Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NUBE prepared charter of demand for 10th BPS

National Union of Bank Employees has submitted charter of demand for 10th bipartite.President of this organization, Mr S. Srinivasan has provided a copy of the same. We hereby publish the same for your reference and valuable comments.
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BALAN said...

BANK MEN YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW

Bank men wages started falling on relativity basis vis a vis central government and other public sector employees since 1986, historic fourth pay commission implementation generously awarded by the then Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi by taking the plight of the poorly paid employees at that time and need to raise their standard of living vis a vis productivity in the government department and also to attract/ retain the talent and to reduce the attrition level. Concept of FIVE DAY WEEK also was his brain child with the same productivity theory. Government and public sector employees got 30% pay hike. Then fifth pay commission in 1996 with another 30% pay and perks. Sixth pay commission award was one of the best ever the employees got because of the introduction of grade pay and pay band. Public sector employees also got hefty pay hike during these 20 years.The only one sector which was penalised in pay hike was FINANCIAL INSTITUTION EMPLOYEES. BANK LIC RBI ETC.
Refereshing the old theory of pillai committee which was introduced during 1979 with the sole aim of reducing the wage level of the officers in the name of standardisation. The then union cabinet accepted the pillai committee in letter and spirit by stating that bank officer should be equal to class I officer and not more than that. At that time the cabinet secretary s basic pay fixed band 3000 was the maximum of general managers basic pay.
Bank men were proud of the DA formula and the increment pattern FIXED BY AWARDS and secured by successive bipartite settlements with skilful negotiations by the then leaders who had good rapport and have a say with their affiliated parties . The so called HIGH WAGE ISLAND which normally the financial SECTOR EMPLOYEES USED TO BE REFERRED BY THE THEN DISTINGUISHED FINANCE MINISTER C. SUBRAMNIAN was possible because of the very good incremental span as for as award staff were concerned . The management also were forced to accept because of the risky nature of the job and various responsibilities that bank employees are taking.
Wages of bank men were determined once in 5 years based on bi partite settlements. Even though the habit of fixing an arbitrary amount for officers and award staff continues and percentage of fixing the wages is happening even before construction of need based pay scales unions became helpless to get better settlement . IBA cleverly managing the unions in the name of CAPACITY TO PAY.LOAD FACTOR ETC.
All public sector navaratna companies are paying very good salaries even from the sub staff level to top persons. How the capacity to pay is coming. They are raising the end product cost to maintain the profitability.oil marketing companies are adequately compensated for their losses under the compulsions of electoral gains to maintain the fuel cost lower.For state and central government employees it is coming from consolidated fund of india . hence there is no necessity of burden or load arising in their cases.
Now take this peculiar position of banks. In which category it is coming. Truly it is a public sector. But wages were standardised by taking the government pay structure for officers and pension option also was allowed in 1995 .so technically they are considering bankers similar to government employees.Compulsions similar to the petroleum sector need to be extended to the banking sector also where service charges rate of interest are low. SB interest is deliberately kept low. Subsidy is necessary to the banking sector like petroleum sector.
Banks are transferring thousands of crore to the central government pool year after year. Bank men staff strength is the lowest and productivity per employee became the highest as on date since bank nationalisation.
to be continued

BALAN said...

continuing.......
Let the authorities think for a moment why they are hesitating to improve the salary on par with public sector. All banks with the exception of one or two can be classified as navaratna companies based on their performance which is improving year after year. LET THEM TAKE A GENUINE MANPOWER EXERCISE .then only the authorities can come to know how they are destroying the banking sector which is the backbone of the economy.
After the introduction of the sixth pay commission the entry level salary for the clerks is not even 70% of what the government employees are drawing. Even the back office staff BPO personnels are drawing more salaries. The human tendency is to compare the level of salary prevailing at the time of entry point. Due to poor comparative pay level ,the clerical staff are not continuing for years together and they are waiting for the opportunity to switch over. Hence the attrition rate is higher when we compare the number of persons who is capable of delivering things ie the cream among those recruited. So on the tag end we may be left with the products who can not deliver much on a comparative basis. If this trend continues, then the quality of the personnels may not be high. If the govt and or public sector wages had been raised vertically will it not be applicable to bank staff .During 1970s at the time of maximum recruitment were in full swing large number of the post graduates joined the banking industry as a clerk, grown with the organisation. Served with full enthusiasm got promotion as officer in 4 to 5 years time. Enjoyed good wages on a comparative basis at that time. All these theory were evaporated now and bank officers are today a struggling lot without adequate manpower , work load of more than 10 hours per day with work on holidays also added with responsibilities, vigilance fear and the routine irregularities and advance failure given in good faith etc.
K BALASUBRAMANIAN RETIRED SENIOR MANAGER UNDER VRS 2000 INDIAN BANK

BALAN said...

IBA , the name itself lost its glory and pride because of the negative attitude of the personnels . they have gone to the extent of inserting some important words from the agreed minutes. If this is the status , then how the UFBU can rely on them and simply negotiating for years together. Nearly one lakh employees and officers are going to retire in the coming three or 4 years and unless and otherwise the bosses. MOF IBA are coming to the ground realities in terms of manpower recruitment combining with sizeable increase on par with public sector navaratna companies to retain the manpower and to induce fresh talented blood into the stream ,we can see the complete collapse of the efficient management system in another 10 years and only see paper profits.
ANOTHER AREA IS THE POOR PLIGHT OF THE PENSIONERS
There are instances that a retired general managers family is getting less pension than the sub staff retiree.even though the pension regulation is very clear that whatever is applicable to RBI will follow ,100% neutralisation to pre 1.11.2002 retired pensioners are yet to be considered favourably. Why such type of things are happening . who is responsible why there is no accountability. The law makers are yet to open their eyes. Let them permit the eligible benefits agreed to the eligible persons as per the regulations.
HOW THE WAGE REV ISION SHOULD BE
INSTEAD OF SUBMITTING FRESH CHARTER OF DEMANDS let the UFBU can bring pressure on the government /MOF to rectify the big gap created between the officers of scale I and officers of thee government of india.
Let them sanction across the board special pay of 30% of the existing basic pay as special pay or grade pay from the substaff to general manager scale VII level for the same consumer price index of IX th bipartite settlement.THIS SHOULD HAVE BASIC PAY STATUS RANKING FOR DA. Let them also in crease the HRA as applicable to government employees which will directly benefit the officers who are not taking bank lease. Let them also sanction transport allowance and education allowance. All these will take the salary hike level to more than 30 to 40 % high . this can be implemented from 01.11.2012 for 5 years. There after let them fix the wages based on their seventh pay commission which is the base level for negotiation by ufbu with iba. Unless and otherwise this anomaly is rectified first the industry will become humanly sick . This combine with the mounting of npas will result in chaos. Hence all the authorities who are genuinely interested in the health of the banking industry should take care of the health and wealth of their employees.
LET THEM RECTIFY THE GLARING ANOMALY OF DA NEUTRALISATION PREVAILING FOR PRE 01.11.2002 PENSIONERS WITH EFFECT FROM 01.05.2005 as applicable to serving employees.
A committee comprising of MOF IBA UFBU AND MEMBER FROM RETIRED ASSOCIATION IF ANY can be appointed to go into the question of pension updation to all the employees and officers to be decided within a reasonable time frame.
K BALASUBRAMANIAN RETIRED SENIOR MANAGER UNDER VRS 2000 INDIAN BANK

raviyolimathi said...

Fantastic research work and reasonable demands by NUBE. All unions should read the facts & figures in this draft. As rightly said in it, enormous increase in workload, drastic decrease in staff strength and comparative poor salary leaves the working class in banks in a pathetic condition. Reasonable recruitments should be there considering the profits earned by banks, the unemployment situation in the country and the valuable waiting time of customers. In this Net banking & ATM scenario, implementation of five days a week will help workers to pull up more work load qualitatively with better physical and mental conditions as prevailing in western countries.
It seems all roads lead to banks. As rightly said in the NUBE draft, all govt. welfare schemes, most of revenue collections, pensions, salary disbursements etc., are through banks - only because of the quality of work , strict disciplinary measures & 100% accuracy in accounting. People prefer bank accounts for a valid ID proof also. Finance minister told that every house should have bank account. In these circumstances why there is less staff & less salary.
In this highly paid software era how we can retain young people for this low salary structure. The unimaginable increase in real estate costs in the past decade was due to the hike in software industry salary. Can any new bank employee buy a house or pay the rent for a decent house in a city and maintain family with the prevailing starting salary. Even children of most of the senior bankers are earning more than them. In this prevailing situation, UFBU should consider the demands set by NUBE and collectively bargain nothing less than that. We appreciate the work done by the NUBE team under the leadership of their General Secretary Com.L.Balasubramanian, the signatory to the previous five settlements.

raviyolimathi said...

Fantastic research work and reasonable demands by NUBE. All unions should read the facts & figures in this draft. As rightly said in it, enormous increase in workload, drastic decrease in staff strength and comparative poor salary leaves the working class in banks in a pathetic condition. Reasonable recruitments should be there considering the profits earned by banks, the unemployment situation in the country and the valuable waiting time of customers. In this Net banking & ATM scenario, implementation of five days a week will help workers to pull up more work load qualitatively with better physical and mental conditions as prevailing in western countries and in our RBI.
It seems all roads lead to banks. As rightly said in the NUBE draft, all govt. welfare schemes, most of revenue collections, pensions, and salary disbursements are through banks - only because of the quality of work , strict disciplinary measures and 100% accuracy in accounting. People prefer bank accounts for a valid ID proof also. Finance minister told that every house should have bank account. In these circumstances why there is less staff & less salary.
In this highly paid software era how we can retain young people for this low salary structure. The unimaginable increase in real estate costs in the past decade was due to the hike in software industry salary. Can any new bank employee buy a house or pay the rent for a decent house in a city and maintain family with the prevailing starting salary. Even children of most of the senior bankers are earning more than them. In this prevailing situation, UFBU should consider the demands set by NUBE and collectively bargain nothing less than that. We appreciate the work done by the NUBE team under the leadership of their General Secretary Com.L.Balasubramanian, the signatory to the previous five settlements.

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