2-day nationwide bank employees’ strike deferred

Thursday, Nov 26, 2015,10:47 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Vadodara | A nationwide bank employees’ strike, proposed to be held on December 1-2, has been deferred.

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) said on Wednesday that the strike was deferred after the intervention of Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner M K Choudhary, who had called for a conciliation meeting on November 23 in Delhi. Office bearers of AIBEA, officials from SBI and associate banks and Indian Banks Association (IBA) officials were present at the meeting.

Bank employees under the banner of State Sector Bank Employees Association (SSBEA) have been opposing imposition of career progression scheme of State Bank of India (SBI) on associate banks.

The scheme includes additional duties and powers, increased working hours, enlarged mobility, abolition of the post of permanent sweepers and outsourcing them, AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said. He said SBI management is denying associate banks employees’ demands like enhancement in staff housing loan and implementation of compassionate appointment scheme as per IBA/government guidelines, unless they accept the career progression scheme. SBI management members who were present in the meeting justified their actions and maintained that the bank has every right to give any direction to associate banks in view of Section 24 of the Subsidiaries Bank Act. Issues like duties and powers of staff, allowances, working hours and mobility were discussed in the recent industry-level bipartite settlement and resolved mutually, and associate banks, being a party to it by giving authorization and mandate to IBA, cannot violate the same, Venkatachalam added. The next conciliation meeting is scheduled to be held on December 3, he said.

SSBEA comprises unions in SBI’s associate banks – State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Patiala.