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 level 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 throughout
the Country. The Federation was founded
in the year 1965. It had 16 affiliates. Its Central
Office is situated at Bangalore. It has branch offices at Mumbai
and Chennai. 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 Union. The
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.
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. The All India State Bank Officers' Federation has an
unique distinction of having gone on 17 days Indefinite Strike
from 10th June, 1969 to 26th 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. The Federation
has also brought out a documentary on Indifinite Strike titled
"Union is Strength".
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
systematic manner. Apart from issuing circulars and other communications
to grass-root level membership through Email and providing them
with day to day information through Website on the activities
of the organisation to keep them about of latest development.
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 to AIBOC."Common
Bond", commenced during 1981.Thus both these
journals have completed 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. Trade 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.
Federation has also taken up the task of several other publications.
The important ones are " 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. The
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.