All India State Bank Officers' Federation represents over 1,06,000
Officers of State Bank of India. Membership of the Federation extends
to Officers belonging to Junior, Middle Management as also Senior
Grades performing functions such as Assistant Managers, Deputy Managers,
Managers, Chief Managers,Assistant General Managers and Deputy General
Managers of over 27,000 Branches/Offices
of the State Bank of India, throughout the Country.
Federation was founded in the year 1965.
It has 16 affiliates consisting of 16 Circle Associations. Its Central
Office is presently located at Bangalore. It has unit office at
Local Head Offices of SBI corporate office at Mumbai. The Federation
is an apolitical and independent trade union. It is led by serving
Bank Officers only. It is affiliated to All India Bank Officers'
Confederation, which is also an apolitical & independent Trade
Federation is recognised by the SBI Management. The Federation is
a partner in "Bipartite and Tripartite"
forums established in the Bank for negotiations, consultations,
customer service, community service banking, welfare schemes etc.
It firmly believes in finding solutions to all problems through
bilateral negotiations with the Management. Com.
Soumya Datta is the President and Com.
Ramkumar Sabapathy is the General Secretary of the Federation.
Federation is committed to the objectives for which the banks were
Nationalised. It actively participates in and supports all schemes
and measures initiated by the Government for ameliorating the poorer
sections of the society and priority sectors of the economy.
All India State Bank Officers' Federation has an unique distinction
of having gone on 17 days Indefinite Strike
from 11th June, 1969 to 27th June 1969, first Managerial
Cadre strike in the world. It was a path breaking strike which paved
the way for improvement of Service Conditions of Officers and growth
of the Officers' Trade Union Movement in India. For the second time,
The All India State Bank Officers' Federation and the All India
State Bank of India Staff Federation jointly went on a Historic
Indefinite Strike from 3rd to 9th April 2006, demanding upgradation
of pension scheme in State Bank of India. The Strike was total throughout
the country. It created very strong pressure on the Government of
India. Finally, they had to sit with both the Federations to sort
out the issue to our satisfaction. The Indefinite
Strike enthused millions of workers in organized and unorganized
sectors. It proved once again that the united action of the
Labour, will never fail.
Federation has also brought out a documentary on Indefinite Strike
titled "Union is Strength". The
Central Office of the Federation is provided with all infrastructure
which is necessary for maintaining efficient communication system
between the Affiliates, Membership and the Management in a most
Apart from issuing circulars and other communications to grass-root
level membership through Email -firstname.lastname@example.org.
and providing them with day to day information through Website:
http://www.aisbof.org on the activities of the organisation,
the Federation has been publishing a monthly magazine known as "Officers'
Cause". The journal is being released on the 15th of
every month regularly. The journal started its publication in the
year 1981 and is a source of information to the grass-root level
members throughout the country. Copies of the journal reach all
the 27,000 and odd branches of SBI keeping the members informed
of the activities of the Federation. Apart from "Officers'
Cause", the Federation has also been instrumental in bringing
out "Common Bond" another
monthly journal, the ownership of which has since been transferred
"Common Bond", was commenced during 1981.Thus both these
journals have completed over 3 decades of service to the officers'
order to equip our Office-Bearers and activists with skills in defending
their colleagues facing disciplinary proceedings, the Federation
has launched a quarterly journal "Domestic
Enquiry", during the year 1997. The publication has
been well received. Likewise, during the year 2004, the Federation
has commenced yet another publication titled
`Labour Research'. This bi-monthly publication has become
quite papular not only in the Financial Sector, but also among the
entire Trade Union fraternity. With a view to provide further fillip
to the movement, the Federation has set up an Academy in the name
of 'National Academy of Trade Union Research
and Education (N.A.T.U.R.E.). in the year 1991. Periodical
Training Programmes are conducted by the Academy to groom activists
of our affiliates as potential leaders. The faculty of NATURE also
visits various parts of the country to impart training, wherever
activists are not in a position to attend the programmes at Bangalore.
Unions in the organized sector cannot ignore the teeming millions
of people who are living below the poverty line, the unorganized
labour force, the down-trodden, child labour, bonded labour and
millions of illiterate agricultural and other workers. We have to
respond to the society's problems. The organizations who are well
off should spare a portion of their resources towards social service.
The Federation has set up a "Social Welfare
Fund" to take up several social projects and encourage
affiliates to make use of the Fund for the purpose. The Federation
brings out a quarterly magazine viz. "Social
Concern" covering all the social activities undertaken
by the Federation and its affiliates. The publication started in
the year 2000.
Federation has also taken up the task of several other publications.
The important ones are "Hand book on
Disciplinary & Vigilance Proceedings" for Officers
in Public/Private/Rural and Co-operative Sector Banks
"An Aide to Defence Representatives" and Comprehensive
compendium on Superannuation Benefits in SBI, Medical Benefit Scheme
to Retired Employees, Information Technology Act , a comprehensive
compendium of current wage settlements in Banks/RBI, Insurance etc.,
etc. The magnum-opus was a "CD on Model
Enquiry" brought out during the year, 2004, which has
become quite popular.
term 2012-2015 has been a very turbulent one. The Management issued
charge-sheet to 27 Principle Office-bearers, Presidents and General
Secretaries of our Circle Associations for holding Lunch time Demonstrations
on 28th Aug.2012 opposing the intention of the management to introduce
seven day's banking without consulting the federation. The Circle
Associations moved respective High Courts. The verdicts of the High
Courts were varying. However the Bench of Chennai High Court quashed
the charge sheet which has been challenged by the bank through an
SLP in Supreme Court of India. Several of our leaders were penalized
by reduction by a scale, some were placed under 19(3) under SBIOSR
at the time their retirements. Due to continuous efforts of the
federation the matter has been sorted out in a mutually acceptable
way. During this period there was an unsavory effort to withdraw
check off facility also. Even that has been sorted out. Eternal
vigilance is the cost that we have to pay to keep our freedom intact.
The turbulence created by a few disgruntled elements has died down
and the Federation has emerged much stronger than before.
aim of the Federation is to achieve through constructive co-operation
with the Management and the Government, maximum efficiency in banking
operations, balanced spread of banking to different regions, high
quality customer service, development of human resources, modernisation
of systems and procedures, prevention of wasteful expenditure and
frauds and to generate stable and harmonious industrial relations.