The United Discussion board of Financial institution Unions (UFBU) has requested the finance ministry to cut back the enterprise hours of banks, herald five-day week, and permit hub banking in a bid to interrupt the Covid-19 transmission chain and shield financial institution workers and their households.
Sanjeev Ok Bandlish, Convenor, UFBU, in a letter to the Debasish Panda, Secretary, Division of Monetary Companies, Ministry of Finance, mentioned: “As was applied final yr, there’s a necessity to limit bodily banking for subsequent 4-6 months. Banks could also be suggested to cut back working hours (say from 10am to 2pm).
“Equally, banking ought to be restricted to five days in every week, to interrupt the chain. This may lower the publicity of bankmen and the shoppers to an amazing extent with out impairing providers.”
Pitching for hub banking, UFBU instructed that as a substitute of opening all branches at multi-centres, numbers could also be restricted in such a way that banking services could be prolonged at a number of choose branches, obviating the need to open all and expose bankmen and prospects to the chance of an infection.
UFBU is the umbrella physique of 9 commerce unions within the banking sector.
“We name upon you to instruct all of the banks to deploy minimal doable employees/officers at branches/places of work. Measures like working with 1/third of employees power, do business from home, ought to be applied for subsequent 4-6 months. Workers/Officers to be referred to as on rotation in order that publicity is decreased,” mentioned Bandlish.
UFBU sought exemption from responsibility to workers with present comorbidities, pregnant workers/officers, individuals with disabilities (Divyangjan).
“Contemplating the character of labor, coming involved with lots of of consumers on daily basis, bankmen carry greater threat. Having thought-about as Frontline Covid Warriors by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, we name upon you to provoke measures to supply vaccination to all bankmen,” mentioned the UDBU Convenor.
UFBU sought fine-tuning of insurance coverage coverage in Banks. On this regard, Bandlish mentioned a number of financial institution workers and officers have succumbed to COVID and over a lakh have contracted an infection.
“There are numerous situations the place the bankmen haven’t solely suffered bodily, however they’ve been harmed financially as whole expenditure charged at hospitals had not been reimbursed.
“We urge upon you to subject appropriate directions to insurance coverage firms to high-quality tune their insurance policies to make sure that bankmen usually are not out of pocket for getting remedy at hospitals,” mentioned the UFBU Convenor.
UFBU needs Covid-related expenditure to be introduced underneath exemption clause of Revenue Tax and compensation to household of diseased bankmen.
As financial institution workers are available in contact with lots of of consumers on daily basis, they carry greater threat.
“Having thought-about as Frontline Covid Warriors by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, we name upon you to provoke measures to supply vaccination to all bankmen,” mentioned UFBU.