Mr. Saumya Dutta,
Dear Mr. Dutta,
Through, we are aware that in consonance of UFBU declared policy, under which neither UFBU nor it's constituents give any cognizance to communications emanating from groups or people of banking fraternity, whether working or retired, you will not give any cognizance to this letter as well. Well, we are not interested in your positive or negative response, but definitely we have interests in the issues of bank men, which according to us is: one, fair and adequate wage increase and improvement in service conditions of working bank men and second, revision of Pension/ Family Pension, since these both aspects are of common interests of bank men irrespective their status, in which we need solutions, since these are two sides of the same coin.
On all your important decisions we have had conveyed you our concerns. Your stand and decisions were never consistent & augured well in emerging situations. You have been working on whims, unaware of ultimate results that caused irreparable damages to organization & people you represent.
Your first such adventure was your 2 days strike. You failed to take on board two other officers organizations, if you could not succeed to take entire UFBU. It was a COD of 4 Officers Unions on the line decided collectively by UFBU constituents. If there was any problem created by IBA, it was collective responsibility of all officer Unions & UFBU to take collective view. But, here you adventured to move solo, leaving all other 7 Unions. Despite strike success, end result was ZERO.
Further, you staged a very powerful Dharana at Delhi, which evoked tremendous response. You could garner the support of Pensioners in great number, which swelled your Dharana by 50%. You noticed it. You made a loud statement, not to sign 11th settlement without Pension revision. According to us, it was just release of hot air. You were just appeasing Pensioners, similar to one that Mr. Venkatachalam did in 10th settlement. Your Dharana was followed with a reputation to PAPPU of Nehru dynasty, snap was good, but the flame of your Dharana was extinguished, the moment you met Pappu. We could not understand your intent and motive to meet Pappu till today. According to us, after Dharana, it would have been right course if you would have met Sri Sunil Mehta, then Chairman, IBA, stationed at Delhi as well as any of amongst FM/SFM/Secretary Finance. This doubled your ZERO, can't say it a feather in cap!
There was a pause. IBA in a meeting with 7 unions, burst a cracker. IBA told, they were ready to discuss and settle wage revision if workmen Unions agreed so. It evoked a query: as to what would be of officers? IBA informed, on parameters, applied in workmen settlement, officers issues would be clinched. The workmen Unions reacted with posivity. This way, IBA let YOU feel, the ground slipping under YOUR feet. It worked well. It forced you to flee like sparrow from Kolkata to Chennai to take 2 other officers on board and then Mumbai to IBA office and from there to New Delhi to meet same Mr. Sunil Mehta, then Chairman, IBA, who was not deem fit to be met after AIBOC day long Dharana and then returned to Kolkata in one go. We are sorry, if our expression is bit harsh, uncomfortable & sarcastic. However, we say, it did not another ZERO.
You rejoined back, but you were no more same. You were an unarmed surrendered soldier. In all successive meetings between IBA & UFBU, you were a still entity.
You made another blunder, no doubt aimed at pleasing Chairman, SBI, who was fired by FM in some meeting in Assam. After 15 days of said incidence, which was a normal happening with public executives by the political masters, you ventured to issue a press note in media in this regard, which was your sinical act that disturbed the concerned executive, instead any relief. We do not wish to discuss the heat that made you call back your press release terming that as sent inadvertently. We do not wish to disclose, what you had to do to cool down your master. Your this act again, made bank officers liable to pay heavy cost at a very crucial time.
In PSBs officers head count is almost 50%. You may be representing 80%. Bank men want to know the role you played in talks culminating into MOU on 22.7.2020. In video conferencing on 22.7.2020, you were silent. This reflects, either you had concurred with it before this meeting or had no say, better to remain silent, let things happen. Many constituent Unions expressed their views. One INBEF present in person had made an eye account public. AIBOA too said something, which we need not to explain. Your silence is either your helplessness or total surrender to going on. Bank Officers in particular & work men in general look to you with sheer anxiety for your views in regard to MOU dates 22.7.2020.
The myth that 'Nazis-Niazis Head the Bank Unions' is no more myth, but come true.
Unbelievable! but, believe, since facts are facts. None of us thought of resurrection to primitive stage of 1940s era Banking, but situation is such. Unimaginable!! but, see, feel and experience then believe.
worst hit are honest bankers
who totally depend on real money.]
Abandonment of interaction processes and imposing arbitrary decisions, ultimately converts into dictatorship. Thus, autocratic mind set makes one arrogant. That's what has been happening these days in UFBU. It has produced among us Nazis-Niazis, who sit over the fate of bank employees & officers as bhagya-vidhata.
Entire banking fraternity, whether in job or retired, is in deep crisis of which none else is responsible, but their own professional rogues & thugs. Under circumstances, banking fraternity must be made to know, otherwise there is no way out to survive.
22.7.2020 MOU confirms, all is not well. It brings total disbelief, causes uncertainties and inflicts gravious wound to bank men interest. Of course, it happens with the consent and concurrence of Major Trade Unions, of which you are one.
Mr. Dutta, you know done can't be undone. You suffer from severe trust & credibility deficits. In UFBU you have no say at all. IBA too does not hold you any more a serious stake holder in process. You hold a gun, but no bullet.
However, people are interested to know your reaction in (i) wages, as per code bill, (ii) 5 days week, (iii) merger of Special allowance in basics (iv) pension revision etc. Some of big Unions have termed MOU as very significant achievement, given the pandemic, crash of economy, undue pressure on Banking etc. But, it's a fact that 15% rise or other terms were long back offered by IBA, we mean in 30.1.2020 & in subsequent meetings before pandemic. Is there any thing new in MOU, other than status on 30.1.2020? Family Pension issue was of 10th settlement understanding, sent to govt, but once 10th settlement was signed it was kept on hold. As we told long back, IBA would make it a point of achievement of 11th settlement. See, exactly it happens.
Vast fraternity of pensioners, whom you promised all through pension revision, anxiously awaits your words in this regard. Should they assume, you have lost the game!
Hope, you speak out your mind. People will read that in their context.
(J. N. Shukla)