The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a joint forum of five workmen Unions and four Officers’ associations has given a call to observe a one-day Nationwide strike on November 12 mainly on the wage revision demand. Talking to UNI, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) General Secretary CH Venkatachalam said about eight lakh employees and officers of public sector banks, old private banks and foreign banks across the country will take part in the strike.
The participation of employees and officers of Gramina Banks in the strike had not yet decided, he added. He said the UFBU which met in Bangalore on October 13 had also decided to conduct rally/demonstrations on October 30 in all State Capitals and others Centres, Centralised Demonstrations at all Bank offices on NovembEr 11 followed by one-day strike. It was also decided in the meeting to observe Relay strike on December 2 in southern region, the next day in Northern Region.
In eastern and north eastern region, the Relay strike will be on December 4 while in western region it will be on December 5, Mr Venkatachalam said. The AIBEA leader said there will be more strike action including an indefinite strike to press the Indian Bank Association (IBA) and Union Government for fulfilling their wage demand.
He also said in the bipartite meeting held with IBA on September 26 in which all the constituent unions of UFBU had taken part, the IBA insisted for limiting the wage revision discussions upto Scale III officers insted of upto Scale VII which was rejected by the unions.
Mr Venkatachalam said it was also decided unanimously by the UFBU to withdraw all types of extra co-operation by workmen with immediate effect and to boycott all meetings called for by the bank managements after normal office hours.
He said the meeting also decided against working on Sundays and other holidays. ‘It is two years since we submitted our charter of demands to the IBA. While 13 rounds of negotiations have taken place, there is no satisfactory progress in the talks because of the negative attitude of the IBA and the Union Government,’ he said and added that everyone is aware that employees and officers in the banking sector are doing their best to serve the customers and implement various schemes of the Government despite innumerable hardships and difficulties.
Yet, the genuine demand for adequate wage revision is being delayed and denied, the AIBEA leader said. Mr Venkatachalam also said even though we have shown our willingness to adopt a flexible approach in order to finalise the settlement expeditiously, the same is not being reciprocated by the IBA.
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