Bank Employees alert! New details of Salary Hike, PLI, DA, Pension: Good news! Things to know after Bank Unions-IBA agreement
With the increasing number of coronavirus cases in India and people losing jobs, there is a section of employees in India fortunate enough to receive a wage hike!
With the increasing number of coronavirus cases in India and people losing jobs, there is a section of employees in India fortunate enough to receive a wage hike! Yes, you read it right and the beneficiaries are bank employees. As many as 8.5 lakh bank employees are set to benefit from the wage hike. It means a whopping Rs 7,900 cr extra spend for banks annually. Here is how it happened and all the details of the benefits that bank employees will get - Read!
Wage hike of 15 per cent
- Capping nearly three years of intense negotiations, bank employees' unions and the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) have agreed for an annual wage hike of 15 per cent, a move that will result in an additional yearly outgo of around Rs 7,900 crore for the lenders
- The annual wage increase in salary and allowances has been agreed at 15 per cent of the wage bill as on March 31, 2017, which works out to be Rs 7,898 crore on payslip components, as per the agreement signed between the IBA and bank unions
- The agreement on the 15 per cent annual wage hike was reached at a meeting between the IBA and members of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) representing workmen unions and officers association.
Performance Linked Incentive (PLI): Details and how it will be paid
- Under the agreement reached on Wednesday, Performance Linked Incentive (PLI) will also be introduced for public sector bank staff and it will be based on operating or net profit of individual banks concerned.
- PLI will be applicable for public sector banks from the current fiscal, while it will be optional for private and foreign banks.
- As per the latest agreement, the PLI would be payable to all employees annually over and above the normal salary payable.
- "In today's banking scenario, there is a stiff competition amongst different categories of banks that are public, private, foreign banks. In order to inculcate a sense of competition and also to reward performance, the concept of PLI is felt to be introduced," the agreement said.
- The quantum of PLI will be nil if the operating profit earned by a bank is less than 5 per cent.
- If the operating profit is between 5-10 per cent, employees would be entitled to get an additional five days salary,
- An additional 15 days salary will be given in case of operating profit exceeding 15 per cent on an annual basis. The latter will be applicable only if the bank concerned has a net profit.
Dearness Allowance (DA)
- Basic pay has been merged with dearness allowance
- Close to 37 banks, including public, private and foreign banks, have mandated the IBA to negotiate with unions on wage hikes for their employees.
NPS (New Pension Scheme)
- There will also be an increase the banks' contribution to the NPS (New Pension Scheme) fund to 14 per cent -- 14 per cent of pay and dearness allowance -- instead of the present 10 per cent from the prospective date of signing the settlement subject to approval of the government, according to the agreement.
Bank unions-IBA agreement: How it happened? FULL NEGOTIATION DETAILS
- As many as 35 rounds of negotiation meetings took place before reaching the common ground and the outcome is satisfying, All India Bank Employees Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said.
- "Today IBA & UFBU have signed an MoU for 15% increase in pay slip component of Bank Employees, in Principal agreement to remove cap & offer 30% of Basic Pay as family Pension," IBA Chief Executive Officer Sunil Mehta said in a tweet.
- The last round of negotiation happened on March 16 before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, he said, adding the wage hike will benefit about 8.5 lakh employees and officers.
- During a round of wage negotiations in May 2018, IBA had offered only two per cent wage hike. In protest, bank unions had also gone on a two-day strike from May 30 that year.
- The parties will endeavour to finalise the Bipartite Settlement within a period of 90 days from July 22, the agreement said.
- Once concluded, this would be the 11th Bipartite Settlement. The 10th Bipartite Settlement ended in October 2017.
- In the 10th Bipartite wage settlement, which was signed in May 2015, for the period between November 2012 and October 2017, the IBA had offered a 15 percent hike.
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