The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) had given a strike call on January 20 & 21, 2014 demanding early conclusion of 10th Bipartite wage revision and to stop Banking Reforms. The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) agreed to upgrade their initial offer of 5 per cent to 9.5 per cent on pay slip cost and hold next round of talks on January 27 and thus facilitating calling off the strike.
The proposed 48-hour bank strike call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) on January 20 & 21, 2014 has been called off after the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) agreed to upgrade their initial offer of 5 per cent to 9.5 per cent on pay slip cost and hold next round of talks on January 27. This information was conveyed by the Deputy General Secretary of Eastern Maharashtra Bank Employees’ Association (EMBEA) Jaywant Gurway on Friday (January 17). The IBA had offered talks with the Unions today to resolve various demands.
The Bank Unions have been demanding early conclusion of 10th Bipartite wage revision and to stop Banking Reforms. Earlier, the Eastern Maharashtra Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), General Secretary B N J Sharma, had informed that in a conciliation meeting held 13.01.2014 before Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) in New Delhi, the CLC had advised the Indian Bank’s Association to call the Unions for negotiations immediately and conduct meetings fortnightly on regular basis to finalise wage revision at the earliest. The IBA offered to hold talks on January 17 2014.
Earlier on 10.01.2014, massive demonstrations by more than 1000 officers and employees of all Banks were held in front of Allahabad Bank, Regional Office, Civil lines, Nagpur. The protest was held under the leadership of Ramkumar Gupta and Pradip Yelne, Joint Conveners of UFBU Nagpur Chapter. Jaywant Gurway, Deputy General Secretary, EMBEA, Milind Wasnik, Organising Secretary, EMBEA Chandil Iyer and Surabhi Sharma against the negative and anti-employee attitude of the Government/IBA combine.
Leaders of all the nine Unions, D S Mishra and Anant Kulkarni of AIBOC, P S Kohle of AIBOA, V V Asai and L P Nandanwar of (BEFI), Sudhir Kudupley, J Radha Krishnan, Vijay Thakur, S P Tiwari, P G Meshram, Sunil Pathak, Arvind Kurhadkar, Ashok Atkare, Srinivas Kewadkar, Ravi Joshi, Vandana Majumdar of AIBEA, Manohar Agasti, Vazir Meshram Shirish Rajkarne and Shyam Gulgulwar of NCBE and others were prominently present at the demonstrations.