Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The Postal Joint Council of Action of NFPE and FNPO has endorsed the programme of action of the Confederation of CG Employees and called upon the Circle Secretaries and Divisional / Branch Unions of both the federations to implement the programme unitedly with other CG Employees on 3rd January and from 7th to 11th January 2008. The JCA Circular is being despatched to all Circle Secretaries and its copy is placed hereunder:
KVS General Secretary
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi – 110001
No. JCA / 2 / 2007 Dated 15th December 2007
POSTAL JCA CALL UPON TO LAUNCH
PROGRAMME OF ACTION
Dear Comrades / Colleagues,
The Postal Joint Council of Action of NFPE and FNPO notes with deep concern that the Government has taken a negative and unjustified stand to deny the benefit of increase in bonus ceiling for the CG Employees from 2500/- to 3500/- even after the amendment of Bonus Act by the Government.
The Postal JCA finds that despite our launching of a nationwide protest demonstrations last month and sending of telegrams / savingrams to Hon'ble Finance Minister as per the call of the Confederation of Central Government Employees, the Government has chosen to ignore the justified voice of the central government employees. The Staff Side has been told by the Secretary [Finance] that the Government has decided not to extend the above benefit to CG Employees. The Staff Side has sharply reacted and communicated that a show down would become inevitable if the Government don't come forward to settle the issue.
Similarly we could find that the Government has taken retrograde stand on many issues including lifting the 5% cap on compassionate appointments. The CGHS rates in cities except Delhi have been reduced arbitrarily by the Government causing denial of treatment to beneficiaries in specialist hospitals; 16 Arbitration Awards are yet to be accepted by the Government; and daily rated mazdoors are yet to be regularized.
The Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO has therefore decided to endorse and implement the following call of the Confederation of CG Employees with the addition of withdrawal of SLP on RRR Candidates, in a united manner to mobilize the entirety of the Postal Employees behind the Charter. The 5 point charter of demands is not directly related to 6 th Pay Commission and settlement is over due.
Charter of Demands:
2. Revising Bonus for 2006-07 on account of revision of ceiling;
3. Regularisation of daily rated workers;
4. Implementation of 16 Arbitration Awards;
1. Badge wearing and mobilization of employees on 03-01-2008;
3 . To take up the issues through a memorandum with all MPS by the C-O-Cs of the respective constituencies and by CG Employees Unions, where no C- O-C is in existence.
The Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO once again call upon the Circle / Divisional / Branch Secretaries of all Unions / Associations to make the above programme a grand success. We request the Circle Secretaries to circulate this call to their divisional and branch secretaries, directing them to conduct the programme of action unitedly by the unions / associations of both the Federations along with other CG Employees in their areas.
Let us March ahead to compel the Government to concede our just and legitimate demands.
Sd/- D.Theagarajan -----------------------Sd/- K.Ragavendran
Secretary General – FNPO -------------Secretary General - NFPE
Gist of discussions in the Standing Committee Meeting held on 14.12.2007:
The meeting of the Standing Committee of the JCM National Council was held today. Secretary (Personnel) presided. On behalf of the Confederation, Com. S.K.Vyas President and Com. KKN Kutty, Secretary General attended the meeting. All agenda items could not be discussed as the meeting had to be ended at 3.00 PM. The next meeting will take place within three months. Decisions taken on each of the agenda items discussed will be circulated shortly.
The following were the prominent issues that came up for discussion today:
(a) Bonus: Official side informed that the Cabinet had excluded the Central Govt. employees from the purview of the recent amendment to Bonus Act, whereby the ceiling limit for calculation of bonus had been raised from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3500. The Staff Side reacted sharply to this statement and informed the Secretary Personnel that they would be left with no alternative but to withdraw from the discussion forum and resort to action programmes if the Govt. persists with its untenable decision. The Secretary (Personnel) assured the Staff Side that he would convey their strong resentment over this issue to the Cabinet Secretary and will convey the Government's position. The Staff side has decided to meet in the first week of January, 2008 and consider the outcome of efforts of the Secretary Personnel in this regard and take appropriate decision.
(b) Interim Relief and the CPC Report: The Staff Side Secretary conveyed in his initial remarks that the employees are concerned over the delay in the submission of the report by the 6 th CPC due to the various references being made by the Govt. at the last minute. He also informed the Secretary Personnel that most of the Public Sector undertaking employees have been granted interim relief ranging from Rs. 20000 to Rs. 60000 while the Central Govt. employees are denied despite specific terms of reference to the 6 th CPC. He urged the Secretary Personnel to appreciate the injustice caused to the Central Govt. employees in this regard.
(c) Arbitrary reduction of CGHS rates for hospitalization and pathological tests in recognized hospitals. The Stand of the Health Ministry officials was that the rates had been revised on the basis of the tender and naturally the recognized hospitals were not entitled to object to it. The Staff Side pointed out that none of the recognized hospitals had entered into an MOU with the Govt. on the reduced rates and the beneficiaries are denied the treatment in all places. After some discussions it was decided that:
(i). the Health Ministry officials will interact with the CGE organizations in all Cites and towns where the scheme is in vogue and report as to which hospitals are providing treatment on the basis of the reduced rates and which of them were refusing to take corrective steps;
(ii). The calendar of such meetings pertaining to various CGHS centres would be prepared by the Health Ministry and would be submitted to the Secretary (Per) within 10 days.
(d) Arbitration awards: It was indicated that discussions on all items had been completed and the matter is being considered at the level of the Cabinet Secretary as to the next course of action.
(e) New Pension scheme: Both the Sides reiterated their position. The denial of family pension and other retirement benefits in respect of the employees recruited after 1.4.2004 and the remedial actions were stated to be under consideration of the Govt. In respect of those employees who were given the temporary status prior to 1.4.2004 and in whose cases, 50% of the services rendered as casual/contingent/daily rated workers are to be counted for the purpose of pension, the Secretary Pension informed the staff side that the question of treating them as having been recruited prior to 1.4. 2004 would be considered.
(f) Compassionate appointments: The Official side has gone back on their earlier assurance and has now stated that no further relaxation would be available in this regard further to what had been already announced. The Staff side contested the position taken by the Department of Personnel in the matter and reminded them of the promise held by the Cabinet Secretary when the issue was discussed with him as part of the strike charter. The continuing discrimination in the matter of compassionate appointment between the employees of the Railways and other Central Govt. employees was also brought home. After discussion, it was decided that the Joint Secretary (E) in the Department of Personnel will discuss the issue once again with the staff Side to prepare a note to the Cabinet Secretary incorporating the views of the staff side properly for his reconsideration.
(g) At the end of the meeting Staff Side Secretary enquired whether there was any proposal to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 to which the Secretary Personnel clarified that to the best of his knowledge and information that neither the Department of Personnel nor the Finance has officially mooted any such proposal.
Secretary General Confederation.
Members Present in the meeting
Com.S.K.Vyas, President, Com.T.Narasimhan, Vice President, Com.K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, Com.M.S.Raja, Secretary, Com.Duraipandian, Organisational Secretary, Com.Jayasheelan,AIFTEF, Com.R.Manimohan, AICEIA, Com.K.Ragavendran, NFPE., Com.N.Somaiah, Asstt.Secretary , Com.Y.G.Sundaram, CPWD Workers' Union, Chennai, Com.K.Selvaraj, Organising Secretary, Com.Manoj Kumar Sharma, SG., Ministerial Staff Survey of India, Com.T.D.Banerjee, Survey of India, Com.A.S.Rawat, AIA&AS, Com.V.Bhattacharjee , Astt. Secretary, Com.N.Venilaj, Kerala.
The National Executive Meeting of the Confederation was held at Incometax Office, CR Building, Bangalore on 09-12-2007 as indicated in the notice dated 06-11-2007. Participants in the meeting was welcomed by Com.Radhakrishna, General Secretary, C-o-C Karnataka. Com.S.K.Vyas, President presided over the meeting. The meeting observed two minutes silence to condole the sudden demise of Com.Ajoy Bhowmik, Ex-President and General Secretary of COC West Bengal State Committee. The house adopted a condolence resolution to pay homage to Com.Bhowmik.
The Decisions taken on agenda items subjected to discussion are as under:-
Item No.a) Review of the one day strike organized on 30-10-2007:
Com.Secretary General informed the house that the strike organized on 30-10-2007, under trying circumstances in the background of the Railways and Defence workers keeping away had elicited large scale participation of Central Govt. employees, as was reported in the Press communiqué issued by the Confederation Hqrs on 30-10-2007. He also stated that the joining of the AISGEF in organizing the strike unitedly had created a salutary impact in mobilizing the central Govt. employees and the joint convention and innumerable meetings held helped immensely to propagate the issues. All affiliated organizations and the C-o-Cs had telephonically filed the report on 30th itself to the Hqrs to enable it to issue the Press communiqué on the day of the strike itself. Com.Secretary General however, stated that written reports called for in a particular format were received only from a very few affiliates and C-o-Cs and the deficiency in this regard continue to persist, despite the promise made to the contrary in the last meeting of the National Executive. The reports received from the following affiliates were read out:
1. Income Tax Employees Federation;
2. All India Archeological Survey of India;
3. All India Customs Ministerial Staff Federation;
4. All India Customs Gr.D Officers Federation;
5. Govt. Medical Stores Depot Employees Union;
6. All India Civil Audit and Accounts Association;
7. All India Foreign Trade Employees Federation;
8. National Federation of Atomic Energy Commission Employees Assns;
9. All India Central Ground Water Board Employees Association.
Com.K.Raghavendran and Com.Manimohan personally presented to the house the details of the respective participation of Postal employees and Central Excise Inspectors in the one day strike on 30 th. Com.Brighu Bhattacharya, Secretary General, Civil Accounts Association placed the report on the strike to the house. Com.M.K.Sharma informed the house of the strike participation of Survey of India Employees. All of them assured to follow it up with a written report.
The house decided that the Head quarters should write to the affiliates once again requesting them to file a report on the strike participation in order to have a clear picture of the weaknesses manifested to take corrective steps as a sustained and prolonged industrial action will become inevitable in March next when the 6 th CPC makes over its report to the Govt. The Secretary General informed the house that reports were received only from the following C-o-Cs:
Andhra Pradesh; Madhya Pradesh; Western UP, Lucknow; Allahabad; Delhi; Puduchery and Tamil Nadu.
Though the other C-o-Cs had reported with details of the strike participation, written reports are yet to be filed. They will be reminded to send their reports.
The meeting came to the conclusion that the strike call had been well responded and the danger of losing pension has been well understood by the rank and file of the workers.
Agenda Item No.(b): Discussion on steps needed to remove weakness and difficulties :
Com.Secretary General reported to the house that he along with Com. President had met Com.Manna, Secretary General, CPWD Workers Union in a bid to explore the possibilities of the CPWD Union endorsing the call for one day strike. Com.Manna had explained the difficulties encountered by them in the background of the nugatory attitude of the Govt. in not recognizing the Union and the impasse created in the functioning of the JCM and various other problems created due to the proliferation of Union and disruption of the once united and strong movement of the CPWD workers. Com .Secretary General informed the house that Com.Manna had assured all possible cooperation in the given circumstances by the CPWD workers. He said that some of the branches of CPWD Union had in fact participated in the strike and hoped that more number of CPWD workers will participate in future struggles of the Confederation.
The meeting noted that although the All India CGHS Employees Union had not served the strike notice, some of its branches had participated. So was the case with the All India Passport employees Association. The meeting asked the President and Secretary General to discuss the matter with the leaders of these two organizations. It was reported that some of the Survey organisations had gone back on the decision to go on the strike, after serving the notice at the last moment. It was decided that Com.M.K.Sharma and Com.T.D.Banerjee will talk to the various organizations in Survey of India at Dehradun and arrange a meeting for an interaction with all of them by the President and Secretary General.
Agenda No(c): Pay Commission related issues:
It was noted by the house that the 6th CPC recommendations on the following are likely to be totally unsatisfactory:
a) Minimum Wage(especially in the back ground of the salary of the President having been fixed at Rs.1,00,000/-)
b) Rate of increment;
c) Date of effect
e) Health Scheme.
The house decided to undertake an intensive campaign to mobilize the employees for an inevitable and intensified and prolonged struggle in March next when the 6 th CPC comes out with its recommendations.
Agenda No.(d): Future Course of Action:
The house identified the following issues for an immediate mobilisation:
1. Compassionate Appointment
2. Revising Bonus for 2006-07 on account of revision of ceiling;
3. Regularisation of daily rated workers;
4. Arbitration Awards;
5. Reducing of CGHS rates for inpatients treatment and various pathological tests to cities other than Delhi arbitrarily by the Health Ministry.
1. Badge wearing and mobilization of employees on 03-01-2008;
2. Relay Dharna from 7th January to 10th Jan, 2008 followed by a March to Lt.General/Governors/Prime Minister on 11-01-2008 to present a memorandum
3. To take up the issues through a memorandum with all MPS by the C-O-Cs of the respective constituencies.
Agenda No (e): Organisational review – State C-o-Cs – extended NE with CoC Secretaries:
The extended meeting of the National Executive along with the State C-o-Cs Secretaries will be held at Mumbai in the 3 rd week of February. The house decided to move a resolution in the said meeting to make it mandatory for National Executive members to attend the National Executive meeting failure of which to result in the forfeiture of the elected posts. Com.M.S.Raja and Com.Jairaj will interact with the CoC Mumbai to make necessary arrangements for the meeting.
Agenda No (f) : Discussion on issues before Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate legislation:
The house set up a committee to prepare a memorandum to the Committee to be submitted by 28-02-2008. All National Executive members and affiliates and C-o-Cs will give the feedback to the committee on all rules made by the Government under Article 309 by 17-02-2008. The Committee will sit at Delhi on 25-02-2008 to finalise the memorandum. The committee is headed by Com.S.K.Vyas and will have the following members:
Com.S.K Vyas Chairman
Com. Vrighu Bhattacharjee
Concluding the meeting, Com.Secretary General thanked the Karnataka C-O-C and ITEF Karnataka & Goa Unit for making excellent arrangement for the conduct of the meeting at Bangalore. The meeting came to a close at 7.30 P.M.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The following important issues were discussed with all seriousness"
- Review of 30th October 2007 Strike performance by each affiliate and steps to remove the weaknesses.
- Pay Commission related tasks and the extended National Executive Meeting.
- Urgent issues including Bonus Ceiling on which immediate action programme is needed.
- Parliamentary Committee on subordinate items and our task.
The Executive noted that there has been a better performance by several affiliates and the strike was a very successfully organized in many states. This naturally provides a sense of enthusiasm and encouragement but at the same time the Executive decided to look into the weaknesses in some areas in order to strengthen our future struggles. Various steps have been decided upon in this regard.
The Executive noted that going by the trends as available today, there is every chance that the VI CPC submits its recommendations before March or February 2008 and that many negative recommendations could be submitted on our basic issues like Need based Minimum Wage, Date of Effect, Increment rate, DA Formula, Defined Benefit Pension, Medical Care etc. The Government may also take a negative stand on these issues even if the CPC is in favour of some of the issues. Therefore the Executive decided that these shall have to be met with our violent reactions through our united might for which we shall have to be prepared. The exact form of our struggle will be decided in the extended National Executive Meeting to be convened in Mumbai during middle of February 2008.
On Bonus Ceiling, Arbitration Awards, Compassionate Appointments, Minimum wages of irregular employees etc which are not directly connected to the outcome of VI CPC, it was decided to organize a programme after 14 th December JCM National Council Standing Committee Meeting. In the event of any negative stand by the Government in the Standing Committee the following programme of action shall be organized"
- On 3.1.2008: Badge Wearing by all workers.
- From 7.1.2008 to 10.1.2008: Relay Dharna all over the country.
- On 11.1.2008 March to Raj Bhawan in State Capitals to submit Memorandum.
- From 7.1.2008 to 11.1.2008 – Our Delegation of leaders shall meet the Parliament Members in all constituencies and submit our memorandum seeking their kind intervention with the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.
A sub-committee consisting of six comrades has been constituted by the Executive to finalise the issues to be submitted on behalf of the Confederation to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on subordinate items which has sought our suggestions under Article 309 of the Constitution. All Unions are requested to make their suggestions before 15 th February 2008 on necessary changes to be made and reasons thereof about the Service Rules, Conduct Rules and Recognition Rules with a view to democratize them in the interest of CG Employees and Workers.
The National EXecutive was followed by well organised seminars on privatisation of social security and health care that was inagurated by Comrade W.R.Varadarajan, All India Secretary of CITU and addressed by Comrades S.K.Vyas and K.K.N.Kutty the Chairman and Secretary General of Confederation respectively. A separate working women convention was also organised to mark the silver jubilee celeberations of C-O-C Karnataka Circle.
Thursday, December 6, 2007