Our country achieved independence on the 15th
August,1947 but officers in the Imperial Bank of India and on its
take-over by the State Bank of India continued to be treated like salaried
slaves. Even the right of casual leave was denied to officers in the Bank.
Working conditions were woefully inadequate. Against this background the
All India State Bank Officer's Federation (initially) known as All India
State Bank of India Supervising Staff Federation) was founded in 1965 with
an initial membership of approximately 4000.
The All India State Bank Officers' Federation
federated the Circle Association of Officers. The Federation is the
pioneer of the officers' movement in the country and was the first Trade
Union of Officers to raise the voice of protest against unilateralism of
the Management. In June 1969, at the call of the Federation, Officers of
the State Bank of India were on strike for 16 days demanding right of
joint determination of salary structure and conditions of service of the
officers. That was the first strike of the managerial employees in the
We were then a Zone of the Bengal Circle. The
Strike in our Bihar State was 100%. Consequent upon the creation of Local
Head Office at Patna on 1st July, 1972, we became an autonomous body of
Officers and call ourselves State Bank of Supervising Staff Association.
The Association was registered with the Registrar of Trade Union,
Government of Bihar in 1975. From the small beginning in 1972 when we had
only 252 members, today we are a mighty organization having over 5000
Since the inception, the affairs of the
Association have been directed towards securing for the Officers fair and
equitable conditions of service through bipartite process. The Circle
Association has been publishing a bi-monthly periodical "SUP-POWER' which
is registered with Registrar of Newspapers and Publication, New Delhi. The
periodical gives valuable and current information concerning the members
and the Bank.
Due to change in the organizational structure of
the Bank from 1st January 1981 the necessary changes in the set up of the
Association had become imperative. The required amendment in the rules and
bye-laws of the Association was adopted in various General Councils of the
Association last being on the 19th October,2003. These amendments have
duly been registered with the Registrar of Trade Union, Government of
The Association is recognized as the sole
bargaining agent for State Bank Officers. While the Circle Headquarters is
established at Patna, the Zonal Representatives function from the
respective Zonal Secretariats established at Patna, Ranchi, Purnea,
Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur.
The objects of the Association is to organize and
unite all officers of State Bank of India and to have collective
bargaining with the State Bank Management, to secure fair conditions of
work and service, to redress the grievances of members and to meet the
economic, social, cultural and welfare needs of members. The Co-operative
Credit Society of the Association is serving the welfare needs of the
members. The society disburses loan upto Rs.4.00 lacs and compensation on
death is Rs.2.50 lacs.