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NJCA Letter with Resolution dated 3.7.2018

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NJCA Letter with Resolution dated 3.7.2018

NJCA Letter with Resolution dated 3.7.2018

Resolution and Letter to Cabinet Secretary
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055

No.NJCA/2018

Dated: July 3, 2018

Dear Comrades,
The NJCA met today and took note of the inordinate delay in honouring the commitment made by the Government on 30th June, 2016 in respect of Minimum Wage, Fitment Formula, Scrapping the New Contributory Pension Scheme, Option No.1 to Pensioners, Outsourcing, Regularization of Contract/Casual Workers, JCM revival etc.

At the end of the deliberations it was decided to adopt a resolution and forward the same to the Government.

Copies of the Resolution and letter to the Cabinet Secretary are enclosed herewith, which are self-explanatory.

The NJCA will again meet on 18.08.2018 to finalize the future course of action in the matter of Indefinite Strike which was deferred on 06.07.2016.

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Letter to Cabinet Secretary

National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi – 110055

NO.NJCA/2018
Daled: July 3, 2018

Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Rashlrapali Bhawan Annexe,
New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

The NJCA of the organizations, participating in the JCM, met today and adopted the enclosed resolution.

The NJCA was extremely unhappy to nole that the government did not honour its commitment made to the leaders of the organizations when they metlhe Hon’ble Home Minister and Finance Minister in the presence of the then Railway Ministers on 30.06.2016 on the basis of which the Indefinite Strike which was to commence on 11 .07.2016 was deferred.

The reply 10 a question asked by Shri Neeraj Shekhar in the Upper House of the Parliamcnl(Rajya Sabha) given by Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Shri P. Radha Krishnan, on 06.03.201 B Minister, which is reproduced below, has further angered the Central Government employees.

“Question of Shri Neeraj Shekhar(1170)

(a) Whether Government Is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs.18,000/· to Rs.21,000/· and filment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among the Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC);
(b) If so, the details thereof and the date from which it would be implemented; and
(c) If not, the reasons for the callous attitude of Government towards Government Employees?”

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE (SHRI P RADHAKRISHNAN )

“(a),(b)&(c ) – The minimum Pay of Rs .18,000/- p.m. and filment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration”.

The NJCA has decided to meet again on 18.08.2018 10 consider the response, if any, from the government to this letter and to the enclosed resolution.

In case of the continuing negative attitude of the government, the NJCA will be left with no other alternative but to revive the decision of Indefinite Strike action, which was deferred on 06.07.2016 on the basis of the assurance given by the Group of Ministers on 30.06.2016.

Sincerely yours,
(Shiv. Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Resolution

National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi – 110055

RESOLUTION

The National JCA, which met today(03.07.20 18) at New Delhi as per the notice issued by the Convenor, after deliberations, came to the painful conclusion that the government had been unfortunately indulging in chicanery for the past two years by not honouring their commitment made to the NJCA leaders on 30.06.2016. The NJCA which was formed to pursue the demands and issues of the Central Government Employees especially those emanating from the recommendations made by the 7th CPC in the matter of Wage Revision, New Pension Scheme etc. had deferred the Indefinite Strike action, which was to commence from 11 .07.2016, on the solemn announcement held out by the Group of Ministers, consisting of the Hon’ble Home Minister, Finance Minister and the then Railway Ministers. The Govt had categorically stated that they should set up a High Power Committee to look into the matters concerning the upward revision of Minimum Wage Fitment Formula etc. with a direction to submit its report within four months. The NJCA had made reasoned submissions as to the fallacy of the computation of Minimum Wage made by the 7th CPC.

The meeting further noted that the report of the committee, set-up by the Government under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Pension, to look into the grievances of the employees and officers over the newly introduced Contributory Pension Scheme in place of the existing Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, has been kepi pending by the Government without taking any action whatsoever, thereby denying the benefit of Defined Benefit Of Pension to the employees recruited on or after 1.1 .2004.

The meeting also noted that, rejection of Option No.1, recommended by the 7th CPC, to the Pensioners on the specious ground that the said recommendation was not feasible to be implemented, was nothing but denial of legitimate parity between the past and present Pensioners.

The meeting noted with deep concern and anguish that the government has virtually closed down the doors of negotiation by not convening the meeting of the National council JCM lor the past 8 years.

The meeting in the above circumstances and given the totally nugatory attitude of the government has decided to revive the Indefinite Strike action, which was deferred on 30.06.2016, immediately and call upon the Central Government employees to prepare themselves for an otherwise inevitable show down. The meeting noted that the government had been dillydallying the issue for the past two years. The meeting desired that the government must immediately address the follollling issues and bring about negotiated settlement thereof without any further delay.

a) Upward Revision of Minimum Wage and Fitm ent Formula
b) Scrapping the New Contributory Pension Scheme.
c) Allow Option No.1 as one of the Pension Fitment Formula.

The meeting has directed the Convenor to bring to the notice of the Cabinet Secretary and through him the government lhe resentment and discontent of the employees and await their response up to 07.08.2018 and put into operation the deciSion to revive the decision of Indefinite Strike action immediately, thereafter, in case no negotiated settlement is brought about on the various demands included In the Charter of Demands .

(Shiva Gopal Miishra)
Source: Confederation
Convener

Dated: 3rd July, 2018

Source: Confederation

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7th Pay Commission: Personally pained as Government ignored genuine demands, says NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra

7th Pay Commission: Personally pained as Government ignored genuine demands, says NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra

NJCA had led a relentless campaign to seek upgradation of minimum salary to Rs 26,000, instead of Rs 18,000 proposed by 7th Central Pay Commission.

New Delhi, Jan 4: National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra once again lashed out at Centre for not paying heed to the demands of aggrieved central government employees. Mishra, who also heads the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), claimed that he is personally pained since the government has ignored the genuine demands raised on behalf of employee unions. Mishra listed two of the most genuine demands which he wanted Centre to fulfill: Upscaling of minimum salary to Rs 26,000 and enabling Old Pension System for employees hired on and after 1st January, 2014.
“In the recommendations of the 7th CPC both the demands were ignored,” Mishra said in his statement issued for AIRF. He further added, “held meetings with the Cabinet Secretary, Secretary(DoP&T), Secretary (Exp.) etc. of the Government of India, to extract maximum benefits for all of you, but up till now nothing fruitful has emerged,” he added.
Centre had constituted a High Level Committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the anomalies raised following the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The allowances of government employees, along with arrears would only be cleared after the committee submits is report. The allowances are likely to be rolled out following the Union Budget.
The report of 7th Pay Commission was notified by Union Government in July. Although the salaries have been hiked using 2.57 fitment factor. However, the hike in allowances were put on hold as employee unions had raised objections. The 7th Pay Commission report submitted by Justice (retd) AK Mathur subsumed 37 and abolished 51 out of the incumbent 196 allowances.
Apart from the National Council (Staff Side), Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers have launched a campaign against Centre, seeking fulfillment of 21-point-charter of demands. They have called for a nationwide strike on February 15.

 

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7th Pay Commission – Aggrieved CG Employees pin hope in meeting between Committee of Secretaries and NJAC on Sept 1

7th Pay Commission – Aggrieved CG Employees pin hope in meeting – The leading employee union, National Joint Council of Action, headed by Shiv Gopal Mishra, has been invited in the meeting

Committee of Secretaries will hold their second meeting regarding the resolution of anomalies in the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The meeting is scheduled on September 1.

The leading employee union, National Joint Council of Action, headed by Shiv Gopal Mishra, has been invited in the meeting. Aggrieved central government employees pin their hope in the outcome of the meeting. However, many among them have turned increasingly pessimistic, after reports floated earlier in the week stating that the government would not be increasing the minimum salary which has been fixed as Rs 18,000.

Shiv Gopal Mishra is expected to pitch the demands of the government employees before the high-powered committee. As of now, it is not clear whether government would pitch for a compromise with the union. However, the committee members are scheduled to hear the grievances of the employees as raised by the Unions.

One of the foremost demands raised by NJAC is that the government should use 3.68 fitment factor, instead of 2.57 in calculating the minimum salary, as well as the hike in allowances. The minimum salary of government employees as per 6th Pay Commission was Rs 7,000. This was increased by the Justice AK Mathur led panel to Rs 18,000, using the 2.57 fitment factor. If the 3.68 fitment factor would be applied, the entry-level pay would be hiked to Rs 26,000.

The 7th Pay Commission report prepared by Justice (Retd) AK Mathur had suggested the abolition of 51 out of the 194 existing allowances. A total of 27 allowances were subsumed.

Apart from the civilian employees, the armed forces have also marked their objection as the pay panel has refrained from incorporating their demand related to the creation of a uniform pay matrix.

The Defence Pay Matrix has only 24 pay levels, on the other hand, their bureaucratic counterparts enjoy 40 pay levels. Due to this, the armed forces personnel receive less opportunity of salary hikes. Their income gets stagnated at certain points, and even after retirement, they end up drawing Rs 20,000 less as pension, as compared to their civilian counterpart. Similarly, the demand to include Tier-II employees among beneficiaries in the technical allowance has not been paid heed.

The all-important meeting scheduled by the government comes a day before the pan-India strike called by several employee unions across organized sectors against the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.

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All Central Government Employees will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights – NJCA

All Central Government Employees will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights – NJCA

NJCA-CG-EMPLOYEES

“Government of India to think better than Rs.18,000 as Minimum Wage, change in the Fitment Formula and many other important heartburning aspects, like National Pension System (NPS) and to handover all such issues to the committees with a commitment to consider the same within a timeframe of four months. Considering positive attitude of the senior ministers of the Government of India, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) had decided to give another four months time to the government.”

“All the Central Government Employees were ready, already even today and will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights.”

NJCA
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi

No.AIRF/24(C)

Dated: July 15, 2016

Dear Friends!
On the call of the National Joint Council of Action(NJCA), on hopeless recommendations of VII CPC, scrapping of National Pension System (NPS) and other long pending genuine demands of the Central Government Employees, covering lakhs and lakhs of Railwaymen, Defence (Civilian) personnel, Postal employees, working in different Central Government offices throughout the country, unitedly not only participated and contributed regularly in agitational programmes of different stages of struggle but also succeeded to reflect such an environment in the entire length and breadth of the country well before the date of commencement of nationwide “Indefinite Strike” from 11th July, 2016; that compelled the Government of India to think better than Rs.18,000 as Minimum Wage, change in the Fitment Formula and many other important heartburning aspects, like National Pension System (NPS) and to handover all such issues to the committees with a commitment to consider the same within a timeframe of four months. Considering positive attitude of the senior ministers of the Government of India, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) had decided to give another four months time to the government.

I am fully aware that, our Central Government Employees and the youth with full sincerity and dedication had unitedly created an unprecedented environment throughout the country, enlightening all the fellowmen about our demands in support of “Indefinite Strike” continuously, for which they deserve to be thanked a lot.

Earlier too I had drawn your attention and warned to be aware of such elements who will confuse and mislead you by various baseless arguments and try to weaken and derail our united struggle.

I know that, such negative thinking persons neither would have participated in the strike nor moved shoulder to shoulder in the movement of struggle. Negative thoughts not only weaken the individual, but also malign mental attitude of the others. Certain such persons, pouring in forcefully their polluted views on others, only try to break the broader unity of the movement. After all, it is not a new phenomena, such elements were found in all the strikes of the past. But nowadays; propaganda scenario has changed. Earlier, social media – WhatsApp, Facebook etc. were not available, so, such elements were launching propanganda campaign in the Canteens, Pan shops etc. In the present era, instead of using social media, WhatsApp, Facebook etc, in positive way for uniting co-workers, such elements unsuccessfully attempt to break the unity with their contaminated thought, reflecting the fellowmen that they are the only genius and ever alert and real friends of them, but such individuals always deceived and show their back at the climax of the struggle.

I had earlier mentioned; to be very careful of such vindictive personalities who have destructive thought during the struggle, meant to secure their own rights. It is waste to have even least hope of any contribution in any struggle from such individuals who during agitation/strike try to side-away themselves by all means.

For complete preparation of strong background in any movement, struggle/strike, role of an individual unit, branch, division, zonal and national level, strong change can never be devaluated, and such an strong united movement at all levels leaders ultimately encourages to give a clarion call of struggle at the national level. National leadership has to take care of all even-odd circumstances, lead his attitude, patience and safety of their force. Deep contemplation yields of the movement for him to cause execution to implement various strategies and timelines for the fulfillment of the objective of the obligation to go beyond such a positive approach rather than criticism for decisions on the subtleties of the churning the movement extended to the middle of your peers and get validness struggling peace succeeds

I have full faith that, all the Central Government Employees were ready, already even today and will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights.

I again remind my colleagues to be aware and give befitting reply to those having negative thinking, and a strong movement only can go ahead.

I earnestly thank you all.

Comradely yours,
Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
NC/JCM & Convener

Source: Confederation

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Central has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration – NJCA

Central has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration – NJCALatest Update – NJCA has issued a statement on 01.07.2016

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi – 110055

No. NJCA/2016 Dated: July 1, 2016

Dear Comrade!

We are to inform you that the NJCA had a discussion with the Government of India yesterday, i.e.30.06.2016 over certain demands contained in our Charter of Demands. In the meeting, following ministers were present: –



Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minster

Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Railway Minister

Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS Railway

On behalf of the NJCA, the following participated in the discussion: –

Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convener NJCA (AIRF)

Shri M. Raghavaiah, Chairman NJCA (NFIR)

Shri K. K. N, Kutty Member NJCA (Confederation)

Shri C. Srikumar, Member NJCA (AIDEF)

The government has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration.

The NJCA will await communication in the regard from the government.

The NJCA will again meet on 6th July at 11:00 hrs., in JCM Office, 13-C, Feorzshah Road, New Delhi, for taking appropriate decision.

With Fraternal Greetings!

Sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Convener

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NJCA MEETING ON 25th JUNE, 2016 AT NEW DELHI

NJCA MEETING ON 25th JUNE, 2016 AT NEW DELHI

NJCA
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

No. NJCA/2016

Dated: June 20, 2016

To
All Constituents of the NJCA

Dear Comrades,

To review the situation and consider the developments and take appropriate decision, the National JCA will meet on 25th June 2016 at 11.30 hrs.in JCM Office, 13-c, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi.

 

You are requested to attend above cited meeting of the NJCA.

 

With Fraternal Greetings,
Comradely yours
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

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Observance of All India protest day on 19th November 2015 – NJCA

Observance of All India protest day on 19th November 2015 – NJCA

 

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055

No. NJCA/2015

November 10, 2015

All Members of NJCA

Sub:- Observance of All India protest day on 19th November 2015

Dear Comrade,
All of you may recall that the NJCA in its meeting held on 30th September 2015 in Delhi after considering the delay in submission of the report of the 7th CPC as also broadly taking stock the speculating and detail deliberations, unanimously decided to defer the proposed Indefinite General Strike of the Central Government Employees till next Budget Session and symmetrically it was also resolve to observe 19th November 2015 as Joint Nation wise protest day to all the country to press upon the Government of India to resolve the long pending legitimate demands of all the Government Employees.

All of you are therefore accordingly requested to take all necessary steps to jointly observe protest day on 19th November 2015. As per decision taken by the NJCA in the said meeting the member of the NJCA shall stage one day Dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on the said day.

Charter of Demands

1. Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.12014 accepting the memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.
2. No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services;
3. No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.
4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5. No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;
6. Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.
7. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
9. Remove the Bonus ceiling;
10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

Report of the protest may be forwarded to this office accordingly.

With best wishes for Diwali, Chat, Bhai Duj and Guru Parv.

Comradely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener

Source: Confederation

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NJCA to Organize Massive Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19.11.2015

NJCA to Organize Massive Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19.11.2015

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO ORGANIZE NATION WIDE CAMPAIGN AND PROTEST PROGRAMME AGAINST THE NEGATIVE ATTITUDE OF THE NDA GOVERNMENT TOWARDS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DEMANDS

2015 NOVEMBER 2nd TO 6th
INTENSIVE CAMPAIGN AMONG THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES BY ORGANIZING GENERAL BODY MEETINGS, CONVENTIONS, OFFICE TO OFFICE SQUAD WORK, DISTRIBUTION OF PHAMPLETS AND POSTERING

2015 NOVEMBER 6th
NATIONWIDE MASS DHARNA AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES

2015 NOVEMBER 19th
(a) MASSIVE DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI. ALL NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION LEADERS (RAILWAY, DEFENCE & CONFEDERATION) AND ALL STANDING COUNCIL MEMBER WILL SIT ON DHARNA.

(b) NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF ALL WORK SPOTS AND OFFICES.

Dear Comrades,

The National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation held at Hyderabad on 09th October 2015 while endorsing the decision of the National Joint Council of Action (Railway, Defence & Confederation) to organize massive protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19th November 2015 and also Nationwide Protest Demonstration in front of all works spot & offices, has decided to further intensify the protest action against the negative attitude of the NDA Government by organizing the following programmes: –

(1) 2015 November 2nd to 6th – Campaign Week.

(2) 2015 November 6th – Nationwide Mass Dharna at all Important centres.

The Campaign and Protest Dharna will be organized mainly on the following three issues: –
(1) Non Settlement of any of the legitimate demands raised by the JCM Staff Side, National Council by the NDA Government.

(2) Causing engineered delay by the Government in the submission of 7th CPC report by granting four months extension upto 31st December 2015, even when the Pay Commission was ready to submit its report within the stipulated time i.e. 28th August 2015.

(3) Unwarranted intervention of the Finance Ministry in the independent functioning of the Pay Commission by issuing a statement asking the 7th CPC to factor into its report the fiscal concern of the government and thereby to pressurize the commission not to recommend wage rise on the basis of a sound and scientific formulation.

All affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs are requested to implement the above campaign and protest programme throughout the country in a most befitting manner.

Yours fraternally,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source: Confederation

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Confederation publishes the outcome of the meeting of National Anomaly Committee and National JCA

Confederation publishes the outcome of the meeting of National Anomaly Committee and National JCA

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS

1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110 001
Website : www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
e-mail : confederationhq@gmail.com

President
K.K.N.Kutty
09811048303

Secretary General
M.Krishnan
09447068125

No.CONF/2015

Date : 12-06-2015

Dear Comrade,

As indicated in our last circular letter, the final meeting with the 7th CPC was held on 9.6.2015. Earlier on 8th afternoon, the Staff side had met separately to chalk out the course of negotiations. The National JCA also met on the same day. The National Anomaly Committee met on 9th June, 2015 at 3.00 pm under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (E) Department of Personnel at Room No. 72 North Block, New Delhi. We give hereunder a brief synopsis of the discussions at all the meetings.

1. Meeting with 7thCPC

The following Staff Side members were present at the Meeting:
Coms. M. Raghavaiah (Leader Staff Side – NFIR), Shiv Gopal Mishra (Secretary, Staff Side-AIRF), Com. Guman Singh, R.P. Bhatnagar and Com.Sharma (all from NFIR), Com. Rakhal Dasgupta, Com. J.R Bhosale (AIRF) Com. KKN Kutty, M.S. Raja and Com. M. Krishnan (from Confederation and NFPE) Com. Srikumar and Com. R.N. Pathak (from AIDEF) Com. Srinivasan and Com. Surjeet Singh ( From INDWF)

(a) Date of effect: The Chairman has made it clear that the Commission would recommend 1.1.2016 as the date of implementation of their recommendations. The Commission would finalise its report by end of August and would submit the same to the Government thereafter. They would adopt Dr. Aykroyd formula for the computation of the Minimum wage. To the specific query made by the Staff Side, the Commission said that they would factor the probable increase in the rate of retail prices of the commodities and would arrive at the minimum wage as on 1.1.2016. There had been no reply to the loss of wages to the employees due to the erosion of the real value of wages as there was no interim relief or benefit accrued from the merger of DA. These demands, therefore, stand rejected.

(b) Increase in the insurance coverage in cases of death in harness: The Staff Side recalled the assurance held out by the Commission earlier to have the actuarial assessed by an expert agency to accede to the demand of the staff side to increase the subscription and the insurance coverage. The Staff Side was of the opinion that their suggestion to share the subscription in the ratio of 3:7 was reasonable but in the absence of an expert study, the Government might not accept the same. The commission said that they would explore the possibility of such an assessment by the LIC before finalization of the report.

(c) Fitment formula. The Commission might accept the suggestion made by the Staff Side in respect of fitment formula with requisite change in the ratio on the basis of the quantum of minimum wage determined.

(d) Open ended pay scales: The Commission would recommend open ended pay scales as suggested by the Staff Side.

(e) In the matters of rate of increment, quantum of allowances etc, the Commission did not come out clearly of their thinking in the matter.

(f) Parity in pension entitlement of the past and present pensioners. The Commission is yet to make up its mind on the suggestion made by the staff side in the matter. They however said that almost all the Pensioners organizations which met the Commission had pleaded for this and the same is linked with the one rank one pension demand of the Armed forces personnel.

(g) MACP scheme: The difficulties and anomalies pointed out by the Staff Side and various other organizations have been taken note of by the Commission. The Commission assured to evolve a methodology to resolve the problem.

(h) Opposition to the induction of casual/daily rated workers and contractorisation. The Commission said that they were opposed to the unfair practice of exploitation of labour. For jobs which are of perennial and permanent character, regular workers must be recruited, the Commission added and that would obviate the need for outsourcing and contractorisation. Since most of the outsourced jobs do not require any academic qualification, the Commission was of the opinion that the revival of Group D cadre would help to address the issue. However, the Commission stated that if only the staff side sends in a communication in writing, the Commission would be able to make any recommendation in the matter. The Staff Side reiterated that they are totally opposed to outsourcing, induction of casual workers and contractorisation and the same has been made explicit in their memorandum.

(i) Parity in the pay scales between the personnel in the Central Sectt and those in the subordinate establishments.
The Commission stated that they have appreciated the stand taken by the Staff Side in the matter.
The Commission was non committal on other issues raised by the Staff Side members.

2. National Anomaly Committee meeting

The meeting was held at Room No. 72 North Block, under the Chairmanship of J.S(E) Department of Personnel and Training. In the initial remarks, the Staff side raised the following issues.

(a) Though the official side had promised to provide an action taken statement on all issues in the National Council, the same has not been supplied;

(b)No date for the National Council is indicated.

(c) No indication of the steps taken to convene the Departmental Councils. The official side had assured of the convening of the Departmental Council of the Ministry of Finance in the last meeting. However, the staff side has not been apprised of any date so far.

(d) Abnormal delay in replying to the references made to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Personnel from the Railways and other Ministries.

(e) The necessity to increase the ceiling limit of the rebate in Incometax for the allowances given to the Loco Pilots.

(f) Non-adherence to the GOI instructions by the Defence Ministry in certain matters.

The Official side stated that the Action taken Statement was almost ready but for certain comments from Certain departments. The same would be sent to the staff Side and another meeting held to discuss the course of action required on items where no agreement could be reached. The JS (per) stated that some of the references received from the Railways had been sent back to them for clarification before a final decision is taken. Regarding increase in the rebate ceiling under the Income tax Act, the matter would be referred to the revenue department and requested the staff side to appreciate that the same has to be considered in a wider perspective. Thereafter the agenda items, which had not been discussed even once were taken up.

(ii) Anomaly in the Pay Band and Grade Pay assigned to the Group B Officers of the Audit and Accounts, Incometax, , Central Excise and Customs and Postal Departments. (Agenda Item No. 1 and 8 taken together.) Despite agreeing that there existed an anomaly in the matter, the official side expressed their inability to proceed further in the matter as the Group B Gazetted Officers were beyond the ambit of the JCM scheme. However, they agreed that the Govt. would take up the issue specifically with the 7th CPC. Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra said that the Govt. must consider a JCM set up for the promote officers as their cases are not heard or discussed at any other forum. Com. Kutty said that the items were introduced as early as in 2009 and it was not correct on the part of the official sided to state that the same would be referred to the 7th CPC. Normally the Pay Commission would not entertain to consider the anomalies of the earlier Commissions. However, after some discussions, it was agreed that they would discuss the issue of audit & accounts scale (AAOs) separately after receiving a note from Staff Side and in respect of others, a note will be submitted to the 7thCPC.

(iii) Anomaly in the pay and Grade Pay of Data Processing Assistants Grade A.. The official side did not agree with the contention that the assigning of higher grade pay to certain categories of officers (7450-11500 and Grade Pay4600) was arbitrary. The Government, they added, had acted upon the recommendation of the 6th CPC. They also said that only in those cases where the pre-revised pay scales were in 6500-10500 such up-gradation had been made. In the case of DPA Grade A, they were in the pre revised scale of pay of Rs. 5500-9000.

(iv) Item No.3. Grant of Grade pay of Rs. 4200 to Lab Technicians. The official side said that the orders have been issued in the matter.

(v) Item No.4. Up-gradation of Pay Band and Grade pay of LDCs and UDCs.

The Staff Side made the following points in support of the item:

(a) The Grade pay of Rs. 1900 assigned to LDCs by the 6th CPC was without any logic and without appreciating the existing vertical relativity between Group D and LDCs and LDCs and UDCs.

(b) While creating the non functional grade in the grade pay of Rs. 4200 in the Central Secretariat, the Department of Personnel, which is the nodal department for all matters concerning the common categories, did not extend the benefit to the UDCs in the Subordinate offices.

(c) The Staff side also pointed out the Department while restructuring the cadre of stenographers in the Central Sectt. earlier, had extended the benefit to all Stenographers in the subordinate offices.

The official side stated that it was not possible for them to address the issue, whatever may be its justification in the background of the setting up of the 7th CPC. They however, assured to make a reference specifically to the Commission.

(vi) Item No.5. Senior Clerks in DMS to be assigned grade pay of Rs. 4200. The matter was stated to be sub-judice.

(vii) Item No. 6 and 12. – Removal of anomaly in the case of artisans staff of different departments & Master Craftsmen pay scale in MMS in Postal Department. The two agenda items being identical were take up together. The Staff side pointed out the glaring discrimination in the matter. They also stated that the number of employees involved is very small. On behalf of the Postal Department it was stated that the recruitment qualification in the Postal Department was VIII Standard and ITI whereas in other establishment, the academic qualification stipulated was X Standard. The Staff side contested the same pointing out that no person is entitled to be admitted to ITI without having X standard qualification. They pointed out that the merger of Artisan Grade I and Charge hand was the root cause of the problem. The official side took the stand that in any case the anomaly cannot be removed at this stage and have to wait till the 7th CPC recommendations are made.

(viii) Item No. 7. Parity in pay scales between the Central Sectt. and subordinate offices. The official side said that the up-gradation of the pay scale of Central Sectt. Assistants were on well found grounds. The Government had considered the repercussion of the said decision and therefore, the decision is not possible to be either reversed or extended to any other category of employees. They added that perhaps the 7th CPC before whom the matter is already agitated by the employees organizations of the subordinate offices might take a decision in the matter.

(ix) Item No. 9 and 10. Higher grade pay for Medical Assistants and Store keepers. The Defence Ministry was asked to submit a detailed note to the Ministry of Finance indicating the duties and responsibilities assigned as also the recruitment qualifications stipulated in the RR to enable them to reconsider the issue.

(x) Children Educational Allowance for any two children. The official side stated that the deviation made in identifying the eldest two children was consciously done taking into account the National Population policy and various other factors and is not likely to be changed. Regarding the claim for reimbursement of expenses incurred in the nursery class, as such institutions or classes are not linked to any Educational Boards, the official side said that they would look into the matter with a view to find a solution thereof.

National JCA meeting on 8th June

The National JCA which met at the Staff side office on 8th June, 2015 took note of the fact quite a few States are yet to hold the State level conventions. The meeting also noted that the strike decision taken on 28th April, 2015 has not been percolated down to the rank and file of the workers. The meeting wanted the affiliate to realize that the denial of the demand for wage revision to be effective from 1.1.2014 and the consequent denial of interim relief and the benefit of merger of DA with pay must be viewed very seriously as the said decision will have a far reaching consequence. The Government would not in future will discard the age old practice of grant of I.R. and merger of DA for ever. It has decided to appeal to all the affiliates to chalk out independent programmes of actions in the months to come and to carry out the same in all seriousness so that the employees become fully aware of the possible outcome of the 7thCPC . The Chairman and Convenor of the National JCA will get in touch with those States, where the programme has not been carried out. The meeting decided to convey to the members that the minimum wage computation, in the given situation would be on an imaginary basis. The National JCA was of the opinion that a meeting of all office bearers of the participating organizations must be convened at Delhi somewere in the month of July to chalk out the programmes of action to be pursued by theCGEs togher

It was informed at the house that both Defence and Railways would be taking their strike ballot and would be concluded in the first week of October. The meeting decided to advise the other units to chalk out progammes of action in July so that an ambience of struggle could be created. The NJCA also took note of the painful fact that despite assurances, Government was not convening the Departmental Councils and the JCM has been allowed to become defunct.

The National JCA in conclusion decided to appeal to all affiliates to take concrete steps to invigorate the joint movement of the Central Government employees and meet the challenge that is like to arise on receipt of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.by creating an atmosphere of Unity, and determination to carry out the call of indefinite strike action scheduled to commence on 23rd November, 2015..

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
sd/-
M.Krishnan
Secretary General

Source: Confederation Blog

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Outcome of NAC Meeting held today under chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(E), DoPT

Brief on the meeting of the NAC held today under the chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(E), DoP&T, Government of India

 

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

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National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
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No.AIRF/NAC

Dated: May 29, 2015

All Constituents of the
National Council(JCM)(Staff Side),

 

Dear Comrades,

 

Sub: Brief on the meeting of the NAC held today under the chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(E), DoP&T, Government of India

 

As per notification No.11/1/2015-JCA dated 12.05.2015 of the DoP&T(Government of India), meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of Jt. Secretary(Estt.), Jt. Secretary(Pers.) and officials from other establishments and Ministry of Railways were also present.

 

At the outset, Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, expressed anguish for communication gap and non-finalization of the issues raised by the Staff Side JCM at various levels, and that is the reason, the staff working in the Central Government is quite agitated.

 

He also mentioned that, when we met the Secretary, DoP&T, we were given assurance that very soon meeting of the NC/JCM would be held, but unfortunately could not.

 

NAC was formed seven years back, and up-till now whatsoever had been agreed, that is not implemented, and wherever disagreement, items have not been sent for arbitration.

 

Out of 60 items, only 48 were discussed, and most of them are under review, and there are 12 items which are still pending, require urgent meeting on pending items.

 

Leader, Staff Side, Shri M. Raghaviah also shown his anguish and demanded meetings more frequently. Shri K.K.N. Kutty, Shri Sri Kumar and other members of the Staff Side also expressed their anguish on inordinate delay.

 

The J.S.(E) assured that the meeting on the pending items would be held soon. On the insistence of the Secretary(Staff Side), she agreed for the meeting on the pending items in the afternoon of 9th June, 2015. She also agreed for giving status papers.

 

Agenda Items

 

Item No.1 – Review of MACP to GP of Rs.2000 where there is no such grade pay in Railways

Though the Official Side was not in the mood to make any change, but on the insistence of the Staff Side, they agreed to review the matter once again.

 

Item No.2 – Granting of Additional Pay to Loco & Traffic Running Staff

The Jt. Secretary(Pers.) asked the Railways to give some more logical arguments, so that they can reconsider the issue of Additional Pay to Loco Pilots and Guards of the Goods Trains.

 

Item No.3 – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme

The Official Side informed that, they have already sent a letter on 27.09.2012, that whatsoever benefit is available to the employees selected under LDCE and GDCE in the ACP, that will continue in the MACPS also. The item is closed.

 

Item No.4 – Grant of minimum entry pay meant for Direct Recruits to Promotees

There had been lots of arguments and when the Staff Side insisted that, in the JCM Scheme, once the items have been finalized and we reach to an agreement in the Standing Committee, there is no provision of referring back the issue to JCM again. The Secretary Staff Side told pointblank to the Official Side that we are not going to yield on this issue, and if the Official Side feels that the Hon’ble Finance Minister has some specific objection for implementing this issue where Promotee should get bottom of the grade where Direct Recruitment is available, we would like our meeting with Hon’ble Finance Minister. The Official Side agreed that they will put up the case to the competent authority to approach the Hon’ble Finance Minister once again.

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
NC/JCM & Convener

Source: Confederation

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NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DECLARES NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2015

MASSIVE AND IMPRESSIVE RALLY AND PARLIAMENT MARCH OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – 28.04.2015

NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DECLARES NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2015

PRESS STATEMENT

We send herewith a copy of the resolution adopted by the massive rally of the Central Government employees held today 28.4.2015 at Jantar Mantar. New Delhi declaring that if no settlement is brought about on the ten points charter of demands, the Central Government employees in all the De-departments of the Government of India will go on indefinite strike action from 23.11.2015.

The rally was held under the chairmanship of Shri M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra convenor of the NJCA conducted the proceedings. The resolution was moved by Com. K.K.N. Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, New Delhi. Besides, the Chairman and Convenor of the NJCA, the other who spoke at the rally include S/Shri Rakal Dasgupta, President, All India Railwaymen Federation, Guman Singh and Bhatnagar of the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, Shri M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, R.N. Parashar, Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, Shri D. Theagarjan, Federation of National Postal organisations, Shri Sreekumar and Pahak of All India Defence Employees Federation, Srinivasan of the Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, General Secretary, HMS and many others. It was decided that the Railway and Defence Federation will take the strike ballot in the month of October, 2015. More than a lakh of workers participated in the rally. The copies of the resolution were handed over to the honourable Speaker, Lok Sabha and the Honourable Prime Minister by a delegation of the National Joint Council of Action

We shall be grateful for favour of coverage of the decision in your esteemed daily/Newspaper /weekly.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Shiv Gopal Mishra
Convenor

NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD,
NEW DELHI

RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT THE MASSIVE RALLY AT JANTAR MANTAR (PARLIAMENT STREET) ON 28 APRIL 2015

The massive congregation of the representatives of Central Govt Employees who have come from various parts of the country held at Jantar Mantar before the Indian Parliament on 28-04-2015 decided to commence the indefinite strike action from 23rd November 2015 from 6 AM having failed to elicit any positive response from the Government in settlement of the 10 point Charter of Demands submitted months back. It was also decided that the Railways and Defence organizations will conduct the strike Ballot as per the provision of the Industrial Disputes Act and Recognition Rules before commencing the strike from 23-11-2015.

The massive gathering adopted the resolution unanimously exhorting the central Govt. Employees to prepare for the eventual strike action in all earnestness and make it a historic one.

The meeting congratulates the employees for forging exemplary unity and carrying out various programmes chalked out by the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) after the national convention on 11th December 2014. Even though the Govt. was compelled to set up the 7th CPC on account of the sanctions generated through the action programmes, Govt. has refused to grant Interim Relief and merger of DA and excluded the Gramin Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department from the ambit of the 7th CPC.

It is a matter of regret that in spite of public admission of non-privatisation of Indian Railways by Prime Minister of India and assurance of Minister of Railways on various occasions, including Parliament, Dr. Deb Roy Committee had submitted a report which is a clear roadmap for privatisation of IR.

The meeting noted that the Government has purposely ensured the closure of Joint Consultative Machinery, the negotiating forum set up in 1966 for Central Government Employees to discuss and bring about settlement of their demands.

The meeting chaired by Secretary (Personnel) on 25th February 2015 did not bring about settlement on any single issue of the Charter of Demands.

The meeting unanimously decided to demand before the Government to convene the meeting of National Council, JCM immediately and settle the following charter of demands, if at all it wants to avoid confrontation with its own employees.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS:

1. Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014, accepting the memorandum of the Staff Side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant Interim Relief and Merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report within the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include the Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

2. No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services.

3. No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

5. No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.

6. Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.

7. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9. Remove the ceiling on payment of Bonus.

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

The meeting authorized the National JCA to take appropriate and necessary steps needed to make the indefinite strike beginning from 23rd November 2015 an unprecedented and grand success.

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convenor
28.04.2015 National Joint Council of Action

Source: Confederation

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Protest to settle 10 Point Charter of Demands – Mass Demonstration at New Delhi on 28.04.2015

Mass Demonstration at New Delhi on 28.04.2015: National Joint Council of Action – Protest to settle 10 Point Charter of Demands

You are all aware that the constituents of the National Council (JCM) representing the employees in Railways, Defence, Postal, Income Tax, Audit Departments etc., have jointly conducted a convention at New Delhi on 11.12.2014 and adopted a joint declaration demanding the central government to settle the Ten Point Charter of demands also against the anti workers policies.

Subsequently, National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was formed at National level and Railway Federations have taken the responsibilities of forming Joint Council of Action at State level and District levels. Accordingly the employees were organised and conducted protest meetings demanding the Government of India to consider to settle the demands.

1. Effect wage revision of Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting the memorandum of the Staff Side JCM: ensure 5 year wage revision in future: grant Interim Relief and Merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

2. No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of Defence Ordnance Factories and Posta Services.

3. No Ban on recruitment / creating of posts.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

5. No outsourcing; Contractorisation, Privatisation of government functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;

6. Revive the JCM Functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.

7. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9. Remove the Bonus Ceiling.

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

Since, no response was reviewed from the Government of India to settle the demands, it was decided by the NJCA decided in its meeting to conduct a Mass Demonstration at New Delhi on 28.04.2015 at 09.00 Hrs by organising the Central Government Employees to participation in large numbers.

Source: INDWF
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