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Minutes of the Meeting of the National Executive of Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers held at Bangalore on 09-12-2007

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
d) Pension
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.

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