Draconian dictates of SBI–Why not resist them tooth and nail?


Top management of the biggest bank of the country, State Bank of India, is on a war path with the officers wings of associations operating in different circles of the bank through out India. Their Federation consisting of different circle unions staged a demonstration on the last 28th August in pursuit of their demands. Nothing new as demonstrations form the very fabric of any union falling fully within the ambit of the unions’ jurisdiction in fundamental terms. The action was not liked by the Chairman of the Bank, Pratip Chaudhary, who has otherwise an image of an arrogant administrator most often suffering from an egoistic fallacy. He ordered issuance of show cause notices starting from top leadership in the Federation downward to the General Secretaries of all the 14 circles calling for an explanation from them as to why they staged a demonstration on 28/08/2012 within the Bank’s premises disturbing its working. The demonstration so staged was during the lunch break, which is not, and can’t be, notified as working hours for public, and the customers are quite well aware of it. The question, accordingly, doesn’t arise to the effect that any work of the Bank was disrupted. An act like demonstration is a frugal most action of protest on the part of the respective unions which they follow seeking remedy to their grievances. Any thing below this amounts to zero. Unions outstanding demands include 5 day a week at par with the Central Government personnel instead of 6 day a week presently. This has not yet been responded as yet by the Bank affirmatively. Adding fuel to the fire, the Chairman announced his plan for 7 day a week in a press conference callously ignoring the amount of inconvenience it may cause to the workforce and their families. This was a sheer move adopted unilaterally. It’s on record in the world history that many of the workers had to lay down their lives fighting for regulated working hours with a day off once a week. This is but incumbent on the part of the feudal minds not to forget the very blood red chapter in the history.  They should also realise that, if the situation so warrants, history has a known tendency to repeat itself. State Bank of India has the credit of being one of the firsts to accept the concept of bilateral relationship between workers and the management introducing the forum of bi-partite talks for routine negotiations at every level to sort out and remedy various issues concerned with the industry. There are reports that the Chairman, Pratip Chaudhary, had some sort of a snub from his superiors in Reserve Bank of India and the Government for the reasons that immediately after he took over as Chairman, the Bank suffered a heavy loss followed by his casualness in the matters of overall performance. This obviously might have irritated him, and his priorities and preference fell on dealing tough with the workforce to project himself as a strong administrator targeting the unions for the purpose. He should be aware that no unions worth their name can tolerate an onslaught against their fundamentals.

Reports are that the officers unions/ Federation are not moving in an effective measure in the matter befitting their fundamentals so involved. There are also reports that they are divided on mode of agitations. It happens, but there lies the role of their leadership whose job is to see that all are united to be capable of taking the struggle ahead more effectively. Problem with the officers union is that their membership consists of those who just can’t afford foregoing  their career orientation, and this is possible only when they are, and remain, in the good books of their superiors. Degree of dependence on superiors differs from rank to rank. Whatever it is, but once they have their own unions, they do have to care for their fundamentals failing which their survival as such is bound to flop at some stage or the other. Presently it is a matter of a mere demonstration, and what will happen if there are more vital areas when issues like some dharna or some strike (token or prolonging one) are there. Stand erect and fight, that is the call of the day, leaders.

 

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Author: neelkanth

Certainly not a celebrity but do have inquisitiveness to know things, realise them and live them to the extent possible. My interest in History, Art of Living and behavioural science is an element that inspires me.Am a poet,an author,a consultant, an advisor on computers and behavioural science.Served as Director in Central Board of State Bank of India.Remained associated with trade union activities and industrial relations as President,All India State Bank of India Staff Federation.Led a delegation on computers to several countries abroad number of times as from State Bank of India/ Banking Industry. Was twice accorded with NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE by All India Freelance Journalists Association, Chennai (India). My email address is: neelkanthshahi@gmail.com

38 thoughts on “Draconian dictates of SBI–Why not resist them tooth and nail?”

  1. THIS IS REALLY AMAZING AND MOST UNFORTUNATE THAT ALL INDIA STATE BANK OF INDIA OFFICERS FEDERATION HAVE TAKEN THE CHARGE-SHEETS TO ALL THEIR CIRCLE PRESIDENTS & GENERAL SECRETARIES LYING LOW AND HAVE NOT RESORTED TO ANY ORGANISATIONAL ACTION AGAINST THIS ACT OF THE SBI MANAGEMENT. I THINK THIS IS HIGH TIME THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF ALL INDIA SBI OFFICERS FEDERATION TAKE SOME COLLECTIVE DECISION TO FIGHT OUT THE HIGH HANDEDNESS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BANK WITHOUT WASTING ANY MORE TIME OTHERWISE THEIR SURVIVAL CAN BE IN DANGER. I AGREE WITH YOU, SIR, THAT THIS IS TIME TO STAND ERECT AND FIGHT FOR THE LEADERS OF ALL INDIA SBI OFFICERS FEDERATION.

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  2. No matter what we write or think till the time we are not in action. Splendid working environment of the work allready has coerced many of the new recruits to Leave the bank as earliest as possible. Sharing the truth everyone say in the equitone that “Now Bank is not the Place to Work”, the same worries also raised by RBI Deputy Governer. One question arises in my mind after seeing the style of working “Who the hell says BANDHUA MAJDOORI is vanished”,,,,,,,,,

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  3. This is time for making a timely change in the leadership of AISBOF. If the present setup is meak and not willing to take up the fight then alternative with have to be thought of. Any delay will be costly.

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  4. The Chairman,
    Please try to understand that the work at the ground root level is being done by Officers and as well as members of the award staff, if some disagreement on any issue is there let us resolve it by sitting across the table, issuing of show cause notice on small matter,will never improve the efficiency and performance. As regards the working of the Bank for 7 days, I do not feel that it is required, ATM and Internet system is working 24X7 days service, why u are acting on advice of the politicians.

    I am sure u can create a healthy atomsphere .

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  5. Sir the top management of each institution have draconian instinct. It is always in search of a chance to act upon whims. In post M.R.Awasthi era the mighty management feel itself unchallenged as now no one is interested to be inspired by the past. So the future seems to be more bleak. Courage, wisdom, conviction and in depth knowledge along with sacrificing instinct are required to face any challenge by stronger one. You have exactly diagnosed that unions are not moving effectively. Now they should obey your advice to stand erect to fight unwarranted actions of management.

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  6. The problem is both side,where the Bank Chairman is arrogant and egoist,on the other hand Bank’s Officers are also very much cautious for their future carrier. They can not take any least risk which may reflect their service carrier adversely in future. Until & unless they will not sacrify the lust of power and position and removal of differences among themselves they shall have to face problem at every stagestage because to have any tangible result in struggle the unity and solidarity is a must.Once I availed an opportunity to be an audiance in the meeting/conference of S.B.I.S.A. in Kanpur which to be addressed by the then Chaiman of State Bank of India also.In his speech Mr. Chairman gave a reference of his foriegn tour where media raised a question,how you manage ten thousand Branches of your Bank?Mr.Chairman replied to them that with the full support & cooperation of staff.It is different matter that it was the tenure of Com. M.R.Awasthi.

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  7. Well written and eye opener. An officer of sbi from Nirankari colony committed suicide yesterday due to the pressure from controller as mentioned in the suicide note. One lady employee died due to brain stroke in Sonepat Atlas branch, reason tension of work. God save bank’s innocent staff.

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  8. A very well compiled article, a great eye-opener. It’s high time leaders should have called for agitational programme by taking Unions along as the issues involved are for all sections. Together we have demonstrated that we can win. Why not now?

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  9. NO DOUBT EVERY BODY IS RIGHT AND TIME IS THERE WHEN EVRY BODY SHOULD STAND.B UT I M UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHERE WERE THE LEADERS WHEN ORDINARY MEMBERS WERE BEING HARASSRED . WHY IS THERE SO MUCH HUE AND CRY WHEN A FEW LEADERS ARE TARGETED. AFTER SO MANY YEARS SOME ACTION APPEARS TO HAVE STARTED AGAINST FEW OFFICE BEARERS WHO HAVE BEEN ENJOYING SINCE LONG. WHERE WERE THEY ALL WHEN THEIR ALL INDIA PRESIDENT WAS TARGETED. I UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WERE DANCING AT SHRI NAGAR WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON AGITATION. ACTUALLY CHAIRMAN IS NOT STRONG BUT LEADERS OF THE DAY ARE COWERD AND WEAK. STILL IT IS NOT LATE /. O DEAR LEADERS WAKE UP AND FOGHT OR LEAVE.

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    1. Thanks for your elaborate comments. Without contracting what you have stated, I simply would like to share with you that fight on fundamentals of Unions is altogether a different matter. I agree with you of course on generality, and I wish that the problems like you have raised are remedied by the concerned channels.

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  10. As said Chairman of SBI is not brave enough but officers and leaders are coward. This is high time to wake officers. Otherwise your case will be that of Nurses. Mr.Pradeep Choudhary is an under performer and is no way near to his predecessor.

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  11. I dont know what the Association is waiting for. They should have called for an immediate strike call. All officers would have definitely supported the call. It is high time to show our unity and strength before the adolescent management.

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  12. Allthough the comments of Mr.M.K.Arora and Mr.S.K.Khatri are quite appreciable I dont think that it will have any impact on the CHAIRMAN in good gesture because I understand the CHAIRMAN is arrogant & egoist by nature.In an other view of mine the office bearers of S.B.I. officers Fedration deserve for such behaviour who could not maintain their unity and solidarity against draconion attitude of management.Not only this ,it may be my frustration also, but I must say that electorate of officers Fedration should also realise their mistake in electing the office bearers to the posts they didn’t deserve. Many of them are not competent enough to hold the reigns of the mighty Federation.

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  13. I myself am working in Clerical cadre I most humbly had submitted to the Chairman that if a representative of authorized union can not raise his voice against the management’s impractical whims then there exists no need for the unions. Difference of opinion is the only crime which only Kings do not forgive.

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  14. I appreciate the role of leaders of Officers Union for not calling for strike or such a measure. I also have a view that both the associations (Officers and Award) need to introspect themselves, the only job they are left with is TRANSFER AND POSTING. They do not wish to raise the real issues which the bank-men are facing currently, foresight is lacking totally.

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  15. apka blog ek krantikari parivartan lane me saksham hai. ap jaise vicharak aur pathpradarshak ki ajke samay me bhut jarurat hai. jo blog me apne likha hai wo vakai me logo ki bhagwnao ko jagrat karne wala aur prasansniya hai. (PRABHA MISHRA)

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