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THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL COMRADES WHO CONTRIBUTED A LOT IN MAKING 2nd SEPTEMBER NATION WIDE STRIKE A GRAND SUCCESS.

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PRESS STATEMENT.

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CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.
First Floor, North Avenue Post Office,
New Delhi. 110 001.

Website: confederationchq.blogspot.com.

Dated: 2nd September, 2015.

PRESS STATEMENT
The initial report received at the Confederation CHQ indicates the participation of about 8.5 lakh Central Government employees in today’s general Strike action of the Indian working Class. Earlier endorsing the call of the Central trade Unions, the Confederation of CGE and workers had called upon the Central Government employees to take part in the one day strike to compel the Govt. to withdraw the anti-people and anti-worker neo-liberal policies pursued since 1991. The report states that the offices of the Postal, Income Tax Ground Water Board, Survey of India Geological Survey of India, , Indian Bureau of Mines. Offices of the Census Departments, ISRO, Atomic Energy, Medical Store Depots, Film Institute of India, Offices of the AGMARK, various other autonomous scientific and research institutions, etc remained closed for the whole day and the work completely paralysed. The strike also paralysed the functioning of various offices of the Indian Audit and Account Department, Printing and Stationary, Census, CPWD, Civil Accounts, Indian Standards Institute etc. Total civilian employees of various Defence Organisations and Defence Accounts Departments participated in the strike.   The strike in which lakhs of workers participated has cautioned the Government of the consequences of scrapping the various labour welfare legislations intended to please the Corporate houses.

The Central Government employees were particularly unhappy over the denial of the wage revision for the past 5 years, non grant of interim relief and merger of DA, the continued outsourcing and contractorisation of Governmental functions, denial of the Statutory defined benefit pension to the fresh appointees and above all the closure of the negotiating forum- JCM- since 2010. The Finance Minister’s statement in the Parliament while laying the Medium term Expenditure Framework Statement pegging the additional revenue expenses on account of salary, pension etc for the year 2016-17 at just 5% more than 2015-16 was indicative of the nugatory attitude of the Government towards its own employees’ genuine demand for wage revision. It has no doubt acted as a catalyst to the enthusiastic participation of the employees in the Strike action.

The Strike was total in Kerala, Tamilnadu. Maharashtra, Punjab ,Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chattisgrah, MP, Orissa, West Bengal Assam, North Eastern States w and 80 to 90% in other States.

The Confederation secretariat congratulates the employees and their leaders, who undertook intensive Campaign to make the strike such a grand success. The Confederation Secretariat while thanking all its members for their whole hearted participation in the Strike and making it an unprecedented success, places on record the gratitude and appreciation for the yeomen efforts of the various Central Government Pensioners organizations in supporting the strike action.

KKN. KUTTY
President,
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers



COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER STANDS.

Monday, 31 August 2015 0 comments


APPEAL

ALL POSTAL, RMS & GDS (NFPE) COMRADES ARE

 REQUESTED TO MAKE MAXIMUM EFFORTS TO MAKE

 THE ALL INDIA ONE DAY GENERAL STRIKES, 2ND

 SEPTEMBER, 2015 A HISTORIC SUCCESS.


LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

KEEP TEMPO HIGH

 (R.N. Parashar)
 General Secretary
  AIPEU Group-C


FLASH NEWS--COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER STANDS.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 0 comments


CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS REASSERT THE CALL FOR UNITED ACTION
MARCH AHEAD UNITEDLY, MAKE THE COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER A MASSIVE SUCCESS

After two rounds of discussion between the Group of Ministers and the central trade unions on the 12-point charter of demands of the trade unions held on 26th and 27th August 2015, the GoM headed by Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley sent an appeal through the press release dated 27-08-2015 (Press Information Bureau) after 10 pm urging upon the trade unions to reconsider the call for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015 claiming that the Govt has given concrete assurance to consider most of the demands  of the trade unions and that the trade unions agreed to consider the Govt’s proposals. Similar appeal was also made in the meeting of 27th August.  Both the claims of the Govt are totally incorrect.   

To put the facts straight, the joint platform of central trade unions have been pursuing with successive governments at the centre with their basic demands since 2009 and observed three rounds of countrywide general strike since 2010, the last being for two days in February 2013. In the two rounds of meeting between the CTUOs and the Group of Minister, nothing transpired in concrete terms except vague statements by the ministers on steps to be taken or being taken on some of the issues, that too not in the right direction.

The Govt’s press release mentioned, inter alia, certain issues in support of their unfounded claim.
1.    The Govt stated about “appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable” for all. But despite concrete pointers made by the trade unions that such formula should be what has already been unanimously  recommended by the 44th Indian Labour Conference in 2012 and again reiterated by 46th Indian Labour Conference in July 2015 in which the Govt of India is also a party,  the Ministers did not give any concrete commitment on the same. In fact said formulae recommended by 44th ILC in 2012 and reiterated by 46th ILC in July 2015, makes minimum wage around Rs 20000/- at 2014 price level and the Trade Unions demanded only Rs 15,000/. The Ministers’ vague formulation does not ensure even half of that. Is such a position worth consideration?    
2.    On contract workers, the Govt assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages. What is there to assure except spreading deliberate confusion?  Existing laws of the land lawfully ensures payment of minimum wages to contract workers. The Govt’s statement regarding “sector specific minimum wages for the contract workers” also does not make any sense. The trade unions demanded “same wages and other benefits as regular workers in the concerned industry/establishment to be paid to contract workers.” The 43rd Indian Labour Conference held in 2011 recommended the same and 46th ILC unanimously reiterated the same in 2015, in which, again, the present Govt is a party. How could they deny the unanimous recommendation of the highest tripartite forum in the country like Indian Labour Conference?
3.    The steps taken by the Govt on Labour Law amendments, are meticulously designed to throw out more than 70% of the workers on industries and other establishments from the purview and coverage of almost all basic labour laws and also to eliminate almost all components/provisions of rights and protections of the workers. This was supplemented by more aggressive steps already taken by a good number of state governments to already amend the labour laws in the similar lines. On this issue, the Govt stated only that they will hold tripartite consultation before taking such steps.  The trade unions demanded scrapping of such proposals by the central govt and also not to give assents (through President) to the unilateral amendments made by the state governments. Even in all the tripartite consultations held on some of the proposals of the Govt, the trade unions’ unanimous suggestions has been ignored by the Govt in favour of loud supportive applauds of the employers. Once these retrograde changes in labour laws totally dismantling the rights and protection measures for the workers and also throwing more that 70% of the workers out of the purview of labour laws are enacted, thereby rendering the almost entire working people a right-less entity in their workplace, what would ensure even payment of minimum wage and other social security benefits for them, even if those provisions are improved ?  Can any trade union, worth its name accept such a machination designed to impose conditions of virtual slavery on the working people ?
4.    Despite repeated insistence by all the trade unions, the Govt refused to concede to the demand for recognizing  the Scheme workers, viz., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, ASHA, Para-teachers and others as “worker” with attendant rights of statutory minimum wages and other benefits in gross violation of the unanimous recommendation of the 45th Indian Labour Conference in 2013, reiterated again by the 46th ILC  in 2015. These workers and all the schemes have been put to further crisis threatening their existance owing to drastic cut in budgetary allocations for those schemes. In such a situation, does the assurance of the Govt to “extend social security measures” and “working out ways” for the same carry any meaning?
5.    On bonus issue, the Govt has assured to revise the eligibility and calculation ceiling to Rs 21000/- and Rs 7000/- respectively from existing Rs 10000/- and Rs 3500/-. Trade Unions’ demand has been that since there is no ceiling on profit, all ceilings in the Payment of Bonus Act should be removed altogether. Trade unions also demanded substantial upward revision of the formula for gratuity calculation and remove the ceiling on gratuity payment. The Govt has negated the demands.
6.    On price rise situation, claim of the Govt that it has gone down does not match with ground reality in respect of commodities for daily necessities of the common people. The demands of the trade unions for putting a ban on speculation/forward trading in essential commodities and services along with universalisation of public distribution system throughout the country have been totally ignored.
7.    Trade Unions demanded stoppage of disinvestment in public sector undertakings playing crucial and supportive role in advancement of the national economy. Govt totally ignored the same, rather has been going on aggressively in disinvestment route  in all the major PSUs much to the detriment of the interest of the country’s economy.  On the demands for stoppage of further FDI in defence, railways and financial sector, the stance of the Govt is continuing to be a total denial. Rather, the Govt has been aggressively pursuing deregulation and privatization in strategic sectors like electricity, Port & Docks, Airports etc in a big way.

There are other issues as well, statement of Govt continued to be totally vague and their claim is unfounded. How can anybody, rather any trade union worth its name can consider above stands taken by the Govt on vital demands of the workers as a positive development and move out from the programme of united strike action ?

Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for reconsidering the decisions of the Central Trade Unions for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015. Rather, the situation demands that there should be no vascillation in carrying forward the call for general strike on 2nd September 2015 throughout the country in all sectors of the economy with firm determination.

The Central Trade Unions appeal to all working people irrespective of affiliations to make the call for countrywide general strike against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Govt a massive success.
                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                        Tapan Sen

                                                                                                                                                      General Secretary CITU

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AS PER THE CALL OF NFPE -DEPUTATION in front of DIVISIONAL OFFICE On 26-08-2015 Demanding :- Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters **** Implement cadre restructuring proposals in all cadres including Postal Accounts & MMS in Department of Posts **** Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres of Department (i.e., PA / SA / Postmen / Mail Guard / GDS Mailmen, Mailmen, MMS Drivers and other staff in MMS, PACO, SBCO, PO Accounts & Civil wing, ORGANISED SUCCESSFULLY BY THE DIVISIONAL MEMBERS. IN SPITE OF HUGE RAIN, COMRADES OF OUR DIVISION MADE IT A HUGE SUCCESS. RED SALUTE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS .

Thursday, 27 August 2015 0 comments




NFPE WRITES TO SECRETARY POSTS REGARDING FIXATION OF PAY OF RE EMPLOYED EX SERVICE MEN.

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No. PF-CL/2015                                                                Dated: 27th August, 2015

Ref: - DEPT.OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES&PENSION MEMO NO3/19/2009-ESTT [PAY] DTD.THE 5TH APRIL 2010.    
   
      This is regarding non implementation of DOPT orders on re-fixation of pay of re employed ex service men in our department. Even though nearly 5 years lapsed the above said orders were not implemented in our Department whereas the same are being implemented in about all other Central Govt. Departments including Railways, Income tax, all Nationalized Banks & PSU’s

      Further it was observed that in our Department also in U.P., BIHAR & DELHI Circles these orders are implemented. This clearly proves that the orders are very clear and needs no clarification. But unfortunately most circles wants clarifications which are not at all required.

      As such you are requested to issue instructions to implement the orders as early as possible so that the feelings of ex-servicemen that they are let down by the department will be removed from their minds.


An early action is requeste


NFPE WRITES TO THE SECRETARY POSTS.

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NON IMPLEMENTATION OF DG POST ORDERS REGARDING ENHANCEMENT OF WAGES OF   CASUAL LABOR- REG

No. PF-CL/2015                                                             Dated: 27th August, 2015
                          
 Ref- DG POST  LR. NO. 2-53/2011-PCC DT. 22-1-2015 &  1-5-  2015
             
          This is regarding non implementation of orders of Directorate regarding revision of wages of casual labor. Even though Directorate issued orders  in the month of January vide memo cited u/r  the same is not being implemented at lower level in some circles particularly, TAMILNADU, ANDHRA PRADESH,WEST BENGAL & MAHARASTRA .CIRCLES. The situation is that in AP, KARNATAKA & W.BENGAL circles in some divisions new wages were paid but arrears are not drawn on the plea of non availability of budget.

          Those circles are raising some hypothetical objections which are not related to the issue. Wages are to be paid to those who worked against post without any objection along with arrears.

          Even though it was clearly mentioned in the order to implement 50% DA merger also as per the orders dt. 31-5-2004, the same is totally ignored in almost all circles.

           As such you are requested to issue instructions, so that orders are implemented very soon uniformly throughout the Country very soon at least by 15th September 2015 by which all casual labor the low paid employees will be benefitted.

     REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF ORDERS ON STOPPAGE OF DEDUCTIONS FROM    TRCA OF GDS EMPLOYEES- REG

No. PF-CL/2015                                                                Dated: 27th August, 2015

  Ref- DG POST LR. NO. 18-3/2002-WELFARE& SPORTS DT. 19-9-2002

               This is regarding stoppage of recoveries of CO-OPERATIVE SOCITIES from GDS employees issued vide letter cited u/r issued stating that TRCA cannot be treated as pay.

                In this connection we would like to bring to the notice of Madam, that Appendix 29 of FHB VOL -1 says that “a member of a society providing that this employer shall deduct from his SALARY or WAGES such amount  as may be specified in the agreement and to pay the amount so deducted to the society”. This clearly envisages that the deduction can be made from SALARY or WAGES OF A MEMBER of the Society. It does not specify the PAY/TRCA or any other name. all payments of GDS are being paid from the head “ SALARY” only. As such even though the name is deferent payment is done from the same head from which regular employees are paid.

               Further it is to bring to your kind notice, that many changes taken place in the payments after 2002. GDS re allowed to have PLI, RPLI POLICIES and deductions are done from their salary every month. Number of advances are sanctioned to GDS and recovered from their TRCA every month. In addition any court attachments are also recovered from them.

                At present, as Department allowed as payment bank, it is a must to relax this condition. Now GDS are being benefited by getting loans immediately if required for education of their children. Marriages of their children etc from CO-OPERATIVE SOCITIES without any problem. This stoppage has removed this facility resulting in hard ship to GDS to get loans otherwise.

               In this changed scenario you are requested to reconsider the issue and they may be permitted to obtain loans from CO-OPERATIVE SOCITIES by allowing deductions from salary, so that they will b   e brought out of tensions and work with more vigor.

           We hope that, you will consider the issue positively.
           An early action is solicited.




PJCA CIRCULAR.

Friday, 14 August 2015 0 comments



POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION, GDS (NFPE)
NATIONAL UNION GDS


No.PF-PJCA/2015                                                                             Dated: 12th August, 2015

CIRCULAR
To
            All General Secretaries /All India Office Bearers
Circle Secretaries / Divisional and Branch Secretaries.
of NFPE, FNPO & GDS Unions.

Comrades,

            The Government of India , Ministry of Finance  has  again rejected  the demand of PJCA  for inclusion of  matters relating to  GDS  Wages  revision  and other service conditions in 7thCPC . During the meetings on PJCA  6th May, 2015  Strike Charter of Demands  Postal Board and Communication  Minister  has assured  that a strong  note  with strong recommendations will be  sent to  Finance Ministry for inclusion  of GDS  in 7th CPC . But unfortunately  it has been rejected  once again and it  shows  the thinking of  Government of India  towards  this most deprived  and exploited  section of  Postal Department . It has come to notice that Department has started action to form Bureaucratic Committee which requires to be protested strongly. Besides this the file of Cadre restructuring has been sent back by DOP&T for clarification on some points. Though we  were  assured by the Department  that all Cadre Restructuring  proposals  will be implemented  before 7th CPC.

            In all cadres of Postal Department, there is acute shortage and no appropriate action is being taken by the Postal Board to fill up the vacancies.

            Hence  being  aggrieved  we strongly  oppose all these moves of Government of India and  Department of Post, and to protest all these  things  the following  programme of action is declared for the below mentioned Demands: -

(i)     Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters.
(ii)    Implement cadre Restructuring proposals in all cadres including Postal Accounts and MMS in Department of Posts
(iii)   Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts(i.e. PA,SA, Postmen, Mail Guard, Mail Man, GDS Mail Man, MMS Driver & other staff in MMS, PA CO, PA SBCO , PO Accounts & Civil Wing  Staff)
   
PROGRAMMES -

1.      Observe protest day on 19th August 2015 by observing lunch hour demonstration in front of all Divisional, Regional and Circle offices.

2.   One Day Dharna on 26th August 2015 at all Divisional, Regional and Circle Offices.

3.   One Day Dharna by All India Leaders of PJCA (NFPE+FNPO+AIPEU GDS (NFPE) + NUGDS) in front of Dak Bhawan (Postal Directorate) New Delhi on 22nd September-2015)

            Postal JCA appeals entire  rank and file to make  all efforts to make all agitational  programmes  a grand success to give a  strong message  to Government of India  and Department of Posts  that if  our genuine  demands are not settled the Postal Employees  including GDS  will be compelled to go  on Indefinite Strike.

Yours Comradely,

                                                                                       
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                                     (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General                                                                                 Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                                     NFPE           
                                                                             
(P. Panduranga Rao)                                                                        (P.U. Muralidharan)
General Secretary                                                                                General Secretary
AIPEU GDS (NFPE)                                                                                        NUGDS

Copy to:
  
The Secretary Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001 for information and necessary action.

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STRIKE NOTICE FOR ONE DAY STRIKE ON 2NDSEPTEMBER 2015 SERVED TO THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF POSTS BY NFPE LEADERS ON 11.08.2015.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 0 comments

STRIKE NOTICE

 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION-GDS (NFPE)
1st FLOOR NORTH AVENUE POST OFFICE BUILDING
NEW DELHI-110 001

No.PF-JCA-12/2015                                                                    Dated:  11th ,August, 2015

To
The Director General
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001
NOTICE

Madam,

In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, we hereby notify that all the Postal/RMS/MMS/Administrative & Postal Accounts Employees and the Gramin Dak Sewaks will go on One Day Strike on 02nd September, 2015.

The Charter of Demands is enclosed herewith.

           
          (R.N. Parashar)                                                                           (R.N. Parashar)                       
     Secretary General                                                                             General Secretary                                  NFPE                                                                                         AIPEU Group-C
                                                                                             
     R. Seethalakshmi                                                                                Giriraj Singh    
     General Secretary                                                                            General Secretary
AIPEU Postmen, MTS/Group ‘D’                                            AIRMS & MMS EU Group ‘C’                                                                                                                                                                                            
              (P. Suresh)                                                                          Pranab Bhattacharjee
       General Secretary                                                                           General Secretary          
AIRMS & MMS EU MTS &Group ‘D’                                          AIPAOEU (Admin Union)                                                                                        

T. Satyanaryana                                                                                   Virendra Tewary            
General Secretary                                                                                 General Secretary          
AIPAEA (Postal Accounts)                                                                    AIPSBCOEA
                                                                                                                                                            
    S. A. Rahim                                                                                    P. Pandurangarao                       
General Secretary                                                                               General Secretary                    
AICWEA (Civil Wing)                                                                       AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) 


CHARTER OF DEMANDS
ANNEXURE – I
PART-I
1.    Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation 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 measure for violation for labour laws.
4.    Universal social security cover for all workers
5.    Minimum wages of not less than Rs. 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation.
6.    Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs. 3000/- P.M. for the entire working population.
7.    Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs.
8.    Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
9.    Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
10. Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting applications; and immediate ratification of ILO Convention C 87 and C 98.
11. Against Labour Law Amendments
12. Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.

PART-II
1.    Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.
2.    Implement Cadre restructuring proposal in all Cadres including MMS.
3.    Implement arbitration awards and revise OTA Rates.
4.    No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways, Defence Establishment and no corporatization of Postal services.
5.    No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts.
6.    Scrap PFRDA Act an re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
7.    No outsourcing, contractrisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.
8.    Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.
9.    Remove arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointment.
10. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
11. Remove the ceiling on payment on bonus
12. Ensure five promotions in the service career.


 
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