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UFBU Talks with IBA on 3.4.2014

Written By AIRRBEA on Monday, 3 March 2014 | 18:11

In todays's talks with IBA, UFBU raised Higher wage increase, switch over from NPS to old pension scheme for new entrants, Five days working, Pension, Hospitalization improvement, Housing facility etc. IBA wanted time. No improvement today. Next round of talks  expected after 15th march, 2014.

Pension Parity case in Supreme Court will be listed in march 2014

Written By AIRRBEA on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | 06:51

You are aware that AIRRBEA has been fighting organizationally for Pension Parity since a pretty long time besides legal battle started by us in 2003 by filing WP of the AIRRBEA before the Hon’ble Karnataka High Court.

By this time Hon’ble Karnataka High Court gave Judgement in March, 2011 in favour of the Pension Parity in RRBs, Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court also, both Single Bench and Division Bench, delivered the Judgement in favour of Pension Parity in RRBs almost in line with the Judgement of Hon’ble Karnataka High Court.

On 31-01-2014 Division Bench of Hon’ble Karnataka High Court dismissed the appeal of the GOI filed against the Judgement of the Single Bench.

Now the Pension Parity case is pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court due to the SLP filed by the GOI in August, 2012 against the order of the Division Bench of the Rajasthan High Court.

AIRRBEA leadership has taken the matter with due seriousness and engaged Senior Advocates to fight the case appropriately. By this time the matter has been listed several times but could not be heard for disposal due to listing of our applications at the later positions.

Our Advocate Sri C K Sasi and his Senior today (18-02-2014) made Appeal before the Hon’ble Chief Justice for early hearing of the case on the ground that so many RRB staff have retired by this time and are facing untold suffering/hardship, and also with background that in February, 2013 the Hon’ble Supreme Court bench with Sri P Sadashivan, presently the Hon’ble Chief Justice gave the order to list our cases for final disposal.

This appeal has been allowed and the matter will be listed in March, 2014 for final hearing as per the direction of the Hon’ble Chief Justice.

Comrades, AIRRBEA leadership is aware of the hardship faced by more than 8000 RRB staff and their families after facing their superannuation/retirement and are taking all possible measures so that Pension Parity in line with the scheme out of agreement signed on 29-10-1993 in the Banking Industry is properly implemented in RRBs retrospectively to cover all the retired/deceased staff and their families.

We assure all concerned that the AIRRBEA team is always active and serious enough in the matter and we firmly believe that the issue will be resolved by the order of the Hon’ble Court as per the early hearing allowed on this date.

48 hours strike by Bank employees and officers begins!

Written By AIRRBEA on Monday, 10 February 2014 | 08:07

In the backdrop of All India Bank Strike call for 10-11th  February next given by UFBU and UFRRBU, conciliation meeting was held before CLC(C) in New Delhi today. Representative form  IBA, Finance Ministry Officials and all UFBU constituents participated.

In response to CLC’s suggestion for holding bipartite talks to avoid the strike, IBA stated that they will try to prepone the date of bilateral talks slated for 13th  instant provided  UFBU agrees to call off the strike action.

In reply to IBA’s proposal, UFBU representatives stated that offer of 10% increase so far made by IBA is not acceptable to them but they are prepared to join the talks with an  open mind on any day before 10th  and they can relook to their call for strike on 10-11th, February, 2014, only when there is  some positive developments during the talks.

Since there  is no positive developments. UFBU  declares to  go ahead and implement with full strength the strike call and make it total success.

In line with this our RRB employees and officers are also joining this strike and adding strength to working class in the banking industry.

Strike begins now.

We are fighting for us. Let us feel proud of it.

Let us show our collective anger against adamant attitude of Govt and IBA.

Pension Parity case in Supreme Court

Written By AIRRBEA on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | 06:51

Pension parity case is listed for hearing on 11 th February 2014. Item number and Court hall will be known on 8 th February. It will be one year since the case has come for hearing in Supreme Court.

We may recall that , in admission stage itself a year back, on hearing our pleading to consider plight of retirees and suffering employees, the Hon'ble Judges have ordered to post our matter in final disposal list. Accordingly, our matter is being posted every time, but is not reaching for arguments. Now also, Hon'ble Judges themselves can take up for final arguments out of seniority list, if they are convinced of our pleading for urgency and genuineness. There is no other short cut method and we appeal to all not to believe in any rumours.

Further, it is reliably learnt that due to our agitation and due to many Hon'ble Parliament Members taking up our demand with the Finance Minister and State Minister of Finance, the GOI may not oppose our arguments in the court . The matter is likely to be closed in one sitting for orders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Our committed leader com.Hebsur from Karnataka passed away!

Written By AIRRBEA on Saturday, 1 February 2014 | 17:53

Our beloved comrade Hebsur from Karnataka passed away.

We are exremely shocked at sudden demise of comrade Hebsur, AIRRBEA lost a senior and committed leader.

Hebsur born on 01-04-1959 joined service as clerk in 1984 has worked in Hallihal(D) Nipanal Nagavi Gadag RO Gadag Mundaragi Hebbal and presently heading our Balaganur branch.

He had organised our AIRRBEA under KVGBEA and KVGBOA by working untiringly in all rank and files. He was president of KVGBEA for two periods. With his dynamic visionaries he was also elevated to the President of State level federation AKGBEF. He was also holding the AIRRBEA Central Committee membership for a long time.

He was a straight spoken hard hitting legend who carried the mantle for over two decades.

We extend heartfelt condolences to his Family and our Karnataka State Federation.

Cremation of our departed leader Com.D I Hebsur is scheduled today at 3 pm in Gadag.

Let us submit our Red Salutes to the veteran leader.


Circular dated 30.01.2014

Written By AIRRBEA on Thursday, 30 January 2014 | 20:44

All India Regional Rural Bank Employees Association
(A Coordinating Body of National Federation of RRB Officers & National Federation of RRB Employees)

Date: 30-01-2014 

Units/State Federation/C.C. Members/
Office Bearers/ All others concerned 

Dear Comrades,

Sub: - Strike in Banking Industry on 10-11th February, 2014 – including in all RRBs.

We on behalf of UFRRBU issued notice of Strike on 3rd January, 2014 to the GOI/NABARD/All RRBs, in support of Strike call given by the UFBU for proposed two days’ Strike on 20-21st January, 2014 in the Banking Industry demanding –

Early Wage revision
Opposing Banking Sector reforms

Conciliation meeting took place between UFBU and GOI/IBA before the CLC (C), New Delhi on 13-01-2014.

Conciliation meeting was held between UFRRBU and the GOI before the RLC (C), New Delhi on 15-01-2014. It was stated in the said proceedings that –“On the issue of the demand on immediate wage revision the Managements’ representatives as well as the Forums representatives’ stated that a conciliation proceeding into the Nationalized Banks were held before the CLC (C), New Delhi on 13-01-2014 where the representatives of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) and of IBA, and of the GOI, MOF were present. The conciliation on that day ended with the commitment given by the IBA to hold a bilateral meeting with the United Forum on 17-01-2014 in Mumbai. The representative of UFRRBU admitted that the outcome of the Bipartite/Tripartite meetings on the issue of wage revision is going to have an ultimate effect and impact on their demand on the same issue”.

After the meeting held on 17-01-2014 the UFBU decided to postpone the proposed two days’ Strike on 20-21st January, 2014 on the basis of Increased offer of Salary increase at 9.5%, up from 5%, expecting better offer from the IBA in the next meeting to be held on 27-01-2014.

On 27th January, 2014 the IBA offered wage increase of 10%, .5% up from 9.5%, and the same was rejected by the UFBU. The UFBU met on date and decided to revive the two days’ Strike call to be observed on 10-11th February,2014.

Under the above background it has been decided by the constituents of the UFRRBU too, to call upon the RRB staff (employees/offiocers) to go for Strike on the above mentioned two days i.e. 10-11th February, 2014, and also to observe the preparatory programmes therefor.

We have already apprised our leaders at all levels about the proposed two days’ Strike on 10-11th February, 2014 through mobile message sent on 27-01-2014.


With warm greetings
(A Sayeed Khan)
Secretary General

UFBU rejects IBA offer and gives call two days strike!

Written By AIRRBEA on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | 19:38

Another round of discussions took place between UFBU and IBA in Mumbai on 27.1.2014. The talk was preceded by a brief meeting of UFBU in the morning which was participated by Com. GMV Nayak, our Vice-President and the undersigned. IBA again reiterated their issues like CTC/Variable Pay, Mediclaim Scheme, Officers – scale IV and above to be kept outside BP talks etc, and wanted that these issues should be discussed simultaneously and before any further offer on wage increase to be made by them.

UFBU made it clear to IBA that none of their above issues is acceptable. Taking cue from the last round of talks held on 17th instant, UFBU stated that IBA has to give further improved offer in response to the gesture shown by the Unions to continue the negotiations and deferring the strike call slated for 20-21 last.

After much of debate on the statement of IBA about load that will fall on the industry and difficult paying capacity of some of their member banks, IBA came out with an offer of 10% increase in pay slip components, just a paltry addition of 0.5% over their earlier offer of 9.5% wage increase.

UFBU, reacting to IBA’s comments on difficult paying capacity of some of the banks, stated that employees and officers are not responsible for the difficulty on account of accumulation of NPA and, for that matter, they should not be made victims vis-à-vis a reasonable wage increase in the backdrop of spiraling prices of essential commodities. At the end of the talks, IBA representatives expressed their inability to offer anything more beyond 10%.

This being the outcome of talks on 27.1.2014, UFBU had no other alternative but to meet again and decide for revival of the deferred strike call which was earlier slated for 20-21 instant and implement the same on 10-11 February, 2014 and preparatory to the strike to hold Demonstrations on 6th February at all places.
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