Monday, June 19, 2017



FOR PERSONAL ATTENTION OF ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES/NFPE OFFICE BEARERS/ALL INDIA OFFICE BEARERS/CIRCLE SECRETARIES/DIVISIONAL & BRANCH SECRETARIES OF NFPE UNIONS
MAKE THE ALL PHASED AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES AS MENTIONED BELOW A GRAND SUCCESS FOR SETTLEMENT OF 10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS
AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME
Phase- I           – Mass Dharna in front of all Divisional offices.
Date -              -  20.06.2017
Phase – II        - Mass Dharna in front of all Circle/Regional offices.
Date –             - 12.07.2017
Phase – III       - Mass dharna in front of Postal Directorate, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
Date –                         - 26.07.2017
Phase IV          - One day nationwide strike on 23.08.2017 (Formal notice of the strike will be served later.)
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1.    Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, Drivers and Artisans in MMS,MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.
2.    Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS committee Report. Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS.
3.    Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification.
4.    Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.
5.    Payment of Revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th& 7th CPC and settle other issues of casual labourers.
6.    Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.
7.    Implement Cadre Restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.
8.    Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.
9.    Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.
10.  Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal department.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Latest Update On Allowances (Including HRA)

7th Pay Commission: Latest Update On Allowances (Including HRA)


7th pay commission recommends HRA payment at 24%, 16% and 8% of new basic pay (Representational image)


The Empowered Committee of Secretaries has finalised 7th pay commission-related allowances (including HRA or house rent allowance) proposals for consideration of the Union Cabinet, a senior employee union leader told NDTV, citing sources. The Cabinet did not take up the 7th pay commission allowances in today's meeting as it was not part of the agenda, sources told NDTV. The union leader expects the Cabinet to take up the matter soon. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries met on June 1 to screen the report on 7th pay commission allowances (including HRA) to prepare proposals for consideration by the government, the union leader said.

The Ashok Lavasa committee, which examined the 7th pay commission's recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance minister on April 27. The committee was headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and had Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, and Post, and Chairman, Railway Board, as Members, and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as Member Secretary.

The Lavasa committee has suggested some modifications in some allowances that are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories, the finance ministry said in a statement. The ministry said that an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will screen the allowance committee report on 7th pay commission recommendations. The empowered committee will then firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet.

The 7th pay commission had recommended that house rent allowance be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th pay commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA or dearness allowance crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when it crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

The 7th pay commission had recommended that of a total of 196 allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance.

The Cabinet had earlier approved modification in recommendations of the 7th pay commission relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on recommendations of a high-level panel. The decision will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001

 


CIRCULAR
Ref:  PF-12/Agitation/2017                                    Dated – 06.06.2017

To,
            All General Secretaries/NFPE office bearers
            All circle/Divisional & Branch Secretaries

Dear Comrades,

As you are aware that for the last two years so many burning issues related to Postal, RMS and GDS employees are lying unsettled at the level of Directorate. We have discussed these issues several times with Secretary, Post and other higher officers of the Department in formal and informal meetings, but we are highly regretted to inform that there is no improvement in any matter.

NFPE Federal Executive Meeting held on 12.05.2017 has reviewed the whole situation in detail and after threadbare discussion, the following agitational programme has been decided for the below mentioned 10 points charter of Demand.

As per decision of Federal Executive we wanted to launch this agitational programme under banner of PJCA. We tried our best to convince the FNPO leadership to join but they are not agreed. So we have decided to launch the programme under banner of NFPE.

AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME
Phase- I           – Mass Dharna in front of all Divisional offices.
Date -              -  20.06.2017

Phase – II        - Mass Dharna in front of all Circle/Regional offices.
Date –             - 12.07.2017

Phase – III       - Mass dharna in front of Postal Directorate, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
Date –                         - 26.07.2017

Phase IV          - One day nationwide strike on 23.08.2017 (Formal notice of the strike will be served later.)

CHARTER OF DEMANDS:
1.      Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, Drivers and Artisans in MMS,MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.
2.      Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS committee Report. Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS.
3.      Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification.
4.      Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.
5.      Payment of Revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th& 7th CPC and settle other issues of casual labourers.
6.      Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.
7.      Implement Cadre Restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.
8.      Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.
9.      Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.
10.  Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal department.

NPS CONVENTION
A convention on New Pension Scheme is going to be held at Shah Auditorium Civil Lines New Delhi on 10th June – 2017 jointly under banner of Confederation & All India State Govt. Employees Federation. NFPE has allotted quota to all wings. All are requested to ensure cent percent participation in the convention.

GDS – MARCH TO COMMUNICATION MINISTER’S OFFICE
AIPEU Union – GDS has decided to organize GDS-March to communication Minister’s office – Sanchar Bhawan – New Delhi 27th July 2017. All Circle, Divisional and Branch Secretaries of NFPE Unions are requested to mobilize maximum no. of GDS in March and more employees should take past from nearby circles and Divisions to Delhi. All leadership of NFPE union should also take part in the march.

CASUAL LABOURER UNIONS PROGRAMMES
All India Postal, Casual, Part-time, Contingent workers Federation has decided the following programme of action.
1. Indefinite hunger fast in front of Chief PMG office Chennai from 27th June 2017.
2. All India Workshop on 13th August 2017 (Venue will be intimated later).
3. Massive Dharna in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 14th August 2017.

NFPE appeals to entire leadership to extend maximum co-operation and help to make the programmes of casual labourers union a grand success.

Comrades,
            The administration is in deep slumber. We have to awake them by giving alarming bell by organizing all these programmes in a very successful manner. As NFPE we have to prove our strength.
            We as NFPE appeal to the entire rank and file to make every programme a grand success. We will chalk out campaign programme of All India leaders very soon.
            All Circle, Divisional and Branch Secretaries are requested to Circulate the Charter of demands and agitational programme among all members after translating in regional languages.
            Circle leaders should also chalk out campaign programme in their respective circles.

Unity for struggle and struggle for unity.

With revolutionary greetings,

Yours comradely,


(R. N. Parashar)

Secretary General

 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001

No. PF-12/2017                                                       Dated :    05th  June, 2017



To,

            Shri A. N. Nanda,

            Secretary,

            Department of Posts,

            Dak Bhawan,

            New Delhi – 110001



Sub: -  Inordinate delay in settlement of the long pending problems faced by the Postal and RMS employees.

Sir,



            For the last two years we have brought the following burning issues of the Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual Labourers to the notice of the Directorate for amicable settlement. We have also discussed these cases several times with the administration in the formal meetings and informal meetings. Every time, it was assured that immediate action will be taken for early settlement of the issues raised by us. But we are sorry to state that other than repeated assurances, the things have not moved an inch forward and even now the situation is the same. As a result, most of the important issues raised by us remain unsettled and day-by-day more issues are getting accumulated. Employees at the lower level are the worst victims of this situation and their anger and discontentment is growing day-by-day. Unless immediate remedial measures are not taken to settle the issues in a time-bound manner through negotiation, the situation may go from bad to worse.



The following are the issues pending settlement at Directorate level.

1.      Filling up of all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mailguard, Mailmen, Drivers and Artisans in MMS,MTS, PACO, PASBCO, Postal Accounts and GDS.

2.      Implementation of positive recommendations of GDS committee Report. Grant of Civil Servant status to GDS.

3.      Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular employees membership verification.

4.      Stop all types of harassment and victimization in the name of new schemes and technology induction and under contributory negligence factor and Trade Union victimization.

5.      Payment of Revised wages and arrears to the casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th& 7th CPC and settle other issues of casual labourers.

6.      Stop Privatization, Contractorization and outsourcing.

7.      Implement cadre Restructuring for leftout categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO, Postmaster Cadre Postal Accounts etc. and accept the modifications suggested by Federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.

8.      Provision of CGHS facilities to Postal Pensioners also as recommended by 7th CPC.

9.      Withdraw NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme). Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.

10.  Implement five days week working for operative staff in the Postal department.



            As a responsible organisation, we have been extending full support and cooperation to the administration, in running the department in a most efficient manner and also for induction of high technology and increasing the revenue and productivity. But we regret to note that it has become a one-sided affair and the top level administration has failed to reciprocate the positive attitude shown by the employees.



            The Federal Executive meeting of National Federation of Postal Employees which met at New Delhi on 12.05.2017 has viewed with grave concern the situation prevailing in the Department of Posts. The meeting has come to the inescapable conclusion that we can no longer be taken for granted by the administration, if the genuine and legitimate demands of the employees are not settled in a time bound manner through negotiations. The Federal Executive meeting further decided to organize following phased programme of action culminating in strike, for realization of the demands mentioned above.



Phase- I           – Mass Dharna in front of all Divisional offices.

Date -              -  20.06.2017



Phase – II        - Mass Dharna in front of all Circle/Regional offices.

Date –             - 12.07.2017



Phase – III       - Mass dharna in front of Postal Directorate, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

Date –                         - 26.07.2017



Phase IV          - One day nationwide strike on 23.08.2017 (Formal notice of the strike will be served later.)



            We once again like to make it clear that we want to avoid a confrontation with the Administration and earnestly hope that the Secretary, Department of Posts, shall come forward for a negotiated settlement. On the other hand, we will be left with no alternative, but to go ahead with our agitational programmes as mentioned above.



Awaiting positive response,



Yours faithfully,



(R. N. Parashar)

Secretary General





CIRCULAR DATED 24.05.2017
INTENSIFY STRUGGLE AGAINST NPS
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
AND
ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
JOINTLY ORGANIZE
NATIONAL CONVENTION ON NPS
ON 10th June 2017 Saturday


Time – 2 PM to 6 PM
Venue:   MPCU SHAH AUDITORIUM, CLUB ROAD, LUDLOW CASTLE, CIVIL LINES, DELHI – 110054 (Near Civil Lines Metro Station)

About 1000 delegates from all affiliates/states will participate.
As per the decision of the joint meeting of Confederation and AISGEF, it is decided to organize a National Convention on NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) at New Delhi on 10th June 2017 at MPCU Shah Auditorium from 2 PM to 6 PM. The main intention of the National Convention is to intensify the struggle against the NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) and also against large scale outsourcing of Government functions. Eventhough initially the convention is organized by Confederation and AISGEF only, many other like-minded organisations in many public sector undertakings like Banks, Insurance, BSNL, Pensioners organisations etc. shall join the struggle in future and efforts are on to make it a bigger platform and biggest movement against the NPS and outsourcing which are imposed as a part of policy offensives of those Governments implementing neo-liberal reforms.


Out of 1000 delegates AISGEF will mobilise 650 and Confederation 350. All affiliates organisations and C-O-Cs of Confederation shall mobilise delegates from all states. Major organisations shall mobilise maximum (NFPE – 100, ITEF-50, Audit-20, Civil Accounts-20, Atomic Energy-10, Ground Water Board-20, others – 5 each, C-O-Cs-Delhi – 50 others – 5 each). Please start the mobilization and campaigning now onwards to ensure participation of delegates as per the above quota from all organisation and also from all states.


Detailed future course of programme of action will be announced in the Resolution to be adopted in the National Convention. As almost 40 to 50% of the Central an State Government employees comes under the purview of NPS, efforts may be made to reach out to all those younger generation employees and to ensure their full participation in the struggle programmes to be announced by the National Convention.
NEXT PHASE OF STRUGGLE PROGRAMME ON 21 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION
HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS
IN FRONT OF ALL MAJOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY


(During lunch hour or any convenient time to be decided locally)
ON 22nd JUNE 2017, THURSDAY
As already reported the entire Central Government employees and pensioners are very much aggrieved and agitated over the totally indifferent and negative attitude of the NDA Government against their genuine and legitimate demands. Their anger and protest was visible in the 16thMarch 2017 one day strike and also in the mass dharna organized in front of Finance Minister’s office and other state/District Centres on 23.05.2017. As the dominant organisations in the NJCA and also JCM National Council Staff Side are not ready for reviving the deferred indefinite strike, the entire employees and pensioners including Autonomous body employees and Pensioners are looking at Confederation as the only organisation of hope which is sincere to their cause.


As the next phase of our agitation, Confederation National Secretariat has decided to organize HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS ON 22.06.2017, Thursday, in front of all major Central Government offices at all major Centres. The time can be either lunch hour on any other convenient time fixed locally. Leaders of all fraternal organisations who are supporting our cause may also be invited to be a part of the human chain.

Maximum participation of employees and pensioners may be ensured in the programme. The draft pledge (Oath) to be taken by the participants of the human chain (which may be announced by one leader through sound amplifier and repeated by all participants) will be exhibited in the Confederation website shortly. The same may be translated to local language and printed copies distributed to all participants of the human chain. Big and long banners are to be exhibited in front of the human chain with name of Confederation and demands prominently written on it. If possible a meeting of all participants may be arranged after the pledge (after the human chain) and leaders may address such meetings. Maximum publicity should be given through print and electronic media and also social media.
 

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob &Whatsapp – 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Arrears on higher allowances soon says government

7th Pay Commission: Arrears on higher allowances soon says government


The government has assured that the demand for the arrears on higher allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission would be met soon. The assurance was given by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha after a meeting with the National Joint Council of Action or NJCA the consolidated body of employee unions.

The NJCA which has been leading the negotiations relating to the 7th Pay Commission met with Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and reiterated the demand of arrears on higher allowances from January 2016 onwards. The body also demanded the implementation of the report by the Committee on Allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.

Demands will be met soon


The report was submitted to the finance ministry. It is still under examination. The Cabinet Secretary during the meeting assured that the same would be implemented soon. The concerns would be considered and it may take some time. The report is currently ebing examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by P K Siinha.

What are the demands?

During the meeting the NJAC spoke about the arrears and said that the employees should be given the amount pending from January 2016 onwards. Further they also demanded that the government resolve the anomalies related to the minimum wages, fitment factor and family pension under the 7th Pay Commission. A demand for upgradation of the fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.16 for minimum wage revision was also made. However this is negotiable they said.


Modifications suggested

There are a few modifications that have been suggested in some allownaces applicable to all central government employees and other allowances which are applicable to specific employee categories. The 7th Pay Commission had suggested the abolition of 52 out of the 196 existing allowances, apart from subsuming 36 smaller allowances. Further it had also reduced the HRA from the existing 10, 20 and 30 per cent to 8, 24 and 16 respectively.
CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING OF AIPEU GDS UNION AT TRIVANDRUM ON 05.05.2017

             The 3rd Central Working Committee meeting of AIPEU-GDS (CHQ) was held on 05th May 2017 in Bank Employees Union hall, Trivandrum. The meeting presided by Com. Bijoy Gopal Sur, All India President and Com.P. Muralidharan, Chairman, CoC, Kerala made welcome speech.

            Com.R.N.Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE inaugurated the CWC meeting and Com.Giriraj singh, Genl Secretary, R-III, Com.R.Seethalakshmi, Genl, Secretary, P-4. Com.P.Suresh, Genl Secretay, R-IV also attended and addressed.

            Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation spoken elaborately on the organizational issues of AIPEU-GDS and the analysis of recommendations of the GDS Committee. 
            The CWC meeting concluded with the unanimous resolutions on demanding the Department & Govt to implement all the positive recommendations of Shri Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report at the earliest and immediate issuance of notification to conduct membership verification in GDS cadre.


            The arrangements made by the Reception Committee for holding the CWC meeting and for the participants, invitees deserves all appreciation. CHQ conveyed heartfelt thanks to the comrades of Kerala for their support and cooperation to AIPEU-GDS.