Sunday, September 28, 2014

Talks on 26.09.2014

IBA's attitude is negative,
reluctant to improve earlier offer of 11 % wage icrease.
UFBU decides for agitation including strike on 28th oct. 2014
*IBA agreed in principle for
nutralisation on D.A for pensioner.
*IBA insisted for Mediclaim policy for medical reimbursement system.
Unions agreed to consider in principle with modification

UFBU AND AIBOC circular on talks dt 26.09.2014

Text of UFBU circular on Wage revision Talks on 26.09.2014:
Further to the last round of meeting held on 17th instant, another round of bipartite meeting was held with the IBA today (26.9.2014). 
IBA was represented by Shri Rajeev Rishi (CMD Central Bank of India), Chairman of the Negotiating Committee along with other members of the Negotiating Committee. UFBU was represented by all its constituent unions.
In today's meeting there was a detailed discussion on our demand for 100% reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses incurred by the employees/officers and their family members and the group mediclaim scheme offered by the IBA in response thereto. 
We explained our various apprehensions about the implementation of the scheme and hassle-free reimbursement of claims thereunder. We reiterated that employees/officers should not be required to deal directly with the insurance company or their Third Party Administrators.
IBA has agreed and accordingly clarified that even though employees would be covered by the mediclaim scheme, they would continue to submit their claims to the management as hitherto and the reimbursement would be made by the Banks with the improved benefits of the scheme accruing to the employees. 
IBA also agreed to incorporate the suggestions submitted by the UFBU while finalising the scheme.  Hence a broad in-principle consensus was mutually agreed upon and the final scheme would be worked out accordingly on the above lines.

We also raised the following issues during the discussions today:
Ø    Pension related matters i.e. 100% DA on pension for pre-Nov. 2002 retirees, improvement in family pension, provision for periodical updation of pension
Ø    Introduction of 5 days banking / 5 days working
Ø    Regulated working hours for officers
After discussion, IBA informed that they are inclined to favorably consider the demand of 100% DA on pension for pre-Nov. 2002 retirees. 
IBA further informed that cost aspect on improvement in family pension is being worked out and they would soon take a decision on the same.  IBA responded positively on this issue.
As regards updation of pension, IBA informed that in view of the high cost involved, it would be difficult to agree to the same.  On our insistence, IBA agreed that any viable and affordable proposition from the UFBU in this regard would be examined.
As regards 5 day banking / 5 day working, IBA regretted their inability to accept our demand in the present situation. From UFBU, we insisted on this issue and hence IBA agreed that if a detailed note is submitted to them with the requisite logic and rationale, they would apply their mind afresh on this issue.
On the issue of regulated working hours for officers, IBA was not inclined to agree to the same. However, on drawing their attention to the note submitted by the Officers Organisation, IBA agreed to study the same and react subsequently.
From the IBA, they wanted to know our views and reactions on introduction of cost to company method as well as fixed and variable pay concepts. From UFBU we have reiterated our standpoint that the same are not acceptable to us.  IBA also insisted for limiting the wage revision discussions upto scale III officers instead of upto scale VII which was also declined by us.
On the vital issue of improvement in the offer of IBA over 11%, despite our indication that we would be flexible in our demand, depending on improvements in other areas, IBA has conveyed that they are unable to improve their offer unless UFBU scale down further in its demand considering the financial constraints of the banks. 
We categorically informed IBA that UFBU would be reasonable and flexible in its approach provided the same is reciprocated by the IBA on the issues raised by us and insisted on IBA to improve their offer to take the negotiations forward. 
However, IBA was adamant in their stand and did not improve their offer and stuck to their earlier offer of 11%.  UFBU expressed its unhappiness over the rigid stand of IBA on improvement.
In the UFBU meeting held subsequently, representatives of all the constituent unions expressed their dissatisfaction and condemned the lackadaisical approach and adamant attitude of IBA and unanimously decided to undertake agitational programmes to press our demands and to expedite the settlement.  After deliberations, it was decided to observe One day Protest Strike preceded by the following action programmes:
10.10.2014
BLACK BADGE WEARING
17.10.2014
COUNTRY WIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS
Between 18.10.2014 and 31.10.2014
ONE DAY DHARNA AT ALL STATE CAPITALS
(Date shall be decided by the State Unit of UFBU)
COUNTRY WIDE ONE DAY PROTEST STRIKE
It was also decided that the one day protest strike shall be followed by intermittent and relay strikes as well as indefinite strike.  Detailed circular on the date of one day protest strike and other agitation programmes will be issued in due course.
Sd.  M V Murali, Convener
*****************************************************************
AIBOC SAYS..................

Dear Comrades, we have received the reaction from many of you on the outcome of the 
meeting with IBA. Our Confederation expressed its clear view in the UFBU meeting held on 26th
September, 2014, that we want quick and sustained agitational programme against the apathy 
of IBA and the Government on our just and reasonable demands. We also suggested that our 
strike call should be for 13th and/or 14th October preceded by programmes like no late sitting, 
not coming on Sundays and Holidays, Badge wearing, relay hunger strikes, rallies and 
demonstrations. Undersigned offered the challenge to hold a rally/demonstration on 27th
September, 2014 itself at Delhi. However, the above programme only could be decided by the 
UFBU. We call upon our members to be in preparedness for any call of the UFBU/organization.
With revolutionary greetings, 
Yours sincerely, 
 (HARVINDER SINGH)
 GENERAL SECRETARY.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bankers want early wage settlement, otherwise warn "strong steps"

Next Bipartite talk on 26th September 2014
The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation on Friday said it hoped the negotiation with the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) on September 24 (Though as per news available with us,, next meeting is scheduled on 26th Sep'14) would result in the wage revision acceptable to the employees, failing which United Forum of Bank Unions would be forced to take some strong steps.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Details of bank bipartite talk on 17.09.2014

Following is the version of Gen. Secy., NUBE regarding bipartite talks held between IBA and UFBU on 17th September 2014.
Nothing conclusive.......
"MEETING WITH IBA ON WAGE REVISION TALKS

Today (17/09/2014) yet another meeting of the negotiating committee for 10th Bipartite Wage Revision took place in Mumbai, the undersigned on behalf of NUBE took part in the negotiations along with ten other unions.

Central D.A. from 01.07.2014 : Order Issued

The much awaited Central D.A. hike order has been issued by Ministry of Finance. As per the order, total D.A. to be paid @107% with effect from 01.07.2014 and to be paid in cash,
Download the Order

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CBEC issued cadre review notification

Customs & Central Excise Cadre Review
Board has issued CR NT Formations notifying the jurisdiction of all formations and the date of their effect. 
The date of effect is 15-10-2014. So all the new Formations (new Commissionerates, Directorates, present Commissionerates reorganised  and designated authorities) will take effect from 15-10-2014. 

Update on bank bipartite meeting held on 17th Sep 2014

TODAY'S (17th Sept)MEET BY BANK UNIONS (UFBU)WITH IBA

As per information,in order to find amicable solution,U.F.B.U. indicated flexibility  on its demand of 25% provided I.B.A. revise its offer substantially and also settle other issues. 
IBA told they would hold meeting in the next week and respond.

Submitted by Mohan.P

Central Govt. declared ad hoc bonus for 30 days

Same like every year, central employees are going to get ad hoc bonus equivalent to 30 days' emoluments before the festive season kicks in.
Dept. of expenditure, Ministry of Finance issued an order in this effect yesterday. as per the order, all non gazetted central Govt. employees will get ad hoc bonus of Rs 3454/-.
Download the order

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rajasthan declares 7% D.A. , issued order

In line with the central Govt. Rajasthan also enhanced 7% D.A. for serving employees and pensioners with effect from 01.07.2014.
Rajasthan is the first state Govt. to hike the D.A. and they are one step ahead of the central Govt. as the Union Govt. is yet to issue the formal order.
As per the order issued by the Finance Dept., arrears for July and August'14 will be credited to GPF and the employees will get the enhanced D.A. in cash from the salary of September.
Click here for D.A. order for employees
Click here for D.R. order for pensioners

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Date extended for furnishing annual property statement of Govt. employees

A sigh of relief for the central Govt. employees, at least for the time being. All Group A,B, C employees of Central Govt. were required file Declaration of Assets and Liabilities under Lokpal Act within 15th September 2014 in the prescribed format. (View details here)
Now the date has been extended to 31st December 2014. 
View the Gazette notification regarding this amendment.
Click here to view the letter written to all Depts.

West Bengal enforces biometric attendance, silent on D.A.

WB Govt. to implement biometric attendance in it's headquarter, "Nabanna" before the festive season. Webel, a state agency has almost completed the task for necessary infrastructure. There will be machines installed in every floor including the ground floor so that employees can not give any excuse for long queue in the elevator ! It is known from sources that higher officers even as high as secretaries will also have to put their attendance on machine.
The state Govt. has already introduced bio metric attendance in some ministries like health, rural administration earlier.
Though strict in attendance, Govt. did not provide any hint on arrears of D.A. With the latest announcement by the Central Govt. the difference climbed as high as 49% compared to the central employees. There is remote possibility of any announcement before the festive season kicks in. The employees may hope some relief from the next year only because even if any installment of D.A. released, as per convention it takes only prospective effect.
It may be mentioned that most of the other state Governments pay D.A. to their employees as per central rate.
(With inputs from local news agencies)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bank Xth Bipartite : Next talk on 17th September

After the last BPS talks on 13th June '14, with IBA , there was a dead lock in talks.
Now as per information, the next round of talks on 10th BPS with   IBA  by bank Unions (UFBU)  will be  held on on 17th Sept. 2014, at Mumbai  at 2 PM. UFBU will be meeting  on the morning of same day.
                          IBA officials are also called by DFS, Ministry of Finance for a meeting on 8th Sept. 2014 at New Delhi.

News provided by Mr Mohan P.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cabinet hiked central D.A. @ 7% w.e.f. 01.07.2014

Release of additional installment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners due from 01.07.2014
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.07.2014. This is an increase of seven percent over the existing rate of 100 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

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