The Indian Banks' Association (IBA) is reconsidering a long-standing demand from unions to keep bank branches open for only five days a week.
IBA has commissioned a study to evaluate the pros and cons of keeping banks shut on Saturdays. The staff unions, under the umbrella of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), refuse to budge on this demand, people familiar with the development told Business Standard. The merits and the challenges of a five-day week will be placed before the new government by IBA after the general elections, sources said. Courtesy: Business Standard
ON RESTRUCTURING OF ZONES/REGION NEED FOR AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES
Members are aware of the
unilateral decisions of the management in merging Nagpur
zone with Pune zone, Agra zone with Lucknow zone, Muzaffarpur zone with Patna
zone, shifting Sambalpur Region of Odisha state to Raipur zone of Chhatisgarh state and shifting
Dehradun Region of Uttaranchal state to Delhi Zone.
As a responsible organization, we
have been showing lot of patience and restraint in order to reach amicable
solutions. Unfortunately, our top management’s reaction is one of apathy &
indifference. Trade unionism and Officers and employees welfare are considered
to be unwelcome features as far as the management is concerned.
Therefore it is time, we react. The
core committee meeting of our Federation held at Mumbai on 20th Mar 2014, had a
detailed discussion about the attitude of the management and it was unanimously
decided that our management’s unreasonable and unilateral attitude should be
resisted in Toto. The committee felt that the following issues/developments
warrant our immediate reaction:
1. Attempts to thwarting the
2. Failure to draw up a proper
manpower planning exercise
3. Unilateral changes in the
4. Deunionization &
distruption of organized workforce
5. Cultural shock to officers
& employees by merging the zones/Region
Friends, all of you are aware
that the present Zonal set up in our Bank is in existence without any hitch for
the last 3 decades. What has been existed and practiced through them all along
cannot be pooh-poohed as unsuccessful.
How can we tolerate the
management’s unreasonable and unwarranted approach in merging the zones and
Region, which will yield only cosmetic change and leads to multiplication of
only higher level executives?
Can we ignore such unilateral
attitude of the management?
Friends the trend is a clear
indication of the challenges before the trade unions in our Bank. The
directives on merger of zones are arbitrary and against the bilateral sprit
prevailing in our Bank. It is therefore necessary to raise our voice of protest.
We must defend our right of bipartite mechanism. Hence all round awareness is
necessary amongst the membership about the challenges before us and also
prepare ourselves for a greater struggle and sacrifice, if need be.
WITH WARM GREETINGS
A I B O C --ZINDABAD
A I C B O F
(DON’T FORGET YOUR
PAST.IT WAS PUT THERE FOR A REASON)