IBEA Calls For Strike On Jan 8 Over Imposition Of Service Conditions In Associate Banks

16 December, Chennai

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) has said that all banks across the country would go on a one-day strike on January eight, next year, in protest against consistent attempt on the part of the managements in the Associate Banks to impose SBI service conditions in violation of the existing Bipartite settlement.

AIBEA General Secretary ch.Venkatachalam said here today that State Federations will organise demonstrations before Head Offices ofall Associate Banks on December 30, Dharnas in all State Capital on January five, 2016 and demonstrations at all centres on January seven.

He said on June four, a total strike was observed in all the AssociateBanks, expressing its protest against this illegal move. Later, an All India-strike on the same issue was deferred on June 24 as Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) desired that the issue should be taken up to the higher authorities in the Union Government. “We have taken up the matter with the Finance and Labour Ministers but in the meantime, the SBI/Associate bank managements have been moving unilaterally and hence we had given the call for two-day strike on December one and two.

Prior to the strike, a conciliation meeting was held with the Deputy CLC, who had advised both sides to resolve the issues and to discuss in length by sitting across the table, instead of compounding the problem, he pointed out
He said “in view of this, we suspended the agitation and once again deferred the strike call when the SBI management agreed to defer the implementation of the Carrer progression Scheme (CPS) and hold bipartite discussion with State Sector Bank Employees Association (SSBEA) on December three.”

Venkatachalam said, in the bipartite meeting held on December three at Mumbai, the representatives tried their level best to find an amicable solution by making reasonable offers to sort out the burning issues.

But the managements struck to their adamant stand and insisted on going ahead with implementation of the CPS, he said, adding, that it has become necessary to revive agitation programmes, as the Unions are unanimous in their opinion that employees rights cannot be taken for granted.

The AIBEA General Secretary also said that in the name of implementing CPS, efforts were on increase the working hours, expand mobility, burden additional duties and powers on employees, freedom on outsourcing and abolition of entire sweeper posts.

”We have been opposing these attempts since they are anti-labour in nature. But the managements are trying to impose these retrograde service conditions in violation of the existing bipartite settlement,” Venkatachalam lamented.

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