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Two days strike from 8th to 9th January, 2019 call given by all affiIiated Unions of NFPE & FNPO and AIPEU-GDS and NUGDS in support of their 23 points charter of demands

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2 days strike from 8th to 9th January, 2019 call given by all affiIiated Unions of NFPE & FNPO and AIPEU-GDS and NUGDS in support of their 23 points charter of demands.

No. 08-08/2018-SR
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(SR Section)

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 04th January,2019

To

Secretary General, NFPE
Secretary General, FNPO
General Secretary, AIPEU Gr. ‘C’
General Secretary, NAPE’Gr.’C’
General Secretary, AIPEU Postman, MTS, Gr. ‘D’
General Secretary, NUPE Postmen & Gr. ‘D’
General Secretary, R-III
General Secretary, NUR-III
General Secretary, AIRMS & MMS PU, MG/MTS Gr.’C’
General Secretary, NUR-IV
General Secretary, AIPAOEU, Gr. ‘C’ & ‘D’
General Secretary, AIPAOA, Gr. ‘C’ and MTS
General Secretary, AIPAEA (Postal Account)
General Secretary, AIPSBCOEA
General Secretary, NUPCWNGE
General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS
General Secretary, NUGDS

Subject: Two days strike from 8th to 9th January, 2019 call given by all affiIiated Unions of NFPE & FNPO and AIPEU-GDS and NUGDS in support of their 23 points charter of demands.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to your joint letter No. PF-12-C/2017 dated 12.12.2018 on the above mentioned subject. The demands have been examined by the concerned Divisions and replies to all the item of demands showing the present status are enclosed herewith at Annexure ‘A’.

2. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

Encl: As Above

Yours faithfully,
(R.S. Mawar)
ADG (SR & Legal)

Annexure – A

23 points Charter of demands submitted by Postal Joint Council of Action vide their letter dated 12-12-2018.

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Central Government Employees Strike – Confederation congratulates to all Central Government Employees for participating in two days strike

Central Government Employees Strike – Confederation congratulates to all Central Government Employees for participating in two days strike

 

CONGRATULATES ALL THE CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES WHO MADE THE BEGINNING OF THE TWO DAYS STRIKE A MARVELLOUS AND THUNDERING SUCCESS – SECRETARY GENERAL

M.KRISHNAN
Secretary General
Confederation Central Govt. Employees and Workers
Mob: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

WELL  DONE  COMRADES !
CONGRATULATIONS & RED SALUTE !!

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT CONGRATULATES ALL THE CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES WHO MADE THE  BEGINNING OF THE TWO DAYS STRIKE A MARVELLOUS AND THUNDERING SUCCESS.

THE HISTORIC 48 HOURS NATION WIDE STRIKE COMMENCED AT 00:00 HRS ON 12.02.2014

13 LAKHS  EMPLOYEES  JOINED  THE BIGGEST STRIKE OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AFTER 1968 ON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMMON DEMANDS.

FUNCTIONING OF ALL CENTRAL GOVT. OFFICES (OTHER THAN RAILWAYS & DEFENCE) COMPLETELY PARALYSED AND CAME TO A STANDSTILL.

WARNING AND THREAT OF VICTIMISATION BY THE GOVT COULD NOT DETER THE EMPLOYEES FROM JOINING THE STRIKE.

PENT UP DISCONTENTMENT AND ANGER OF THE EMPLOYEES BURST OUT LIKE A VOLCANO.

EVERYWHERE ENTIRE EMPLOYEES ARE ON STRIKE AND IN MAJORITY OF THE STATES AND DEPARTMENTS IT IS ALMOST NEAR TOTAL.

UPA GOVERNMENT  IS NOT READY TO CONCEDE ANY OF OUR DEMANDS, JUST AS IN THE CASE OF BANK EMPLOYEES.

CONTINUE THE STRIKE ON 13TH FEBRUARY ALSO.

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET ON 18TH FEBRUARY AND DECIDE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION.

 

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Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Called for Strike Today and Tomorrow

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Called for Strike Today and Tomorrow

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has called for strike from 2014 Feb 12th 00.00 AM onwards…

Two days Nationwide Strike on 12th and 13th(Wednesday and Thursday) Feb 2014…

More than thirteen lakhs Central Govt employees shall participate in 2 days nationwide strike, commencing today in pursuance of charter of demands are…

MERGER OF DA

INTERIM RELIEF

CIVIL SERVANT STATUS FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS

INCLUSION OF GDS IN SEVENTH CPC

REGULARISATION AND REVISION OF WAGES OF CASUAL LABOURERS.

DATE OF EFFECET OF 7TH CPC FROM 01-01-2014

SCRAP NEW PENSION SCHEME & RESCIND PFRDA ACT

STOP OUTSOURCING, DOWNSIZING, CONTRACTORI- SATION & PRIVATISATION

FILLING UP OF ALL VACANT POSTS

FIVE PROMOTIONS

STOP PRICE RISE

 

SETTLE 15 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS.

Till this moment, the Central Government has not invited the confederation leaders for talks.

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Confederation writes to all MP’s regarding 2 Days Strike

Confederation writes to all MP’s regarding 2 Days Strike

 2014 FEBRUARY 12th & 13th 48 HOURS STRIKE

CONFEDERATION REQUESTED INTERVENTION OF MP’S – COPY OF THE LETTER SENT TO ALL MP’S

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
First Floor North Avenue Post Office Building
New Delhi. 110 001.
Website: confederationhq. Blogspot.com.
E mail:confederation06@yahoo.co.in.

Dated: 4th February, 2014

D/14/2014(2)(MP)

Dear Sir,
The Confederation of Central Government employees and workers is the apex level organisation of all Federations/Associations/Unions of CGEs other than in the Railways and Defence establishments.  In our last National Executive meeting, we were constrained to decide to call upon our members to organise TWO DAYSs strike on 12th and 13th February, 2014 in pursuance of our charter of demands.

It was in the wake of a strike action in 1960s by the Central Govt. Employees, the Govt. of India set up the permanent negotiating machinery called JCM so that the employees will be able to raise their demands and grievances and seek settlement thereof through dialogue.  This machinery has now come to a standstill as the Govt. does not convene the meetings of the councils at the Departmental levels on one pretext or the other.

A new set of rules were promulgated in 1993 to grant recognition to Service Associations.  Many Ministries, despite the employees organizations abiding by the stipulated conditions, have not afforded recognition to the Associations/Federations, thereby closing all channels of communication.  The JCM had the facility of referring the issues on which the Government could not agree upon to the Board of Arbitration.

The decision/award of the Board was binding on all parties.  However, of late the Government had been rejecting the awards in favour of the employees on the specious plea of adverse impact on national economy by presenting resolutions in the Parliament.  We need not emphasise the unethical character of this approach which undermines the confidence of the employees in the fairness of the system.

The new contributory pension scheme was introduced by the Government on the plea that the pension liability has become unbearable and is a drag on the exchequer.  In our Memorandum to the Prime Minister, we had raised several issues and had pointed out that the financial outflow on account of the new scheme will be much more than the existing defined benefit scheme. We had indicated in our memorandum quite a number of aspects which would be detrimental to the interest of workers. In the debate on PFRDA Bill in the last session of Parliament. We could notice that quite number of MPs had demanded for the withdrawal of the bill itself as it only benefits the Stock market operators and entrepreneurs. Even the Standing Committee’s suggestion for incorporation of a minimum return to the employees was turned down by the Government. We are certain that the new contributory pension scheme shall be a drag on the exchequer and the scheme will turn out to be a conduct for the flow of the poor employees’ savings to the corporate houses. We appeal to you to raise your voice in the Parliament against the new contributory Pension Scheme for its anti employee and anti national characteristic.  The real purport of the bill is reflected in the decision to allow FDI to the extent of 40% in this sector. The said decision has facilities outflow of Indian savings for investment outside the country.

The 6th CPC recommendations and its implementation had given rise to various anomalies.  The employees genuinely felt that the said anomalies would be removed through discussions for which the Government had set up a committee.  The Committee despite meeting on four occasions had not been able to settle the issues; nor could it be referred to the Arbitrator. The 6th CPC recommendations were implemented with effect from 1.1.2006.  The revision of wages was due on 1.1.2011. The Government has not so far come forward to set up the 7th CPC.

It had been the age- old   practice to revise the wages of Central Government employees as and when substantial erosion takes place in the real value of wages. The 5th CPC opined that as and when the DA Component in wages crosses over 50% such revision must take place and the said Component of DA must be merged with pay. Accordingly the 6th CPC was set up and wages revised in 2006. On 1st January 2011 the Dearness allowance component in the emoluments of the employees had   reached 51%   The Government had been dilly dallying the wage revision and merger of DA with Pay which would have helped the employees to combat the soaring price rise. On 12th December 2012, the employees went on a day’s strike which received magnificent response from the rank and fill of the workers. The unbridled inflation and the consequent Price rise has made the existing Pay and allowances   incapable of making both ends meet. The Government announced its intention of setting up 7th CPC thereafter but no follow-up action ensued, leaving the employees with no alternative but to declare a 48 hours strike on 12th and 13th February 2014. As on 1.1.2014 the DA component has crossed   over 100%. The Government attitude has become untenable. On the request of the Government, the Staff side had submitted the draft terms of reference for 7th CPC.   They had also raised     the grant of interim Relief, which normally precedes the notification of any CPC. The Staff Side of the National Council had demanded the inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of the 7th CPOC, an issue which was at the core of discussion earlier in 2006. The Government has not indicated its approach on this vital issue so far as a result of which about three lakh GDS employees are in anxiety and desperation.

The Neo-liberal policies brought in its wake the unethical practice of contract labour system and  employing casual workers for perennial and permanent jobs, which is strictly prohibited by the law of the land. Government departments witnessed an overdose of this policy in the period between 2004-2014. More than one third of the work force in Govt. Sector is now composed   of such a informal workers. They are provided with pittance of wages and the huge gap in wages of the regular and the informal employees has been the root cause of inter-personnel tension and many fraudulent ventures.  Government functions are supported supposed to have an element of security and accountability. The removal of this ill- advised system had been a cry often falling on deaf ears. Besides there are quite a number of casual workers employed to carry out perennial and permanent jobs. They are to be regularised. In the postal department alone they number about 3 lakhs called as GDS. Enclosed is a brief note on Charter of demands, the non-settlement of which has resulted in the loss of confidence in the system itself and consequent compulsion to tread the path of straggle. Many of these issues are incorporated   in the agenda of National Council for not less than ten years back, begging settlement.  . The Government has made procrastination an art in itself and allow the issues longer on for years.

We seek your solidarity and support and request you to kindly raise these issues in the Parliament and ask the Government to settle the demands of the Government employees.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,
M.KRISHNAN
Secretary General

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7th CPC, Merger of DA, Scrap NPS etc. demands of Central Government Employees: Explanatory Note on Demands by Confederation

7th CPC, Merger of DA, Scrap NPS etc. demands of Central Government Employees: Explanatory Note on Demands by Confederation

Demands of CG Employees : Revision of wage with effect from. 1.,01.2011 and Merger of DA with pay…etc.,

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
North Avenue Post office, Firstg floor
New Delhi. 110 001.
Website: confederationhq. Blogspot.com.
E mail:confederation06@yahoo.co.in.

Dated: 4th Feb. 2014.

EXPLANATORY NOTE ON DEMANDS

Item No. 1. Revision of wage with effect from. 1.,01.2011.

The present wage structure of the Central Govt. Employees has been made on the basis of the 6th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations.  The 6th CPC introduced a new concept in the form of Pay band and Grade Pay.  The recommendations of the Commission were implemented with effect from 1.1.2006 in the case of Pay and in the case of allowances with effect from 1.9. 2008.  In the case of Central Public Sector undertakings, the wage revisions normally takes place after every five years.

The 5th CPC in the case of Central Government employees recommended wage revision in every 10 years.  In the past wage revision has been linked to the extent of erosion of real wages.  The degree of inflation in the economy determines the pace of erosion of the real value of wages.  The retail prices of those commodities which go into the making of minimum wages have risen by about 160% from 1.1.2006 to 1.1. 2011, whereas the D.A. compensation in the case of Central Government employees on that date had been just 51%.  It is also an acknowledged fact that the 6th CPC had computed the minimum wage by suppressing the retail price of these commodities in the market on the specious plea that official statistics of the retail prices of these commodities were not available.  They therefore, computed the retail price by increasing the wholesale price by 20% for each of the commodity whereas the actual retail price in the market was 60% more than the wholesale price.  While in the case of Group B,C & D employees, the Commission applied a multiplication factor of 1.86 for arriving at the revised pay structure, in the case of Group A Officers, the factor was ranging from 2.36 to 3 times. In the matter of fitment formula also, unlike recommended by the 5th CPC, the 6th CPC adopted varying percentages whereby the officers in Group A were given rise extending from 42 to 49%, whereas the employees in Group B,C,D were granted only 40%. While implementing the Commission’s recommendations, the Government further accentuated the discrimination further. The recommendations of the 6th CPC when implemented gave rise to very many glaring anomalies. They were assured to be looked into and settled through negotiations in the JCM. The effectiveness of JCM as a potent forum to settle issues has been eroded over the years. Thus, though the National Anomaly Committee met 4-5 times, it could not settle any major issues.

The minimum wage  determined  by the 6th CPC was  at a far lesser amount than what an unskilled  worker is entitled to. Morevoer, the Commission assigned the so determined minimum wage to be the wage of a skilled worker..   It excluded persons below matriculation qualification from the purview of Government employment.  In a country where one third people are illiterate, such controversial recommendations have only gone to absolve the State from its solemn responsibility to provide employment to the persons at the lower strata of the society. The wage structure evolved by the 6th CPC deviated drastically from the concepts emerged from the deliberations over decades in the matter of wage determination of civil servants  and is beset with innumerable anomalies necessitating a thorough overhaul , which can only be attempted by setting up another Commission with appropriate terms of reference.

The Gramin Dak Sewaks were excluded from the purview of the 6th Central Pay Commission as the Postal Department took an erroneous view that they are not Central Government employees.  The 4th CPC had categorically stated that they ought to have been included within the purview of the Commission’s jurisdiction but chose to go by the Postal Department’s decision ultimately.  the GDS constitute the largest chunk of the Postal Workers.  The exclusion of GDS from the purview of the Pay Commission being unjust, discriminatory and bereft of any logic,  the next Pay Commission when it is set up must have the jurisdiction to recommend  on wage structure and service conditions of the GDS.
Wage revision in all public Sector undertakings through Collective bargaining takes place once in five years. On the same analogy, the wage revision of the Central Government employees must be after every five years and the Government must therefore set up the 7th CPC immediately.

    Item No. 2. Merger of DA with pay:

The wage revision of the Central Government employees had always been through the setting up of Pay Commissions.  Since the wage revision exercise involves inquiring into various aspects of wage determination and service conditions of the Government employees the Government had been appointing Pay Commissions for it was considered a better suited system.    Such inquiry through setting up of Commissions had been a time consuming process.  The 3rd, 4th and 5th Central Pay Commissions had taken more than three years to submit their reports.  The 6th CPC however, submitted its report in the time frame provided to it i.e. 18 months.  Since the earlier Commissions had covered many aspects of the principles of wage determination and the periodicity of such revision had come down, the exercise might not now require a longer period of time as was the case earlier  Even then the Commission will have to be given a reasonable time frame to go into the matter judiciously for the 6th CPC recommendations when implemented has given rise to large number of anomalies and cadre related grievances. The methodology adopted for compensating the erosion in the real value of wages in the in the interregnum period had always been though the mechanism of merger of a portion of DA.

The 5th CPC had recommended that the DA must be merged with pay and treated as pay for computing all allowances as and when the percentage of Dearness compensation exceeds 50%.  Accordingly even before the setting up of the 6th CPC the DA to the extent of 50% was merged with pay. It is pertinent to mention that even this benefit was denied to the GDS.  As on 1.1.201, the Dearness compensation was 65% The suggestion for merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was first mooted by the Gadgil Committee in the post 2nd Pay Commission period.  The 3rd CPC had recommended such merger when the Cost of Living index crossed over 272 points i.e. 72 points over and above the base index adopted for the pay revision.  In other words, the recommendation of the 3rd CPC was to merge the DA when it crossed 36%. The Government in the National Council JCM at the time of negotiation initially agreed to merge 60% DA and later the whole of the DA before the 4th CPC was set up.  The 5th CPC merged 98% of DA with pay.  It is, therefore, necessary that the Government takes steps to merge atleast 50% of DA with pay to compensate the erosion of the real value of wages immediately.

   Item No. 3. Compassionate appointments

On the plea of a Supreme Court directive, Govt. introduced a 5% ceiling on the compassionate appointments.  When the matter was taken up by the Staff Side in the National Council the Government was unable to produce any such direction of the Supreme Court.. Despite that, the official side refused to withdraw the said instructions limiting the appointments to 5% of the available vacancies.  In one of the National Council meetings, presided over by the Cabinet Secretary solemn assurance was given to the Staff Side that the issue will be revisited  in the light of the discussion, but nothing happened thereafter.   It is pertinent to mention in this connection that the compassionate appointments in the Railways continue to be operated without any such ceiling. In the Department of Posts hundreds of  candidates selected by Selection Committee were denied jobs.

The list of selected candidates was scrapped. These candidates approached the Court and obtained a favourable order. But the Court directive was not acted upon.  The Government has chosen to dilly dally by filing SLP in the Supreme Court.  When the Central Administrative Tribunals were established, it was with the intent of expeditious settlement of disputes on service matters.  Even recently the Prime Minister’s office ordered that it would not be open for various Ministries to appeal against the orders of the Tribunal as a matter of course and efforts must be to explore the ways of acceptances of the judgements of the Tribunal.  In the light of this directive, the SLP ought to have been withdrawn. The standing Committee on Department of Personnel in one of their report has termed the scheme of Compassionate ground appointments as a sacred assurance to a fresh entrant that if he dies in harness, his family shall not be left in lurch.  Such an assurance is being breached by the provisions of limiting such appointments to 5% of   vacancies.  This condition, therefore, must be done away with.

    Item No. 4(a). Absorption of GDS as regular postal employees

The postal Department employs the largest number of Government employees, next to Railways and Defence.   Nearly half of its workforce is called the Grameen Dak Sewaks, the new nomenclature given for the Extra Departmental Agents.  The system of EDAs was evolved by the British Colonial Government to sustain a postal system at a cheaper cost especially in rural areas.  Despite the enactment of very many legislations to prohibit the exploitation of workers, the Government continued with this system.  No doubt in the post independent era, at the instance and persuasion of the Unions of regular employees, certain benefits were accorded to them. Till 1963, the GDS or the Extra Departmental Agents were treated as Government employees and were covered by the service conditions applicable to civil servants.

However, the Department of Post reversed this position thereafter and contended that they are not Central Government employees. The Honourable Supreme Court in 1977 declared that they are holders of Civil Posts.  Justice Talwar Committee appointed by the Govt. to look into the issues pertaining to GDS declared that the GDS are holders of Civil posts and all benefits similar to regular employees must be extended to them.  However, the Government did not accept this recommendation of the committee which they themselves set up. On the specific suggestion of the Postal Department, the Government set up a separate Committee called the Natarajamurthy Committee to go into their service conditions and suggest improvement on the lines of the recommendations of the 6th CPC.   The recommendations of this Committee were totally disappointing and the GDS in the post 6th CPC era is worse of. Instead of utilising the service of GDS for the welfare schemes of the State in rural areas by converting them as regular employees, the Department caused injustice to them by acting upon the recommendations of the Natarajamurthy Committee.    Recently,  the Postal Department has decided that the vacancies in the Cadre of Postmen, and MTS would not be fully made available for promotion to the GDS and an element of open direct recruitment has been introduced.  This has decelerated the meagre chance of the GDS being a regular Postal employee further.  In order to ensure that their grievances are properly addressed, the Postal Department must be directed to earmark all the existing vacancies in the cadre of Postmen and MTS to the eligible GDS for promotion and a scheme is evolved to absorb the GDS as regular full time Government employees.
    Item No. 4(b) Regularisation of daily rated workers.

Regularisation of Casual/Contingent/daily rated workers.
Due to the ban on creation of posts and recruitment of personnel that continued for a very long period and the consequent strain on the existing workers, many Departmental heads had to recruit personnel on daily rated basis or as casual workers. Thus, almost 25% of the present workforce in Governmental organisations are casual workers deployed to do the permanent and perennial nature of jobs, contrary to the prohibition of such unfair labour practices by the law of the land. In Fifties and Sixties, even the casual workers who had been employed to do the casual and non perennial jobs used to get priority for regular employment as and when vacancy for such permanent recruitment arises.  Thousands of persons are now recruited as casual workers and kept as such for years together.

They are paid pittance of a salary with no benefits like provident fund, dearness allowance, other compensatory allowances etc.    In order to ensure that they do not get the benefit of regularisation, these workers are technically discharged for a few days to be employed afresh again.  The modus operandi differs from one department to another.  While in some organisations, they are recruited through employment exchanges   in others the functions are contracted out.  Not only the quality of work suffers but it is also an inhuman exploitation of the workers given the serious situation of unemployment that exists in the country.  While the permanent solution is to sanction the necessary posts and resort to regular recruitment,   the Government should evolve a scheme by which these casual/contingent/daily rated workers are made regular workers with all the concomitant benefits available for regular Government employees.  Pending finalisation of such a scheme for regularisation, the non regular employees recruited for meeting the exigencies of work must be paid pro-rata salary on par with the similarly placed regular employees on the principle  of equal pay for equal work.

    Item No.5.  Functioning of the JCM.

It was in the wake of the indefinite strike action of 1960, the JCM was set up as a negotiating forum to expedite settlement of demands and problems of employees. On the pretext of the promulgation of the new CCS(RSA)Rules, most of the departments suspended the operation of the Departmental Councils.  Even after complying with the requisite formalities, in many departments, Associations/Federations are yet to be recognized.  Wherever the recognition process was completed and orders issued granting recognition, no meetings of the Departmental Councils are held.  Inspite of raising the issue in the National Council on several occasions by the Staff Side, nothing tangible has been done to ensure that the councils are made functional.

The National Council is, as per the scheme, to meet once in four months.  It meets after several years, the system of concluding on the agenda in the meeting in which it is raised has been totally abandoned with the result that number of issues have been kept pending for indefinite period of time.  The non- functioning of the Council and the consequent non- redressal of grievances has led to agitations including strike action in many departments. The 6th CPC recommendations were given effect to in September, 2008.  The anomalies arising therefrom (which is in large numbers) ought to have been settled as per the agreement by Feb,. 2010.
Barring one or two items, no settlement has been brought about on a large number of anomalies till date.
In the wake of the General Strike action on 28th Feb. 2012, the Joint Secretary (Estt.) in the Department of Personnel wrote in her demi-official communication addressed to all Secretaries of the Government of India as under, which is contrary to facts but also misleading too.

“Joint consultative machinery for Central Government employees is already functioning.  This scheme has been introduced with the object t of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of co-operation between the Government, in its capacity as employer and the general body of its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object further of increasing the efficiency of the public service.

The JCM at different levels have been discussing issues brought before it for consideration and either reaching amicable settlement or referring the matter to the Board of Arbitration in relation to pay and allowances, weekly hours of work and leave, wherever no amicable settlement could be reached in relation to these items.”

The forum of Departmental Councils must be immediately revived in all Departments and made effective as an instrument to settle the demands of the employees.  The periodicity in which the meeting of the National Council is to be held must be adhered.  The Department of Personnel, which is the nodal department for ensuring the functioning of the negotiating machinery must monitor the functioning of the Departmental Councils of various Ministries and Departments and a report placed in the National Council.  The Cabinet Secretary, who is the Chairman of the National Council, is required to ensure that the Council meetings are convened once in four months and the issues raised therein settled in a reasonable time frame.
Since the grant of recognition to Service Association is a pre requisite for the effective functioning of the negotiating machinery, the Ministries must be asked to process the application and take decision in the matter within a fixed time frame as the recognition rules have come into existence in 1993 that is about a decade back.

    Item No. 6. Remove the ban on recruitment and creation of posts

In 1993, the Government of India introduced a total and blanket ban on creation of posts.  This was with a view to reduce the manpower in the Governmental establishments, for on implementation of the neo liberal economic policies, the Government will be required to close down some of its activities and some others to be shifted to the private domain. In 2001, the GOI  issued an executive instruction modifying the complete ban on recruitment that was in vogue whereby various departments, if they so desire, resort to recruit personnel to fill up the  existing vacancies, provided they abolish 2/3rd of such vacancies.  In other words, the concerned heads of Departments will be permitted to fill up 1/3rd of the vacancies provided they abolish the 2/3rd vacancies permanently.

Since it was impossible to carry on the functions assigned to the Departments with large number of vacant posts, they had to implement the above cited directive of the Department of personnel, which was meant to arbitrarily reduce the manpower especially in Group C and D segments.  Though the directive was to be applied uniformly to all cadres where direct entry is one of the mode of recruitment, not a single Group A.  post was abolished as most of the departments offered to do away with   Group C and D posts even in the place of require Gr.A posts.  Since direct recruitment is seldom resorted to in Group B cadres, the brunt of the burden of the above cited instruction had to be borne b    y the Group C and D cadres in each department.  The said directive remained operative for nearly a decade i.e. upto 2010.  Such abnormal and arbitrary abolition of posts affected very adversely the functioning of many departments consequent upon which the public at large suffered immeasurably, besides accentuating the unemployment situation to alarming proportion.   To cope up with the genuine complaints of the public, most of the heads of Departments had to resort to either outsourcing of the functions or engaging contract workers. The Govt. encouraged this endeavour by providing unlimited funds. In the circumstances, it is  imperative  that the sanctioned Strength as on 1.01.2001 is restored and the consequent vacancies filled up by a special drive for recruitment.

The Government has a time tested and scientific system of assessing the workload and measuring the manpower requirement.  This seems to have been presently abandoned and the vacancies barring in  a few cases are not being filled up.  Even though there had been phenomenal increase in the workload in each department no new posts are created to cope up with the situation. The 6th CPC dealing with the subject has recommended that such ban on creation of posts for a long period is not desirable and the Departments should be empowered to create the need based posts for its effective functioning. The commensurate posts that are needed to cope up with the increasing workload must be sanctioned and recruitment of personnel resorted to so that the assigned functions of each department could be carried out effectively and efficiently.

    Item No. 7.  Downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation etc.

To overcome the difficulties emanated from the total ban on recruitment and creation of posts and more specifically impacted by the 2001 executive fiat of the Govt. of India in the matter, many departments had to resort to outsourcing of its functions.  Some  were virtually closed down and a few others were privatised or contractorised.   The large scale outsourcing and contractorisation of functions had a telling effect on the efficacy of the Government departments.  The delivery system was adversely affected and the public at large suffered due to the inordinate delay it caused in getting the  requisite service..  The financial outlay for outsourcing of functions of each department increased enormously over the years.  The quality of work suffered.  In order to ensure that the people do get a better and efficient service from the Government departments and to raise the image of the Government  employees in the eyes of the common people, it is necessary that the present scheme of outsourcing and contractorisation of essential  functions of the Government must be abandoned.The practice of outsourcing and contractorisation is nothing but a cruel exploitation of the alarming situation of unemployment.    The system of outsourcing of the functions seeks to informalise the workforce.  The contract/casual workers  get not even  one third of the salary of the regular work force.  They have no social security benefits like pension, provident fund gratuity etc.  The CG employees fought against the temporary service rules which was in vogue in sixties  and ensured that the recruitment to Government service is permanent and the civil servants are not allowed to be fired at the whim and fancy of their bosses.  The outsourcing and contractorisation has paved way for large scale entry of casual workers and has resulted in the reversal of what all achieved in this direction through struggles in the past two decades.

    Item No. 8. Stop price rise and strengthen PDS.  

The abnormal and phenomenal increase in the prices of essential commodities is an acknowledged fact.  The pursuance of the new economic policies and consequent withdrawal of the universal public distribution system had been per se the reason for such unbearable inflation.  The universal PDS which was evolved to protect the food security of common people was an effective instrument not only to arrest inflation but also to ensure that no Indian dies of hunger.  Government employees even at the lowest wage structure i.e. the Group D and C employees are presently precluded from the PDS as their meagre wages itself is considered to be above the benchmark of “Below Poverty Line”.   They are to depend upon the open market for even essential food items, which with their meagre income they are unable to access.  It is, therefore, necessary that the universal PDS as was in vogue must be brought back as the market forces have failed to arrest inflation and price rise of essential food items.

   Item No. 9.Introduction of PLB and removal of ceiling limit.

Barring the Railways, Defence production units and Postal Department, Bonus is paid to the Central Government employees on adhoc basis.  The 30 days adhoc bonus is the maximum that is provided to them. The 4thand 5th Central Pay Commissions had recommended the introduction of productivity linked bonus scheme to all Departments as is presently the case in the three Departments mentioned above. Even the scheme of PLB is not uniform in as much as the Postal Department introduced a ceiling on the entitled number of days of bonus whereas no such ceiling exist either in the Railways or in the Defence Production organisations.   The Government is yet to implement these recommendations even though several rounds of discussions on the subject were held.  There is no reason whatsoever, as to why this recommendation could not be implemented.  There had been no rise in the adhoc bonus for past a decade even though there had been considerable amount of increase in the case of PLB over the years.    The Department of Personnel and Expenditure may be advised to finalise the PLB scheme without further delay for those who are in receipt of adhoc bonus.
Even though Bonus Act is said to have no application or relevance to the Productivity linked Bonus or adhoc bonus, the provisions of the said Act is employed to deny the entitled bonus to the Government employees on the basis of their emoluments.  The bonus entitlement in both the cases is restricted to the computation based on the notional emoluments of Rs. 3500, while the Postal Department went one step ahead and declared that in the case of GDS, it would continue to be Rs. 2500.The injustice meted out to the GDS in the matter by the Postal Department is highly deplorable.   Presently even a casual worker is entitled to get a monthly wage of more than Rs. 3500.  The minimum wage as on 1.1.2006 determined by the 6th CPC in respect of Central Government employees  is Rs. 7000.   By artificially linking the restriction of emoluments stipulated by the Bonus Act, the employees are denied their legitimate entitlement of Bonus.   The Bonus entitlement must be computed on the basis of the actual emoluments of an employee.

    Item No. 10. Revising OTA  and Night Duty allowance rates:

Overtime allowance is seldom given to the Government employees.  In case of emergency and in the contingency in which the work cannot be postponed, like that happens in the RMS division of Postal Department, in the Atomic Energy Commission offices or when the Parliament is in session in other administrative offices, employees are asked to do work beyond the stipulated working hours.  The Night duty allowance is provided to the employees who are asked to work in the night shifts with certain stipulated conditions.  The 4th CPC recommended that since there had been considerable misuse of the provisions relating to the grant of OTA, the Government should find alternative methods to compensate the employees who are asked to work on over time and pending such a scheme being evolved recommended not to revise the rates.  However, the Govt.did not bring in any new scheme but issued the directive that the OTA and Night duty allowance will be paid to the employees who are called upon to do overtime or night duty on the basis of the 4th CPC pay structure.  This directive is still in vogue.  On quite a number of occasions, the Staff Side pointed out the irrationality of the directive of the Government  in as much as a person engaged for managing the excess work from outside gets better emoluments than  the over time allowance granted to the regular employees.  The Government refused to reach an agreement in the National Council on this issue.  When the Staff side pressed, the Government came forward to record disagreement and refered  the matter to the Board of Arbitration under the JCM. Scheme.  The Board of Arbitration having found the unreasonable position taken by the Government gave out the award in favour of the staff and directed the Government to revise the order whereby the allowance will be linked to the actual pay of the Government employees.  The Govt. did not accept this award and has approached the Parliament for the rejection of the same.  The matter has not yet been placed in the form of a resolution in the Parliament.  Despite the fact that the employees had been abiding by the directive of their superiors to be on overtime/night duty, and despite having won the case before the Board of Arbitration they continue to be compensated on the basis of the Notional pay as in 1986.  There could not have been a much bigger injustice meted out to the employees. The Government must accept the award of the Board and  issue instructions  linking the allowance to the actual pay of the employee.

    Item No.11. Arbitration Awards.

There are about 17 awards of the Board of Arbitration given in favour of the employees.  On the plea that the implementation of these awards would result in heavy financial outflow, the Govt. has moved resolutions in the Parliament for the rejection of these awards.   The fact is that the financial burden on account of acceptance of these awards is meagre.  The figures quoted by the official side included the arrears that have become due to the delay in taking decisions.  The financial implication is normally computed as a total outlay for a period of a year.  The official side has in fact only tried to mislead the Parliament in order to obtain a rejection of the award.   A few years back, the staff side  agreed to alter the date of implementation of these awards in order to reduce the financial implication.  The official side discussed the issue on several occasions but did not conclude with the result that these awards are still pending acceptance of the Government.  It is rather unethical and untenable that the Government has chosen to invoke the sovereign authority of the Parliament to deny the legitimate dues of its own employees.  Prior to 1998, the Government has not chosen to approach the Parliament once the award is given in favour of the employees and implemented every one of them except in a very few cases.   The Government must  accept these awards and implement the same for such a direction will bring in confidence in the efficacy of the negotiating forum and a sense of reasonableness in the decision making process.

    Item No. 12. Right to strike

Article 309 of the Constitution makes it incumbent upon the Government of India and the Provincial Governments to make enactments to regulate the service conditions of the civil servants.  However, till date no such enactment has either been moved or passed by the Parliament..  The transitory provisions empowering the President of India to make rules till such time the enactment is made has been employed to regulate the service conditions of the Government employees.   Once recruited as an employee, the ILO’s conventions provide all trade union rights.  India is a signatory to those conventions. Despite all these legal and moral obligations on the part of the Government, the Government employees continue to be denied the right to collective bargaining.  No negotiation is worth the meaning, if the employees have no right to withdraw their labour in case of a non-satisfactory agreement on their demands.  It is this legal lacuna which was employed by the Supreme Court to justify the arbitrary dismissal of lakhs of employees by the Tamilnadu State Government when they resorted to strike action.  In the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court, it was observed that the Government employees do not have any legal, fundamental or moral right to resort to strike action.  The entire section of the Indian Working Class enjoys the right to strike and an effective collective bargaining system except the Government employees.  The denial of the right to strike to Government employees was employed by the British Colonial Rulers as part of the scheme to subjugate the Indian people and to shut out any probable dissenting views  within the Governmental machinery.  To continue with the same concept is to infer that the Sovereign  Republic of India want to follow the archaic rules and regulations conceived by colonial rulers perhaps with the same intent.  We therefore urge that necessary legislation affording the right to strike to Government employees may be made in the Parliament.

    Item No. 13 :Career progression: Grant five promotion in the service career.

For the efficient functioning of an institution, the primary pre-requisite is to have a contended workforce.  It is not only the emoluments, perks and privileges that motivate an employee to give his best. They are no doubt important.  But what is more important is to provide them a systematic career progression. The present system of career progression available in the All India Services and the organised group A Civil services attracts large number of young, talented and educated persons to compete in the All India Civil Service Examination.  No different was the career progression scheme available in the subordinate services in the past.  Persons who were recruited to subordinate services were able to climb to Managerial positions over a period of time.  The situation underwent vast changes in the last two decades.  In most of the Departments, stagnation has come to stay.  It takes decades to be promoted to the next higher grade in the hierarchy.  It was the recognition of the lack of promotional avenue in the subordinate services that made the 5th CPC to recommend a time bound  two career progression scheme.  However, this has not gone to address the inherent problem of de-motivation that has crept in due to the high level of stagnation.  In most of the Departments, the exercise of cadre review which was considered important was not carried out.  Any attempt in this regard was restricted to Group A services.  The discontent amongst the employees in the matter is of high magnitude today.  It is, therefore, necessary that every Department is asked to undertake to bring about a cadre composition and recruitment pattern in such a manner that an employee once recruited is to have five  hierarchical promotions in his career as is presently the position in the All India Services and in the organised Group A services.

   Item No.14: Scrap the New Pension Scheme

The defined benefit scheme of pension was introduced replacing the then existing contributory system decades back. .  The Government decided to reconvert the same into a contributory scheme on the specious plea that the outflow on pension had been increasing year by year and is likely to cross the wage bill. By making it contributory, the Government expenditure on this score is not likely to get reduced for the next  four decades  because of the reason that as per the announced scheme, the Government is to contribute the same amount to the fund as the employees make. Coupled with this stipulation the Government is also duty bound to make payment for the existing pensioners and for all Central Government employees who were in service prior to 1.1.2004.  The contribution collected from the employees who are recruited after 1.1.2004 is to be managed by a mutual fund operator for investment in the stock market.  It is the vagaries of the stock market which will then determine the quantum of pension or in other words annuity, which would not be cost indexed.   Before the introduction of the new scheme and the PFRDA bill, the Government had set up a committee under the chairmanship of Shri Bhattacharya, the then Chief Secretary of the State of Karnataka. The bill was unfortunately drafted and presented to the Parliament disregarding even the recommendation of the said committee to the effect that the Govt. should consider introducing a hybrid system by which the employees will have either a defined benefit pension   or opt for a higher return through stock exchange investments.  Despite the non-passage of the bill and the consequent absence of a valid law to support the Pension Regulatory authority, the Govt. converted the existing pension scheme into a contributory one through executive fiat and invested a percentage of the fund so generated from the employees’ contribution in the Stock market.   India is a young country and the expenditure on statutory pension has remained over a long period not more than 5% of GDP which the country/Government can afford to spend. The withdrawal of PFRDA bill is required for the following solid reasons:

(a)    The new pension scheme is going to make social security in old age uncertain and dependent on market forces.
(b)   The scheme has been compulsorily imposed on a section of employees and hence it is discriminatory.
(c)    Such scheme had been a failure in many countries including Chile, UK and even USA.  In USA entire pension wealth has been wiped out leaving pensioners with no pension. In Argentina the contributory scheme which was introduced at the instance of IMF was replaced with the defined benefit pension scheme.
(d)   The PFRDA Bill has provisions empowering the Govt. and the Authority to cover employees now left out and to amend the existing entitlements of pension benefits.
(e)   In majority of the countries, “pay as you go” is the system of pension.
(f)     The contributory scheme does not give any guarantee for a minimum pension of 50% of the pay drawn at the time of retirement of the employee. Nor does it provide for the protection of his family members in the form of family pension in the event of death

The Supreme Court had declared pension as one of the fundamental rights. The government should therefore retrace from its avowed position, which is detrimental to the interest of the employees and ensure that the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 is covered by the existing statutory defined benefit scheme and withdraw the PFRDA bill from the Parliament.

The recent decision of the Cabinet to allow FDI in pension fund operations has made the real intent of the PFRDA bill unambiguously clear. The FDI will facilitate the mutual fund operators to invest the funds outside India thereby making Indian Savings available for development of a foreign country. It is now clear that the decision behind the contributory pension scheme was the pressure imposed by imperialist powers and more specifically IMF.  It has, therefore, to be opposed at all cost and with vehemence.  The Govt. must not be allowed to go ahead with its intention of induction of FDI in pension fund companies.  The one day strike on 12th December, 2012 must be seen as a beginning of the sustained and incessant struggles in the days to come.

      Item No. 15.Vacate All Trade Union victimisation 

The Central Government employees are alarmed and distressed over the spree of vindictive actions pursued by various Accountant Generals against the employees of the I A & AD Department.  More than 12000 employees have been proceeded against under Rule 14 or 16 of the CCS (CCA) rules. The resort to such vindictive action has been taken by the Administration of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the simple reason that the employees together decided to be on mass casual leave demanding the vacation of victimization of the Union functionaries in Kerala, Rajkot, Gwalior, Kolkata, Nagpur, Allahabad etc. The very fact that large number of employees participated in the Mass Casual leave programme is indicative of the fact of the growing discontent against the highhandedness of the Administration.

The authorities in the IA & AD have not been permitting the genuine trade union activities for the last several years. No meeting of the employees is allowed if the same is held under the auspices of the recognized Associations, whereas permission to hold cultural shows even during office hours are granted. In the name of discipline, dissenting voice, howsoever genuine they are, is not being tolerated. Despite repeated pleas made by the All India Audit and Accounts Association, the Comptroller General of India did not deem it to fit to intervene and set right the high handed behaviour of the Accountant General Kerala. On his promotion as Principal Accountant General, he was transferred to Hyderabad, where, as per the report, he has continued with his intolerant attitude towards the Association. Permission to hold the General Body meeting, a constitutional requirement and a necessity to abide by the stipulations made by the CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993, was denied to the recognized Association in Andhra Pradesh. The General Secretary and other office bearers of the Association have been proceeded against under Rule 16 for holding the General Body meeting during lunch break.

In the background of this unprecedented situation and the blanket ban instituted by the authorities to hold any meeting within the office premises we appealed  to the Honourable Prime Minister to  intervene in the matter and direct the concerned to hear the grievances of the employees and settle the same in an amicable and peaceful atmosphere. We also requested that In order to create a conducive atmosphere for talks, the authorities may be asked to withdraw all punitive and vindictive actions against the employees who had gone on Mass casual leave as a means of protesting against the inordinate delay in settling issues and to give vent to their feeling of anger. Not only no action has been initiated by the C&AG in this direction but the vindictive attitude  of the Accountat Generals continue to persist. The Government is required to interfere and bring about a peaceful atmosphere in this prestigious institution.

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CGDA Orders – Two Days Strike on 12.02.2014 & 13.02.2014 by AIDAEA (HQ) Kolkata.

CGDA Orders – Two Days Strike on 12.02.2014 & 13.02.2014 by AIDAEA (HQ) Kolkata.

 FAX

FROM;
OFFICE OF THE CGDA
ULAN BATAR ROAD,
PALAM, DELHI CANTT.-10

No.AN/VI/17022/Strike/2014

Dated : 31.01.2014

To,

All the PCsDA / CsDA

SUBJECT: TWO DAYS STRIKE ON 12.02.2014 & 13.02.2014 BY AIDAEA (HQ) KOLKATA.

ALL INDIA DEFENCE ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (HQ) KOLKATA HAS GIVEN A CALL FOR STRIKE ON 12.02.2014 & 13.02.2014 IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CHARTER OF DEMANDS (COPY ENCLOSED). ALL CONTROLLERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE NECESSARY MEASURES FOR A NORMAL WORKING IN ALL DAD OFFICES.

THE STAFF BE CAUTIONED THAT PARTICIPATION IN STRIKE MAY ATTRACT DEDUCTION OF PAY/BREAK IN SERVICE AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING RECOURSE TO PROVISIONS FR 17, 17A AND RULE 7 OF CCS (CONDUCT) RULES.

KINDLY ENSURE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF OFFICES UNDER YOUR ORGANIZATION.

A REPORT TO THIS EFFECT ON THE FUNCTIONING OF OFFICES UNDER YOUR CONTROL AND THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN THE SAME MAY PLEASE BE RENDERED ON 14.02.2014 BY FAX.

SUBSEQUENTLY, LIST OF EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN STRIKE MAY BE PREPARED AND SUBMITED IN DUE COURSE.

CONFIRM RECEIPT BY RETURN FAX.

sd/-
P.K.Rai)
Dy. CGDA(AN)

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DEPARTMENT OF POST’s APPEAL TO WITHDRAW THE STRIKE

DEPARTMENT OF POST’s APPEAL TO WITHDRAW THE STRIKE

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts

No.08/01/2014-SR

Dated: 28th January, 2014

To
Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building,
New Delhi-110001

The Secretary General,
Federation of National Postal Organisations,
T-24, Atul Grove Road,
New Delhi-110001.

General Secretary,
All India Savings Bank Control Employees Union,
O/o CPMG, U.P. Circle,
Lucknow-226001.

APPEAL

On behalf of Department of Posts, I hereby appeal to you to call off the Strike proposed from 12th to 13th February, 2014 as no useful purpose is served by such agitations.

Most of issues raised in the Charter of Demands are general in nature and are to be examined by the Department of Personnel & Training and Department of Expenditure. The issues relating to Postal Department are being examined and can be settled through dialogue. At a time when the Department is going through a complete IT makeover such agitations will only allow to strengthen the hands of our competitors. It will therefore, be in the overall interest of the Postal Department to dissuade from adopting an agitational approach. The proposed strike may therefore be called off.

( Arun Malik )
Director
(SR &Legal)

We have already given strike notice to Cabinet Secretary taking in the Consideration the fact that Postal Department can not settle common demands of the Central Government Employees.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation

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Confederation News – Strike notice served to the Cabinet Secretary on 21.1.2014

Confederation News – Strike notice served to the Cabinet Secretary on 21.1.2014

STRIKE NOTICE SERVED TO THE CABINET SECRETARY ON 21.01.2014

Confederation Of Central Govt.
 Employees & Workers
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001

Website : www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email : Confederation06@Yahoo.co.in
Email : M.Krishnan (S/G) mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Tel :011-23092771, Mob-09447068125

No. Conf. 22/2014

Dated : 21st January 2014

To
The Cabinet Secretary,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Government of India,
Rastrapathi Bhawan,
NEW DELHI.

Dear Sir,
This is to give notice that the employees who are members of the affiliated organisations of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will go on two days strike on 12th and 13th February, 2014. The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the two days strike action is enclosed.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
M.Krishnan,
Secretary General

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All India strike by trade unions

All India strike by trade unions

In Rajya Sabha Minister mallikarjun Kharge submitted a statement on 13th March, 2013 regarding the all India strike by Central Trade Unions as follows…

“Government was aware of the two days all India Strike by different trade unions on February 20 and 21, 2013. A meeting was convened by Union Minister of Labour & Employment with the representatives of Central Trade Unions (CTUs) on 13th February, 2013 to discuss the charter of demands. The demands of CTUs were discussed at length.

It was clarified to the Union representatives that their demands would be looked into by the Government and they were requested to withdraw strike. The Hon’ble Prime Minister also made an appeal to CTUs to withdraw their country-wide General Strike. Subsequently, a group of Senior Ministers of the Cabinet held a meeting with the representatives of the major CTUs on 18th February, 2013.

The GoM assured the representatives of CTUs that Government is serious on the demands related to working class and taking all possible measures to redress them. They also appealed to the representatives of CTUs to reconsider their stand for going on strike.

Government has taken various measures to address the concerns raised by the trade unions. Particular attention is drawn to the huge amount of food subsidy incurred by the Government to ensure availability of food grains to the poor at very concessional rate through the Public Distribution System. The Government’s efforts to pass the Food Security Bill in the Parliament will further increase the availability of subsidized food grains to the larger segments of the population. Ministry of Labour & Employment has prepared a National Employment Policy to ensure that the growth process is inclusive and equitable.

The policy has been drafted with a view to mainstreaming employment into policy making for socio-economic development of the country. It will provide a proper framework towards achieving the goal of remunerative and decent employment for all women and men in the labour force. So far enforcement of labour laws in Central Sphere is concerned, there exists a well-defined and effective machinery. Similar arrangements are also available in the States. The Government has enacted Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008. The Government of India has also set up National Social Security Fund (NSSF) with a corpus of Rs.1000 crore. National Social Security Board (NSSB) has also been constituted which is advising the Government from time to time on Social Security Schemes.

Action is being taken to amend the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 wherein it is, inter-alia, proposed that in case where the contract labour perform the same or similar kind of work as the workmen directly appointed by the principal employer, the wage rates, holidays, social security provisions of contract labour shall be the same as are available to the directly appointed workmen on the roll of principal employer. Further, a Bill is being brought before the Parliament to amend the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 to provide a National Floor Level Minimum Wage”.

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‘Two Days Nationwide Strike a Thundering Success’ – NFPE & FNPO

‘Two Days Nationwide Strike a Thundering Success’ – NFPE & FNPO

TWO DAYS STRIKE EXHIBITED THE TOTAL UNITY AND PROTEST OF POSTAL & RMS EMPLOYEES

Entire Postal and RMS services came to a standstill

We (NFPE & FNPO) once again extend our warm greetings and congratulations to all Postal and RMS employees who made the two days nationwide strike a thundering success. About 1,50,000 Postal and RMS offices including Branch Post offices remained closed for two days. About more than five lakhs employees including GDS struck work. Though the strike will be over tonight, the struggle against the anti-worker policies will continue. Let us keep this unity and fighting spirit intact.

Unity for Struggle, and struggle for unity

Thank you, Thank you all

M. Krishnan 
Secretary General
NFPE

D. Theagarajan
Secretary General
FNPO

Source: NFPE

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2 Days Strike : Press statement by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers…

2 Days Strike : Press statement by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers…

SPECTACULAR SUCCESS OF TWO-DAYS STRIKE BY C.G.EMPLOYEES ALONGWITH WORKING CLASS OF INDIA
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS

PRESS STATEMENT

About 8 lakhs Central Government employees took part in the 48 hour (two day) general strike yesterday and today organised by the Indian working class as per the call of the Joint platform of 11 Central Trade Unions of the country. Besides 5 lakh Defence Civilian employees are also reported to have participated in this historic action.

The Strike was total and cent per cent in Income tax and Postal departments. The participation ranged from 60 to 90% in other Government of India organisations except in the Central Secretariat. As per the report, the strike was total in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and 60 to 70% in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and partial in other States.

In Delhi, the Income tax and RMS offices of the Postal Department virtually remained closed. Not a single employee reported for duty in these offices. Many offices of the Civil Accounts and Post offices in Delhi also did not function on these two days.

Many establishments of Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, Medical Depots, Customs, Ground Water Board, ISRO, Directorate of Marketing Inspection, Civil Accounts, Central Public Works Department remained closed throughout the country on both the days.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its sincere gratitude and appreciation of the efforts undertaken by the State/Branch level leaders to make this historic action of the Indian working class a resounding success by eliciting the total participation of the Central Government employees. The success of the two days strike action will no doubt embolden the employees and workers to chalk out intensified action programme including indefinite strike action to compel the Govt. to rescind the anti-people economic policies pursued since 1991.

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

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Dopt orders : Various forms of protest action on two days Nationwide General strike on 20th and 21st February, 2013.

Various forms of protest action on two days Nationwide General strike on 20th and 21st February, 2013.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001

D.O. No. 33012/1(s)/2013-Estt-B

Dated the 15th February, 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Joint Platform of Action of Government and Associate Services Employee’s Organizations — All India Committee has given a notice that the affiliated organizations of JPA and the mass of employees working in Government services throughout the country will boycott work and resort to various forms of protest action on two days Nationwide General strike on 20th & 21st February, 2013 in pursuance of their Charter of Demands.

2. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go-slow etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Besides, in accordance with the proviso to Rule 17(1) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances is not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. As to the concomitant rights of an Association after it is formed, they cannot be different from the rights which can be claimed by the individual members of which the Association is composed. It follows that the right to form an Association does not include any guaranteed right to strike. There is no statutory provision empowering the employees to go on strike. The Supreme Court has also agreed in several judgments that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action. In this connection, your kind attention is also drawn to this Department’s OM No. 33012/1(s)/2008-Estt (B) (pt) dated 12th September, 2008 (copy enclosed).

3. A Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government employees is already functioning. This scheme has been introduced with the object of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of co-operation between the Government, in its capacity as employer, and the general body of its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object, further of increasing the efficiency of the public service. The JCM at the different levels have been discussing issues brought before it for consideration and either reaching amicable settlement or referring the matter to the Board of Arbitration in relation to pay and allowances, weekly hours of work and leave, whenever no amicable settlement could be reached in relation to these items.

4. The Central Government Employees under your Ministry / Departments may, therefore, be suitably informed of the aforesaid instructions under the Conduct Rules issued by this Department and other regulations upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and dissuaded from resorting to strike in any form. You may also issue instructions not to sanction Casual Leave or other kind of leave to employees if applied for, during the period of the proposed strike and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance free entry into the office premises. For this purpose, Joint secretary (Admn) may be entrusted with the task of coordinating with security personnel. Suitable contingency plan may also be worked out to carry out the various functions of the Ministry/Department.

5. In case the employees go on strike, a report indicating the number of employees who took part in the proposed strike may be conveyed to this Department on the evening of the day.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,
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(Manoj Joshi)
Joint Secretary (AT and Admn.)

Participation in any form of strike/mass casual leave / boycott of work etc., by Government servants – CCS(Conduct)Rules – regarding.

File No.33012/1(S)/2008-Estt(B) (Pt)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Dated the  2nd September, 2008

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Participation in any form of strike/mass casual leave / boycott of work etc., by Government servants – CCS(Conduct)Rules – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating In any form of strike including mass casual leave, go-slow etc. or In any way abet any form of strike which will be in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964. The Supreme Court has also agreed in several that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the Conduct Rules and that misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with inaccordance with law. Any employee going on strike in any form would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action.

2. A Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) for Central Government employees is already functioning, this scheme has been introduced with the object of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of cooperation between the Government, In its capacity as employer, and the general body of its employees In matters of common concern, and with the object, further of increasing the efficiency of the public service.

3. Therefore, apart from the fact that any form of strike/mass casual Leave / boycott of work would be in violation of the CCS(Conduct) Rule, going on any form of strike will also not be in the Interest of the employees. Accordingly,the undersigned is directed to convey that if any employee or an association / group
of employees, under any nomenclature, indulge in any form of strike/boycott of work in pursuance of any alleged demands, or send any letter conveying of their intention to organize any such event, in terms of the provisions mentioned in para-I above, the salary of such employees for the day/days in question shall not be paid and the details of such employees shall have to be intimated by the concerned office where such an event took place to the Administrative Ministry/Department concerned, within 15 days of such incident for a decision on how to treat the unauthorized absence occasioned by such an action by the employees.  This will be without prejudice to any disciplinary action that may be intimated against such employees. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all concerned offices under them.

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(Suneel K.Arora)
Secretary to the Government of India

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Government again Appeals to the Bank Employees not to join the Strike on February 20-21, 2013

Government again Appeals to the Bank Employees not to join the Strike on February 20-21, 2013

The Central Government is disappointed to note that a section of the bank employees has decided to join the strike called by certain Trade Unions on February 20-21, 2013.

Prime Minister of India has made an appeal to the Trade Unions not to go strike. Government has also set-up a Group of Ministers to talk to the Trade Union leaders. So far as bank employees are concerned, there is really no reason at all to join the strike. None of the main points contained in the charter of demands has any connection with the bank employees. Banks provide employment to a large number of people and continue to recruit every year. Bank employees have social security cover. They hold regular jobs which carry attractive scales of pay. They receive bonus, PF and gratuity in accordance with applicable laws. They are entitled to pension.

In view of the above, the Government would once again appeal to the bank employees not to join the strike on February 20-21, 2013.

Source: PIB

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Government Initiatives on proposed Strike by the Central Trade Unions

Government Initiatives on proposed Strike by the Central Trade Unions

As directed by the Prime Minister, senior Ministers in the Union Cabinet – Shri A.K. Antony, Defence Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister for Agriculture and Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour & Employment held a round of discussions with the representatives of the Central Trade Unions on the evening of 18th February to convey the serious intent of the Government to resolve the various issues raised in their charter of demands. The list of participants is at.

The representatives of the Central Trade Unions reiterated their demand for the Government to take concrete measures to contain price rise, to ensure employment generation, strict enforcement of labour laws, universal social security for unorganized and organized workers, stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State Public Sector Undertakings. Some of the issues raised by them also related to payment of minimum wages of Rs.10,000/-, abolition of contract labour, payment of equal wages and benefits to contract workers at par with regular workers, removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund, increasing the quantum of gratuity, assured pension for all, compulsory registration of trade unions within 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Convention No.87 and 98.

The Ministers explained to the representatives of the Central Trade Unions the various measures taken by the Government to control price-rise and contain inflation in the country. Particular attention was drawn to the huge food subsidy incurred by the Government to ensure availability of food grains to the poor at very concessional rates through the Public Distribution System. The Government’s efforts to pass the Food Security Bill in the Parliament will further increase the availability of subsidized food grains to the larger segments of the population and the Government is prepared to meet the extra burden on this account. The Government’s commitment to help the poor is also evident from the large amount of subsidy for fertilizers and fuel to ensure their supply at reasonable rate to the people.

The Government is also keen to introduce amendments to the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and various other labour laws to improve the conditions of the workers and to give them substantial relief. A National Employment Policy is going to be announced shortly to encourage higher employment to women, to promote skill development and inclusive growth. Some of these proposals are going to be discussed in the meetings of the Union Cabinet shortly. The Government has already approved the National Manufacturing Policy in November, 2011 which envisages the creation of 100 million jobs in the country by 2022.

The Ministers pointed out the huge loss to the economy in case the strike is resorted to by the Central Trade Unions. Apart from substantial production loss, the strike is also likely to cause inconvenience to the general public and loss of wages to the workers. In view of this, the Ministers appealed to the Central Trade Union Leaders to call off the strike.

At the end of the meeting, the representatives of the Central Trade Unions informed that they are going to discuss the proposal of the Government in a meeting on 19th Feb., 2013 and take further decision on the proposed strike.

Source: PIB

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Cong threatens action against strike participant

Cong threatens action against strike participant

Jamshedpur, Feb 18 (PTI) Congress in Jharkhand today threatened stringent action against any party worker taking part in the two-day strike called by trade unions, including Congress-affiliated INTUC.

Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee president and Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Kumar Balmuchu told a press conference here that Congress is opposed to the strike and would take stringent action if any party worker participated in it.

Source: PTI
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All India Strike 2013 Latest News:Income Tax Employees all over the country will be going 2 days strike

All India Strike 2013 Latest News:Income Tax Employees all over the country will be going 2 days strike

All India strike on 20th & 21st February, 2013

INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION, MUMBAI CIRCLE

Two days strike by Central Govt. Employees alongwith other sections of Working class.

The Income Tax Employees all over the country will be going 2 days strike action on 20th & 21st February, 2013, as per the call given by the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers. The strike is in pursuance of the 15-point charter of demands formulated by the Confederation and also in support of the common issues as per the Charter of demands submitted by the joint trade union movement of the country.

This historic 2-days strike action is going to be the biggest ever strike action of the Indian working class on the common issues arising out of the neo-liberal economic policies  being pursued by the UPA-II Govt. which has resulted in sky rocketing prices of essential commodities and withdrawl of subsidies provided to the poor and common man of this country. The Workers are being exploited in the name of contractorisation, privatisation and outsourcing. The Pension is being privatised with the introduction of new Pension scheme and allowing FDI in Pension. In such a situation the workers are left with no other alternative but to go on a united struggle to oppose these anti-people policies. We call upon all our members to ensure that the strike slated for 20th & 21st February, 2013 is made a total success.

source : www.itefmumbaicircle.blogspot.in
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Unions refuse to relent on strike call, talks with ministers collapse

Unions refuse to relent on strike call, talks with ministers collapse
Eleven Central trade unions tonight stuck to their call for a two-day nation-wide strike from Wednesday after talks with senior ministers convened at the instance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed.
Rejecting the prime minister’s appeal on Sunday to the unions to call of the stir, the trade unions said the panel of ministers failed to give them any concrete proposal and that not even one of their demands were accepted.
“The strike is on… They are only asking for time. They say they will study the demand and will give proper reply or take necessary action later on… We said it is not possible, there should be some concrete decision over demands of the workers,” INTUC President G Sanjeeva Reddy told reporters.
INTUC is affiliated to the Congress.
AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta also endorsed Reddy’s views.
The two-hour long meeting was attended by representatives of all the 11 trade unions.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Sunday appealed to the unions to call off their strike as it would cause loss to economy besides inconvenience to people and offered talks.
The Prime Minister had requested his senior Cabinet colleagues A K Antony, Sharad Pawar and P Chidambaram besides Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge to hold discussions with the union leaders.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram could not attend the meeting because of ongoing budget meetings.
The meeting took place in Antony’s office at the Defence Ministry.
Reddy also said that government failed to offer any alternative to their call for strike.
“If no demand is settled and no concrete assurance is given, it is very difficult for the trade unions to withdraw or postpone the strike,” he said.
Asked what were the offers given to unions from the government, he said, “No offer, they wanted more time. We said we have already given two years time. We placed the demands three years before, so three years time we already gave, so there is no question of giving more time.”
The government could not give any concrete assurance on any one single demand,he said, adding therefore we are sticking to our strike plan.
The 10 demands mainly related to checking of price rise, generation of employment, halting of disinvestment in public sector enterprises and implementation of labour laws.
Source: DDI News

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PSU bank staff to go on two-day strike from Feb 20

PSU bank staff to go on two-day strike from Feb 20

Normal banking operations may be hit as employees unions of public sector banks have decided to join the two-day strike call given by central trade unions beginning February 20 to press for wage hike in the backdrop of rising inflation.

The nation-wide strike call has been given by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) consisting of nine national level unions including AIBEA, NCBE, BEFI, INBEF, NOBW and AIBOC in support of their demand.

Apprehending disruption in their normal banking operation, many banks have already informed their customers about the proposed strike.

“A section of the bank’s employees may participate in the proposed strike on the said date, if the strike materializes. In view of the above, it is likely that the normal functioning of the bank branches and offices may get affected,” Corporation Bank said in a statement.

Delhi State Bank Employees Federation said, clearing function of RBI will be affected and other banking operations.

Meanwhile, sources said, banks would be taking steps to ensure that public do not face problem at least on the cash front during the strike period.

Banks would be feeding additional cash in ATMs to take care of cash needs of their customers.

Bank unions are also opposing banking sector reforms and any plan for merger of banks.

The bank strike is part of general strike call given by all 11 central trade unions including Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC).

Source: DDI News

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Prime Minister’s Appeal to Central Trade Unions

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister’s Office

 

17-February-2013 21:27 IST

Prime Minister’s Appeal to Central Trade Unions

I appeal to the Central Trade Unions to withdraw their call for a countrywide General Strike on 20 and 21 February, 2013. Such a strike would lead to avoidable loss to our economy and inconvenience to the public through disruption of services.

While some of the issues raised by the Trade Unions are already being acted upon and others are at various stages of consideration, I have requested my senior Cabinet colleagues Shri A K Antony, Shri Sharad Pawar, Shri P Chidambaram and Shri Mallikarjun Kharge to together hold discussions with the leaders of the Trade Unions. I am confident that these discussions would result in a course of action that is acceptable both to the Trade Unions and the Government.

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General Strike on the 20th and 21st February, 2013 : Minister appealed to the Central Trade Unions to withdraw the notice for the proposed strike

General Strike on the 20th and 21st February, 2013 : Minister appealed to the Central Trade Unions to withdraw the notice for the proposed strike

 

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Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment 
13-February-2013 19:00 IST
Mallikarjun Kharge Assure Central Trade Union Leaders to Brief Prime Minister about issues Raised by them Appeal to the Central Trade Unions not to Inconvenience the General Public and the Workers and to Withdraw the Notice for the Proposed Strike.
The Union Minister for Labour & Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and the Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri K.Suresh today met the representatives of eleven major Central Trade Unions here at Shram Shakti Bhawan in New Delhi to discuss the proposed country-wide General Strike on the 20th and 21st February, 2013. Senior officers of various Ministries also attended the meeting.
The representatives of Central Trade Unions reiterated their demands for the Government to take concrete measures to contain price rise, to ensure employment generation, strict enforcement of labour laws, universal social security for unorganized and organized workers, stoppage of disinvestment in central and state public sector undertakings. Some of the specific issues raised by them related to payment of minimum wages of Rs.10,000/-, abolition of contract labour, payment of equal wages and benefits to contract workers at par with regular workers, removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund, increasing the quantum of gratuity, assured pension for all, compulsory registration of trade unions within 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Convention No. 87 and 98.
The Minister for Labour & Employment thanked the representatives of trade unions for the keen interest shown by them to address the problems faced by workers and common people in the country. He explained the various initiatives taken by the Government to tackle these important issues in a sympathetic and time-bound manner. He particularly highlighted the amendments proposed by the Ministry of Labour & Employment to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, National Floor Level Minimum Wage to workers and to the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 to make its enforcement stricter and labour-friendly. The steps taken by the Govt to provide for a minimum pension of Rs.1000/- to the EPF subscribers were explained. On the enforcement of labour laws the Minister clarified that both the Central and State Governments take effective measures for inspection of workplaces and prosecution is launched wherever irregularities are detected.
The Minister reiterated that enacting labour legislation involves a tripartite process and employers, employees and State Governments are to be consulted. Therefore, it is a time-consuming process. The Govt is taking all necessary steps to enact various laws and amendments in consultation with the various stakeholders.
The Minister informed the representatives of the Central Trade Unions about the various steps taken by the Government to control inflation, arrest price rise, promote investment and ensure industrial growth which will lead to greater employment opportunities. On disinvestment it was clarified that even after disinvestment Govt will retain 51% of the shareholding and management control of Central Public Sector Enterprises and partial disinvestment will not affect the public sector character of the CPSEs or their labour and employment policy.
The Minister assured the Central Trade Unions that he will bring these developments to the notice of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh . The representatives of Central Trade Unions requested that a final settlement of all the pending issues should be done without further loss of time. The Minister reiterated the sincere efforts being made by the Government to address the problems of the working class and the people. He appealed to the Central Trade Unions not to inconvenience the general public and the workers and to withdraw the notice for the proposed strike.
The following Trade Union Leaders were present in the meeting: 
S/Shri A. N. Dogra (BMS), G. Sanjiva Reddy (INTUC), Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC), H.S.Sidhu (HMS), Tapan Sen (CITU), R.A. Mittal (HMS), R.K. Sharma (AITUC), G.Devarajan (TUCC), A.K. Padmanabhan (CITU), D.L.Sachdev (AITUC), Rajiv Dimri(AICCTU), S.K.Roy, AICCTU), M.Hhanmugam (LPF), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) and P.J. Raju (UTUC).
The Various Ministries/Departments Officiers representatives were as under: 
S/Shri Dr. M. Sarangi, Secretary Labour & Employment; Ravi Mathur, Secretary, Deptt. of Disinvestment (DOD); D.S.Dhesi, AS, Commerce; Pramod Aggrawal JS, DOD, Sudha Krishnan, Joint Secretary, D’o Expenditure; Atul Chaturvedi, JS,DIPP; S.Sahu, Addl. Dev. Commidssioner, MSME; B.K.Sanwariya,CLC, M/o Labour & Employment, Shailesh Kumar Singh, JS,M/o Coal and B.S.Negi,CMS (Admn.) M/o Rural Development.
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