SBI–What a hell is unleashed?


State Bank of India is a top premiere banking institution in India and also abroad. It’s also a premiere organisation in the country with the reputation of initiating and empowering the bilateral system of negotiations on industrial matters jointly with the union(s) through bi-partite talks, a mechanism exclusively formed for the purpose. Right after the initial 1960s, this bilateral system has been working on a well settled measure in most healthy an atmosphere despite some unrests in between. State Bank has all along been recognized as a pace setter in this direction. With the exception of certain minority unions here and there, the top rank partners in the negotiational channels have been All India State Bank of India Staff Federation, and All India State Bank of India Officers Federation. The modus operandi applied by the officers federation some time back to direct their agitational programme against the Bank’s top management was virtually a flop. It rather gave a sound fillip to the management who felt more emboldened to strike back with vengeance targeting the officers federation leadership followed by a terror tactics let loose against their membership too with their transfers to the places chosenly most inconvenient to them, besides volley of charge sheets and show cause notices to a large number of their leaders. Such a spree of actions didn’t stop at it. The advisors to the Chairman, Pratip Chaudhary, might have counselled him to behave somewhat socialistically covering uniformly the untouched areas like Award staff under the banner of All India State Bank of India Staff Federation with the result that they too became the target with their transfers to inconvenient places to start with. Such an eventuality was already pointed out in one of the posts in this blog only after the officers federation failed in their movement as a consequence of their lack lustre approach to their agitational programme. If a particular union flops in their movement, it generates most suitable a climate for any management to behave tough, and this is what actually happened engulfing the Award staff federation along with the officers federation. Both are now uniformly, more or less, in the hit list of the Bank’s top management.

Bank’s Chairman, Pratip Chaudhary, was at one stage admired for his pro workforce image and he had a better rapport with them, as a result of which  there was a total peace on the industrial relations front. What prompted, or provoked, the Chairman to switch over to a bitter mode of relationship with the workforce is not ascertainable, but what is there in store both from the personnel angle and also that of customers of the Bank, is certainly a serious matter of concern. Some remedy can be perceived only if both the federations and the top management of the Bank agree to address the crisis jointly and amicably.

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16 thoughts on “SBI–What a hell is unleashed?”

  1. SIR, YOU HAVE ONCE AGAIN DEPICTED A VERY CORRECT AND TRUE PICTURE OF PRESENT DAYS OFFICERS’ FEDERATION AND STAFF FEDERATION. IT IS REALLY UNBELIEVABLE AND I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE REASONS FOR THEIR SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS. IT SEEMS THAT NO ASSOCIATION/FEDERATION OF OFFICERS EXISTS AT ANY LEVEL. FURTHER, IN DELHI CIRCLE, THE MANAGEMENT HAS ALREADY STARTED TRANSFERRING ALL THE CIRCLE OFFICE BEARERS OF STATE BANK OF INDIA OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATIOIN, WHO ARE PRESENTELY POSTED IN DIFFEERENT ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE L.H.O. COMPLEX, TO DIFFERENT BRANCHES LOCATED AT FAR OFF PLACES. WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE FUTURE OF OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATIONS/FEDERATION, ONLY GOD KNOWS. THERE IS NO SIGN IN SIGHT, OF ANY IMPROVEMENT OR THINGS GETTING BETTER AT THEIR END, IN NEAR FUTURE. THE OFFICERS’ LEADERSHIP IS SO SCARED OF THE MANAGEMENT THAT NOBODY IS READY TO RAISE HIS VOICE AGAINST THE EXCESSES BEING COMMITTED BY THE MANAGEMENT AGAINST THE MEMBERS/LEADERS. I CAN ONLY PRAY THAT MAY GOD BLESS THE OFFICERS’ FEDERATION.

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    1. The great tragedy is that Award Staff Associations/Federation are not learning any lessons from what has happened in the case of officers/ officers federation. Many a thanks for the nice comment.

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      1. YES, YOU ARE VERY RIGHT SIR. IN CASE AWARD STAFF ASSOCIATIONS/FEDERATION WONT WAKE UP FROM THEIR SLEEP AND TAKE NECESSARY CORRECTIVE STEPS IN TIME,, THEY ARE GOING TO MEET THE SAME FATE AS IN CASE OF OFFICERS’ FEDERATION. BUT I AM HAPPY THAT BUT FOR AWARD STAFF FEDERATION’S TIMELY INTERVENTION, THE BANK WOULD HAVE GONE AHEAD WITH THEIR UNILATERAL DECISION TO TRANSFER ALL SENIOR ASSISTANTS AND SPECIAL ASSISTANTS OUT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES I.E. ZONAL OFFICES, LOCAL HEAD OFFICE AND OTHER CELLS UNDER THE DIRECT CONTROL OF ZONAL OFFICES, AND POST NEWLY APPOINTED FEMALE STAFF THERE.

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      2. YES, YOU ARE VERY RIGHT SIR. IN CASE AWARD STAFF ASSOCIATIONS/FEDERATION WONT WAKE UP FROM THEIR SLEEP AND TAKE NECESSARY CORRECTIVE STEPS IN TIME,, THEY ARE GOING TO MEET THE SAME FATE AS IN CASE OF OFFICERS’ FEDERATION. BUT I AM HAPPY THAT BUT FOR AWARD STAFF FEDERATION’S TIMELY INTERVENTION, THE BANK WOULD HAVE GONE AHEAD WITH THEIR UNILATERAL DECISION TO TRANSFER ALL SENIOR ASSISTANTS AND SPECIAL ASSISTANTS OUT FROM ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES I.E. ZONAL OFFICES, LOCAL HEAD OFFICE AND OTHER CELLS UNDER THE DIRECT CONTROL OF ZONAL OFFICES, AND POST NEWLY APPOINTED FEMALE STAFF THERE.

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  2. Yes sir. The plight of federations indeed seems to be unutterable. Whatever bilateral-ism and sobriety is prevailing in State Bank was not obtained overnight. But it was a culminated result of dedicated efforts and sacrifices made by the then leaders. The entire industry felt a pride in saluting the invincible courage and sacrificing instinct of the leader- legendary leader- M.R. Awasthi. So many times I have seen you warning the people in trade union field that it was not a medically advised area, people having militant instinct knowing fully about their duties only can protect the rights of their class. But now it is lacking sir only foot licking is prevailing. So in my opinion it is the only cause of the current crises.

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  3. Sir,
    the leadership of the both the federations should sit together and introspect,and fight this arrogant power drunken management,who is busy in looting the bank(public fund) by way of incentives and commission on compaigns like sbi lifemsbi general,credit card,mutual fund.sir,you will be surprised that the Chief general manager of a circle is getting incentive twice to his monthly salary. why not expose their acts of cmission and commission.

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  4. Sir,
    the leadership of the both the federations should sit together and introspect,and fight this arrogant & power drunken management jointly.,The management is busy in looting the bank (public fund) by way of incentives and commission on campaigns like sbi life sbi general,credit card,mutual fund. sir,you will be surprised to know that the Chief general manager of a circle is getting incentive twice to his monthly salary. why not expose their acts of omission and commission.The number of posts of AGM and above have increased many folds and they all are busy in holding seminars, conference and meetings at tourist centers. Even the management people attend their personal program such as marriage on bank’s cost by way of terming it as official tour. how much amount has been spent by bank management in filing a suit for 100 crore damages against officers federation on on court fees and lawyers fees.Being the share holder of SBI ,we must seek an explanation from the chairman.He can not be permitted to make a mockery of the system.

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    1. THE SLOGAN OF SBI ‘PURE BANKING -NOTHING ELSE’ SHOULD BE RENAMED TO READ AS ‘ EXCEPT BANKING -EVERYTHING ELSE’. SBI -LIFE KE NAM PAR
      BORROWERS KO LOOTA JA RAHA HAI.

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  5. Call of time is to sit both the Federations ( SBI Officers Federation and SBI Staff Federation) together and short out the way to face the problem rather to reply the Bank in befitting manner.

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  6. Sir,
    A sort of centralized corruption is going on in State Bank of India,Last year Steel chairs (named as Airport Chairs) were sent to all the branches procured at the cost of more than Rs.13000/- per 3 seater chair + transportation cost , whereas the same chairs are available at Distt. headquarters comparatively cheaper. Similarly the wall calenders are sent in bundles at the end of February. for this year these calenders have been received recently.The dairies meant for staff to be dispatched centrally has not been received so far.
    MANAGEMENT LOOT ME MAST HAI. UNION PAST HAI.

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