Bank employees in workmen cadre hold demonstration

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To protest against the violation of Bipartite Settlement by the Management of five Associate Banks of the State Bank of India, the Bank Employees in workmen cadre held a demonstration at Shalamar Chowk, here today.
The demonstrators were addressed by Arun Kumar Gupta, general secretary, Jammu Province Bank Employees Federation (JPBEF).
At the call of All India Bank Employees’ Association, bank employees in workmen cadre in public sector banks, old generation private sector banks and foreign banks will observe one day protest strike tomorrow.
The strike call has been given to protest against the violation of bilateral settlement by the 5 Associate Banks of State Bank of India ( State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur) and their attempt to force unilateral service conditions on the employees.
The protesters said that in May 2015 a common Settlement was signed between Indian Banks’ Association (IBA-Management Body) and All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), which defined the duties and remuneration of the employees for undertaking various jobs in the Banks, adding that the five Associate Banks are parties to this Settlement and hence are governed by the Settlement.
They said that there are different set of service conditions based on in-house agreement in SBI between the management and the Union, which is not applicable to other Banks. But the managements of the 5 Associate Banks are implementing the service conditions of SBI in the Associate Banks which is illegal and violation of the Settlement.
The protesters further said that they had given a call for strike on December 1 and December 2, 2015 but at the intervention of the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner, Delhi, the strike was deferred to pave way for resolving the issue by mutual discussions, adding that the Managements of the Associate Banks are adamant and are going ahead with the illegal action.
Those who addressed the gathering included Ganesh Kumar, Manjit Singh, Ashwani Pradhan, RK Bamba,TK Tikoo, Rama Kant, Rakesh Gupta and Vinod Gupta.

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