Founded on 15th April 1923; revitalised under the leadership of the then Secretary General Com EX Jospeh in 1957, faced innumberable onslaughts by the bureaucracy of Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG of India; fought disruptions patronised by CAG many a time; champions the cause of audit and accounts employees, the Central Government employees and workers and toiling masses.
Reference: AIA/Circular-10/2016 Dated: 26th April 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
Hope that all the Units will be in the
education-cum-mobilisation mode vis-à-vis the retrograde recommendations of the
7 CPC and the impending indefinite strike from 11th July 2016.
As reported earlier, the process of
revised recruitment rules for Auditor/Accountant and Senior Auditor/Accountant
is in the final stages.
The revised Recruitment Rule for
Auditor/Accountant envisages the filling up of the posts of Auditor/Accountant through
promotion of DEOs on completion of 3 years of service (there will no direct
recruitment in the Auditor/Accountant cadre).
The revised Recruitment Rule for SA
envisages 75% of the posts of SA to be filled up through direct recruitment of
Graduates and the rest – i.e. 25% of posts - through promotion of
Auditor/Accountant on completion of 6 years.
(The draft Rules for both the cadres
– and also of other cadres - were notified in the CAG’s web site in the month
of January/February 2016).
The Recruitment Rule for SA is
slightly delayed for two reasons –
1. The insistence of DOPT that the
cooling period for Auditor/Accountant to be eligible for promotion as SA has to
be six years as in the Model Recruitment Rule notified by the DOPT (while it is
3 years presently). The Department is pursuing the matter.
2. The status of the present
Auditor/Accountant – immediately after the notification of the Rules the
recruitment of fresh Graduates would be to the cadre of SA in PB2 with GP 4200.
The seniors who are recruited earlier would be in PB1 with GP 2800.
The Secretary General had a
discussion with the administration on this issue and proposed that the existing
Auditor/Accountant may please be promoted, as a one-time measure, as SA
immediately on promulgation of the revised Recruitment Rules for SA. We are
informed that the CAG administration has moved the proposal to DOPT. This will
ensure that present day Auditor/Accountant would not lose out in the aftermath
of notification of revised Recruitment Rules, rather they would gain.
Once these two issues are sorted out
– which is expected very shortly – the revised Recruitment Rules SA and
Auditor/Accountant would be simultaneously notified.
has been persistently pursuing the issue – to ensure that
1. The DEOs – who as per the extant
rules are only eligible to become Console operator or AAO – will be integrated
with the mainstream cadres and get promotion as Auditor/Accountant and then SA
2. The status of SA would be at par
with that of Assistants in CSS with regard to recruitment and Qualification
thus enhancing our claim for parity in pay scale.
Further, instead of present 80% of
the cadre of Auditor/
Accountant being placed at SA cadre in PB2, GP 4200, it would be 100% of the
cadre that would be placed in PB2, GP 4200.
All the Units are requested to
explain the developments to the membership and also about the efforts of the
HQr of the Association in ensuring promotional channel for DEOs, integrating
with the mainstream cadres.
Reference: AIA/Circular-09/2016 Dated: 13th April 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
No Let up in Preparations for the
Indefinite Strike, Please
Deferment of commencement of
indefinite strike to 11th July 2016 should not lead to a situation
where-in we relax thinking that there is much time in our disposal for the
We must not forget that the
preparations for the strike such as issuance of handbills, holding of group
meetings explaining in detail the different aspects of the 7 CPC report and our
objection and aversion to the recommendations of the 7 CPC is equally important
as the strike itself.
In the group meetings we should
explain to the mass of employees what had been the demand of the Staff Side,
JCM before the 7 CPC, the basis for the minimum wage of Rs 26000/- to MTS, the
principle/rationale guiding the demand for need based minimum wage, ratio
between the minimum and maximum etc and the recommendations of the 7 CPC –
fixing of minimum wage at Rs 18,000, faulty basics for computation of minimum
wages, mutilation of the principle of need based minimum wages and dilution of
the Supreme court directive on improvement to the 1957 formula, higher
weightage for higher cadres leading to a higher ratio between minimum and
maximum wages etc.
The denial of the 7 CPC to discuss
the issue of denial of pension and any social security measures to the post
2004 recruited personnel is an issue that should agitate one and all.
The media reports that the
government is considering appropriating 50% of the increased wages the
employees would get after the implementation of 7 CPC recommendations for the
purpose of creating a “recapitalisation fund” for the banks which are looted by
big corporates by lakhs of crores of Rupees.
Media will not make such a report –
not by one media, but by many that also on regular basis – without a basis,
without getting an inkling of what is going on within the government.
Ambanis, Bajajs et all will loot the
public exchequer and the workers will be made to pay for it – this seems to be
the guiding principle. All along the worker was made to pay for the misdeeds of
these powerful crooks but it was discreetly, now it seems the loot and the
exploitation of the worker/labour is getting quite naked and accepted norm.
These dangers are also to be taken
to the mass of employees. Only enlightened, well informed members will be able
to understand the gravity of the situation and thus be able to make the strike
a grand success.
The months of April and May are by
and large considered as months of vacation where many employees leave their
station with family once the school vacation starts. The continuous and
sustained campaign will ensure that all the employees are covered and educated,
preparing one and all for the indefinite strike from 11 July 2016. The serving
of strike notice on 9th June 2016 itself should make the government
sit up and take note of the growing anger amongst the central government
employees. We have no time to lapse; we will have to be on our job without any
let up with all vigour and earnestness.
As intimated earlier, the 47th
Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association would be held at Nagpur.
The Nagpur Associations have confirmed the dates of the Conference – from 8th
August to 11th August 2016. Formal notification will be issued
in the month of June only. All the Units are requested to reserve the tickets
to and from Nagpur without waiting for formal notification.
All the Units are requested to
include atleast one woman comrade as delegate, more are most welcome. We should
do everything to improve the participation of women comrades in the
organisational activities and try to develop them into leadership. Women
Convention would be held during the conference.
Audit & Accounts Pensioners’
Confederation had directed all its
affiliates to organise the pensioners departmentally, bringing it under the
banner of National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Associations (NCCPA) in
the same pattern of Confederation. Postal, Income Tax etc have already formed
their organisations. We are left behind. During the 47th Conference
at Nagpur, we may also take steps to form IA&AD Pensioners Association.
Reference: AIA/Circular-08/2016 Dated: 30th March 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
UNIONS CALL FOR SUSTAINED STRUGGLE;
GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND
Central Trade Unions - INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA,
AICCTU, UTUC, LPF – and All India Federations of
Banks, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Government Employees and
other Service Establishments met at Mavlankar Hall, New Delhi in a “National
Convention of Workers” on 30th March 2016.
The National Convention of Workers came
to the inescapable conclusion that considering the aggressiveness with which
the present day government is going ahead with the regressive policies
including the latest decision of the government to allow 100% FDI in retail
e-commerce, the workers are left with no option but to mount a sustained resistance
of a higher level. The Convention therefore called upon the workers and the
toiling masses of the country to vigourously campaign and mobilise the people
at large for various agitational programmes including one day general strike on
2nd September 2016 – exactly one year after the last year’s strike –
in pursuance of the 12 point charter of demands. Declaration adopted in
National Convention of workers is enclosed.
The National Convention has given
the following programmes
1. Joint conventions
and campaigns during June-July 2016 in states, districts and at industry level
and take initiative to involve peasants, Agri labour and mass of the people in
2. Day-long ‘Mass
Dharna/Satyagraha in the Capital of the States and Industrial Centres
preferably on the auspicious day on 9th August 2016 (Quit India Day)
in preparation for the strike.
3. ALL INDIA GENERAL
STRIKES ON 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016.
our Units are requested to educate the membership on the above programme and prepare
them for the struggles.
INDFENITE STRIKE –
ONLY RESCHEDULED, NOT DEFERRED FOR EVER
is known by now, the NJCA in its meeting held on 7th March 2016
after assessing the situations – the statement of the Cabinet Secretary during
the meeting held on 1st March 2016 that ‘11th April is
not the appropriate timeline for strike’, declaration of polling dates in West
Bengal and Assam coinciding with 11th April and ‘code of conduct’
enforced due to the starting of election process in 5 states – decided to reschedule
the indefinite strike and serving of strike notice to June-July 2016 – serving
of strike notice on 9th June and commencement of indefinite strike
from 6 am on 11th July 2016.
The NJCA has further decided to hold
state level conventions/meetings during April-May 2016. The details such as
date, station, names of leaders attending the convention/meeting etc will be
finalised and intimated to all in few days.
All of us we will have to guard
against any let up in the campaign and mobilisation for strike – the education
campaign should be done in a very systematic manner, the two months time should
be utilised gainfully in this direction.
It is proposed that Units may
organise camps/classes on the 7 CPC – our memorandum, the report of 7 CPC and
the policies of the successive governments. HQr will ensure that one of the HQr
leader do attend such camp/meetings.
Both the cases have now been posted
to 14th July 2016 ie after court vacation.
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS
MAVLANKAR HALL, NEW DELHI: 30th March 2016
National Convention of Workers organised by the Joint Platform of the Central
Trade Unions (CTU) of the country along with Independent National Federations
of employees of different Industries and Services congratulates the workers for
the resounding historical success of the strike on 2nd September
2015 and also for their huge participation in the countrywide National Protest
Day on 10th March 2016. This massive unity of the working people in
the joint actions has to be further widened and strengthened in the process of
struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Governments.
The Convention notes that attitude of the Government is
profoundly negative and hugely challenging to the working class. Despite
readiness expressed by the CTUs through joint letter to the Government after
the 2nd September 2015 strike for commencement of dialogue on the 12
point charter of demands (CoD), the Government did not respond at all thus
arrogantly ignoring the message of such a huge strike by crores of workers
pressing for their demands unanimously formulated by all the CTUs. The issues
in the CoD relate to basic interest of country’s economy and also issues
concerning the livelihood of the toiling people of both organised and
unorganised sectors including the scheme workers.
The Government has not taken any meaningful step to
curb price rise of essential necessities and to generate employment except
making tall baseless claims through sound-bites in the media. Instead of
universalizing public distribution system, the Government is trying to scuttle
it through the inherently anti-poor targeting mechanism called ‘Direct Benefit
Transfer’ resulting further exclusion of the common and needy people. The huge
does of additional duty on diesel, doubling of cess on coal, and increased in
direct taxes in the latest Budget (2016-17) and the recent increase in price of
all petro products are bound to fuel further spiraling rise in prices of daily
The Government is mysteriously silent on the question
of retrieving the black-money stashed abroad. This Government is equally
unconcerned on recovering the Rs.4.04 lakh crore of Bad Debts, euphemistically
called Non-Performing Assets (NPA) of Public Sector Banks and almost similar
amount on account of unpaid direct tax. Rather in the Union Budget, it allowed
further relaxations to both loan defaulters and tax defaulters. And at the same
time, the common and marginal people are being strangulated through huge
increase in the burden of indirect tax and cut in allocations on social sectors
Whole range of social security measures are under
severe attack. The EPF and the ESI schemes are proposed to be made optional by
the Government to pave the way for their ultimate demolition. Post 2004
entrants in Government services, defence, railways etc have been subjected to
notorious new pension scheme. And for the vast unorganised sector workers, old
schemes are being repackaged and renamed, without providing for funds and
implementation-machinery to just befool the people.
Although the Government had to roll back their
retrograde budget proposal to tax the EPF withdrawal, they have launched
atrocious attack of drastic cut in interest rate on small savings instruments
like PPF, Postal saving deposits, Girl Child savings scheme, Sukanya Samridhhi
Yojana, Kisan Vikas Patra, National Savings Certificate and even senior
citizens’ deposit schemes and monthly income scheme. This retrograde move would
hit the common and marginal people very hard, more particularly those living on
interest income only after retirement.
ignoring the united opposition of the workers, the Government has been moving
fast to demolish existing labour laws thereby empowering the employees with
unfettered rights to “hire and fire” and stripping the workers and trade unions
of all their rights and protection provided in laws. As follow up to the PMO’s
written communication to the Chief Secretaries of States, state governments are
being directed to carry out Rajasthan type pro-management amendments in labour
laws. The Labour Secretary, Government of India has issued executive order on
this 12th January granting exemption to so called Start-up Enterprises
from inspection and application of 9 major labor laws, thereby legitimizing
The proposed Small Factories (Regulations of Service
conditions) Bill prescribes that major 14 labour laws will not apply to
factories employing up to 40 workers. Labour Code on Wages Bill and Labour Code
on Industries Relations Bill under the cover of amalgamation, seek to make
registration of unions almost impossible, making retrenchment and closure
almost free for the employers’ class. These bills have been put in public
domain totally ignoring the trade unions thereby violating the provisions of
ILO Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation. All these amendments are meant
to exclude 90% of the workforce from application of labour laws thereby
allowing the employers to further squeeze and exploit the workers. all
rights-components in all the labour laws are being demolished to impose
conditions of slavery on the working people. Simultaneously, almost in all the
states, the work-place level struggles of the workers are being sought to be
crushed through repression including intimidation and arrests by the Government
machinery as is being nakedly visible in Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamilnadu, Andhra
Pradesh, Gujarat etc in recent times.
Along with, the Peasantry and Agri Labourers are also
under severe attack. Through sweeping changes in the Land Acquisition Act,
Farmers’ Right to Land and Agri-Workers’ Right to Livelihood were sought to be
drastically curbed, which ultimately could be stalled temporarily through
popular struggles but the danger still remains.
Attack on public sector has been pushed to
unprecedented height. Not merely disinvestment, the Government will now go for
‘mega strategic sale’. The main target is the Maharatna CPSUs and those amongst
the top profit making CPSUs including banks/insurance. The ownership control
and management of our shinning CPSUs are being sought to be handed over to the
private corporates, both domestic and foreign. Along with, almost unlimited FDI
is allowed in strategic sectors like Railways, Defence and Financial Sector as
complementary to the move of privatisation/PPP etc.
The anti-worker and authoritarian attitude of the
Government is also nakedly reflected in their refusal to implement the
consensus recommendations of 43rd, 44th and 45th
Indian Labor Conferences on formulation of minimum wages, same wage and
benefits as regular workers for the contract workers and granting status of
workers with attendant benefits to the scheme workers like Anganwadi, mid-day
meal, ASHA, para-teachers etc. on the contrary, the Government drastically
curtailed budget allocations to all those centrally sponsored schemes meant for
poor peoples’ welfare. The legislation on the issue of Street Vendors is not
being implemented appropriately.
The convention reiterates the demand for strict
implementation of labour laws and a total scrap of its proposal of so called
“labour-law-reforms”, halting mass scale unlawful contractorisation, minimum
wages at not less than Rs.18,000 per month with indexation and universal social
security benefits and pension for all including the unorganised sector workers,
etc. The demands also include compulsory registration of Trade Unions within 45
days and ratification of ILO Conventions 87 and 98.
The Convention urges the Government to reverse the
direction of the ongoing economic policy regime which has landed the entire
national economy in distress and decline affecting the working people the most.
The Convention also extends support to the struggles of the Government employees,
Railways and defence sector employees bank & insurance employees, coal,
telecom and transport sector employees etc on their just demands and against
the policy regime.
The Convention calls upon all the trade unions,
federations across the sectors to widen and consolidate the unity at the
grass-root level and prepare for countrywide united movement and observe the
following programme of agitation and action:
1. Joint conventions and campaigns
during June-July 2016 in states, districts and at industry level and take
initiative to involve peasants, Agri labour and mass of the people in the
2. Day-long ‘Mass Dharna/Satyagraha
in the Capital of the States and Industrial Centres preferably on the
auspicious day on 9th August 2016 (Quit India Day) in preparation
for the strike.
3. ALL INDIA GENERAL STRIKES ON 2ND
The Convention once again expresses its readiness for
arriving at an acceptable settlement to the 12 points Charter of Demands
through discussion with the Government, Effective implementation forthwith the
consensus recommendations of successive Indian Labour Conference on minimum
wage, on contract workers and the Scheme workers is crucial for the CTUs to
prepare for dialogue with the Government.
The National Convention of Workers calls upon the
trade unions and working people irrespective of affiliations to unite and make
the countrywide General Strike a massive success. Unity of working people and
masses have to be defended and strengthened through the process of struggles only.
Convention also appeals to the Peasants, Agriculture Labour and the rural and
urban toiling people to support and participate in the strike on 2nd
BMS INTUC AITUC
TUCC SEWA AICCTU UTUC LPF
AND ALL INDIA
FEDERATIONS OF BANKS, INSURANCE, DEFENCE, RAILWAYS, CENTRAL/ STATE GOVERNMENTS
EMPLOYEES AND OTHER SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS
Reference: AIA/Circular-07/2016 Dated:
28th February 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March is observed as International Women’s Day.
Women's Day honors working women and women’s struggle everywhere. The International
Women's Day originated in honor of two all women strikes which took place in
women strike was on March 8, 1857 when the garment workers in New York City
marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a ten hour day,
and equal rights for women. Their ranks were broken up by the police. The
second all women strike was fifty-one years later, (again) on March 8 in 1908, when
the women in the needle trades in New York marched again, honouring the 1857
march, demanding the vote, and an end to sweatshops and child labor. The police
were present on this occasion too.
The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United
States on 28 February, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day
in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women
protested against working conditions.
The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen in 1909,
established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement
for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for
women. The proposal was placed by German socialist Clara Zetkin which
greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17
countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish
Parliament. This Copenhagen initiative finally traversed to today’s
International Women’s Day as given below.
1911 As a result of the Copenhagen
initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19
March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one
million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote
and to hold public office, they demanded women's rights to work, to
vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
1913-1914 International Women's Day also became
a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement,
Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last
Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the
following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express
solidarity with other activists.
1917 Against the backdrop of the
war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for "Bread and
Peace" on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the
Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the
provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
1975During International Women's
Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8
1995The Beijing Declaration and
Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused
on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman
and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics,
getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from
violence and discrimination.
2014The 58th session of the
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States
to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights —
focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the
Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and
accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining
challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and
resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Observance of the International
Women’s Day should be utilised to enhance the social and trade union consciousness
of the women employees in our offices, all the while ensuring that the men
colleagues are also part of it.
It would be quite appropriate to
organise Debates, Seminar etc on the Day with some eminent personalities
working on the social arena on women issues being invited. The whole idea
should be to ensure women participation at grass root level as well as at
leadership level, raising the level of consciousness to fight the social
depravation that women are subjected to. The women employees should be equipped
through this process to fight the patriarchal system and obscurantist
ideologies that would like to confine the women in the four walls of kitchen.
MEETING WITH EMPOWERED COMMITTEE OF
As you have learnt by this time,
Standing Committee of JCM will have discussion, on the charter of demands
submitted, with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet
Secretary at 6.45 pm on 1st March 2016. The meeting initially
convened for 26th February 2016 was rescheduled as per the request
of the Staff Side as many of them who were out of station found it difficult to
reach on time.
It would be wrong to expect too much
from this single meeting. We should enter into negotiation with the government
with the backing of the mobilisation and preparation for strike from 11th
April 2016. Any let up by us in the preparation of the indefinite strike from
11 April 2016 would have serious repercussions. All the units are requested to
prepare the rank and file for the serving of strike notice on 11th
SERVE STRIKE NOTICE ON 11TH
The NJCA has decided to serve the
strike notice on 11th March 2016 to the respective Heads of
Department with massive demonstration at New Delhi as well as at every station.
We may take special care to ensure
that the discussions with the Govt do not dilute our enthusiasm and earnestness
in the preparation for the indefinite strike and the serving of strike notice
on 11th March 2016.
Every unit may please ensure that
the strike notice is served to the respective PAG/DG/AG/PD/Director/Dy Director
with massive meetings during lunch hour. HQr would serve strike notice to CAG
at New Delhi. The format of strike notice will be posted in our blog and mailed
too by 8th March 2016.