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Bank of Baroda Employees Give Management Four Days Ultimatum

Talks collapsed on day one of the strike as employees through The National Union of Clerical Commercial Professional and Technical Employees (NUCCPTE) rejected a request for four days by the bank lawyer to scrutinize a letter purportedly written from the Bank of Baroda Head Quarters in Mumbai, India.
18 Dec 2013 17:29
Striking workers of Baroda Bank have given management an ultimatum to give them a 20 percent pay rise by December 23rd 2013. The unionized employees numbering about 150 laid down their tools on Monday this week demanding for a pay rise. However, the employees called off the strike and returned to work after management promised to address their concerns within four days. Rajesh Kumar, the general manager Baroda bank told the worker that their concerns would be addressed after the board meeting on Friday.

 

Talks collapsed on day one of the strike as employees through The National Union of Clerical Commercial Professional and Technical Employees (NUCCPTE) rejected a request for four days by the bank lawyer to scrutinize a letter purportedly written from the Bank of Baroda Head Quarters in Mumbai, India. The letter, which Uganda Radio Network has seen, recommends among others a 20percent pay rise, per Diem, night allowance and holiday working allowance among others.

In a telephone interview, Mukasa Mudikafi, the General Secretary NUCCPTE told URN on Wednesday that they had agreed to give the management time because the new Managing Director, Birbal Singh had only just arrived in Uganda. Yusufu Kagumire, from Katera & Kagumire Advocates, the lawyers of the bank, couldn’t offer a comment on the progress of authenticating the letter but said they’ll have official communication by Monday next week. Rajesh Kumar, the General Manager Bank of Baroda could neither pick nor return our calls for the best part of Wednesday.

 

The employees have threatened to resume the strike unless they reach an agreement with management by beginning of next week. On Wednesday, the bank was operating normally unlike the last two days. The board members are expected to meet on Friday 20th 2013, to review the year, welcome the new managing director and make a decision on the request by the employees.  Bank of Baroda opened its doors in 1953, setting up shop in Uganda. In 2002, it became the first bank to be listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange.  

It has since also grown its assets to Shs709bn (end of 2012). However, since the late 2008, its employees have decried poor working conditions and low pay. 

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