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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:05:21 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: Bank Employees Respond to Nationwide Call for Strike, Decry Reforms

Mangalore: Bank Employees Respond to Nationwide Call for Strike, Decry Reforms

Pics: Ramesh Pandith / Hemanath Padubidri
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Aug 22: In response to the nationwide call for strike given by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), employees of public sector banks in the city staged a protest near State Bank on Wednesday August 22 against proposed reforms in banking sector and outsourcing of non-core activities.

Across India, over a million employees of 27 public sector banks, 12 old generation private banks and eight foreign banks joined the strike.

At Mangalore

At Udupi

Among other things, the employees are protesting the government's move to amend the banking laws bill, presently pending before parliament and scheduled for discussions on August 23 and 24.

Normal banking activities were crippled in all state-run and some private banks.

Among the operations hit were normal in-house across the counter services for ordinary customers, foreign exchange transactions, export-import and local bills, clearing of all types of cheques, bank lockers operations, capital markets and other activities carried out through banks.

The banking law bill proposes to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, and Banking Companies' Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings Act. The proposals aim at merger of banks, allowing more private and foreign capital, unrestricted voting rights, decision to grant licences to corporate houses to start new banks.

The protestors expressed fears that the proposed measures may result in the closure of rural bank branches and lead to opening of ultra-small branches, thereby privatising rural banking operations through contractual business.

The opposed the 'retrograde recommendations' of Khandelwal Committee and said that attempts were being made to unilaterally implement recommendations of HR matters through arbitarary guidelines.

They demanded resolution of long-pending issues raised by UFBU such as appointment schemes on compassionate grounds, regulated and defined working hours, revised guidelines on staff housing loan, 5 -day banking, improvements in pension scheme, etc.

They also opposed outsourcing of work to outside agencies, and other 'anti-labour' policies which they said would jeopardise jobs in the banking sector and undermine collective bargaining strength of the employees

The strike paralysed banking activities in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. However, a few private banks and ATMs continued to function normally, but sources said that ATMs of banks joining in the protest will function only as long as they have money.


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Comments on this article
Mario Mathias, Shirva/Mumbai
Friday, August 24, 2012

Banks Employees main issues and demands are as under
1. settle pending demands
2. Stop arbitrary guidelines on HR issues
3. Stop unilateral implementaion of KC recommendations
4. Stop outsourcing of bank jobs
5. Stop Banking sector reforms
6. Stop closure of rural branches
please try to understand their problems

Mario Mathias, Shirva/Mumbai
Friday, August 24, 2012

banks Employees main issues and demands are as under
1. settle pending demands
2. Stop arbitrary guidelines on HR issues
3. Stop unilateral implementaion of KC recommendations
4. Stop outsourcing of bank jobs
5. Stop Banking sector reforms
6. Stop closure of rural branches
please try to understand their problems

Ruchir Agarwal, Mangalore
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Freinds... dont just blame the Banks as it all depends on the person sitting on the counter and the type of customers who visit the bank.

Fredrick Castelino, Udyavara
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nowadays people are not intrested in Bank jobs because of so many factors such as transfer to villages, lower salary compared to other industries, huge work and financial implications. People are interested to get job in Call Centres instead of Banks becuase of good salary in BPOs, good working conditions and international standards. 50% of people who join banks in the recents years are leaving banks within one year. If such condition continues the Banks may have to shut their doors. This is practical experience. Therefore Government should think it over and give good facilities to Bank employees. In the past people were very much thirsty to get Bank employement but now people are going to private concerns such as BPOs of IT companies.

Vincent, Bejai,Mangalore
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Agree with Vivian that SBI,Bejai is far better than Canara Bank, Kapikad branch. Perhaps the difference is the type of customers that visit the branch. SBI Bejai has NRI/HNI customers who get better treatment perhaps. Whereas the Canara Bank, Kapikad branch Manager/Staff need a lesson in public relations, especially while serving Senior Citizens

Gerald, modankap-bantval
Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai/Mangalore
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I really sympathize with the bank employees. specially the ones in their 50's who have given dedicated service to the banking institution.
In earlier days we used to find the doors of grocery shop,hotel,pan-beeda,milk-booth,tailor shop etcopen on a holiday or early morning or late night but at present you find the doors of the bank open with these staff in their 50's struggling to the work.Transfer wise they are the targets. Promotions are reserved for the new comers and the highly influenced, ignoring the dedicated service rendered by the seniors. The one who has ed banking as his career has to be prepared to sacrifice his family life.All this is because of the shortage of staff. Mass retirements are not balanced with new recruitment's.
Lord, bless these bank employees. Give them strength and courage to face the problems and sincerely discharge the day today duties.

max, Mangalore/Bahrain
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

All these banks are looting the customers and staff know this. They want their share let they get instead of banks publishing that their bottom lines are profitable in crores, kiska paisa kiska maza!!!!!! Jai ho India!!!! now a days strikes are like transforming disceses, today banks, tomorrow auto, buses, so & so........... It Happens only in INDIA

Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ever since Information Technology and e-Commerce is implemented, with changing face of Technology, reforms are also necessitated. If we have to compete in the world, we should adopt technology and reform the rules from time to time. We should admire the fore sight and adoption of Computer Technology by our late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Bankers being educated people, should realize that without reforms no industry can survive for long. Without industries there will be no jobs.

Vivian Pinto, Bijai / Canada
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mr D P kundapura/B ps visit canara bank Kapikad Kuntikhan branch in Mangalore & visit S B I NRI branch near Bijai Church you will come to know which is the best bank

Prasheesh Kumar. S., Mumbai
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thank u for publishing my comment. But the word UTIVE (Top level Bank Officers) has got cut as 'utives' which does not give proper meaning.
Mumbai Head quartered Central Bank of India's top officers are notorious for corruption. That is why that Bank has slipped from 1st position in 1969 to 7th position now businesswise.
In news papers and TV they call "Reserve Bank of India" (RBI) as Central Bank, which is quite confusing. It is true that in most of the other Countries the RBI is actually named as Central Bank. But in India we have a commercial Bank named as Central Bank (CBI), which is quite confusing to general public. Hence, the name of this CBI commercial Bank may be changed to "Swadeshi Bank" as it was founded by a Parsi Freedom Fighter during Swadeshi Movement in 1911.

Stephen DAlmeida, Belman
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ten years ago people thought Bank Job is the best and secure, not anymore. Work hard and get the reward....In this internet age do we need to give 45 days in a year Bank holidays???

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What Prasheesh Mumbai has said is all true. Because of highly corrupt utives the lower level Bank employees are highly demoralized as many innocent lower staff have lost their job and fallen on streets with families due to oral instructions given by utives to favour some dishonest customer with loans. A lower level employee after 38 years of Service goes out with couple of Lakhs as retirement benefits, whereas a Bank utive would have amassed atleast 5 to 10 crore rupees by that period in bank service.

Pradeep, kadri
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ವರ್ಸಗೊರ ತಿರ್ಗೆರೆ ರಜೆ , ಕಾಸ್ . ಬೂರ್ನೆಕ್ ಲಕ್ಕಿನೆಕ್ ರಜೆ , ಮಧ್ಯಾನ ಬೊಕ್ಕ ಪಂಚಾತಿಗೆ ಮಲ್ಪೆರೆ ಟೈಮ್ , ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜರ್ ನಕ್ಲೆಗ್ ಕಾರ್ . A/c ರೂಂ ತ್ಹಿಂಗೊಲ್ ತ್ಹಿಂಗೊಲ್ ಸಂಬಲ ನನ ದದವೊಡುಗೆ?

RidhimaRai , Mangalore
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

State bank of India ,mallikatta branch worst bank ever.employees are lazy rude and very inefficient.its because of such employees the customers turn to private usual they are standing outside very happy because they don't have to work and just stand outside protesting.which they are excellent at .higlhy experienced in sitting idle and eating at the desk in front Of
customers...private banks are any time better in service .but they do have a lot of hidden costs but the service is any time better.they at least know their job well..

Prasheesh Kumar. S., Mumbai
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Just see the age of Bank employees in the above photos. They are all aged above 50 yrs. The average age of Bank employees today is 52 years. Why so? The answer is simple. Young people who join the Bank leave the job within 6 months. The attrition Rate is 70% in Banks among young recruits including SBI. The reasons are - very low pay at starting level, difficulty in adjusting to old employees with old mind-set, posting to rural places without water, no scope for fast promotions inspite of high talent, and above all the union leaders supporting only dishonest oldies and sidelining honest hardworking youngsters. Victimization of young lower level officers for the mistake done by highly corrupt utives in loan sanctions, has demoralized young staff and forced them to leave the Bank job. Hence, there is no alternative to outsourcing the Banks' work, and the employees are unnecessarily opposing it with strike.

R.Bhandarkar., M
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

There are ways to 'digest' what you eat- u c

stan, dubai
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We are Indian Bankers. We won't improve or we will not allow any improvment.

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

With this useless UPA govt daily one or other service sectors are going on strike causing nuisance to public. The brainless people should sit at home if they can't rule this country.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Its sad to see such well paid and educated class of the society going on strike and disrupting the services . Banks have become highly incompetent and we need to bring in a change!!so why should they be worried of new players if NATIONALISED BANKS can be more competetive and offer better services !!

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