A I I B O A - an unending truth
With the emergence of the Trade Union movement for the Supervisory Officials in the Banking Industry an Association for the supervisory officials was founded in our Bank in the name and style of INDIAN BANK OFFICERS AND SUPERVISORY STAFF ASSOCIATION-MADRAS on 26.08.1963 and was registered under the Trade Union Act 1926. This was a unitary type organization and the same was accorded recognition by the Management vide an agreement dated 27.06.1974. This unitary setup of the Association was changed into a federal setup in the name and style of ALL INDIA INDIAN BANK OFFICERS ASSOCIATION in its meeting held on 14.08.1977. The Management recognized this new body vide an agreement dated 06.06.1978.
In course of time All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) has grown into a mighty organization with 7 units serving over 8000 officers of Indian Bank.
All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) was affiliated to AICOBOO. During the time of split in AICOBOO in 1985, All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) was the first affiliate from Southern Part of the Country to align with
AIBOC by their participation in the formation meeting of the AIBOC held at Staff Training Centre of Bank of India, Chennai. Thus a very bold stand was taken by our affiliate in the formation of AIBOC.
Com K N Kannan, then Secretary General of All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) adorned the post as one of the four Deputy General Secretaries of AIBOC and Com A K Jana was the first member of the Executive Committee of AIBOC.
All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) plays a major role in the various State Units of AIBOC. In fact, when the State Units of AIBOC were formed, Com. T. T. Natarajan, from All India Indian Bank Officers Association has taken the charge of Secretary of Tamil Nadu State Unit of AIBOC and strengthened the roots of the AIBOC throughout the length and breath of Tamil Nadu. He was also responsible for bringing the Co-operative Sector in Tamil Nadu under the banner of AIBOC.
All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) has undergone many trials and tribulations during its fruitful existence for the last 47 years. It is the caring and protective umbrella for the entire officer community in Indian Bank, always striving hard to protect the dignity and welfare of its members.
In the year 1997, when the Bank faced a setback, the Government of India put up a condition that all the Unions and Associations in the Bank should sign an MOU to facilitate the infusion of Capital. Prolonged discussions took place with the Management and the All India Indian Bank Officers Association played a major role in bringing around the Unions and Associations in the Bank to sign the MOU and thus turn around of the Bank was made possible.
It is a history that a Bank which was branded as Weakest Bank and was identified for closure by various experts had risen as a phoenix, thanks to the concern exhibited by the Leaders of all the Unions and Associations in the Bank which was made possible by the matured leadership shown by our Association. This stands as testimony for the commitment and foresight exhibited by the leadership of the Association in protecting the Institution and the welfare of the Officers community.
Not only on the front of protecting the Institution, All India Indian Bank Officers Association, has played a key role in the improvement of Service Conditions of the Officers.
When 4 Regional Rural Banks were formed under the sponsorship of Indian Bank, All India Indian Bank Officers Association was responsible in bringing the Officers in these Regional Rural Banks under the banner of AIBOC.
When the Seventh Bipartite settlement was finalized, despite the Board of the Bank giving the mandate to IBA to negotiate and finalize the wage revision, a new condition was incorporated that in respect of arrears in the case of 3 banks namely., Indian Bank, UCO Bank and United Bank, discussions can be held by the respective Managements and Affiliates and to arrive at the modalities of the payment of arrears. This provision came as handy for the Government of India to issue instructions preventing the implementation of the settlement and payment of arrears. The stand taken by the Apex level organization that the settlement should be honoured could not break the ice.
Faced with that situation the Unions and Associations in the Bank under the Banner of Joint forum of Unions served a strike notice on the Bank demanding discussions on payment of arrears. The strike was observed and it was a total success. But the Management slapped a notice on the recognized union and recognized association i.e. our All India Indian Bank Officers Association as to why the recognition accorded cannot be withdrawn. A befitting reply was given by our Association demonstrating the genuineness of our stand and thus the recognition was retained. Thereafter discussions were held and the payment of arrears was made.
In fact Joint Forum of all Unions was founded in Indian Bank much before UFBU was formed in the Industry and Com. T. T. Natarajan, Secretary General of All India Indian Bank Officers Association is continuing as its convener in our Bank from the beginning.
Com. A. K. Jana, former, President of AIIBOA, led the entire officer fraternity as President of AIBOC.
Veteran leaders like Com K Chandrasekaran and Com T T Natarajan as President and Secrerary General has served the officer community for more than a decade and fought for the betterment of service conditions for them.
Presently the All India Indian Bank Officers Association is led by Com. Dr. V. Rajagopal Reddy, Com. K S Gopinath and Com. K Rajendran as President, Working President and Secretary General. Com K Rajendran is serving as the Vice President of the AIBOC and Com. Dr V Rajagopal Reddy is serving as the Deputy General Secretary of AIBOC.
Com. Dipak Samant, General Secretary of our Western Zone unit is representing the Officers as the Officer Employee Director in the Board of Indian Bank thus keeping the banner of All India Indian Bank Officers Association (AIIBOA) high in the eyes of the entire officers community in the Bank.