Circular Letter No.11/VI/2015 October 30, 2015
The genesis of the State Sector Banks were directly linked to patronage of erstwhile Royal family exercising their control Initially there were seven Associate Banks and as on date it is five only.
State Bank of Mysore was established on 02.10.1913 by the Royal His Highness Krishnaraja Wadiyur on the advice of late Sir M.Visvesvaraya. State Bank of Patiala was originally established in the year 1917 on the Deepavali Day. State Bank of Hyderabad was established in the year 1941, having operations in A.P., Karnataka and Marathwada region of Maharashtra. State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur established its roots right from 1943/1944 drew the strength from the Bank of Bikaneer and Bank of Jaipur. State Bank of Travancore was established on 12th September 1945. Except State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur, all other four State owned Banks were brought under the SBI Act 1960 and SBBJ was in 1963.
2. The involvement of “State Bank of Saurashtra” in the infamous Harshad Mehta stock market scam resulted in the “mercy killing” of that Bank in the year 2008 and the union operating in that Bank too insisted for and accepted under the fierce threat of jobs and job security of the total workforce. Whereas, State Bank of Indore, one of the best performing State Sector Bank, in all segments sphere of Banking activities, the SBI flexed their muscle and forcefully acquired its stake in the year 2010.
3. It was in the year 2012, Government of India, Department of Financial Services released a circular indicating the first step towards merger based on “technology platform” and under that exercise, the plan unfolded was to integrate the subsidiaries with SBI. Sensing the ill-advised move, AIBOA advised the State Committee of “Rajasthan”, “Punjab”, “Andhra”, “Kerala” and “Karnataka” to extend support to struggling workforce of State Sector Banks. At Jaipur and Patiala, the Dharnas were conducted and the demonstrations were held by our state committees. But the strike by the members of S.S.B.E.A. was deferred.
4. State Bank of India, more outsourcing of jobs is blatantly taking place and the backdoor privatisation was already set in motion silently to one of the largest private Sector conglomerate right from last year, now attempting to strangulate the voice of TUs. The new form of offensives are :
a] Denial of right to represent, in terms of Indian Trade Unions
b] Non implementation of Government guidelines on compassionate ground appointments effective from 05.08.2014
c] Increase in Staff Housing loans and retrograde career progression
policy endangering important issue of the jobs and job security.
5. One of the “alternative” is that the SBI branches operating in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Punjab should be merged with State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaneer and Jaipur and State Bank of Patiala respectively as identical to a situation of IDBI Bank with IDBI. This alternative provides an opportunity to strengthen the “Stand alone subsidiary” in full measure as well as delayring certain extra flab from SBI.
6. Be, as it may to resist and repulse back the attacks of the SBI management, the workmen in “subsidiary Banks” in close co-ordination with AIBEA have decided to embark on an agitation against SBI Management’s actions on “attacks on trade unions”.
In the programmes of actions, particularly on the 5 States, where the subsidiary Banks Head quarters are housed our members are to actively engage in extending total support to them.
On the proposed date of strike by AIBEA ie; 02.12.2015, our members will not handle the clerical work at the branches throughout the country.
Halt the attacks on TU’s in the [Subsidiary Banks] State Sector Banks
Rise, Resist and Repulse
The moves of SBI Management
AIBOA extends total solidarity to the Members of SSBEA / AIBEA