While addressing the delegates and observers in Chennai , I recalled that there are challenges for all the bank employees throughout the world.
The social protection for the unorganized employees and the common workers is quite low in all the countries.
Due to advent of technology, new challenges are taking place. This has reduced the new jobs and owing to technology, there is reduction even in existing jobs. When we welcome technology, there should be a balance between human work and work done by computers. We should fight the excessive use of technology 20 or 30 years ago and then we should be able to strike the balance.
Today, the employers have become greedy for more profits and the technology has become their tool to reduce the staff strength and job vacancies.
We have seen the General Secretary of AIBEA, Com. C.H. Venkatachalam, in the news coverage since last 50 days during the period of demonization. This has led to cashless society and it has proved to be profitable only for the e-wallet companies. This has lead to reduction of even the bank jobs. This will only increase the outscoring of work to e-wallet companies and the bank work will come down. The slogan “Unite and Fight – Turn The Tide”, is a great inspiration for all the workers not only in India but also abroad.
We are really inspired by the patience and discipline of the members of AIBEA to sit, discuss and deliberate for 4 days in this conference and we draw a leaf from this experience. I feel proud of this discipline of AIBEA members, especially the youngsters, for their patience and involvement in AIBEA.
Youngsters are good at technology. It is not just discussing in social media, putting their views and photographs in Face book but their involvement in the trade union movement and its activities is very much needed.
NUBE is impressed by the participation of a large contingent of ladies participating in this conference. Like a man cannot survive without a woman and a woman cannot survive without a man, in trade union environment also, the involvement of all sections of members, both ladies and men, will see the growth of the movement. In that way, the participants of women and men in large numbers in this conference is not only laudable but also appreciable.
We should improve upon the movement of AROBIFU, discuss about the jobs and the threat to jobs through technology, with the involvement of all the unions in Pakistan, Nepal, Mauritius , Sri Lanka , Malaysia , Bangladesh, Iran , Taiwan and of course , from AIBEA.
I would like congratulate the comrades of AIBEA and wished the Conference all success with an invitation to the AIBEA contingent to visit NUBE, Malaysia in days to come.