Sunday, August 30, 2015
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
National Federation of Postal Employees
Employees India Union, Gr-C
All India Postal Employees Union, Postman/MTS
All India Postal Employees Union-GDS (NFPE)
Keonjhar Divisional Branch, Keonjhargarh-758001
JOIN ONE DAY STRIKE ON 02-09-2015 & MAKE THE AGITATION A GRAND SUCCESS
No: JCA/2/2015 Dated
Dear Comrades and Colleagues
All Central Trade Unions and all Federations and Organizations of Central Government Employees and Employees of Central & State Public Sector undertakings have decided to organize one day All India Strike on 2nd September-2015. In view of the strike call, Central JCA has taken a unanimous decision to support the call and join the strike en-mass leaving behind ideological and other differences for the common interest of the entire Postal Employees.
Therefore, it is called upon all the Postal Employees both Departmental and GDS of Keonjhar Division to participate in the strike massively with rank and file to make it grand success.
The charter of demands is given overleaf.
All are requested to follow the under mentioned guidelines during strike period.
- Do not come under pressure of any higher authority and act as per the directives of JCA
- Do not open the office on the day of strike.
- Do not prepare Daily Account or maintain Account Book for the day of strike. The remark in red ink ‘Strike’ should be made in the Account Book against the date of strike
- At the time of need contact given phone numbers.
Unite to win ! Postal JCA zindabad !! Employees unity zindabad!!
With struggle greetings.
(D.K.Mohapatra) (S.C.Samal) (A.K.Mishra)
28t h August 2015
COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER STANDS
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.
General Secretary CITU
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION MAY RECOMMEND
PERMANENT PAY PANEL
The four-member Seventh Central Pay Commission
team headed by its Chairman Justice A K Mathur (second from right siting).
New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend the government to form a permanent pay panel to give recommendations to the government from time to time on issues pertaining to pay structure of central government employees.
The permanent pay panel would recommend regular salary hikes in keeping with the rate of inflation.
The formation of the permanent pay panel would help raise the salaries and allowances of central government officials and employees, an official of the pay panel said.
He added the permanent pay panel would recommend salary and allowance hikes in keeping with the rising inflation rate, which will be implemented by the government. “Then it will not be necessary to form a new commission during the next several years for central government employees.”
However, the Seventh Pay Commission got one month extension to submit its recommendations.
Accordingly it is expected to submit its report by the end of September. The time allotted for the commission ends this month.
The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, with a time frame of 18 months to make its recommendations
“There are some data points that are missing, which we hope to get by this month end. We are trying to submit the report by 20 September,” the official of the pay panel also said.
The government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore with the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, according to a statement tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 12.
The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, is likely to be implemented in April, next year.
Source : http://www.tkbsen.in/
Monday, August 24, 2015
REVISION OF FIXED MONETARY COMPENSATION (FMC) TO DELIVERY STAFF AND REMUNERATION TO OTHER STAFF Click here to view details
· D.G. Posts No. 10-7/2001-PE-II dated 14th August, 2015.
I am directed to refer to Directorate letters of even number dated 04.09.2002, 20.01.2003 and 24.11.2010 on the above mentioned subject.
2. The Department has revived a number of references from the staff Associations requesting for upward revision of Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) admissible to Postman Staff. A Committee of Senior Officers was constituted for looking into the issue and the report of the Committee has been examined carefully in consultation with Integrated Finance Wing and the Competent Authority has ordered enhancement of the Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) admissible to Postmen staff. The details are as under:
When one Postman performs duty of an absentee Postman by combination of duties.
Rs.50 per day
Rs. 94 per day
When two Postmen perform duty of an absentee Postman by sharing the beat.
Rs.24 per day
Rs.47 per day
3. The Competent Authority has also ordered fixation / revision of Holiday/Sunday Monetary Compensation payable to Postmen Staff and other Departmental Staff brought on duty on 2nd consecutive Holiday if three consecutive holidays occur or duty performed on Sunday as shown under:
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.282/- per day for full day duty.
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.29/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
If duty performed above 3 hours, the employee is eligible to claim for 3 hours pay only.
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.41/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
When duty performed on Holiday/Sunday
Rs.47/-per hour, subject to maximum of 3 hours
4. All other conditions for payment of Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC) issued vide OM No. 10-23/87-PE-I dated 21.12.1993 and delivery of Unregistered letters on Holidays issued under 9-25/92-C1 dated 10.09.92 will remain unchanged.
5. The expenditure on account of revision has to be met from the allocated funds of the units under the prescribed Head of Account.
6. These orders will take effect from the date of issue.
7. This issues in consultation with the Integrated Finance Wing vide their diary number 118/FA/2015/CS dated 14.08.2015.
Assistant Director General (Estt.)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The panel headed by A.K. Mathur is unlikely to recommend lowering of the retirement age or push for lateral entry and performance-based pay
|Finance minister Arun Jaitley. The Seventh Pay Commission was supposed to submit its report and recommendations to the finance ministry on 31 August. Photo: HT|
The commission, set up once in every 10 years to review pay, allowances and other benefits for central government employees, was appointed by the previous government on 28 February 2014 and was asked to submit its report in 18 months, which falls on 31 August.
“There are some data points that are missing, which we hope to get by this month end. We are trying to submit the report by 20 September,” an official of the commission said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Sixth Pay Commission had submitted its report a little ahead of its deadline on 24 March 2008. The revised pay scales were implemented retrospectively starting 1 January 2006, while recommendations relating to allowances were implemented prospectively.
The finance ministry apprehends that salary and pension expenditure will both rise by around 16% in 2016-17 as a result of the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendations. This may allow capital expenditure to grow by no more than 8% during the year, leaving little room to aggressively push for an infrastructure build-up.
“The Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will also be spanning out in this period. Thus, in the medium-term framework, the fiscal position will continue to be stressed,” the finance ministry said in the 2015-16 budget presented in February.
The official cited earlier said the Pay Commission report needs to be effective from 1 January 2016, or by April 2016 at the latest.
“It will be the government’s prerogative when to implement it. But beyond 1 January 2016, there will be arrears. But then, the government will be subject to criticism. Earlier, they had hidden behind Pay Commissions giving late reports,” he added.
However, the official said the commission is likely to maintain the status quo on the retirement age of central government employees, currently 60 years. “We are not going to either recommend lowering or raising the retirement age. If we lower the age limit, the pension burden will bust the government’s medium-term fiscal targets,” he added.
Asked whether government has sent any directives to the commission on the kind of hike it can afford, the official said the message it has got broadly is to keep the hikes low. “Merge the basic with dearness allowance, don’t stretch it beyond—that is the message. But that is a good message for the government to send. But there is no pressure otherwise. In fact, there is a lot of cooperation,” he said.
The official said merging basic pay with dearness allowance, which is mandatory, would itself mean a 155% rise for central government employees. “We have to decide how much to give above that. So, it will look good if you compare basic to basic,” he added.
On whether the commission will recommend performance-based pay bands, he said it will make some feasible recommendations, though he couldn’t guess if the government would accept them. The Sixth Pay Commission had also recommended performance-based pay revisions, but the government is yet to implement them.
“Eighty-eight percent of central government employees are industrial and non-industrial workers working with railways, post, paramilitary and army. So, performance-based pay revision is the wrong instrument for them. Biggest growth in government services is in paramilitary forces, where staffs in Central Reserve Police Force and Central Industrial Security Force have gone up by 75-80% in the last 10 years. By the time we have dealt with them, the bureaucracy is an afterthought. It does not affect anything,” he added.
D.K. Joshi, chief economist at rating agency Crisil Ltd, said the government is expected to be restrained in its pay hikes this time around, given the low inflation level and tepid growth momentum. “The last two Pay Commissions had significantly bumped up demand and fiscal deficit. But the government is unlikely to be populist this time. It has already showed restraint in the hike in minimum support prices for farmers,” he said.
However, Joshi said the Pay Commission will have a permanent income effect as well as a one-time impact through the payment of arrears, which will lead to increase in demand for consumer durables.
Source : http://www.livemint.com/
BOTH MODI GOVT AND RECOGNISED GDS UNION CHEATED THREE LAKHS GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
Seventh Pay Commission was appointed by Central Govt in the month of February 2014. Seventeen months are over and Chairman 7th CPC has told that he will submit the report to Govt by the end of August or September 2015. JCM Staff-side Organizations, NEPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) and NUGDS raised the demand for inclusion of GDS under the purview of 7th CPC. Postal Board referred the case twice to the Finance Ministry for approval, but rejected. Postal Joint Council of Action served indefinite strike notice from 2015 May 6th. Minister, Communications, called the PJCA leaders for discussion on 5th May and assured that the proposal for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC will be once again (third time) sent to Finance Ministry and he will personally intervene to get it approved by Govt. Based on the assurance of the Minister, the strike was deferred. Now, it is reported that Finance Ministry has again rejected the proposal and Postal Board is going ahead with the proposal to appoint a one-man committee headed by a retired Postal Board officer.
Meanwhile, the recognised GDS union of Mahadevaiah has signed an agreement with the Postal Board agreeing for appointment of a seperate committee for GDS. Thus Mahadevaiah has signed the death warrant of three lakhs GDS. As the recognised GDS union has agreed for seperate committee, now it has become easy for the Govt to appoint a one-man committee. Mahadevaiah is responsible for appointment of separate GDS committee.
NFPE and AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) are totally opposing the separate one-man committee. We want GDS to be included in 7th CPC itself. In 1977 itself Supreme has ruled that gds are civil servants. 4th central pc headed byCourt Pay Commission headed by the retired supreme Court Justice has also categorically stated that GDS are civil servants. Justice Charanjith Talwar Committee also made it clear in its report that GDS are holders of civil posts and are civil servants under Article 309 of the constitution. Then why Mahadevaiah’s recognised GDS union is joining hands with the Govt to cheat the GDS. Mahadevaiah has written to Govt that Postal Federations (NFPE & FNPO) should not be permitted to take up the GDS issues with the Govt and claims that he is the sole authority for GDS. Mahadevaiah’s recognised GDS union has miserably failed and is playing drama with the Govt to cheat the GDS.
The NDA Govt led by BJP has also cheated the Gramin Dak Sevaks. Inspite of our repeated demand Narendra Modi Govt is not ready to include the GDS under 7th CPC. We have no other go, but to fight out this gross injustice. We have requested the leadership of the Postal Joint Council of Action to revive the deferred indefinite strike action. All India conference of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) will be held at Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) on 19th and 20th September 2015. Leaders and delegates from all 22 Circles will be attending the AIC. We shall discuss the case in detail and will chalk out serious agitational programmes jointly with NFPE.
When both the recognised GDS Union and the Govt has cheated the GDS, only AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) can fight for the cause of GDS. Let us further strengthen our union and move forward for a decisive battle for justice.