First Strike Against the Management.
SIBOA has been maintaining a healthy relationship with the Management till 1990. But after Sri Cheriyan Varghese from Indian Bank took the charge as Chairman and CEO of the Bank, the attitude of the Management towards the Officers Community changed. Our continuous representations to settle our genuine demands, such as the appointment of dependents of the deceased officers, withdrawal of unilateral Promotion Policy, removal of the recording of meter reading in the conveyance bill, ex-gratia payment, abolition of trainee allowance and other long-pending demands, were unheeded by the Management.
The E.C. meeting held on 27.12.92 recorded concern over the anti officers' attitude of the Management and decided to initiate organizational actions. As there was no effort on the part of the Management to start mutual discussions, Association observed 29th January 1993 as “Black day’, wearing black badges. All the E.C. members observed one day fasting in front of H.O.
As the first step of the agitational program, demonstrations were held in front of H.O. and Regional Offices on 15.02.1993. As the second step adopted “work to rule” and a demonstration was held before HO, RO, and Main Branches of the Bank. Even though 5 rounds of discussions were held with the 2 DGMs during April, nothing fruitful evolved from the discussions. A mass memorandum was served to the Chairman with a copy to Directors. 4 rounds of discussions were held during July, but nothing materialized due to the uncompromising and unhelpful attitude of the Management. On 01.09.1993, the one-day token strike was declared and a strike notice served to the Management on 27.07.1993. RLC initiated conciliation on 19.08.1993. The attitude of the Management during the proceedings was in no way helpful for a settlement. On 23.08.’93, Com. T.N. Madanan, the then President of AIBOC Kerala State Com. P.V. Mathew, General Secretary, AIPSBOF along with Com.C.D.Thimothy, Gen: Secretary and Com.C.A.Joseph, President met our Chairman and had lengthy discussions but of little use. Management exhibited arrogance and irresponsibility. The token strike on 01.09.1993, the first of its kind in SIB was a grand success. Demonstrations were held in front of HO, ROs, and Main Branches.
The office-bearers of SIBOA met Com. R.N. Godbole, General Secretary of AIBOC, and apprised him of the development and he assured the full co-operation of AIBOC and its affiliates.