE FACT IS THAT THE QUALITY OF LEADERSHIP HAS GONE DOWN CONSIDERABLY. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN OUR ALL INDIA STATE BANK OF INDIA STAFF FEDERATION USED TO HAVE GREAT LEADERS LIKE COM. N.C.CHOUDARY, COM. MOHANLAL MAJUMDAR, COM. V.GANESAN, COM. CUTTO AND OFCOURSE COM. M.R.AWASTHI. WHATEVER STATE BANK EMPLOYEES HAVE ACHIEVED WHETHER FINANCIALLY OR IN TERMS OF IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICE CONDITIONS, THE CREDIT GOES TO THESE OLD GREAT LEADERS ONLY. WE CANNOT SHOW EVEN ONE ACHIEVEMENT WORTH MENTIONING DURING LAST 10/15 YEARS WHICH OUR UNION CAN BOOST OF. IF THE ISSUE RELATING TO PENSION TO RETIREES COULD NOT BE CLINCHED WITH THE BANK/GOVERNMENT, IT IS ONLY AND ONLY BECAUSE OF OUR WEAK AND POOR LEADERSHIP AT THE TOP. I HOPE YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME.

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  3. Sir…. the article gives an opportunity to the associations for self evaluation and introspection.. despite the elephant size so called unity the achievements are little.. the overlooking of rights of retirees may prove a curse in future as the in service today are the retirees of tomorrow. what ever is visible today is a hard earned gift by retirees of yesterday.. we are the witness of the leadership given by you to the bank employees in general and state bank in particular which was full of glory, militancy and dynamism… every one felt dignified without any distinction of serving or retiree..

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  4. At the age of 45 years, I availed the VRS scheme introduced in 2001, in the SBI. I was working as a Clerk, with 21 years of service. I would like to know when my pension will be revised. When, I am actually incurring more medical expenses now and also have to undergo an operation, I am told that VRS pensioners don’t have any medical reimbursement. Like Inflation, my family problems also increased. Can I expect any good news for VRS pensioners in near future?

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  5. Your views on Bank strike of August, 22 & 23 are quite correct but i would like to add that the Unions are not using strike as a effective tool of resolving problems pertaining to working employees and pensioners.

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  6. IN MY COMMENTS ABOVE, I FORGET TO MENTION THE NAME OF COM. AJIT SEN, WHO WAS FOUNDER OF TRADE UNION MOVEMENT IN STATE BANK OF INDIA AND SACRIFICED HIS JOB FOR THE SAKE OF BUILDING A STRONG UNION AND ALSO WORKED/FOUGHT HARD FOR BRINGING IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SERVICE CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYEES IN STATE BANK.

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