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Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India)

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 BRIEF OF THE MEETING HELD TODAY WITH THE CABINET SECRETARY (GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

National council (staff Side)
Joint Consulative Machinery for
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC/JCM/2017

Dated: October 24, 2017

All Constituents of National Council(JCM)

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India)

Today I met the Cabinet Secretary(Government of India) and shown oru anguish for inordinate delay in finalzation of demands of the Central Government Employees, particularly National Pension System (NPS), Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

The Cabinet Secretary said that, he is aware of the problems of the Staff Side(JCM) raised by them from time to time and particularly to this issue and will definitely try to resolve them

Particularly on the issue of National Pension System(NPS) he said that the issue active consideration of the Government of India and we are trying to find out some solution to the problems arisen because of the NPS.

I also persuaded him to fix-up date of the meeting of the National Council(JCM), to which he said that, the agenda came, and some queries have been raised, which are still to be compiled by the DoP&T. He assured that, he will definitely fix-up the date of the meeting within a short period, and said that, before that, he will ask the Secretary(DoP&T) to hold meeting with the Staff Side.

I told to the Cabinet Secretary that, Central Government Employees are agitated because they feel that VII CPC has not done and justice with them and government is also ready to remove the issues pending before them.

This is for your information.

with Faternal Greetings!

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Source: Confederation

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DEPARTMENT OF POSTS: GRAMIN DAK SEVAK ISSUE IN LOK SABHA – 22-03-2017

GRAMIN DAK SEVAK ISSUE IN LOK SABHA – 22-03-2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3450
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22ND MARCH, 2017

GRAMEEN DAK SEVAKS

3450. SHRI RAHUL KASWAN:
SHRI RAMESH BIDHURI:
SHRI BALABHADRA MAJHI:
SHRI TAMRADHWAJ SAHU:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:

(a) the total number of postal circles in the country and the number of GPOs, SPOs and EDBOs functioning under these circles alongwith number of these post offices located in rural and urban regions separately;
(b) the number of post offices manned by Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDSs) State/UT-wise alongwith the details about the monthly salary of the GDS;
(c) whether Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDSs) are eligible for pension like other Government employees and if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) whether Government is contemplating to constitute any Committee to look into the salary structure and other service matters of Grameen Dak Sevaks and if so, the details thereof;
(e) whether the said committee has submitted its said report and if so, the salient features of the said report; and
(f) the time by which it is likely to be implemented?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a) Madam, the total number of Postal Circles in the country is 23. The total number of GPOs is 24, the total number of Sub Post Offices (SPOs) is 24753, the total number of Extra Departmental Branch Offices (EDBOs) is 129346. The details of these post offices rural and urban regions wise is enclosed at Annexure-I.

(b) The number of post offices which are manned by Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) is given in the Annexure-II. Details of the monthly wages admissible to various categories of Gramin Dak Sewaks are given in the Annexure-III.

(c) No, Madam. The legal status of the Gramin Dak Sevaks as held in 1977 by Apex Court is that they are holders of the civil posts outside the regular civil service. Being a distinct and separate category, CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are not applicable in the case of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

(d) Yes, Madam. To examine the system of Branch Post Offices, engagement conditions, existing structure of allowances and all other welfare issues pertaining to Gramin Dak Sevaks, a one-man Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Kamlesh Chandra, Retired Member Postal Services Board was set up.

(e) Yes, Madam. The committee has submitted its report. The salient feature of the report is given in the Annexure-IV.

(f) The recommendations of the committee are being examined by the Department of Posts. No timeline is specified to implement the recommendations of the Committee.

Annexure-I : Distribution of Rural and Urban Post Offices as on 31.03.2016

Annexure-II : State wise list of number of post offices manned by Gramin Dak Sewaks

Annexure-III : Details of the monthly wages admissible to various categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks

Annexure-IV : Salient features of the GDS Report

Source: Confederation

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Meeting with Senior Officers Committee – Confederation

Meeting with Senior Officers Committee – Confederation

MEETING WITH SENIOR OFFICERS COMMITTEE

As notified earlier, the meeting with the senior officers Committee was held on 21.07.2017. The Committee was represented by Additional Secretary, Expenditure (Chairman), Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell), Joint Secretary (Personnel) and Joint Secretary (DOP&T). Staff Side was represented by all 13 Members, Standing Committee, National Council JCM.

Eventhough no specific agenda was notified, the staff side expected that the Committee will hold serious discussion on the demand of Increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula as assured by group of Ministers on 30.06.2016. But the Committee just briefed the decision of the Govt. on Allowances. Staff side raised the issue of Minimum Pay and fitment formula and demanded an early decision as per the assurance given by the Cabinet Ministers. Along with that staff side also raised various issues arising out of implementation of govt. decisions on allowances. As usual the meeting ended without any positive outcome.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
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Agitational Programme from 17 July 2017 to 22 July 2017

Minimum Pay should be enhanced to Rs 24000 – Agitation against Central Government

Circular for Agitation against Central Government from 17-22 July, 2017

REF: BPMS/ Cir/ 17th TC/ 22

Dated: 04.07.2017

To,

The Office Bearers and CEC Members
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh &
The Presidents/ General Secretaries
Unions affiliated to the federation

Subject: Agitational Programme from 17 July 2017 to 22 July 2017.

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Sadar Namaskar

It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities to uplift the organization.On 28 June 2017, the Cabinet Committee approved allowances as per 7th CPC recommendations with very minor changes or without any change. This time employees were expecting a better remuneration as promised by the Government but the Government did not change its attitude which led to financial loss to Government employees.

Therefore, Government Employees National Confederation has decided to conduct Agitational Programme from 17 July, 2017 to 22 July 2017.Being a constituent of GENC, this federation has decided that all the unions will conduct the Agitational Programme from 17 July, 2017 to 22 July 2107 on the following demands:

1. HRA should be rationalized to 30%, 20% and 10% of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z Cities respectively.

2. All the allowances should be granted from 01.01.2016.

3. All the allowances which have been decided to be abolished should be retained.

4. All other allowances which are statuary in nature as overtime allowance under the Factories Act should be granted without any further delay.

5. Minimum Pay should be enhanced to Rs 24,000/-.

6. Multiplication factor for pay revision should be enhanced to 3.42.

7. Minimum Pension should be guaranteed as per Supreme Court verdict for NPS beneficiaries.

8. 7th CPC related anomalies should be resolved.

9. All cadre review should be completed in time bound manner.

10. There should not be disparity in the common category in various Ministries.

11. None of the Defence Establishments should be closed/ disbanded.

12. Grant of one time relaxation on the 5% ceiling for compassionate appointment.

13. Contract workers in Defence Establishments should be benefitted with Equal Pay for Equal work.

In the Agitation Programme gate meetings, slogan shouting and other peaceful methods as per feasibility are to be organized and a memorandum is to be submitted on the

last day of programme to your respective Head of Establishment addressed to Prime Minister so that the Government may be constrained to assuage the discontentment of employees and the copy of the memorandum is to be submitted to BPMS HQ.

Further, you are advised to give wide publicity of this Agitation Programme by propagating through Media, Posters and Pamphlets.

Appropriate Demands may be added related to your directorates/ establishments. Your humongous support is solicited.

With regards,

Brotherly yours
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Source: BPMS

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Protest Demonstrations Against the Decision on Allowances – NFAEE

PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE DECISION ON ALLOWANCES

National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
NFAEE
DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY
Regn.No.17/9615

Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
NFAEE Office, Opp. NIYAMAK BHAVAN, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Website: www.nfaeehq.blogspot.com ; Email address: nfaee@yahoo.com

Ref.No:nfaee/sg/17/114

Dated : 03.06.2017

To
All Affiliates
NFAEE

Sub: PROTEST DEMNOSTRATIONS AGAINT THE DECISION ON ALLOWANCES

Dear Comrades,

Hope all the affiliates organized/planned to hold protest demonstrations in this week against the betrayal for NDA Government.

Go far a hectic campaign against the NDA Government’s attitude towards the Government employees and shameful backed out from the commitment given by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016.

Copies of the letter written to Shivgopal Mishra, the so-called leader of Central Government Employees by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers (CCGEW), National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE) and All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) are attached herewith.

All Affiliates are requested to popularize the stand taken by the Confederation and Federations of various sections of employees and built unity among the employees.

Also appeal to all affiliates to participate actively in the joint protest programme being organized by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers across the country.

With fraternal Greetings

Comradely yours,

sd/-
(JAYARAJ KV)
Secretary General

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National Secretariat Meeting on 9.8.2017 at Bengaluru – Confederation

No. Confdn/Sectt/2016-19 Date : 03-07-2017

NOTICE FOR THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING – 9th AUGUST 2017 – BENGALURU

As already informed to all concerned, the National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers will be held at Income Tax Office (ITEF Office), BENGALURU on 9th August 2017 (09-08-2017 – Wednesday). The meeting will commence at 10-30 am and continue till close. All National Secretariat Members (CHQ office bearers) are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
The following shall be the agenda of the meeting.

AGENDA:

1. 7th CPC related issues – Review of agitational programmes organized by Confederation and the present position of various demands raised in the Charter of Demands – Future course of action.

2. 2017 June 10th National Convention of Central & State Govt Employees (Confederation & AISGEF) on ‘NPS & Outsourcing’ – Review and implementation of the decisions taken by the National Convention.

3. Asia-Pacific Regional meeting and World Secretariat meeting of Trade Union International (TUI) – Public services to be held at Thiruvananthapuram on 11th & 12th September 2017.

4. National Convention of Central Trade Unions (CTUs) and independent Federations to be held at New Delhi on 8th August 2017 – Implementation of decisions taken thereof.

5. All India Women’s Trade Union camp – 2017 of Confederation – Finalization of venue & dates.

6. Non-implementation of revision of Pay & Pension of Autonomous Body Employees and Pensioners – Possibility of organizing a joint meeting of all Autonomous body employees organizations and Pensioners organizations for deciding future course of action.

7. Problems of the affiliated organizations of Confederation.

8. Financial review.

9. Any other items with the permission of the Chair.

Yours fraternally

(M.KRISHNAN)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob&whatsapp : 09447068125
E-mail : mkrishnan 6854@gmail.com

Source: Confederation

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Nationwide Protest Demonstrations against the Cabinet Decision on 7th CPC Allowances to CG Employees

NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE CABINET DECISION ON ALLOWANCES TO CG EMPLOYEES

CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES AGAIN BETRAYED BY NDA GOVERNMENT

DATE OF EFFECT FROM 01-01-2016 AND RESTORATION OF RATE OF HRA DENIED

HOLD NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF ALL OFFICES

NDA Government has once again betrayed the entire Central Govt Employees. The demand of the employees to restore HRA to 30, 20 & 10% is denied. Date of effect for allowances is fixed as 01-07-2017 denying 18 months arrears.

The BJP lead NDA Government deliberately delayed the legitimate right of the employees. The assurance given by Cabinet Ministers regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula is also not honoured till date. NDA Government is the worst Government as far as employees and workers are concerned.

Confederation National Secretariat calls upon entire Central Govt Employees to hold demonstrations in front of all Central Govt Offices protesting against the anti-employees, anti-workers stand of the NDA Government.

M.KRISHNAN
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob&Whatsapp: 09447068125
e-mail:mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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16th March 2017 Strike – Participation of Employees All Time High

16th March 2017 Strike – Participation of Employees All Time High

CIRCULAR

Dated – 18.03.2017

To,
1) All National Secretariat Members (CHQ Office Bearers)
2) Chief Executives of all Affiliated organisations
3) General Secretaries of all COCs

Dear Comrades,

1. 16th MARCH 2017 STRIKE – PARTICIPATION OF EMPLOYEES ALL TIME HIGH:

Reports received from Affiliated organisations and COCs and also many field level units shows that the participation of employees in the 16th March 2017 strike was all time high. The reason is obvious that the employees are angry and upset due the totally adamant and negative attitude of the NDA government towards the genuine issues of Central Govt. employees and pensioners and their discontentment was ventilated through the strike as an outburst of their pent up feelings. The response to the strike call was overwhelming and majority of employees suo-moto participated in the strike without any compulsion. This was also quite visible during the 15th December 2016 Parliament March and other agitational programmes including dharna and observance of 6th March 2017 Black Day. (For other details please see the press statement dated 16.03.2017 published in the Confederation website). Confederation National Secretariat congratulates and salutes all the leaders and employees who organized and participated in the strike and made it one of the best organized and best participated historic strike of Central Government Employees. Once again it is proved that it is Confederation alone, which is the true representative of entire Central Government employees.

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING ON 13TH APRIL 2017 WILL DECIDE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION.
National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet at Delhi on 13.04.2017, as already notified. Secretariat will conduct a detailed review of the strike and decide future course of action. All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting without fail.

CONFEDERATION ALL INDIA TRADE UNION EDUCATION CAMP AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ON 06TH & 07TH MAY 2017:

As already notified, the All India Trade Union Education Camp of Confederation will be conducted at EMS Academy, Thiruvananthapuram on 6th & 7th May 2017. All affiliated organisations and COCs are one again requested to ensure participation of allotted number of delegates WITHOUT FAIL. Please ensure that travel tickets are booked immediately, if not already booked. (Notice was issued in January itself to facilitate booking of confirmed train tickets, as train reservation starts four months in advance).

Quota allotted to each organisation and COC and other informations relating to the camp are is furnished in the circular attached.

While selecting delegates to the camp, younger generation and ladies may be given maximum representation.

Please intimate the number of delegates attending the camp by email to confederationhq@gmail.com OR mkrishnan6854@gmail.com and also to the Reception Committee.

REMITTANCE OF QUOTA:

Needless to say that for smooth and efficient functioning of an organisation, especially for a vibrant organisation like Confederation, funds is an essential requirement. Unfortunately, many affiliates and COCs are continuously failing in their responsibility to support the Confederation CHQ financially. Available fund has been utilized for Parliament March and strike campaign. Now the financial position is almost NIL. Unless all the affiliates and COCs clear their quota immediately, it will adversely effect the CHQ functioning. All affiliates and COCs are one again requested to clear the quota (Re.1/- per member per year) before 31.03.2017. Please treat it as most important. The amount may be remitted to:

Com. Vrigu Bhattacharya,
Financial Secretary
Confederation of C. G. Employees & Workers (CHQ)
17/C, P & T Quarters, Kalibari Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Mob: 09868520926
Email: v.aicaea@gmail.com

Bank Account details
Bank – Indian oversees Bank
Branch – Gole Market, New Delhi
Account No. 084001000015586
IFS Code – IOBA0000840

JOINT MOVEMENT AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (NPS) AND OUTSOURCING OF GOVT. FUNCTIONS

Discussion are in progress for organizing nationwide campaign and agitational programmes against the NPS and outsourcing of Government functions, jointly with All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) and other like-minded organisations. Final decision in this regard will be taken in the National Secretariat meeting to be held on 13th April 2017.

Fraternally yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob&WhatsApp: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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Press Statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) – Confederation

Press Statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) – Confederation

A press statement regarding Nationwide One Day Strike today (16.3.2017) published by the General Secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.

PRESS STATEMENT
Dated 16th March 2017

About thirteen (13) lakhs Central Government employees went on nationwide one day strike today (16.03.2017) as per the call of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The Strike was organized to protest against the betrayal of the Group of Cabinet Ministers of NDA Government by not honoring the assurances given to the National Joint Council of Action on 30th June 2016. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has assured that a High Level Committee will be appointed to negotiate and settle the issues arising out of 7th Pay Commission inducing increase in Minimum pay, Fitment formula, Allowances etc. within a period of four months. Based on this assurance the Federations had deferred the proposed indefinite strike from 11th July 2016. Even after a lapse of eight months the assurances are not fulfilled.

Government issued orders to deal with the strike threatening imposition of break-in Service, suspension and dismissal in addition to dies-non. Employees participated in the strike defying such orders.

In Postal department about five Lakhs employees participated in the strike. INTUC Federation also jointed the strike in Postal. All RMS Offices and major post offices remained closed. Income Tax
deparment the strike was total in all states as both employees and officers went on strike. Employees of Audit and Accounts department Civil Accounts, Ground Water Board, Botanical Survey Of India, Postal Accounts Survey Of India, Atomic Energy, Indian Space Research Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, AGMARK, Central Government Health Scheme, Medical Stores depot, Film Institute Of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Customs and Central Excise, Central Food Laboratory, Census, Defence Accounts and various other autonomous and scientific Research institutions participated in the nation wide strike.

Strike was total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Odisha, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Assam, North Eastern states including Tripura, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Maharashtra. 70 to 80% participation in Andhra, Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, 60 to 70% in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, 40 to 50% in Delhi and Rajasthan 30% in Himachal.

Solidarity demonstrations were conducted by All India State Government Employees Federation,  BSNL Employees Unions, Central Pensioners organisations, All India Defence Employees Federation  and many other organizations.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation thanked and Congratulated the employees who made the nationwide strike a resounding success.

sd/-
M.Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
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Email: mkrishnan6854@amaiI.com

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MODI GOVERNMENT SURGICAL STRIKE ON RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE EMPLOYEES

MODI GOVT’S SURGICAL STRIKE ON RAILWAYS AND DEFENCE EMPLOYEES

The BJP- led NDA Government has intensified it’s policy attack on Railways and Defence establishments and employees.

ATTACK ON RAILWAYS.

After the Narendra Modi Government coming to power 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed in Railways. A committee headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy , Member , NITI Ayog (National Institute for Transformation of India Ayog) was appointed for restructuring of Railways. The committee recommended complete privatisation of Railways. AIRF in its resolution adopted in the 92nd Annual Conference held at Allahabad from 8th to 10th December 2016, stated as follows:

NDA Government assumed power on 26th May 2016. The General Body meeting of AIRF held on 3rd and 4th July 2016 at Chennai, decided to defer the strike decision to provide time to the new Government to settle and resolve grievances. But the same Government by a notification dated 22nd August 2014, decided to induct 100% FDI in Indian Railways, Defence establishments etc. The Government appointed a high level Railway Restructuring Committee, on 22nd September 2014, headed by Sri Bibek Deb Roy, for restructuring Railways. The same committee had drawn a road map for privatisation and went ahead gradually, despite all out protest by AIRF.

The merger of the Railway Budget with the General Budget was one of the key recommendations on Bibek Deb Roy committee, as an important step towards privatisation of Railways. Government has implemented the decision from this year onwards, on top priority basis. It is also reported in the media that Government has decided to privatise heritage and tourist Railways like Kalka – Shimla, Siliguri – Darjeeling and Nilgiri (Ootty) railways. BIBEK DEB ROY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THE BEGIN ING OF THE END OF THE GOVT OWNED INDIAN RAILWAYS.

To add insult to injury, the Railway Board has issued orders curtailing the basic trade union rights of Railway employees. AIRF circular issued on 2nd February 2017 reads as follows:
“In continuation of our earlier letter of even no. dated 1st February 2017, you are advised to observe “Black Day” on 6th February 2017 wearing black badges/ribbons, right from branch to zonal levels, at all important offices of your Railway administrations, DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF RAILWAY BOARD’S LETTER DATED 31.01.2017, WHEREIN THE BOARD HAVE DECIDED TO DEBAR SUPERVISORS (IN ERSTWHILE GRADE PAY OF 4200) WORKING IN SAFETY CATEGORIES FROM TRADE UNION“.

AIRF statement also said that the order is in violation of 87th ILO Convention and Indian Trade Union Act.

Railway order says that those supervisors working in safety categories cannot become office bearers of unions/Associations/Federations, but can only remain as members with effect from 01.04.2017.

The above is the present situation in Indian Railways and all the Railway unions/Associations/Federations are conducting various protest programmes (other than strike as dominant organisations are yet to take such a decision) against the policy offensives of the NDA Govt. Recently on 1st & 2nd February 2017, Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) , All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), All India Station Masters Association (AISMA) , All India Guard Council , Indian Railway Technical Supervisors Association etc. (other than AIRF and NFIR) had organised a massive National Convention and also Parliament March at New Delhi , demanding no privatisation and modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations.

ATTACK ON DEFENCE SECTOR
The situation in Defence sector is also not different. All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) in its circular dated 04.02.2017, has conveyed the following developments to its rank and file:

“The ordnance factories are under severe attack due to the policies being adopted by the BJP – led NDA Government. Instead of developing and strengthening the ordnance factories, the Govt. is disowning the same and is planning fully to proceed to weaken the ordnance factories. Licences are being given to private companies for defence manufacturing including for those products which are being manufactured in the ordnance factories.”

In a meeting of Senior Officers held on 5th January 2017, the Secretary, Ministry of Defence made the following comments
“You have to reduce the cost, otherwise you will not get workload in future, you have to compete with the private sector for getting workload. Two years is the period for ordnance factories.”

Recently Sri Manohar Parikar, Defence Minister , who visited AFK Pune , in the meeting held with unions has stated that ” Factories which are manufacturing clothing and leather items are not required in the Government. These items can easily be procured from private sector.”

The proposal of corporatisation (which is a step towards privatisation) is also under consideration with Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Govt has constituted another committee to identify low technology/noncore items. It is seen from the press reports that a committee constituted by Defence Minister under the chairmanship of one retired IIM Professor has recommended for creation of a new independent organisation outside the Ministry of Defence to undertake defence procurement. It is understood that a new organisation tentatively called the “DEFENCE ACQUISITION AUTHORITY” will be fully responsible for the entire process of acquisition.

All these policy decisions of the Government will have serious impact on the existence of ordnance factories and on the job security of defence civilian employees. AIDEF has decided to convene a meeting of ordnance factory unions to take a serious stock of the situation and formulate an action plan to fight back.

THIS GOVT WILL UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF STRIKE ONLY. CONFEDERATION IS ON THE RIGHT PATH.
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, representing about thirteen lakhs Central Government Employees, which always stood in the forefront of the struggle against neo-liberal reforms and anti-people, anti -worker policies of the Govt. and also which conducted series of agitational programmes including strikes against the policy offensives of the Government, extends full support and solidarity to the Railway and Defence employees in their struggle for existence.

Confederation calls upon the entire Central Govt. employees to make the 16th March 2016 one day strike a thundering success. Let us be ready for an indefinite strike, if situation warrants.

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NPS COMMITTEE – HOPES for younger generation of Central Government Employees Shattered

NPS COMMITTEE – HOPES for younger generation of Central Government Employees Shattered

NPS committee constituted by the Government to streamline the National Pension System has called the JCM Staff Side for second round of discussion on 10.02.2017. As per the notified agenda, the committee is proposing discussion on only cosmetic changes in NPS. Basic issues such as (1) scrapping of NPS (2) Guaranteed Minimum pension to NPS Pensioners ie; 50% of the last pay drawn should be guaranteed by Government as minimum pension even if the returns from annuity insurance scheme amount is less than the 50%. and (3) Exemption of Central Govt. Employees from the purview of NPS, are not included in the agenda of the meeting even though the Cabinet Secretary has assured JCM Staff Side Chairman and Secretary Shri. Raghavayya and Shri Shiv Gopal Misra on 19th January 2017 that  “so far as issue of NPS is concerned he has already directed the Committee to hold meeting with Staff Side”. From reading the agenda it can be seen that main demands of the Staff Side are avoided, thus betraying the cause of thousands of younger generation Central Government Employees who joined service after 01.01.2004. Their hopes are shattered and belied. NJCA should revive the deferred strike to protect the interest of younger generations. Let us make the 16th March 2017 Confederation Strike a grand success.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers.
Mob & WhatApp: 09447068125.
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

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One Day Strike on 15.2.2017 : Towards the inevitable end – Victory

One Day Strike on 15.2.2017 : Towards the inevitable end – Victory

15th FEBRUARY 2017 – ONE DAY STRIKE
Towards the inevitable end – Victory.

K.K.N. Kutty
President, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and workers.

December-January is fog days in Northern India, especially Delhi. Because of the high level pollution, it is not fog that engulfs Delhi but smog. Temperature dips and rises quite often. Air and Rail traffics are frequently disturbed and sometimes go out of gear. It was not unknown to the National Sectt.of the Confederation when they decided to organize the rally at the Parliament street on 15th December, 2016. There was no alternative as on November, 6th, the stipulated four months period was over. The National Sectt. of the Confederation came to the conclusion that the Government of India is run by people who indulges in double speak. They have no shame even in indulging in betrayal.

Confederation has a noble history and fine tradition. It does not indulge in the nasty habit of mincing words. It exhibits the courage of calling a spade a spade. It always has stood for the interest of the employees and workers, whom it represents. It was built up over the years in the high values and traditions of a fine trade union. While it believes that despite the differences in ideology, perception, and approach to the issues and problems, methods of negotiation, unity of the employees and workers are paramount in winning demands. It was to uphold that tradition, on innumerable occasions, it agreed to defer the strike action, and ultimately even on 11th July, 2016. It had perceived correctly the weak pretensions of the Government, demonstrated before the leaders of the NJCA both on 30th june, 2016 and 6th July, 2016. Therefore, its leadership could appreciate the criticism that emanated from the right thinking persons in its stride. Many of those who chose to criticize the decision were concerned of the dent the decision to defer the strike action had created to the image of the Confederation. An explanatory campaign was the need of the hour. For sheer paucity of time, it could not be undertaken. It would have allayed the apprehensions. When it was done, though a little belatedly, it had its salutary impact. And naturally, the National Sectt. could not have indulged in the luxury of revisiting the issue with independent action programme when the climate in Delhi could become tolerable. As is the case with every vibrant organization, there are persons who take advantage of the situation, criticize and create cacophony with the intent of destroying the very organization itself. The mammoth rally at Delhi in front of the Parliament house on 15th December, 2016 was the vindication of the understanding the Confederation National Sectt. had on the issues and a magnificent reply to all those whose intent was to destroy the organization.

It is quite heartening that our Comrades, who felt betrayed by the chicanery of the Present Government, weathered the inclement weather conditions, the disruption of rail and air traffic movements, the difficulties in reaching the venue by road, the chilly atmosphere at Delhi and above all the persisting engineered criticism of certain vested interest, exhibited the anger and discontent in the most exemplary manner on 15th December, 2016. They deserve our felicitation, congratulation and grateful salute in creating yet another historic and successful programme. They have through their loud and emphatic slogans raised and followed by thousands provided the required impetus to the National Sect. and confidence to go ahead with the forward steps of the battle. The decision that was announced by the Secretary General to organize a one day token strike in protest against the attitude of the BJP Government was greeted therefore, with great enthusiasm by the rallyists

The demonetization and the consequent debilitating impact over the availability of currency has indeed made insurmountable impediments. The whole country has been taken for a ride in the name of the noble cause of cleaning the economy of the black income. Neither the generation of the black income s tapped nor its proliferation has been targeted. About one fifth of the National income of the country is stated to be in black. That hurts and hurts the common people. While the successive Governments that came to power in the country since 1991, including the present in office had been extending concessions and exemptions for the corporate giants in crores, the common people were finding it difficult to make the both ends meet. The enforcement laws fear to knock at the doors of those who have looted the Nation and refused to pay back even the loan they had contracted from the Nationalized Banks . The circus in the floor of the Parliament, session after session, precludes any serious discussion or deliberation over the good or bad of the executive decisions concerning governance. All appears to be with a design to obliterate the real issues of the people from the centre stage.

The 105,000- crores, which is a highly exaggerated financial outflow worked out by the 7th CPC for this fiscal year has been substantially reduced, thanks to the deferring the grant of enhanced allowances, disapproval of the Option No.1 granted by the commission to the Pensioners as a relief, the continuous derailing of the negotiating machinery and the sheer refusal even to abide by the decisions of the Judiciary and Arbitration Boards, deferring decision on extending the benefit of revision of wages and pension to the employees of the autonomous organizations etc. To sustain the untenable actions, threats are employed invoking the provisions of the colonial rules and regulations. A good number of participants in the magnificent rally at the Parliament street on 15th December, 2016 was the retired personnel, despite their physical debilities due to the advancing age. They look forward to the NCCPA and the Confederation to articulate, present and fight for their demands and ensure that justice is rendered to them.

There is no doubt that the ongoing struggle undertaken by the Confederation will create sanctions not only on the Government but also on those who witness it from the sidelines but refuse to become part and parcel of an event that is bound to have its imprint in the history of the movement of the Central Government employees in the country. That should not deter us but steel our determination to march to its glorious end of victory.

Source: Confederation

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Request for issuing instructions for disbursement of salary of Central Government Employees for the month of November 2016 in cash

Payment of Salary for November in Cash to all Central Government Employees – Confederation

Payment of Salary for November in Cash to all Central Government Employees

Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers

Ref: Confdn/salary/2016

Dated: 15/11/2016

To,

Controller General of Accounts,
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan,
Ministry of Finance,
GPO Complex, Block E, Aviation Colony,
INA Colony, New Delhi – 110003

Sir,
Sub: Request for issuing instructions for disbursement of salary of Central Government Employees for the month of November 2016 in cash.

As you are aware , the difficulties being experienced due to demonetization of Rs.500/- and Rs. 1000/- currency notes may continue for about 50 days as made clear by the Government. Further Banks have imposed a cap of 24000/- for withdrawal from savings Bank Accounts. Even for withdrawing that amount, one has to stand in long que for hours together. Naturally Central Government employees are likely to face much problem for getting their salary for this month in time. Employees waiting in que for cash may adversely affect the functioning of Central Government offices also.

In view of the above situation, I request you to issue necessary instructions to all pay drawing and disbursing officers, to make advance arrangements for payment of salary for November 2016, in cash, to all Central Government employees, on or before 30th November 2016.

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

Source: www.confederationhq.blogspot.in

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AIBDPA supporting & participating in the Parliament march of Confederation on 15.12.2016

ALL INDIA BSNL & DOT PENSIONERS ASSOCIATON

PARTICIPATE IN THE PARLIAMENT MARCH OF CONFEDERATION ON 15-12-2016

Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has organised a phased program of agitation culminating in a strike against negative and retrograde stand of the central government on modifications sought by the National Joint Action Committee on unilateral implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations and non implementation of the assurances given by the group of ministers.

The 3rd phase of action is the Parliament March on 15-12-2016 at 10 AM at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. AIBDPA is committed to support the program and therefore comrades of neighbouring circles, viz Rajasthan, UP, Haryana and Punjab are requested to participate in good numbers.

The important issues focused including Option 1 for the pensioners are given below:

A similar call for participation is also being issued by the NCCPA.

I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.

2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).

3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

K. G. Jayaraj
General Secretary

Source : Confederation

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An Appeal for participation in the agitational programmes of confederation for realisation of 20 point charter of demands

An Appeal for participation in the agitational programmes of confederation for realisation of 20 point charter of demands

No. Confdn/Genl/ 2016-19

28-10-2016

AN APPEAL TO CCGGOO

To
Com: S. Mohan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Government
Gazetted Officers Organisations (CCGGOO)
Chennai Email id-smohan1958@gmail.com

Dear Comrade,

Sub: An Appeal for participation in the agitational programmes of confederation for realisation of 20 point charter of demands.

As yoy are aware, the general attitude of the Central Government towards the demands of the Central Government employees, especially demands related to 7th Central pay Commission, is totally negative. Even the assurance given by three group of Ministers in the wake of an impending indefinite strike from July 11th 2016, that the minimum pay and fitment formula will be revised, is not yet implemented, eventhough the promised time frame of four months are almost over. All the revised allowances including HRA and Transport Allowance is not paid yet. The one and the only favourable recommendation of 7th CPC ie; option -I party for pensioners is not accepted on the plea of  “non-feasibility”. All anomalies are pending. Government is deliberately dealying and denying the legitimate benefits of the Central Government employees which is due from 01-01-2016. You may agree that the position is equally applicable to Gazetted officers also.
In the above circumstances/the National Secretariat of /confederation of Central Government employees and workers has decided to organise phased agitational programes culminating in strike action. Demonistrations are conducted in front of all offices on 20-10-2016, next phase is mass dharna at all important centres on 7th November 2016, Third phase is massive Parliament March on 15th December 2016.
I request you to consider the above situation and also the programmes of action of Confederation and to call upon your affiliates to participate in the Parliament March on 15th December 2016 under the banner of CCGGOO, in good number

Awaiting favourable response,

Your’s fralindly

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125

Email. mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

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Pay Fixation on Promotion as per 7th CPC (RP) Rules – Confederation requests to exercise revised option as one-time measure

Pay Fixation on Promotion as per 7th CPC (RP) Rules – Confederation requests to exercise revised option as one-time measure“Exercising option for pay fixation in the revised 7th CPC Pay Structure, from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment from 01-01-2017 – C/o.Officials who are due for promotion/upgradation from Grade Pay 2800 to 4200 during the period from 01-01-2016 to 01-07-2017 – Request clarification and permission to exercise revised option as a one-time measure.”

PERMISSION TO OPT FOR PAY FIXATION ON A DATE AFTER THE DATE OF ISSUE OF CCS (RP) RULES 2016 NOTIFICATION 25-07-2016 IN CASE PROMOTION BECOMES DUE AFTER 25-07-2016 – CONFEDERATION WRITES TO FINANCE MINISTRY FOR CLARIFICATORY ORDERS

No.Confdn/7th CPC/Option/2016-17

10-10-2016

To

Shri.R.K.Chathurvedi,
Joint Secretary to Govt. of India,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure
(Implementation Cell),
Room No.124, The Ashok, North Block,
New Delhi – 110 001.

Sir,

Sub: Exercising option for pay fixation in the revised 7th CPC Pay Structure, from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment from 01-01-2017 – C/o.Officials who are due for promotion/upgradation from Grade Pay 2800 to 4200 during the period from 01-01-2016 to 01-07-2017 – Request clarification and permission to exercise revised option as a one-time measure.

1. As per Rule 5 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 the following provisions are notified by Government on 25-07-2016:

Rule 5 – Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure untill the date on which he earns his next increment or any subsequent increment in the existing pay structure or until he vacates his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure.

Provided further that in cases where a Government servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January 2016 and the date of notification of these rules (ie. 25-07-2016) on account of promotion or upgradation, the Government servant may elect to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation as the case may be.

2. As per the above two provisions, a Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until he earns his next or any subsequent increment in the existing (pre-revised) pay structure which implies that in cases where there is no promotion/upgradation between 01-01-2016 to 30-06-2016 (or between 01-01-2016 to 30-06-2017 in the case of subsequent increment on 01-07-2017) option to opt from the date of next increment (01-07-2016) or subsequent increment (01-07-2017) is available, thereby forgoing the arrears from 01-01-2016 to 30-06-2016 (next increment) or upto the date of subsequent increment say, 01-07-2017.

3. Thus, in the case of promotion/upgradation of a Government Servant becoming due before the date of notification ie, 25-07-2016, he should elect to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion/upgradation. He has no option to opt for the next increment (becoming due after the date of promotion/upgradation) for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.

4. Subsequently a clarificatory order is issued by Department of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) on 29th September 2016, which clarified the position further. As per this clarification, in case an employee is promoted or upgraded to the higher pay structure (in the pre-revised pay structure) he may be permitted to exercise revised option to have his pay fixed under the Revised Pay Rules 2016 from the date of such promotion/upgradation or from the date of next increment as per FR-22(i)(a)(i).

5. Thus an official who got promotion/upgradation on 15-07-2016 (in the month of July 2016), can exercise option to fix his pay under Revised Pay Rules, 2016, either from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment ie; on 01-07-2017.

6. Even after issuing the above clarificatory orders, dated 29-09-2016, it is not clear, whether an employee who becomes eligible for promotion/financial upgradation on a date after the date of issue of notification, ie, 25-07-2016, but before the date of next increment ie. 01-07-2017, can exercise option now, for fixation of his Revised Pay as per CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, from the date of promotion or from the date of next increment, ie; 01-07-2017, by forgoing the arrears from 01-01-2016 to date of promotion or 30-06-2017, thus allowing him to draw his pay in the pre-revised pay structure of 6th CPC till the date of promotion or till the date of next increment on 01-07-2017. As per the existing orders, all those employees whose date of promotion/upgradation becomes due after 25-07-2016 should compulsoily opt for pay fixation from 01-01-2016 or 01-07-2016, whereas an employee whose promotion is due in July 2016 ie; before the date of notification (25-07-2016) can opt for next increment date on 01-07-2017 for fixation in the Revised Pay structure under FR-22(i)(a)(i). Since the benefeit is extended to a section of employees who were promoted between 01-01-2016 and 25-07-2016 and the same benefeit is denied to the rest of the employee who are promoted after 25-07-2016, this is a clear case of discrimination and denial of natural and equitable justice.

7. If the option as above is not allowed, thousands of employees who are due for promotion/financial upgradation from 2800 Grade Pay to 4200 Grade Pay (in the pre-revised pay structure) from a date after the date of notification ie. 25-07-2016, will suffer a recurring loss of Rs.2800 to 3000 per month, throughout their service.

The following illustrations will explain the above facts:

1st OPTION – 7th CPC – OPTION FROM 01-01-2016

 

6th CPC 7th CPC
Basic as on 01-01-2016 16490 16490×2.57 = 42379.  Next stage in the pay matrix level – 5 = 42800
Increment on 01-07-2016 42800×3%=1284, 42800+1284=44084.  Next stage in the Pay matrix = 44100.
MACP-II promotion from 2800 GP to 4200 GP on 05-12-2016 (one increment fixation) 44100×3%=1323, 44100+1323=45423.

Next stage in the pay matrix level-6   = 46200.

2ND OPTION (IF ALLOWED) – OPTION FROM DATE OF SUBSEQUENT INCREMENT ie; 01-07-2017
6th CPC  7th CPC fixation if option allowed from date of promotion or date of next increment on 01-07-2017
Basic as on 01-01-2016 16490
Increment on 01-07-2016 16990
MACP-II promotion from 2800

GP to 4200 GP on 05-12-2016

(One increment fixation +  Grade Pay difference)

16990×3% notional  increment – 510 Grade pay difference=4200-2800 = 1400 Total Basic = 16990+  510+1400=18900 18900×2.57-48573.  Next stage  in the pay matrix in level 6 =49000

(If option allowed from date of promotion).

Increment on 01-07-2017 18900×3% = 567

= 18900+567 = 19467

= 19470

19470×2.57 = 50038 Next stage in the pay matrix level 6 = 50500.  (If option allowed from date of next increment).

Thus if no option is permissible after 25-07-2016 to fix the pay in the revised scale on the date of promotion ie. 5-12-2016, then by compulsory option from 01-01-2016, the pay will be fixed at 46200 on promotion. If option is permissible after the date of notification to fix the pay in the revised scale on the date of promotion, the pay will be fixed at 49000. The difference is Rs.2,800/-. If option for fixation on next incremen on 01-07-2017 is granted, then the difference will increase further.

In view of the above, it is requested that the case may be reviewed judiciously and clarificatory orders may be issued, permitting the employees whose promotion date become due after the date of notification (25-07-2016) also, to exercise option for fixation of their revised pay from the date of promotion/upgradation or from the date of next increment ie. 01-07-2017, as a one time measure, thereby forgoing the entire arrears from 01-01-2016 to date of promotion or date of next increment on 01-07-2017. In other words, they may be permitted to draw their pay in the pre-revised 6th CPC pay structure till the date of promotion or till the date of next increment on 01-07-2017.

Awaiting favourable orders,

Yours faithfully,
M.Krishnan,
Secretary General, &
Standing Committee Member,
JCM National Council (Staff side).
Mob: 09447068125.
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Copy to:
1) The Secretary,
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure,
North Block, New Delhi – 110 001 – for favourable action please.

Source: Confederation

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Disbursement of salary and pension to Central Government employees and pensioners on account of “ONAM” Festival

Disbursement of salary and pension to Central Government employees and pensioners on account of “ONAM” Festival

Disbursement of salary to Central Government employees working in the State of Kerala on 9th September 2016 on account of “ONAM” Festival

Ref: D-16/2016

Dated: 23-08-2016

The Controller Galeral of Accounts,
Ministry ot Finance, Department of Expenditure,
Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi – 110 003

Dear Sir,

 

Sub:- Disbursement of Salary to Central Government employees working in the State of Kerala on 9th September 2016 on account Of “ONAM” Festival.

ONAM is the State Festival of Kerala. The Festival commences on 5th September 2016 and culminates cn 14-09-2016. This is also a social festival and is celebrated by one and all. It had been the normal practice to draw and disburse the salary and pension of the employees and pensioners in the month in which the festival falls well prior to the commencement of the festival.

We shall be grateful if orders are issued to all Departments to disburse the salary and pension for the month of September, 2016 by September 2016 in respect of all employees and pensioners in the State of Kerala. A copy of the order issued by your office on 10-08-2015 in this mater is enclosed for ready reference.

 Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
(M.Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: Confederation

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2nd September 2016 General Strike Reflection of Workers’ Anger: Confederation Of Central Government Employees

2nd September 2016 General Strike
Reflection of Workers’ Anger

Hemalata

The country wide general strike on 2nd September this year was even bigger and more widespread than that held on the same day last year, as initial reports from all over the country suggest. The country wide general strike this year too was held on the same 12 point charter of demands. The central trade unions claimed a participation of 15 crore workers in the strike last year. The impact of the strike this year was so huge that even before the trade unions made any claims, the electronic media reported that 18 crore workers participated in the strike.

This gives big rebuff to the claims made by the government that it was working for the benefit of the workers and for providing them social security benefits. It is also significant that the BMS, which withdrew from the strike in the last minute in 2015, did not join the strike call this year at all. Besides, the BJP led government used everything within its capacity to create confusion among the workers and sabotage the strike. The BMS became a willing ally of the government in these efforts, declaring that it was ‘withdrawing’ from a strike that it has never called, but also claiming ‘historic victory’ for the workers. All these were nothing but manoeuvres by the BJP and the BMS, both members of the same parivar headed by the RSS to deceive the workers in their efforts to serve their corporate masters. The corporate media, particularly the electronic media, as usual, aired these false claims and added their might to the misinformation campaign.

But the working class of the country refused to be deceived. As the reports show, despite the call of the BMS leadership to organise ‘victory rallies and meetings’, BMS members were not willing to oppose the strike. In fact, in several places they joined the strike. Workers who were not organised into any unions, who joined the strike last year, as in Pune industrial area, joined the strike this time too. In several places the strike spread to newer areas encompassing newer sections of workers. In many states, not only the states that are traditional strongholds of trade unions, but in many others, the strike turned into a bandh. This was mainly due to the massive participation of the road transport workers as a result of which life in these states came to a standstill. In many districts of Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab wore a bandh like look. Despite the attempts by the TMC government in West Bengal to suppress the strike by issuing warnings and threats to the workers, state transport buses in the state plied empty and a bandh like situation prevailed in almost all the districts. In Kerala and Tripura, as always, strike turned into a bandh.

The anger of the workers against the policies of the government was visible in many ways. Around 70000 anganwadi employees and ASHAs, most of them who were not members of any union joined the strike in Gujarat. Thousands of them participated in the demonstrations held at the district headquarters in many districts. All the workers in the minor ports of Bhavnagar in Gujarat, Gangavaram and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh joined the strike. These workers are not members of any of the central trade unions that called the strike. Similarly in many industrial clusters across the country, thousands of workers, who are not members of any union, joined the strike.

While there were a few areas like the port sector where the strike was not as good as the last time, and a few districts where the strike in the road transport sector was not as effective as last year, overall the strike was observed in many more industrial clusters and sectors and many newer sections of workers joined it.

It was not only the misinformation and misleading campaign of the government with its huge advertisements in the media aided and abetted by the BMS that the workers confronted. In several states they were subjected to victimisation, police repression and physical attacks. In Haryana 22 leaders of road transport workers’ union were arrested and the striking workers were lathi charged; police went to the residential areas where contract workers lived and coerced them to join duties. Several coal workers in Jharkhand were suspended for joining the strike. The police conducted a flag march to intimidate workers and also lathi charged workers standing peacefully near a theatre in Noida. In West Bengal CITU leader and former MP Suraj Pathak and many CITU leaders were arrested. TMC goons attacked the workers and their supporters, including women, participating in the rallies. Around 5000 workers were arrested in different parts of Assam.

The extent of the strike and the support it received could be gauged from the reports that were available till the evening of 2nd September though comprehensive reports from all the states and sectors are yet to come. In several states local state level unions joined the strike. In Telangana, the TRS affiliated union joined the strike; the TNTUC belonging to the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh supported the strike in Telangana. Even in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, though TNTUC opposed the strike, workers belonging to it joined the strike. In Odisha the chief minister himself expressed his support to the strike when the trade union leaders met him. The Left parties openly supported the strike. Even while the BMS was not part of the strike and BMS leadership directed its members to observe ‘victory rallies’, local units of the BMS were not in a position to oppose the strike; in several states BMS members joined the strike.

Overwhelming majority of bank and insurance employees all over the country joined the strike. State government employees in most of the states joined the strike. Particularly noteworthy is the participation of state government employees in the north eastern states including Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya etc who participated in the strike for the first time. Participation of central government employees – of the income tax employees, postal employees in particular was massive. Defence employees in several defence production units joined the strike. BSNL employees all over the country joined the strike. The strike was near total in the coal sector. Overwhelming majority of contract workers in the public sector participated in the strike. Strike among medical and sales representatives was total in almost all the states.

Scheme workers including anganwadi employees, ASHAs, midday meal workers participated in the strike all over the country. Teaching and non teaching staff of National Child Labour Project joined the strike in Bihar, Maharashtra etc. Traditional sector workers like the plantation workers, cashew, coir, and fisheries workers participated in the strike in their lakhs. Unorganised workers in beedi, construction, head load workers, auto and rickshaw drivers, street vendors, domestic workers in several states joined the strike and also participated in the demonstrations, rasta roko and rail roko. Municipal and conservancy workers, panchayat workers, village chowkidars etc also joined the strike.

In Andhra Pradesh, strike was total in Vizag steel and DCI; around 70% of workers of permanent workers in the Vizag Shipyard participated in the strike. The TTD in the holy town of Tirupati was totally paralysed. Autos all over the state went on strike. Almost all the industrial clusters including the Renigunta industrial area were closed down. In several major cities truck owners associations participated in the strike. This along with the strike of the head load workers throughout the state brought all commercial transactions in the state to a standstill.

In Assam strike took the form of complete bandh in almost all districts seriously affecting public and private transport. No oil refinery in the state functioned. ONGC remained paralysed. More than 15 lakhs tea garden workers joined the strike. All public and private educational institutions remained closed. Railway transport was disrupted due to the rail roko by the unorganised workers, peasants, agricultural workers etc.

In Bihar too the strike was turned into bandh in many districts. Road transport including bus and tempo services was off the road. Workers in several industrial clusters went on strike.

Workers in almost all the major industrial areas in NCR Delh joined the strike. Massive joint demonstrations were held in several centres. The central demonstration was addressed by the national trade union leaders.

In Gujarat, an estimated 4 lakhs workers in 22 districts joined the strike and organised demonstrations in many districts.

Strike was highly successful in Haryana including in the Gurgaon, Manesar industrial areas. Workers in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Hero Honda and other industrial units joined the strike and held demonstrations.

Demonstrations were held in Jammu region in support of the strike while Kashmir region continues to be under curfew. Thousands of workers from different sectors participated in the demonstrations

In Jharkhand strike was observed in industrial areas including in Jamshedpur that never participated in any strike till now. It was reported to be more massive than the strike in 2015.

An estimated 50 lakhs workers participated in the strike in Karnataka. Strike was total in the road transport sector and in all the major industries in Bengaluru and Mysore. 19 lakhs workers in the industrial clusters of Bengaluru joined the strike. Strike was total in both the units of Mico, L&T, Chenna metals, Toyota, ITC, Vikrant Tyres etc. In BEL in Bengaluru, the union affiliated to INTUC did not join the strike; despite this 80% of workers, 800 out of the total 1073 workers, more than the membership of the CITU affiliated union, joined the strike

The strike in transport sector in several cities and towns in Madhya Pradesh was total. Hamalis of agricultural mandis also participated affecting commercial transactions.

Strike was total in many private industrial areas in Maharashtra including the Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nasik, Mumbai, Solapur etc. Major industries like Ceat Ltd, Thysun Crupp, Sansonite India, Crompton Grieves, beer manufacturing units, pharma industries, liquor and textile industries were closed. Strike was total among beedi and power loom workers in Solapur.

Strike created a bandh like situation in Odisha. It was total among iron ore, manganese and coal mines workers and near total among the contract workers. Road transport including autos was totally paralysed.

Strike evoked massive response in Punjab with workers. Road transport was paralysed and industrial clusters remaining closed. Unorganised workers participated in the demonstrations in thousands.

The garment industry in Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu witnessed total strike. Strike was also effective in the Coimbatore industrial area. It was total in Ashok Leyland, Ennore Foundries, Simpson Group of companies and all three factories of TI Group in Chennai. Workers in BHEL Trichy and Ranipet, ordinance factory in Nilgiris, defence production units in Avadi and Aravangadu were totally in strike. In Aravangadu, BMS members also joined the strike. Contract workers in Manali industrial belt MFL, ATC Tyres in Tirunelveli and TCL Lancer, in L&T, in Tyre machinery making Honey Well company went on strike.

There was bandh like situation in the state due to the total participation of road transport workers in the strike in Telangana. There was total strike in most of the public sector undertakings in the state. Strike was also total in most of the industrial clusters in and around Hyderabad. On the whole the strike was reported to be even more successful than last year

Strike was total in Udhampur industrial area of Uttarakhand and partial in that in Haridwar. It was also total in public road transport in the state but partial in private road transport.

In West Bengal, bandh like situation prevailed in many districts despite the threats and intimidation of the TMC government and its goons. Government ran buses without passengers in the morning but was compelled to withdraw later. Jute mills were closed. Commercial activities were nominal. Educational institutions in several districts were closed. Most of the tea gardens remained closed.

This strike, the seventeenth joint country wide general strike after the advent of neoliberal policies in the country, was preceded by joint campaign that was better organised and taken up to the block and in some states lower level to reach the workers. In addition, CITU prepared campaign material to make the workers aware of the issues and their relationship to the government policies. Booklets exposing government claims were also published which were translated into local languages. During the strike the lower level committees were regularly up dated with information exposing government claims. This has helped in preventing the workers from succumbing to the confusion sought to be created by the government and the BMS.

This country wide general strike will definitely be a mile stone in the working class struggles of the country.

Source: confederation

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Confederation of Central Government employees: PRESS STATEMENT Dated 2nd September 2016

Confederation of Central Government employees: PRESS STATEMENT Dated 2nd September 2016

PRESS STATEMENT
Dated 2nd September 2016

The initial report received at the Confederation Central Head Quarters indicate the participation of about ten lakhs Central Government employees in today’s nationwide general strike action of the Indian Working Class. Earlier, endorsing the call of the Central Trade Unions, the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers had called upon the Central Government employees to take part in the one-day strike to compel the Government to withdraw the anti-people and anti-labour neo-liberal policies pursued by the Central Government.

Offices of the Postal, Income Tax, Ground Water Board, Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Printing and Stationery department, Botanical Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, RMS offices, census department, Indian Space Research organization, Central Government Health Scheme, Atomic Energy, Medical Stores depots, Film Institute of India, AGMARK, Indian Council for Medical Research, Film division and various other autonomous scientific and research institutions etc. remained closed and the work completely paralysed.

The strike also affected the functioning of various offices of Indian Audit & Accounts department, Civil Accounts, Central Excise and Customs, CPWD etc. Total civilian employees of various Defence organisations and Defence Accounts Departments participated in the strike. The Strike was total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Andhra, Telangana, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, North Eastern states, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and 70 to 80% in other states.

The Central Government employees were particularly unhappy over the totally negative attitude of the NDA Government towards their demands while implementing 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations. Ban on creation of new posts, non-filling up of about six lakhs vacant posts, introduction of New Contributory Pension Scheme, non-regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and casual, contract workers, ceiling on compassionate appointments, rejection of the demand for increase in the minimum wage and fitment formula, reduction in the percentage of House Rent Allowance, abolition of 52 allowances etc. are some of the retrograde measures taken by the Central Government.

The Confederation National Secretariat Congratulates the Central Government employees, who undertook intensive campaign to make the strike a grand success. The Confederation salutes all its members for their whole hearted participation in the strike and making it an unprecedented success.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General

Confederation

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2016 SEPTEMBER 2nd GENERAL STRIKE – CONFEDERATION SERVED STRIKE NOTICE TO GOVT. OF INDIA

2016 SEPTEMBER 2nd GENERAL STRIKE – CONFEDERATION SERVED STRIKE NOTICE TO GOVT. OF INDIA

All affiliated organisations are once again requested to serve Strike Notice to their respective Departmental Heads today itself. If any organisation could not serve today, they should serve it before 17th August 2016 without fail. Copy of the Strike Notice should be sent to Confederation CHQ.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
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No. Confdn/Strike/2016

Dated: 12th August 2016

To

The Cabinet Secretary,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Government of India,
Rastrapathi Bhawan,
NEW DELHI – 110004

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 one-day strike on 2nd September 2016. The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one-day Strike action is enclosed.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Encl : Charter of demands

ANNEXURE

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

PART – A

1.Urgent measures for containing price rise through universalization of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.

2.Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.

3.Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4.Universal social security cover for all workers.

5.Minimum wage of not less than 18000/- per month with provisions of indexation (for unskilled worker).

6.Assured enhanced pension not less than 3000 p.m for the entire working population (including unorganized sector workers).

7.Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/state public sector undertakings.

8.Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent/perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as that of regular workers for the same and similar work.

9.Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in quantum of gratuity.

10.Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application and immediate ratification of ILO conventions C-87 and C-98.

11.No FDI in Railways, Defence and other strategic sectors.

12.No unilateral amendment to labour laws.

PART – B

Demand of the Central Govt. Employees

1.Avoid delay in implementing the assurances given by Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30thJune 2016, especially increase in minimum pay a fitment formula. Implement the assurance in a time bound manner.

2.Settle issues raised by the NJCA, regarding modifications of the 7th CPC recommendations, submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015.

3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant Pension/Family Pension to all Central Government employees under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

4. No privatization, outsourcing, contractorisation of Government functions.

5.(i) Treat Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants and extend all benefits on pay, pension and allownaces of departmental employees.

(ii) Regularise casual, contract, contingent and daily rated workers and grant equal pay and other benefits.

6.Fill up all vacant posts by special recruitment. Lift ban on creation of new posts.

7.Remove ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8. Extend benefit of Bonus Act amendment 2015 on enhancement of payment ceiling to the Adhoc bonus/PLB of Central Govt. employees with effect from the financial years 2014-15. Ensure payment of revised bonus before Pooja holidays.

9.Revive JCM functioning at all levels.

Source : Confederation

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