SOLIDARITY FROM INDIA, TO STATE BANK OF INDIA CHICAGO COLLEAGUES
At the 6th South Asia Finance Sector Unions Council [SAFSUC] meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal SAFSUC President Sanjeev Bandlish assured solidarity support to the employees in State Bank of India, Chicago, USA; who are organizing to form a trade union. Sanjeev who is also the General Secretary of All India State Bank of India, Staff Federation stressed, his union will address issues to the SBI management in India if freedom and right to association of their colleagues in Chicago are infringed.
A solidarity letter to the SBI Chicago colleagues assuring solidarity support was sent. (Ref: Related Files for the Link)
Leaders of Finance Sector trade Unions from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated at the meeting and discussed the regional priorities in the finance sector to be included in the UNI Apro Finance Sector work plan for 2018-2022.
Mohamed Malik Ismail, Chairman of Pakistan Bank Insurance Finance Employees’ Federation [PBIFEF] , shared that Government of Pakistan have now officially announced that the privatization of profitable State Life Insurance Corporation will not go ahead as planned. State Life Insurance Employees Union in Pakistan, an affiliate of PBIFEF launched a campaign forcing the government to roll back its privatization agenda, with a view to transferring the assets of state owned companies to the private sector. Malik Ismail thanked the UNI Apro Finance and the SAFSUC colleagues for lending them solidarity support and right guidance to save the State Life Insurance Corporation from Privatization
S P Jayaratne, President of Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union (CBEU) Sri Lanka, together with FBOSL Sri Lanka officials, representatives from Bangladesh Bank Officers Association, All India Bank of Baroda Officers Association, was present at the meeting.
K C Ganesh, President of FIEUN welcomed all participants to Nepal for the SAFSUC meeting, and FIEUN officials representing public and private sector banks unions joined in the discussions.