Red in tooth and claw–It’s May Day today!


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It is in fact too cosy and comfortable a life for trade union leaders with hardly any performance but one has not to forget that on this very first day of May the four leaders in America were hanged to death for simply demanding fixed working hours in different establishments in the country and it

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was for this crime that four leaders were hanged not only at the behest of different managements but as a clear cut decision as from the Government then in the saddle. I see there are greetings exchanged on the occasion but in actual terms it’s a day of mourning. Why greetings? This is the day to be solemnly remembered respectfully by all the workers of the world, more so by different leaderships as a great pointer for them. Let us bow down in the name of those who sacrificed their life for the cause of the workers all over the globe praying for the peace to the great souls.

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The price of leading a mission:


Yeh, Toba, how tortuous it is to lead a mission on some issue or the other passing through less bouquets and images (17)more bricks coupled with unending sequence of tortures culminating in to death by hanging. This is what happened in America where August Spice, a leading union leader along with his 3 prominent associates were hanged for the reason that they raised demand for fixed working hours as eight. This images (18)is a big story and the full details are covered in my forthcoming book ‘Beyond the barriers’.Seconds before August Spice was hanged he said “a day will come where our silence will be more louder than our words”. Please read this post in conjunction with an earlier one dated 31st October’2016 in this very blog.


OBITUARY–S.M. PATHAK IS NO MORE!


A short blog post news:

A towering personality in Trade Union movement in the country based at Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Surendra Mohan Pathak who served a long tenure as a top executive of State Bank of India Staff Association at its Bareilly module is no more. He succumbed to his heart ailment on the 21st October’2016. In him his huge number of committed followers have lost a robust personality all along fighting for the cause of workforce in the Banking Industry both locally and outside. Wish peace to the departed soul and patience and courage to the bereaved family.

 

Pension issues in SBI–K R Saini foresees some ray of hope:


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to murthy, ramachandrapp, antony, Atam, babu2609, Dhanabalan, me, neelrameshl, Narinder, rajkumarnegi, Lakshmanan, hganaiyer46, Brijmohan, Sampath, govinds65, veekg, satish.sukheja, Sudhir, sureshshobha40, menroygk, jpdatta, Jaspal, Jayakrishnan, Harbhajan, T.r.

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DEAR SIRS,I INVITE YOUR KIND ATTENTION TO THE DELHI HIGH COURT ORDER DATED 26.04.2016,WHICH IS SELF EXPLICIT.IN VIEW OF THE SERIOUSNESS/CONCERN ARGUED BY PENSIONERS’ LAWYERS TO OPPOSE THE ADJOURNMENT SOUGHT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,WE SHOULD FEEL SATISFIED THAT THE CASE IS BEING HANDLED SATISFACTORILY.FURTHER DELHI HIGH COURT HAs given one last opportunity to the respondent to inform the court about the outcome OF THE DELIBERATION PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF S.B.I LETTER DATED 30.10.2002 ADDRESSED TO M.O.F.

    I SHALL BE GLAD IF YOU KINDLY ARRANGE TO FORWARD ME THE SAID LETTER FOR MY INFORMATION IF YOU ARE HAVING.

WITH BEST REGARDS.

K.R.SAINI


PS:Reproduction of the above contents are without any attachment and are unedited:

On trade unions–a view


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An omnivorous reader and a super intellectual, James  Allen Allen ‘hirundine608’ is unfailingly a regular contributor to this blog through his important comments which are gone through by the readers with a sumptuous interest. His views, far or against the subject, are always without any bias or prejudice and expressed candidly. A believer in metaphysics, he hardly has any interest in trade unionism but spares his attention to any topic that is covered in this blog. Quite meaningful as it is, one of his comments on my post “Biting a loaf without teeth* is given below:

 

My family has always been union supporter, including myself. Yet the only real weapon that unions have, is withdrawal of labour. This weapon is pretty much useless, in the face of overwhelming population and machines.

The union officials, largely enjoy a tenured position. Which further decreases their popularity. What unions nowadays should be focussed on. Would be health and welfare of the members. For a happy worker is a productive worker. Proper pensions are always going to be an issue. Spending money on things that war, is never as profitable as a happy retired population. Who will spend money back into the economy.

The investment bankers look for always the profitable ways of increasing their wealth. Yet miss out on the stabilizing structures of society. They are in essence … short-sighted. They are a blot on society. Cheers Jamie.

*https://uppermost.me/2015/07/04/biting-a-loaf-without-teeth/

Compassionate appointment–not fair to ignore the issue:


Imagine an employee suffers from some serious ailment disabling him to actively work or the one who dies in harness causing an utter chagrin and helplessness to his family. Who is there to look after them? Once while visiting Tokyo in Japan I was told by number of employers that whenever they recruit a fresher, girls in majority of cases, they invite their parents ritually observing a normal function to tell them that they no more need bothering about her as after she is appointed she becomes a part of the establishment and it takes care of all her financial needs like a family does. Unfortunately such a gesture is miserably lacking on the part of the employers in India and such a malady is more operative in public sector undertakings. Quite some time back there was a practice in State Bank of India to appoint one of the dependents of the deceased employee or even during his life time if the employee had an ailment incapacitating him to work. The scheme was later withdrawn by the government. Such a scheme is reintroduced with effect from 5/8/2014 in response to large scale representations made to the government by different organisations mainly the unions in the country. In fact this scheme is hardly operational in practical terms and the representations made by the spouse or the other dependents of the deceased employee are turned down by the employer Bank(s) on some flimsy ground or the other with the result that there is no kind of help extended to the relative family members mainly the children. Most ironically the respective unions too are lagging behind in helping the family of the deceased as is reported by the spouse and the dependents. One can well realise the pangs of seclusion of the spouse concerned and her wailing children and humanity demands that all concerned come forward with a heart to help them.

This may land them in trouble:


A drop can turn into an ocean and so are different unions of the workers who, if united faithfully, assume a Himalayan strength depending upon the efficacy of the cause and the mission they undertake to pursue. The leaders in the white collared unions in most of the cases are found to be more prone to comforts and convenience at the cost of the workers, a trend growing in graver proportions currently. This weakness of theirs renders them crippled in a larger magnitude to pursue the cause of the workers with the requisite force while negotiating the issues with the respective managements. The sum result of this handicap is vividly visible in the case of several unions as such including till a little time back  giant sized trade union organisations in banking industry mainly State Bank of India with the result that the workers and also the officers stand dragged to most miserable a situation. The workers hankering for some relief are getting only a deep frustration. This is a trend which, if still not arrested, is bound to cause the immeasurable damage to the workforce in days to come.