Howsoever gigantic it is, any task has to be pursued with strength, will and determination to elicit the desired goal. No strength, no results. ‘Right is the might’ is the logo of certain unions but right sans strength is meaningless. Innumerable trade unions have mushroomed since our country became independent, many for the name sake without legs to stand and there are certain ones which are giant sized with few of them sponsored and patronised by some political party or the other as their parents. Their political interest comes first for them and workers interest is just secondary. Banking industry in India has numerous unions with their affiliation to some federation or confederation. Their managements always keep them in good humour but hardly ever concede to their major demands. The retirees from these bank too have their unions and Federation but they are toothless in the absence of their capacity to agitate or go on strike. Currently there are two major areas for them –pension issues and compassionate appointments which are pending for the last several years and none in the management or even Government of India is prepared to pay them any heed realising that they are all in the wrong side of their age. This is just so callous a conduct. Rule of making compassion based appointment was very much there in State Bank of India but was unilaterally withdrawn by them at the end of 19th century depriving the dependents of the employees dying in harness what was called compassionate appointment which action dragged their families to the point of starvation. Their cries of pain failed to secure the attention of the authorities concerned. The aggrieved pensioners and the claimants of compassionate appointment strongly feel that the case is not adequately followed up by their respective unions and they are more submissive than aggressive on demands and this snag is landing them no where. To bite a fruit the respective leaders of the union have possibly yet to develop their teeth in the shape of a result oriented struggle.
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