Saturday, 17 December 2016
AN OUTBURST OF RESENTMENT, ANGER AND PROTEST AGAINST THE TOTALLY NEGATIVE STAND OF THE NDA GOVERNMENT
INSPITE OF CANCELLATION AND DELAYED RUNNING OF SEVERAL TRAINS IN NORTH INDIA DUE TO HEAVY FOG AND THE HAVOC UNLEASHED BY THE CYCLONE IN TAMILNADU,
ONE DAY STRIKE ON 15TH FEBRUARY 2017
AGAINST THE BETRAYAL AND BREACH OF ASSURANCE BY THREE CABINET MINISTERS OF NDA GOVT. VIZ. SRI RAJNATH SINGH, HON’BLE HOME MINISTER, SRI. ARUN JAITLEY, HON'BLE FINANCE MINISTER AND SRI SURESH PRABHU, HON’BLE RAILWAY MINISTER.
DEMANDING IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF THE 21 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS SUBMITTED TO GOVT. (SEE CHARTER OF DEMANDS PUBLISHED BELOW).
A massive Parliament March was conducted on 15th December 2016, as per the decision of the Diamond Jubilee year National Conference of the Confederation held at Chennai in August 2016. Central Government employees from all over the states belonging to all affiliates of Confederation participated in the March and Rally. Autonomous bodies employees and pensioners, Central Government Pensioners etc. are also extended their support and solidarity by joining the rally.
Inspite of cancellation and delayed running of several trains in North India due to fog and also the havoc unleased by the Cyclone in Tamilnadu, participation of about 15000 employees in the Parliament March and Rally made it a resounding success. As decided by the National Secretariat One day Strike on 15th February 2017 was declared in the Rally.
The rally after the Parliament march was presided over by the National President of the Confederation Com. K. K. N. Kutty. Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, announced the decision to go on one day nation wide strike on 15th February 2017.
Com. Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary, CITU, Com. D. L. Sachdeva, National Secretary, AITUC, Com. C. Srikumar, Secretary General, All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF), Com. Pathak, President, AIDEF, Com. Amar Singh Yadav (JNU) Nand Kishore Gupta (Delhi University), Bahabuddin (Jamia University) Com. Sharma (IGNOU), Com. K. G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, BSNL-DOT Pensioners Association, Com. S. Mohan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Gazetted officers organisations, National Secretariat Members, Com. Narasimhan, Com. M. S. Raja, Com. R. N. Parahsar, Com. Usha Bonepalli, Com. A. K. Kanojia, Com. K. V. Jayaraj, Com. Giriraj Singh, Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee addressed the rally. Com. VAN Namboodri, Senior Leader of BSNLEU, all other National Secretariat members of Confederation, Leaders of Central Government Pensioners and Autonomous bodies Pensioners, and Autonomous bodies employees were also present in the dais. The rally condemned the authoritarian attitude of the NDA Government and also the breach of assurance given by Group of Ministers to NJCA Leaders and demanded immediate settlement of the 21 point charter of demands submitted by Confederation to Government.
The overwhelming participation of the employees in the Parliament March and rally and also the declaration of the one day nationwide strike will definitely have far-reaching implication among other sections of the Central Government employees. Further the Central Trade Unions had assured full support and solidarity to the proposed strike. All India state Government Employees Federation has also decided to extend full support by conducting countrywide demonstrations on 14th February 2016. Intensive campaign will be planned by the National Executive meeting of the Confederation on 16.12.2016. All the affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs are requested to start intensive campaign and preparations to make the 15th February 2016 strike a grand success.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6thJuly 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).
3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4. Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.
5. Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.
6. No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
7. Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8. Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
9. Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
10. Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11. Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.
12. Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13. Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14. Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15. Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16. Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17. Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.
18. Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19. Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
20. Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.
21. Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgement of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.